Standing on the shoulders of Giants

Jul 24, 5:00 – 8:30 PM SPACES Lisbon, 65 Avenida Almirante Reis, Lisboa, 1150-011

Come to hear and learn from tenured investors and entrepreneurs, sharing their personal experiences as mentors and mentees

In-person event

About this event

Join us for an engaging round table event moderated by Rui Gouveia, featuring distinguished panelists Carolina Amorim, Tocha, and Rita Vilas-Boas, as they delve into the significance of mentorship in advancing your business career and boosting your chances of success. This insightful discussion will explore personal experiences and practical advice on leveraging mentor relationships to navigate professional challenges and opportunities. Following the panel, network with peers and speakers over drinks and snacks during our usual happy hour. Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights and connect with like-minded professionals!


Rui Gouveia is an engineer, turned serial entrepreneur, turned mentor, and board advisor. He's an accomplished expert in the fields of innovation and technology. With a career spanning several industries and roles, Rui deeply understands how mentorship can drive professional growth and foster success in the dynamic business landscape. His insightful moderation will ensure a rich and engaging discussion.


Carolina Amorim is the co-founder and CEO of Emotai, a startup focused on enhancing human performance through neurotechnology. With a background in biomedical engineering and a passion for entrepreneurship, Carolina has successfully navigated the challenges of starting and growing a tech company. Her experiences with mentors have been pivotal in her journey, providing guidance and support that has been crucial to her and her company's success.

Tocha is an entrepreneurial-spirited technologist with 10+ years of experience in developing business & strategic objectives, investing in innovative startups, developing & mass manufacturing products in China, and helping businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs to accomplish their goals and become the next big thing in the Tech World. Known for his dynamic approach and motivational leadership, Tocha's career has been significantly influenced by his mentors, who have helped shape his vision and drive. His insights on the transformative power of mentorship will be invaluable to aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Rita Vilas-Boas is an angel investor and startup advisor, with more than 20 years of experience as an operator, having had several marketing and leadership roles in 7 countries across 3 continents. In the last years, Rita has invested as an angel in consumer-centric startups, she is an LP founder in the first Portuguese Founders Fund. She is a founder member of the first classic liberal party in Portugal.

Event Highlights:

Round Table Discussion: Gain insights from our expert panel on how mentorship can enhance career growth and increase success chances in the business world. Rui will guide the conversation with our esteemed panelists as they share their expertise on the critical role of mentorship in career development and business success.

Personal Stories: Hear personal anecdotes and real-world examples of how mentorship has impacted the careers of our speakers.

Q&A Session: Engage with the panelists and get your questions answered during an interactive Q&A session.

Networking: Join us for a happy hour with drinks and snacks after the panel. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow attendees and speakers, share experiences, and build new connections.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the most inspiring professionals in the industry. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned business professional, or simply interested in the benefits of mentorship, this event promises to provide valuable insights and connections.



Wednesday, July 24, 2024
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM UTC


🥂 Welcome Drinks - Kick off the evening with refreshing drinks and casual networking
🎙️Speaker Panel - Learn how mentorship can get you further by both listening to experienced mentors and learning from entrepreneurs who have benefited from mentoring
🤝 Networking  - Connect with fellow attendees, and engage in dynamic conversations in a relaxed and informal setting


  • JoĂŁo 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 @

  • Aleks Leks


    Project Manager

  • Maddalena Lauzi

    Senior Investment Analysis @ Dealflow

  • Anna Esipova


    Channel Account Manager

  • Rafaela Sheen

    Transformation @ Fidelidade

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