Road 2 Web Summit
The R2WS selects the best young startups to represent Portugal at the biggest tech event in the world. To support this participation it also provides intensive preparation in a 2 day Bootcamp that includes topics such as how to navigate the app and how the event will work, how to approach investors, which goals to set for the event or how to pitch accordingly. Currently, in its 6th edition, the program has already supported more than 700 startups.
Selected Startups for the 2021 Edition
To be eligible, startups and companies must:
- have been founded no more than 5 years ago (from 2016 onwards);
- have at least an MVP and an active website;
- be registered to pay VAT in Portugal;
- be registered in Startup Hub;
Startup Portugal and Web Summit will:
- give priority to startups and companies applying for R2WS for the first time;
- give priority to companies with a revenue, or cumulative investment of up to €3,000,000;
- give priority to more recently founded startups;
- announce startups and companies selected for the program every two weeks (starting on the 20th of August), up until the deadline for applications.
Disclaimer: Startup Portugal and Web Summit are unable to refund and thus accept in the program companies that have already acquired Alpha program access for Web Summit 2021.
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We spent one year developing the product for drones, namely location, and then at the end of that time we realized that we had to pivot and try to figure out where we could apply our technology. And that is where Web Summit helped us a lot. Receiving all that feedback was very important for us to shift to the product we have now.
The Road 2 Web Summit program helped us meet people with different ideas and that was great. In terms of scalability, participating in the Web Summit is always beneficial for any new company as it helps them reach new markets and customers. From this point of view, it helped us a lot.
Unlike other startups whose goal was to raise investment, for us, Road 2 Web Summit was very useful for marketing and notoriety purposes. We had the opportunity to appear on the news, and I think this had a strong influence from the press office of Startup Portugal. This opened the door for strategic partnerships, some of which we are deepening right now, and that may lead to larger projects or perhaps new shareholders.
Vawlt participated in Road 2 Web Summit, promoted by Startup Portugal, which allowed us to access the Web Summit at a reduced cost. Sometimes it seems like an insignificant detail, but in fact, in the life of a startup, it makes a big difference.
But above all, the major advantage we found in attending Road to Web Summit was that we could share it with other national startups and exchange synergies, challenges, different stages, and conversations between us all.
Bruno Santos Amaro
Startup Portugal, namely through Road 2 Web Summit, helped us get in touch with international contacts, which led to many crucial opportunities we wouldn’t have reached otherwise. In that sense, it undoubtedly helped us.
Joana Pinto & Gonçalo Chambel