12 Nov 2015

Startup Next by Techstars comes to Lisbon

Caixa Capital to host and advise selected companies with support from Beta-i and Startup Lisboa

Lisbon is an emerging startup hub that has been raising international attention due to its strong and dynamic ecosystem. Amidst a number recent great news for the country, such as the relocation of the Web Summit to Lisbon in 2016 and several high profile investment rounds where Caixa Capital was involved we are extremely happy to partner with Startup Next by Techstars for its upcoming Lisbon Program.

Startup Next is a pre-acceleration program for a small group of high quality, early stage startups. By pairing startup founders with mentors, the program provides valuable connections to get teams prepared to join a top accelerator, raise a seed round or just continue their entrepreneurial journey. 

Startup Next is a non-resident program where startups come in once a week for three hour sessions broken down into - workshop, pitch practice and mentor breakout sessions. In the end of the 6 sessions startups present their companies in a local Demo Day event. Each season, the top teams by city are invited to a global Demo Day usually held in NYC or SF. Startup Next is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and program is free of charge and no equity is taken. 

Startup Next will open in Lisbon this Fall led by in Stephan Morais, Executive Director of Caixa Capital, one of the most active venture capital investors in the country, and co-led by Karina Martins da Costa, the program’s Global Director. Startup Next will also be partnering with Beta-i as one of the most relevant accelerators in Europe with long time relationship both with Up Global through Startup Weekend in Portugal and Caixa capital itself, and Startup Lisboa, the city incubator and one of Europe’s most active players. 

Karina Costa, Global Director Startup Next, said: “As part of our new strategy, Startup Next programs will be led by serial entrepreneurs or investors who can provide meaningful feedback based on their own experience while also being able to attract a strong class of mentors to the program. In Lisbon we invited Stephan due to his strong entrepreneurial experience and active track record in venture capital as Executive Director and Board Member of Caixa Capital. Beta-i on the other hand was not only been a long time partner of Up Global through Startup Weekend but has also tried to bring Startup Next to Portugal before. Also, Startup Lisboa is an active player in the ecosystem and will be a partner of Startup Next in Lisbon. I’m happy to see that this is the time to bring the program to Lisbon. Here, Startup Next will serve as a bridge to Techstars accelerators and the US market and therefore play a strong role in the Portuguese Startup Ecosystem.” 

Stephan Morais, Executive Director at Caixa Capital, said: “It’s a pleasure to cooperate with Techstars, we have invested in alumni in the past, and it will be great to work with the Global Director for Next Karina Martins da Costa. For Lisbon to be part of the Next program means that the local ecosystem is consolidating its reputation in the global scene.” 

The Lisbon program will have close to 25 mentors with strong entrepreneurial or investment background such as Pedro Rocha Vieira and Ricardo Marvão (Beta-i), João Vasconcelos (Startup Lisboa), Walter Palma and Ricardo Torgal (Caixa Capital), Cristina Fonseca (Talk Desk), Luís Roquette Geraldes (MLGTA), Jaime Jorge (Codacy), Miguel Amaro (Uniplaces) plus several others high caliber entrepreneurs. 

Startup Next Lisbon will start on December 10th with it’s Demo Day on February 3rd and will take place at a major event held annually by Caixa Capital where the best companies of all the major accelerators in the country compete for the Caixa Empreender Award. Last year over 600 people attended including major international investors from the Caixa Capital international network of co-investors. 

Event & Venues: 

  • December 12, 2015: Beta-i
    • January 07, 2016: Startup Lisboa
    • January 14, 2016: Startup Lisboa
    • January 21, 2016: Beta-i
    • January 28, 2016: Caixa Capital
    • February 03, 2016: CGD (Culturgest)

Applications open until November 26 and available at: 


Techstars is empowering the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey by providing them with a global ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners wherever they choose to build their business. With startup programs (Startup Week, Weekend and Next) added to the accelerators and venture capital funds, Techstars is now covering most of startup lifecycle and helping entrepreneurs from inspiration to IPO. As a pre-accelerator inside a global startup ecosystem such as Techstars, Startup Next is now even better positioned to deliver an even more meaningful experience during the program plus giving lifelong access to a large network of founders, mentors, investors and partners. 

Caixa Capital 

Caixa Capital is the Private Equity and Venture Capital fund management company of Portugal´s largest banking group Caixa Geral de Depósitos, present in over 20 countries and with assets above 120 billion Euros. With a total of close to 700 million Euros under management, the largest and most relevant in the country, Caixa Capital invests in growth equity and venture capital opportunities and funds. The Venture Capital team partners with incubators, accelerators and business angels for seed and startup investments and with major international venture funds for opportunities above 1 million Euros. The team aims to support global expansion of Portugal related teams and companies and has dedicated team members to ICT, digital, health tech, engineering and clean tech investments. 


Beta-i is an organization created in 2010 by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Its mission is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and, by doing so, the non-profit organization has already received over 3,000 ideas and accelerated more than 500 startups. It brought to Portugal some of the greatest global startup initiatives: SeedCamp Portugal; Startup Weekend; Startup Europe; Slush; Pioneers Festival; The Pirate Summit; and the firstTEDx in the country. In 2014, Beta-i was considered the biggest Startup & Entrepreneurship Promoter in Portugal by the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, promoted by the European Commission. We’ve been chosen as a local partner by the European Commission to help curating one of ICT’s parallel activities, the Startup Europe Forum. Startup Europe is the forum within ICT where one can discuss what is needed, what is missing and can be improved on the European startup ecosystem and Beta-i will contribute for the discussion in several ways, mainly by bringing together different point of views throughout the sessions we’re putting together. Beta-i will also look after some sessions, networking time and startup corners where all the European projects that somehow support innovation and entrepreneurship will be showcased. 

Startup Lisboa 

Startup Lisboa is an incubator founded in Lisbon in 2011 by the city of Lisbon, Montepio Geral and IAPMEI. Currently, has 100 incubated startups with more than 250 people (two buildings, one in Rua da Prata for ICT-startups, and other in Rua Castilho for startups in the area of trade and tourism and a residence for entrepreneurs in Rua do Comércio). This incubator already supported more than 200 startups and promoted the creation of about 800 jobs since the opening of the first building in February 2012. Since then, Startup Lisboa has received more than 3000 applications. Currently, has more than 100 mentors and approximately 90 partners