• Welcome aboard!
  • Why join the navy,
    if you can be a pirate?
  • Changing the world
    one entrepreneur at a time
  • Be Brave, Be Crazy, Be a Pirate!

About Us

Startup Pirates is a one-week program that enables aspiring entrepreneurs to get inside the startup world and learn how to develop a business idea.


With a very hands-on approach and the support of a large community of experienced entrepreneurs, we combine workshops and mentoring with a clear focus on accelerating the development of startups. After the programs, our network of partners supports the teams on their quest to thrive.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR SHIP

Pirate Code

Every member of our crew proudly follows our pirate code. Ambition and resilience are in the core of our nature!

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Quality at the Top

One of our core values is quality and we work passionately so that every program we organize provides value to our participants

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Our Organizers

We would not be able to change the world without our fantastic local organizers, who make our vision a reality.

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Our network

We proud ourselves on our pirate network. From entrepreneurs, mentors and organizers, our community brings sexy back in the form of an eye patch.

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2013 in Review

Pitch with the timeline
  • 1st program in The Netherlands

    Maastricht

    AAARG! To kickstart our year, we anchored in Maastrich for the first time.

  • Best accelerator in Europe

    London Web Summit

    Yeeei us! We took the first place on the London Web Summit People's Choice Award for best accelerator in Europe.

  • New team member

    Henrique

    We rescued a new pirate to our team, and welcomed Henrique to our family.

  • 1st program in Asia

    Startup Pirates @ Lahore

    Landed on another continent with our program in Lahore, Pakistan

  • 1st program in South America

    Startup Pirates @ Curitiba

    Across the ocean, spreading our spirit with our fellow brothers from Brazil, we held our first pirate week in South America.

  • 2nd Anniversary

    2nd Anniversary

    Happy birthday to us! Surrounded by friends and pirate cake, we celebrated our second anniversary.

  • 20th program

    Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk

    With a great sense of pride, Startup Pirates organized its 20th program in Gdańsk, Poland. Thank you!

  • New website

    New website

    Following our party, a present for ourselves! We launched a brand new, improved and awesome website!

  • First Program in Peru

    Startup Pirates @ Lima

    We loved South America so much we decided to go back, this time to Lima, Peru.

  • Almighty Pirate Startup / Community Award

    Almighty Pirate Startup / Community Award

    Two Competitions to celebrate the Global Entrepreneurship Week and put some spice in our community's life. Congrats to CreAPPcuentos and Startup Pirates @ Braga for taking the prizes!

  • Honorable mention at Manuel António da Mota Prize

    Fundação Manuel António da Mota

    The 4th edition of Manuel António da Mota Prize rewarded institutions that excel in promoting European citizenship and the achievement of national objectives inscribed in Europe 2020 strategy.

13

Programs

11

Cities

7

Countries

3

Continents

227

Participants

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79

Ideas developed

270

Guest entrepreneurs

56

Organizers

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WHAT OUR AWESOME PIRATES SAY

Aleksandra Lobocka

I think it was a very useful experience, not only in the case of our project, but also as a good foundation for every business we may start in the future.

Aleksandra Lobocka

Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk

Diogo Bittar Beltrami

It was a special week filled with hard work and learning. I met amazing people who helped me take the first steps with my startup.


Diogo Bittar Beltrami

Startup Pirates @ Curitiba

Eduardo Alves

The program was very useful as it provided the notions of executing an idea effectively. The biggest lesson I learned was ‘getting market validation’. I think this is one of the main steps when working on a new project.

Eduardo Alves

Startup Pirates @ Porto

Hugo Alves

I think the best thing the program offered was the intersection of all the skills we had learned, such as BMC, design thinking, pitching, and even more!


Hugo Alves

Startup Pirates @ Lisboa

 

 

AND WHAT ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE ORGANIZERS ?

María Regueira

My favourite part were the 8 days, see how our plans became a reality, the good environment, that people share their projects, see how ideas get mature, see how they become friends, was a very busy week but totally worth it.


María Regueira

Startup Pirates @ Vigo

Ana Mihail

Altogether the teams were amazing, made considerable progress and all of them wish to continue with their startups. We will be in touch to see how we can further help, as true pirates: we stick together



Ana Mihail

Startup Pirates @ Maastricht

Diana Solomko

The last night before final pitches - we were working that day 15,5 hours, pirates from different teams were helping each other with presentations. I've stayed with the participants all the time and only the power of the whole program made me wake up every day after 4 hours of sleep.

Diana Solomko

Startup Pirates @ Krakow

Marcin Młyński

Startup Pirates is a great program. Long but very effective. I have just one recommendation, don't stop, because you are doing a great job. :) I have so many testimonials and questions on when will be the second edition and that makes me really proud.

Marcin Młyński

Startup Pirates @ Gdańsk

 

Everything started with a few people and a big vision. And we wouldn't have been able to achieve it thus far without our amazing, HARDWORKING AND IMPACT-DRIVEN ORGANIZERS.
So, here is a big thank you for all the organizers.
They've proven the true pirate spirit:

 

Join the family and take Startup Pirates to your city

 

Ana Mihail, Agnieszka Ignaczak, Agnieszka Meller, Ali Awais Amin, Ali Raza, Amalia Ghiban, Ana Filipa Freitas, Ana Rita Oliveira, Ania Osińska, Ariana Brás, Beata Jakubczyk, Carla Martins, Carlos Amselem, Daniela Benavides, Danilo Brizola, Davis Gouveia, Diana Solomko, Diego Arbulu, Ewelina Matyjasik, Ester Xicota, Francisco (Paco) Rojas, Hugo Casqueira, Hugo Martins, Jawad Rasool, João Remondes, Juan Diego Puelles, Justyna Mockus, Justyna Warzecha, Khawaja Ahsan, Kristjan Kangro, Lina Figueira, Marcin Młyński, Maria Luísa, Maria Pelevina, María Regueira Ces, Mariana Cordeiro, Marta Figueiredo, Mateusz Cybula, Mentor Palokaj, Miguel Frade, Miguel Lemos, Nate Frederiks, Nur Wahib, Osman Ahmad, Paola Fatas, Patricia Díaz Padín, Patricia Somorrostro López, Rafael Tortato, Rita Valinhas, Sara Miotk, Sharjeel Nawaz, Umber Nawaz, Veronika Brantova, Vitor Torres, William Griffiths

Conferences and events

23 as Speakers

Cross Innovation Lisbon

EBM Valletta

Explorers Festival

Singularity University

HPAIR Dubai

London Web Summit

MeWeek

Shape Europe Madrid

9 as Participants

DLD 2013

Dublin Web summit

Pioneers Festival

European Pirate Summit

Le Web London

Le Web Paris

Frontiers of Interaction

Go Youth Conference

8 Pirate Drinks organized

Coimbra

Gdansk

Lahore

Lisbon

Maastricht

Porto

Vigo

Zaragoza

Digital engagement

1583

Twitter Followers

8150

Facebook Likes

2680

Newsletter subscribers

increase in Blog traffic from 2012

increase in website traffic

 

 

Culture

Everyday stats from 2013

19 GB

of e-mails

156

meetings

179

days on the road

56 368

miles traveled

1980

sushi rolls

enough calories to charge 17.060 iphones with no battery to 100%

554

hours of Skype calls

WHAT ? 554H of skype calls? That means...
33.240 minutes -> 370 soccer games -> 5,8 World Cups!

1095

espressos

43.800mg of Caffeine

Business Cards

300 business cards handed out

In the digital era, we're trying to reduce waste anyway

Bulma the Cat

1 new Pet

Bulma, our fluffy Pirate cat!

Startup Pirates Shoes

251% increase in SWAG

Formula to calculate it kept secret

Funny stories

Spoiler alert! There are fire issues in Startup Pirates programs...

FIRE!

1 chimney set on fire at Startup Pirates @ Zaragoza



ACCIDENT AT VIGO

In the final day, a team’s spokesman of the idea had a motorcycle accident. We were not counting he would come (because emergencies often take a while to assist you). However, he was so excited to present their project that 10 minutes before the end of the pitch session, he came with an ice pack on his face and ended up being one of the winning projects. For those wondering, everything is ok with him.

PIZZA TIME

At Startup Pirates @ Porto we burned a pizza in the oven triggering the smoke alarm. Crazy moments to discover where the noise was coming from.

Meet our team

A GROUP OF FEARLESS PIRATES WORKED HARD 365 DAYS TO MAKE 2013 A YEAR TO REMEMBER

Daniela Monteiro Daniela Monteiro

Daniela Monteiro

Co-Founder
Henrique Cruz Henrique Cruz

Henrique Cruz

Pirate in Residence
Inês Santos Silva Inês Santos Silva

Inês Santos Silva

Co-Founder
Rafael Pires Rafael Pires

Rafael Pires

Co-Founder

A big gratitude Aarrr for João Oliveira and Ariana Brás, our co-founders that are always there for us.

 

 

 

Lifetime Impact

AS AN IMPACT-ORIENTED ORGANIZATION, STARTUP PIRATES STRIVES TO INCREASE ITS IMPACT FROM DAY ONE

52

projects running

1.35M €

raised by startups

89

jobs created

51%

participants created their own projects

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520+

Invited Entrepreneurs

420+

Participants

 

 

Financials

Transparency is a part of our DNA, so here are our financial records for 2013

Revenue

  • Retained earnings
  • Startup Pirates Program
  • Sponsorship
  • Awards
  • Other
  •  
  • Total

 

  • 3.796,67€
  • 2.279,02€
  • 6.000€
  • 5.000€
  • 1.015€
  •  
  • 18.090,69€

Expenses

  • Transport
  • Brand & Merchandising
  • Culture
  • Accommodation
  • Web Apps
  • Other

Total

 

  • 3.761,95€
  • 1.466,77€
  • 640,99€
  • 635,3€
  • 181,58€
  • 171,33€

6.857,92€

 

Surplus

11.232,77€

 

 

 

2014

 



Some say that 2014 will be the year of wearable technologies,
personal clouds or the explosion of crowdfunding.

For us, in 2014, we will continue to dream with our eyes wide open
following our quest to multiply the impact of entrepreneurship in the world!

Here is our vision for the next year:

30

Programs

900

Participants

110

Startups/Projects Running

Bring more Entrepreneurs
to the world!

Sponsors & Partners

In the high sea, tides are not always favorable. Our Sponsors and Partners help steer us in the right direction, and we're very honored to have them on board.

DUE

 

DUE was founded in 2009 to provide services in the areas of Information Systems, Web Marketing and Communications. It has a vast experience in delivering services to distributors,and its core business is the development of exclusive websites.

Fundação +

 

Fundação + aims at fostering actions that lead to a better world. They pursue this goal by designing, promoting, implementing and supporting social projects in Portugal and in the rest of the world, especially in developing countries. We were very ecstatic for having them on board in 2013!

UP!

 

The UP! has been our harbor for the past two years! At the former HUB Porto you can find the ideal place not only to work but also for meetings, training sessions, presentations, launch products and held great events!

Perk Partners

A true Pirate never sails without his tools! From the very first event, we have partnered with some fantastic companies in other to help our participants and startups grow.

Partners

Goodies, Events, Pipeline and Role Models. A number of other organizations and companies help us sail through the fair winds and rough seas. Provide us inspiration, help us spread our message and make us look stylish.

With gratitude

 

From all of us at Startup Pirates, and from the bottom of our hearts,
thank you for another amazing year!

Let’s make 2014 one to remember!

 

SAY HELLO!

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