The Saints must be crazy!

Jun 30, 2023, 5:00 PM – Jul 1, 2023, 12:00 AM

Sitio, Alto de São João, Parada Alto de São João, armazém 17A, porta E, Lisboa, 1900-055

June is all about the Saints and we're all about tradition! Join us for a round table on startup funding followed by a traditional Arraial de Santos. Learn with some of the best VCs in town the best strategies to raise funds and practical tips to approach investors and build long-lasting relationships. After, stay with us for a live music performance with the usual drinks and sardines.

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About this event

For the second year in a row and after an absolute bash last June, we're calling all grinders in Lisbon and around to join us for the best Arraial of the month!

This year, we bring the event in partnership with Altice Labs and Startup Lisboa to announce another edition of the Altice International Innovation Award (AIIA). The highest monetary prize currently awarded in Portugal, in the area of ​​technological innovation, is back for its 7th edition and is receiving applications until September 24, 2023.

In Portuguese, we often say that "Santos da casa não fazem milagres" (Home-grown saints can't work miracles), but is this fair? Are our dear local-bread investors any different from foreign ones? How do their strategies differ? Can this be fairly attributed to the lack of powder to deploy? And does this affect the national ecosystem as a whole?

For this panel, we're gathering four amazing investors from Portugal and beyond to discuss fundraising strategy and actionable tips to make you up your game. Which KPIs should you focus on? How much traction is enough?

To close the night in the best spirit, join us for an evening of Santos spirit and networking among our awesome community. We've prepared a live concert by a local artist accompanied by that sweet scent of grilled bifanas and sardines that you'll learn to love.

Save your spot now and ensure you'll have a great evening of sharing, connecting, and inspiring event!


18:30 - 19:00 - Doors open, check-ins & Happy Hour! 👋 🍻

19:00 - 19:15 - A World of Innovation: AIIA award powered by Altice Labs

19:15 - 20:00 - Panel Discussion on Startup Funding in the Portuguese Ecosystem

20:00 - 24:00 - Networking over drinks and snacks 🤝 🥂

20:00 - 24:00 - Live Concert with typical Santos Music

The event is also supported by: Sitio, 351 - The Portuguese Startup Community, Startup Lisboa, Startup Portugal, Build Up Labs, and Lisboa Unicorn Capital!

About our speakers:

Pedro Carvalho - Speaker

Experienced Head Of Research And Development with a demonstrated history of working in the ICT industry. Skilled in Innovation Management, Business Model Innovation, Innovation Development, with a special focus on Open Innovation. Strong consulting professional with an Executive Course in Business Management focused in Management from Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Head of the ENTER Startup program for Altice Labs.

David Cruz e Silva - Moderator

David Cruz e Silva is one of the founders of The European VC - the go-to podcast and connector of the European venture industry.

The EUVC is introducing operator LP syndicates to the European market, built to back the best-emerging VCs with the cash and superpowers of Europe’s amazing venture ecosystem. David started as a startup operator leading BizDev teams & launching operations across Europe where he fell in love with fundraising, and to today, I've helped early-stage startups raise over 11 million euros.

Alexandre Santos - Panelist

Currently, Partner and Founder at Chamaeleon. An early stage venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley, investing globally.

Experienced investor and operational handler – product and business development, corporate finance (15+ years in telco/tech; 6+ years as tech investor - business angel & VC professional).

Co-founded corporate venture builder studio & business angel vehicle, investing actively in early stage tech with promising initial returns.

Investments in US, Europe and Israel to date. Lived in US, Brazil and Portugal. Worked in Europe & Brazil.

Inês de Macedo Santos - Panelist

Inês is a pragmatic and focused professional who likes to understand the details that matter.

She is mainly involved in identifying and screening opportunities to be invested by our funds, and in helping portfolio companies overcome all types of challenges. Inês holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from FCT Nova and an MBA from Nova/Católica Universities, in collaboration with MIT-Sloan. Before joining Armilar, Inês worked for 8 years in Strategic and Management Consulting, at The Boston Consulting Group. Inês is a sports passionate and plays padel at national level, but she also is a passionate mother who likes to spend quality time with her family. She is both Portuguese & French and speaks English fluently. Inês joined Armilar in September 2021.

Sofia Queiroz - Panelist

Sofia is Principal at MSM Fund, an early stage generalist impact fund. Invest in courageous founders who solve the world's greatest social and environmental challenges.

Sofia also has experience as a Financial Services consultant at Deloitte, having completed her academic training at Católica-Lisbon.

Ksenia Novikova - Panelist

Ksenia is an incredibly conscientious and brilliantly professional who over-delivers every time, no matter what the scope of work.

Flyer One Ventures is an international VC with offices in Kyiv, London, and Warsaw. Investing in such industries as Online Education, Digital Health, Mobile Apps, Advertising Tech, and AI/ML.

More panelists to be confirmed.

About the Organizers:

Startup Grind is the world's largest startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs, and is powered by Google for Startups. We host monthly events in more than 600 cities among 125 countries, featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

The Altice International Innovation Award (AIIA), the highest monetary award currently awarded in Portugal in the area of ​​technological innovation, is back for its 7th edition and is accepting applications until September 24, 2023. Where the winner of the “Startup” category will receive a monetary prize of €50,000 and the possibility of carrying out a pilot with the Altice Group, the winner of the “Academy” category will receive a monetary prize of €25,000, together with the “INCLUI” prize, in the amount of €20,000, will be rewarded once again by the Altice Portugal Foundation.

Startup Lisboa has been supporting startups in their first years of activity for more than 11 years, providing entrepreneurs with support structure - mentoring, strategic partnerships and perks, access to investors, office space, networking activities and a community based on knowledge and sharing. +600 startups after Startup Lisboa is the leading incubator in Portugal.

Check out what happened


  • Pedro Carvalho

    Altice Labs

    Innovation Ecosystem Manager


  • Alexandre Santos


    General Partner & Founder

  • Inês de Macedo Santos


    Senior Associate

  • Sofia Queiroz

    MSM Fund


  • Ksenia Novikova

    Flyer One Ventures

    Head of Operations


  • David Cruz e Silva


    Founder & Host


  • 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 @

  • Aleks Leks


    Project Manager

  • Maddalena Lauzi

    Senior Investment Analysis @ Dealflow

  • Anna Esipova


    Channel Account Manager

  • Rafaela Sheen

    Transformation @ Fidelidade


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