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MARCH 2021

Gain Traction.    Get Sales.    Prepare to Scale.

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20+

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10+

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The Program

Discoveries is an intensive five-week acceleration program that will turn fresh ideas into successful businesses, through a set of bootcamps where the entrepreneurs will define, validate and develop the model under the Lean Startup methodology. 

 

We expect aspiring entrepreneurs with a tech startup related to the travel & tourism industries for the 6th edition of this successful acceleration program. The program will be held remotely, guaranteeing the dynamic environment, networking opportunities, and intensive work-flow.

What to Expect?

This is the 6th edition of Discoveries and we continue to push ourselves to meet your expectations in order to create successful businesses. Therefore, we have some extra perks for you:

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INVESTMENT

ACCESS TO A NETWORK OF INVESTORS

Namely Portugal Ventures – the biggest venture capital in Portugal -, Finy Ventures and APBA – Business Angels Portuguese Association.

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MENTORSHIP

A ROSTER OF AMAZING MENTORS

You will find both national and international mentors ranging from executives and startup founders to investors who will give you support along the way.

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NETWORKING

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Designed to help you and to support the different stages of your startup as well as promoting the exchange of experiences between teams and other startup founders.

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TOURISM INNOVATION TOUR

The jury of the Final Pitch event will select up to 3 winners of the program that will win a Tourism Innovation Tour in Portugal in 2021!

PRIZE
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PARTNERSHIPS

BENEFITS TO HELP YOU ALONG THE PROCESS

The program comprises a set of benefits that will make your project a success. We set up partnerships with companies such as Amazon and Hubspot, among many others.

Timeline

January 2021

Applications Open

7th March 2021

Applications Closed

12nd March 2021

Results Announced

30th March to 22nd April

Bootcamps

29th April

Final Pitch

Agenda

We will tell you where to go and how to get there, just like a GPS, guiding you towards your product-market-fit. We want you to get a business rolling with paying customers!

Bootcamp #01
Business Model Canvas  |  30th March
Bootcamp #02
Customer Segment  |  1st April
Bootcamp #03
Value Proposition  |  6th April
Bootcamp #04
Channels & Relationship with Clients  |  8th April
Bootcamp #05
Revenue Streams  |  13rd April
Bootcamp #06
Key Activities, Resources and Partners  |  15th April
Bootcamp #07
Cost Structure  |  20th April
Bootcamp #08
How to Pitch  |  22nd April
Final Pitch  |  29th April

The agenda may change at the last minute!

In addition to Bootcamps there will also be another important tasks such as: 

  • Mentorship sessions;

  • Homework from the bootcamps;

  • Working hours dedicated to help and support all the teams;

  • FabTalks; 

  • Workshops.

Who Can Apply?

Discoveries invites all startups (in the idea, prototype or launch stages) related with one of the strategic areas of Tourism for 2021, to overcome the impact of COVID-19:

  • big data and metrics

  • productivity

  • cities

  • mobility

  • community

  • hospitality

  • entertainment

  • e-commerce

  • crowdsourcing

  • software as a service

  • marketplaces

  • augmented reality

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Mentors

António Lucena Faria

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

André Marquet

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Afonso Rebelo 

de Sousa

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Sara Aguiar

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Wendy van Leeuwen

Entrepreneurship and Communication

Ana Paula Reis

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Artur Pereira

Economics & Technology

Carla Gomes

Marketing

Catherine de Freitas

Marketing & Communication

Eduardo Cruz

Programming, Finance & Management

Fábio Jesuíno

Entrepreneurship

Fábio Santos

Marketing & Communication

João Perre Viana

Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Business

João Vilas Boas

Lean Startup, Pitching & Investors Relations

José Lopes Costa

Innovation, Strategy & Marketing

Katia Menezes

Persuasive Communication & Pitching

Luís Geraldes

Investment Rounds

Mário Tarouca

FoodTech, Business Model, Sales & Marketing

Marta Poggi

Marketing & Innovation

Mercy Rich

Design, Strategy & Branding

Miguel Allen Lima

Entrepreneurship, Electrical Engineering & Management

Miguel Barbosa

Investment & Innovation

Miguel Ribeiro

Marketing, Digital Business

& Internationalization

Myriam Nassar

Entrepreneurship

Nuno Veloso

Impact Innovation, Product & Entrepreneurship

Patricia Costa

Branding, Communication & Tourism

Paulo Rodrigues

Internationalization & International Tax

Pedro Caramez

Marketing & Sales

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Rita Ferreira

Tourism & Smart Cities

Rui Costa

Tourism, Strategy, Territorial Development

Sam Bruce

Entrepreneurship, Management & Sustainability

Sandra Sick

Growth Marketing & Business Development

Susana Nunes

Trademark & Patent Consultant

Tomás Caeiro

Entrepreneurship, Communication, Motivation & Leadership

Vasco Falcão

Management & Business Strategy

​More mentors to be confirmed in the next few weeks!

Why Portugal?

We are calling all startups in the travel and tourism sector to join one of the fastest entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe: Portugal. Besides being ranked as the World’s Leading Destination and Europe’s Leading Destination in 2019, Portugal has been recognized as the new European hub for startups from all over the world.

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STARTUP LAB
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TURISMO DE PORTUGAL
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SUMMER TIME

Graduated Startups

After 6 editions of Discoveries, we have a track record of successful startups that accelerated their business with us. Check them out:

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Who We Are

Fábrica de Startups helps companies to develop new ideas and innovative solutions and identify new investment opportunities, so that they can grow and increase their competitiveness. How we do that? Through programs designed to support the process of creation, validation and internationalization of startups. These programs follow an innovative methodology, which ensures the identification of business ideas and the translation of the idea into a business model. This methodology facilitates the validation of all the components of the model and reduces the risks associated with launching a new business. We are trusted by more than 50 companies and 3000 entrepreneurs during our 8 years of activity.

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Integrated in the Ministry of Economy, Turismo de Portugal is the National Tourism Authority responsible for the promotion, valuation and sustainability of tourism activity, adding in a single entity all the institutional competencies related to the promotion of tourism, from supply to demand. With a privileged relationship with other public entities and economic agents in Portugal and abroad, Turismo de Portugal is committed to fulfilling the goal of strengthening tourism as one of the pillars of the growth of the Portuguese economy.

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Our Partners

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