Madeira Startup Retreat welcomes 31 entrepreneurs

The following 8 weeks welcomes 10 international startups

Organized by Startup Madeira, in partnership with Turismo de Portugal and NOVA School of Business and Economics, Madeira Startup Retreat has begun last Monday, January 15th, @ Colégio dos Jesuítas, Funchal.

This 1st edition counts with 10 international startups from 8 countries: Austria, The Netherlands, India, Italy, Macedónia, United Kingdom, Russia, and Pakistan. At the Launch Event, it was introduced the 31 entrepreneurs, from 12 nationalities among them. All of them will be working, learning, sharing experiences and living at Madeira Island, until March 16th.  

During the Launch Event, that took place at the auditorium of Colégio dos Jesuítas,  Startup Madeira presented the program for the following 8 weeks.  It will count with more than 20 mentors, invited by NOVA SBE. Each week has a theme and a goal to achieve.

At the Launch Event, the Vice-President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Pedro Calado, welcomed all the startups to Madeira and noted the importance of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. Besides being already renowned and awarded for its touristic excellence, Madeira presents a unique environment to relocate and work.

Carlos Abade (Turismo de Portugal Administrator) showed the enthusiasm about the 61 registrations, from 25 countries, that Madeira Startup Retreat received for this 1st edition. Abade also mentioned that Portugal is getting a systematic recognition from entrepreneurs. One perfect example is the proven success of Websummit, where Madeira Startup Retreat was present last November, to promote the program and its registrations.

With this project, Madeira wins more visibility as a business destination, that can and must be more acknowledged.

João Castro (Head of Center for Digital Business of NOVA SBE), showed what NOVA SBE is developing and their new building, still on construction, always allied with the startup’s ecosystem’s that Portugal offers.

The Keynote Speaker was Ricardo Diniz, an entrepreneur, an author, and a Solo Sailor, that inspired everyone with a motivational talk.

Definitely special, memorable and creative are coming up.

Don’t forget to check out more photos and the official video.