💫 Aiming for the stars - How to launch your product 🚀

Apr 20, 2023, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

sitio Work Alto São João, 17-A Parada Alto de São João, Lisboa, Lisboa, 1900-053

Join us on April 20th at 6PM for an exciting afternoon of sharing, learning and networking. We're bringing together some of the most innovative minds in the ecosystem to discuss and explore the best trends on go-to-market strategies. You'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, and gain valuable insights that will help you launch your startup to the next level. Are you on?

In-person event
Fireside ChatPanel Discussion

About this event

At this exclusive event, you will hear from João Lopes, COO at Bloq.it, the fastest-growing Smart Locker company in the world. João will share Bloq.it’s go-to-market story and strategies and how it partnered with Vinted, the leading online marketplace for second-hand fashion. You will learn how Bloq.it is revolutionizing last-mile delivery and reverse logistics with its end-to-end solution for e-commerce, retail, workspaces, and more.

This talk will be followed by a panel where João will be joined by Sara Gonçalves, CEO at Actif, João Campaniço, CEO at Purrmi, and João Aroso, CEO at Leadzai, where each will comment on the first moment and discuss their own strategies and roadblocks with their own products and services. Actif is a platform that improves your physical and mental health conditions with tailored exercises that fit your needs, objectives, and conditions, Purrm is bringing Human grade food for your feline friends, and Leadzai is a lead generation tool that helps B2B companies grow their sales pipeline.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other first-time founders and startup enthusiasts and get inspired by their stories and insights. Register now and join us on April 20th, at O Sítio Alto de São João, at 6 PM. See you there! 🚀


6 PM - 6:30 PM - 👋 🍻 Doors open & Welcome Drink

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM -  Fireside chat: "How did we become the fastest-growing Smart Locker company in the world?"

João Lopes @ COO & Co-Founder at Bloq.it

7:15 PM - 8 PM - Roundtable: "How to launch your product?"

João Lopes @ COO & Co-Founder at Bloq.it
Sara Gonçalves, CEO at Actif

João Campaniço, CEO at Purrmi

João de Sousa Aroso, CEO at Leadzai

moderated by Nuno Moreno @ Incubators & Accelerators’ Booster at Startup Portugal

8 PM - 10 PM: 🤝 🥂Networking and Happy Hour


João Lopes is an experienced entrepreneur and the founder and COO at Bloq.it, a Portugal-based smart locker company. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Universidade do Minho and has extensive experience in product development and project management. With a focus on innovation and customer-centric solutions, João has led Bloq.it in developing a range of smart locker solutions for various industries. He is passionate about improving the last-mile delivery experience and reducing the environmental impact of logistics. Under his leadership, Bloq.it has expanded its operations globally and has become a leading player in the smart locker industry.

Sara Gonçalves, has a degree in Engineering, equivalence in the Master's in Bioinformatics, and is Co-founder and former COO at Trigger.Systems. Sara is also a Founder and board member of Associação Quebra-Dados. She's a Tech Advisor at C-MORE. Recognized with EIT Women Awards in 2019. Sara has a personal mission to use technology to solve social problems.

João Campaniço is the Co-founder & CEO at Purrmi.  He's a young entrepreneur who founded a company hiring couriers for Uber Eats at 19. Later, at 23, João launched his first startup with venture capital funding - a chatbot powered by AI for lead qualification in the real estate industry. He's currently the CEO and co-founder of Purrmi, committed to bringing innovation to the pet food industry and providing personalized, high-quality nutrition for cats. With a proven track record in entrepreneurship and a passion for driving positive change, João is excited to lead Purrmi and help transform the pet industry.

João de Sousa Aroso is the Founder & CEO at Leadzai — formerly known as Advertio — is on a mission to empower the next 200 million businesses to thrive effortlessly online. Prior to Leadzai, in 2009, João successfully launched his first startup which ultimately led him to be invited to be part of the team that bought and restructured the Portuguese Yellow Pages. In 2014, already at the Portuguese Yellow Pages, he was responsible for leading the digital products turnaround. With an experienced and talented team to back him, he successfully led the efforts that drove an increase of 30% in YoY growth.


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Check out what happened


  • João Lopes


    Co-founder & COO

  • Sara Gonçalves


    Co-founder & CEO

  • João Campaniço


    Co-founder & CEO

  • João de Sousa Aroso


    Founder & CEO


  • Nuno Moreno

    Startup Portugal

    Incubators & Accelerators Booster




Thursday, April 20, 2023
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM UTC


  • João Nunes Rosado

    Startup Lisboa

    Chapter Director

  • Fernando Jardim

    351 & Tripr


  • Nuno Moreno

    Startup Portugal

    Community Builder & Ecosystem Booster

  • Gonçalo Costa


    Software Developer

  • Afonso Gonçalves


    Founder @ superttt.io

  • Aleks Leks


    Project Manager

  • Maddalena Lauzi


    Senior Investment Analysis @ Dealflow

  • Anna Esipova


    Channel Account Manager

  • Rafaela Sheen

    Transformation @ Fidelidade

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