Beta-start: an unexpected ending for an unexpected program

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Beta-start’s 12th Edition ended precisely 10 days ago – disclaimer: this is an emotional blogpost.

Every Beta-start edition is special. And this is mostly due to its participants. I’m not talking about the idea or success of the startups that “survive” but, the people. These men and women who were bold enough to pause their lives for 4 weeks in order to come learn how to validate and continuously test their business assumptions. For that they deserve our respect, no matter how crazy some ideas may seem.

6 startups + 1 pitched brilliantly on the Demo Day. They had it all: the well-structured pitch, the pretty design slides and the charisma, it was an interesting moment and the perfect ending for this program. But, why 6 + 1? Well, this is a program about validation and getting facts to support your assumptions, meaning: it is more than okay when participants decide not to continue with their projects if they understand that somehow their initial idea is no longer viable – so we had 6 pitches on projects and 1 on learning, decisions and conclusions after validation.

So, in short the outcomes of this batch:

André was our plus one here and he is now taking some time for ideation  – my guess is he will integrate a startup team soon 🙂

Miles ‘n’ Dreams: Sofia rebranded her project and aims to build a marketplace for destination weddings.

Viable: Jaime and Manuel, are true hustlers, now with a new business model and different targets for their entrepreneurship viability platform.

meTour: Christine pivoted within the same solo traveler market and is now focusing more in offering better prices to solo travelers by doing shared tourism and leisure activities.

Buzaco:  Diogo is still materializing (literally) your outdoor furniture dreams now with full power.

Sweat Experience: Alex, Andrew and Marvin are now back in the UK full powering their platform for athletes posting their stories and achievements I bet we will hear from them soon.

FlyPilot: The platform for renting airplanes is now taking off, Miguel has his numbers in order and is ready to his MVP.

We always wanted Beta-start to be a mind shifting experience and this was precisely what happened with more than 100 mentoring sessions, 13 workshops, a lot of pitch practicing, tailored help and networking. It is hard to describe how much they evolved during these 4 weeks mainly in terms of pitching and having their business ideas structured.

There is no other acceleration program like Beta-start. No other program provides this much freedom to projects that gradually may evolve to startups. No strings attached in a program where ideas are never stupid (at least before validation) yet demanding enough to set the pace and a “must-deliver” culture.

Excited? Want to more about one of these startups or about our pre-accelerators?

Email me: marta.baptista@beta-i.pt

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