Preparing startups for international expansion and investment


As part of their 30th anniversary, ANJE, Associação Nacional de Jovens Empresários (in English: National Association of Young Entrepreneurs), invited me to design, organise and facilitate a 1-day workshop for 15 startups who are seeking investment and/or are wanting to expand internationally. The objective of the “Scale: Smart. Quick. Fast. Accelerate” event was to help prepare the selected startups for these defining moments in their life cycle. This was achieved by providing first-hand experience from seasoned entrepreneurs and advice from experienced subject matter experts and Venture Capitalists/Business Angels.

The event agenda:

9:30 – Arrival and registration
10:00 – Welcome
10:15 – Panel discussion with 2 Portuguese entrepreneurs sharing their experience with fundraising and international expansion
11:00 – Coffee break
11:30 – Office hours (1:1 mentor session), part 1
12:30 – Lunch
13:00 – Office hours (1:1 mentor session), part 2
14:00 – Setting up a business in the UK (presentation by UK Trade & Investment)
15:00 – End

About ANJE:

ANJE is a non-profit organisation and association started in 1986. Its goal is to associate young Portuguese entrepreneurs with a view to defending common interests and developing their professional activity, namely regarding training and information. Impelled by the will to defend the interests of its associates and promote young entrepreneurship, ANJE has established new development paradigms in Portuguese business and has encouraged less conservative attitudes regarding risk. With approximately 5000 associates, 50 employees, 10 operational areas and several regional centres and local delegations, ANJE undertakes activities of undeniable public relevance.

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