The Saints Must be Crazy!

Jun 24, 2022, 4:30 – 10:59 PM

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 celebrating it with a double event! Join us for a round table on startup funding followed by a traditional Arraial de Santos. You'll learn from founders and VCs, their best strategies and tips to approach the upcoming months, and then stay with us for live music performance with the usual drinks and the very typical bifanas & sardines.

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About this event

Everyone on social media, from Medium to Twitter, many are the ones who have been advising precaution or other going further openly announcing that the bubble will burst soon and funds will close their taps. But what options are left for founders? What should they be doing right now to ensure their companies successfully tread the trouble waters ahead and manage to cross to the other side? For this panel, we're having 3 startup founders with different approaches to growth and funding, as well as an experienced VC sharing their insights on the best approach to 2022. Should you fundraise or focus on revenue? Do you even have a choice?

For the second part of this event, we'll let you discover the spirit of Santos and network among our awesome community. For you, we've prepared a live concert by a local artist accompanied by that sweet scent of grilled bifanas and sardines in the air.

Save your spot now and ensure you'll have a great evening of learning, connecting, and fun!


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

18:30 - 19:30 - Panel Discussion on Startup Funding: Is Winter Coming?

19:30 - 20:00 - Networking over drinks and snacks

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

About the Panel

Pedro Henriques, is co-founder and Head of Product at The Newsroom, on a mission to fight misinformation and promote plurality online. Since the company’s foundation, Pedro has been leading the development of The Newsroom’s Explainable AI-powered solution that assesses the trustworthiness of online news and frames it in context. Before his entrepreneurial journey, Pedro led a Data Science team at LinkedIn, where he researched how users interact, connect and share content on one of the world’s largest social media platforms.

Claudia Garcia, is the founder of Kuruva, a sustainable brand and a community that aims to connect women with their inner child through adventure, extreme sports, and art. She is also an experienced and creative communication and brand strategist and her main focus is people, brands, and projects that want to positively impact the planet.

Dulce Guarda, is co-founder & Chief Growth Officer at Splink. She has a Management degree and a master's in Marketing. Dulce has always had a creative side of her that led her to publish her first poetry book in 2008 and a second one later in 2011. Professionally, she started to work in advertising agencies, developing skills in strategic planning, content writing, and social media management. After the bug for entrepreneurship crossed her life, she co-founded a startup in the Arts Market in 2013 that stopped after discovering that funding is a b**** sometimes. Dulce has also founded her own footwear and accessories brand, where she won several awards such as Young Talent (GDS - Dusseldorf, Germany), Emerging Brand (Pure London - London, UK), Emerging Designer (The Micam - Milan, Italy) and more recently Symbol of Harmony Award (FOMA - Sydney, Australia). Lately, in 2018 she co-founded her latest startup, Splink, where she’s been living the dream of being a female entrepreneur in a man's world.

Bruno Miguel Pires,  is a co-founder and Managing Partner at HERE with over a decade of experience in business and strategic consulting. He specialized in defining the best fundraising strategies for more mature startups and SMEs, and he's closely linked to the European startup ecosystem, as a mentor in various incubation and acceleration programs.

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.

The event is also supported by: Sitio, 351 - The Portuguese Startup Community, Startup Lisboa, Startup Portugal, Atlantic Station, AWS, Beta-i, Build Up Labs, Founder Institute, Indico Capital, and Made of Lisboa!

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Check out what happened


  • Dulce Guarda


    Founder & Chief Growth Officer

  • Pedro Henriques

    The Newsroom

    Co-Founder & Head of Product

  • Claudia Garcia



  • Bruno Pires


    Co-founder & Managing Partner


  • Rita Vilas-Boas


    Angel Investor



  • 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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351 - The Portuguese Community of Startups

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Build Up Labs

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Founder Institute

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