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About Maria Almeida

Maria is the Almighty Duchess of Content at Beta-i. She's currently living in a world powered by the randomness of her own thoughts but she's never giving up on her personal plot to change the world by telling stories. Maria is also the proud captain of Startup Ship, where she writes about the Portuguese startup scene, with a saltwater edge.
24 03, 2017

Startups in Tourism: These Top 7 Tourism Companies Want to Support You

March 24th, 2017|Beta-i, News|

At Beta-i we have supported many tourism startups along the years. Many of those have hit the headlines, have grown incredibly fast, and have made us proud. Startups that have been through our accelerators like Uniplaces, the student accommodation platform which is currently one of the most successful startups in Europe, or Inviita, the mobile [...]

24 03, 2017

European Innovation Academy in Lisbon: Learning from Berkeley and Stanford

March 24th, 2017|Beta-i, News|

Have you ever been to Stanford? Or Berkeley? Well, I haven’t, but I have met some of their professors along the way, so when we got the news that Beta-i was bringing the European Innovation Academy to Lisbon, I was thrilled. Why? Because this means that this summer some of the best professors of Stanford [...]

23 03, 2017

Prio Jump Start: 6 Startup Challenges That Will Jump Start Your Business

March 23rd, 2017|Beta-i, Business, News|

At Beta-i we see entrepreneurs come and go, every day. However, there is one question we get very often: Which industries will disrupt the future? This question is not that difficult to answer. Just like Steve Case’s new book, The Third Wave, puts it, we’re about to enter a new era of technology which will [...]

21 03, 2017

Make partnerships your secret weapon. Here’s how Ectosense nailed it.

March 21st, 2017|Beta-i, Business, Product, Protechting|

Last year, during the Lisbon Investment Summit, I met with Sumon Sadhu, the scientist who became a known investor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and he changed completely the way I see startups and innovation. He told me in an interview that he only believed in “working on things that will make a deep and meaningful [...]

16 03, 2017

Tendayi Viki: “Startups have been bragging for the past 10 years”

March 16th, 2017|Beta-i, Business|

A week and a half ago I got a message on Slack from Ricardo Marvão, founder of Beta-i and Head of Global Resources, asking me if I wanted to interview Tendayi Viki, our invited speaker for the Future Is Innovation, next March 21st. I said yes, of course, but back then I knew very little [...]

15 03, 2017

Marvin Liao, 500 Startups: “There’s too much of this bullshit cult of product”

March 15th, 2017|Beta-i, Business, Fundraising|

Last year at the Lisbon Investment Summit there was one story that got quite famous within the Beta-i team. I mean, for all this time that we’ve been organizing the Lisbon Investment Summit, we’ve been saying that our main goal is to bring entrepreneurs, investors, and executives together in a surprisingly informal and slightly unexpected [...]

8 03, 2017

SIBS PayForward: Meet the 25 Top Fintech Startups

March 8th, 2017|Beta-i|

A couple of weeks ago we started evaluating all the applications we had for SIBSPayForward, the first fintech accelerator in Portugal that we’re organizing in partnership with SIBS, one of Europe’s leading fintech companies. We had more than 100 applications, from 31 different countries, and we were seriously impressed with the potential of these fintech [...]

7 03, 2017

JumpStart by Prio: Test Your Solution in Real Life with a Top Client

March 7th, 2017|Beta-i|

10 years ago Prio was starting off as a startup. Today, it has grown into one of the most relevant players in the energy sector, providing energy all across Portugal. However, just like Prio has empowered people's lives through fuel, gas, and electric power, over the time, they’ll be fuelling and empowering the dreams and [...]

13 02, 2017

Smart Open Lisboa: Building the City of Future

February 13th, 2017|Beta-i, News|

The second edition of Smart Open Lisboa is about to take off. We want to build the city of the future. Ambitious? Well, yes. But, the thing is, we have the perfect location, the right partners, and great talent. So, instead of building products that we don’t need, we’ll be building products that will change [...]

31 01, 2017

Beta-i and Tetuan Valley, together, to be the Iberian reference for entrepreneurs

January 31st, 2017|Beta-i|

We have some news for you. Those kind of news that make you jump of your seat. Beta-i and Tetuan Valley have joined forces in order to become the major reference in the Iberian Peninsula for innovation and entrepreneurship. Together, Beta-i and Tetuan Valley have almost 15 years of experience and 840 startups have gone through [...]