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 [...]

24 01, 2017

Pitch your startup to a crowd of fintech investors at the Lisbon Investment Summit

January 24th, 2017|Beta-i, Fundraising, News|

We’re getting everything ready for the Lisbon Investment Summit but, this year things will be a bit different. We don’t to spoil too many details just yet. However, we couldn’t really get a hold of ourselves and you need to tell you this. First, as some of you might have heard, we’re giving 100 free [...]

27 09, 2016

How to Switch Up Your Pitch at Web Summit in 6 Easy Steps

September 27th, 2016|Beta-i, Business, Fundraising|

This week I had the pleasure of attending Road2WebSummit, the run-up event that has been building momentum for Europe’s biggest Tech-Event. Amongst the Hotshots, Politicians and Gold-Diggers (I’ll let you decide where I belong on that list), was Web Summit resident pitch-king, Jack Costigan, host of the “How to Pitch” Workshop. Web Summit sees hundreds [...]

3 08, 2016

Infraspeak joins 500 Startups and lands investment from Caixa Capital

August 3rd, 2016|Beta-i, Fundraising, Lisbon Challenge, News|

Our Lisbon Challenge alumni, Infraspeak, was recently accepted into one of the best startup programs in the world, 500 Startups. And if going to San Francisco wasn't enough... they've also secured an investment from Caixa Capital. Following the footsteps of Portuguese startup Talkdesk, and after meeting 500 Startups partner, Marvin Liao, at the Lisbon Investment [...]

21 06, 2016

Top 16 highlights of the Lisbon Investment Summit 2016

June 21st, 2016|Beta-i, Fundraising, LIS|

I know it’s been a long time since the Lisbon Investment Summit (well, it’s just been a couple of weeks but it looks like an eternity to me) and I can’t help but look back and wonder... I remember that right after I interviewed Eze Vidra, former General Partner at Google Ventures, for our video [...]

21 05, 2016

Sumon Sadhu: “The Portuguese are really good problem solvers”

May 21st, 2016|Beta-i, Business, Fundraising, LIS|

The Lisbon Investment Summit 2016 is getting closer and to tell you the truth, with so much that’s going on, so many awesome speakers who are coming to Lisbon, I can’t really tell who from our team invited Sumon Sadhu, top investor and founder of Muse.ai, to speak at #LIS16. I just remember sitting in [...]

4 05, 2016

Saul Klein: What is Europe’s top investor doing in Lisbon?

May 4th, 2016|Beta-i, Fundraising, LIS|

‘Hey Maria. Saul Klein was just confirmed as speaker for the Lisbon Investment Summit 2016. Do you want to interview him?’ Wait. Let me just stop for a moment here. Saul Klein? The Saul Klein? The one who is a former partner at Index Ventures, considered by many as Europe’s leading VC? The founder of Lovefilm [...]

20 04, 2016

Lisbon Challenge Alumni, Impraise, raises 1.6 million

April 20th, 2016|Beta-i, Fundraising, Lisbon Challenge, News|

Impraise, the Lisbon Challenge alumni, who is also backed by Y Combinator, has raised 1.6 million dollars to abolish the annual performance review within companies, and replace it with their web and mobile app for timely and actionable feedback between co-workers. During the last few years, the annual performance review has seen its decline within [...]

20 04, 2016

Play the Right Cards to Survive @ Fundraising

April 20th, 2016|Beta-i, Fundraising, LIS|

Fundraising it’s usually one of the main headaches for Startup founders but you can keep you Startup alive if you play the right cards.

13 04, 2016

Get The Right Investors With These 3 Tips @ Fundraising

April 13th, 2016|Beta-i, Fundraising, LIS, News|

One of the hottest topics on Startup Fundraising is what you can do to raise the odds of being funded whilst identifying what are the red flags that scare investors. As this is a long-term commitment and you’ll need much more than just somebody with a checkbook, you should also ask yourself: Why would I choose them? We [...]