We were tweeting the other week on our Mobility account that Lars is attending the Go Youth Conference in Lisbon, an event aiming to promote entrepreneurship and creativity, focusing primarily on youth. He is now back in Copenhagen and we could not miss the chance to give you a sneak peak into his experience during the event.
“Directly from the airport, I headed to Universidade Noa de Lisboa, where the conference was to take place for the 2 days over the weekend. It was actually impressive to arrive there and see that more than 300 young entrepreneurs were taking part in the event. The first day got even better when the speaking sessions kicked off with a bunch of great presentations and super inspiring stories.
Hussein Kanji from Hoxton Ventures, Kasper Hulthin from Podio and Brian Wong from Kiip among others set the audience on fire with their personal stories about the fine art of learning from failure and mistakes (=entrepreneurship), staying positive through hard times and enjoying the good times.
In the second part of the first day, 5 startup teams, selected from a large amount of applicants, were each given 5 minutes to pitch in front of the jury, composed of Hussein Kanji and João Vasconcelos from Startup Lisboa, and headed by Lars.
www.shipizy.com – or as they call themselves “the AirBnB of shipping”, www.WeGoOut.com – “a comprehensive platform to find events and concerts” and www.wishareit.com – “an online gift platform with unique features”- were selected as finalists and given the chance to pitch for the second time on Sunday.
From Startupbootcamp, we announced that we will give Wishareit, the winner of the competition, the chance to take part in our next May Open session in Berlin to pitch in person in front of our mentors. We also invited the CEO to stay in our Startupbootcamp Berlin office for a week to help him through our network set new standards for his company. The conference ended on Sunday evening and I would like to say kudos to Tiago Vidal and his team for the great atmosphere. I am looking forward to see the concept taken to the international level with a focus on young, but skilled entrepreneurs.
The trip ended on Monday with a visit to Startup Lisboa, the local incubator supported by more than 40 cooperate sponsors. This allows João and his team to continuously invite new top startups to move in, free of charge, in the office space located only 100 meters from the main square and the harbor.
It was amazing to see the quality or startups – just to mention a few names: www.hole19golf.com, www.nmusic.pt and www.alpha.muzzley.com – and the international crowd working together. One of the great benefits entrepreneurs enjoy in Portugal is the easy access to talented and affordable developers, which has attracted over the last years several foreign startups from UK, Spain, Brazil.
And as a final note at the end of this trip: We, at Startupbootcamp, are looking forward to work closer with the Portuguese startup community and I really excited to see applications for the upcoming SBC programs coming in from the local startup environment.
There is for sure a great potential for SBC to add great value by providing access to funding and the exact right mentors for these passionate entrepreneurs.”
Were you also at the Go Youth Conference? Feel free to share your thoughts!