2012 ANNUAL REPORT
Why join the navy... ...if you can be a pirate? - Steve Jobs -
TABLE OF CONTENTS
01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/
Mission Statement - 06 -
opening remarks - 08 FOUNDING PRINCIPLES - 10 -
pirate code - 12 -
timeline: startup pirates story - 14 -
accomplishments - 16 -
06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/
STARTUP PIRATES PROGRAM - 18 METHODOLOGY - 20 EXPANSION - 22 -
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS - 24 -
COMMUNITY & TESTIMONIALS - 26 -
SPONSORS - 28 PARTNERS - 29 -
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DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT - 30 -
STARTUP PIRATES IN THE PRESS - 32 -
FINANCIALS - 34 -
CULTURE - 36 -
OUR TEAM - 38 -
OUR VISION FOR 2013 - 40 -
With gratitude - 42 -
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01/ Mission Statement
Startup Pirates wants to change the world one entrepreneur at a time!
02/ opening remarks STARTUP PIRATES EXECUTIVE TEAM
INÊS SANTOS SILVA
We still remember the day the name “Startup Pirates” revealed itself. It was in a rainy night and for 3 hours we were brainstorming about possible names. And then, someone thought about Startup Pirates and we immediately realized this was the right name for us. Almost 2 years have passed, since that crucial moment and lots of things changed. But, one thing remains the same: Our passion is still the same and more than ever we believe our work can make a difference in people’s lives. 2012 was an exciting year for us, seeing our work in action, especially the success of our programs and the companies and new jobs we helped to create. We are proud to work with teams from 12 different countries, in 4 continents and we are supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in the making. We are delighted to bring together entrepreneurs, changemakers and
young aspiring entrepreneurs to inspire, influence, learn from each other and work together to develop business ideas and to launch new startups. We honestly believe that young people have an important role to play in our social and economic renewal, and we are privileged to be part of this change for good. In 2013, Startup Pirates wants to reach 20 countries, organize 30 programs and help more than 1000 entrepreneurs in the making. We are deeply committed on building out robust and impactful programs and support not only our Pirates, but also the startup communities where we have our programs. These are ambitious goals. These are goals that make us proud and make us work hard day after day. The future looks bright for Startup Pirates and we thank you for that. Inês, Daniela and Rafael
“Despite the trendiness of entrepreneurship, there is a very real and tangible benefits that derives from it. Most people tend to stay on the notion of big pay day, being your own boss or becoming famous. True entrepreneurs don’t pursue such goals. They’re irrelevant to them. Money, fame and glory are byproducts of hard work. There is no shortcut to life. True entrepreneurs, on the contrary are stubborn motherf**kers that keep pushing society forward. They are those that go on and create crazy projects within their companies that end up turning the corporation upside down. They are those that invent new ways of doing old businesses, burning century-old industries to the ground in the process. They are those that with a little innovation, they’re capable of bettering the life of those around them, even without resources, even with all odds against them. Entrepreneurs bring
innovation, jobs, life style, bettering of old industries, revival of cities, new educational models and, above all, they push society forward. People like Startup Pirates, that care about their homeland, that care about the future of their country and push to give birth to more and better entrepreneurs. Startup Pirates that sail the seven seas to share their knowledge with different countries, entities and ecosystems. People like Startup Pirates that believe that true knowledge, innovation and potential you need to tap into the interconnected world. People that believe that we’re not alone, that we need each other and that we can do things better. “ Alex Barrera
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1 If we don’t love what we do, then we are doing something wrong.
2 Alone we aren’t capable of achieving our full potential. Together we are capable of changing the world.
3 As a non-profit organization we embrace full transparency.
We make sure to celebrate every small win.
We ship fast and learn along the way.
Boldness, Creativity and Humility are at our core.
We focus on getting sh*t done.
The desire to create significant impact is baked into our DNA and serves as our “northern-star” for every decision made.
We are guided by a desire to create long term value.
03/ pirate code Startup Pirates wants to break some rules, but being a Pirate takes discipline and focus. So, as Pirates in the past had a Code of Conduct, Startup Pirates has its own Pirate Code:
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04/ TIMELINE: STARTUP PIRATES STORY This big adventure started as a hobby when the 5 founders got together with a similar vision and ambition. We felt entrepreneurship was a real possibility that has the power to change peopleâ€™s lives and contribute to the growth of the economy. So, we decided to launch our first program that went
really well and the hobby got serious! So far, everything went above our expectations both nationally and internationally. Just to mention some achievements, it was the year of our first program organized by a local team, the validation of our methodology, 1000 people/organizations directly engaged...
We are really proud of our accomplishments, but we canâ€™t wait for what is to come. This is just the beginning!
2012 2011 JULY 5 Startup Pirates Launch Party.
AUGUST 2 First Startup getting investment. AUGUST 28 SP @ Porto First program, first feedback and first improvement.
SEPTEMBER Pitch the Parrot came to Life. Our mascot was born!
FEBRUARY 4 SP @ Lisboa First program organized by a local team.
JULY 5 Startup Pirates 1st Anniversary Party.
AUGUST 11 SP @ Bratislava First internacional program.
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DECEMBER 1 SP @ Braga 10th Startup Pirates program. DECEMBER 5 Campus Pirate Program Launch of the Students ambassadorship program.
SEPTEMBER 16 SP @ Zaragoza First program in Spain. SEPTEMBER 22 SP @ Poznan First program in Poland.
OCTOBER 26 Pirates in Residence.
NOVEMBER 24 SP @ Barcelona First program on Social Entrepreneurship.
DECEMBER 10 7 Perk partners closed.
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Programs this year
PEOPLE / ORGANIZATIONS DIRECTLY ENGAGED
PERK PARTNERS TO HELP STARTUPS GROW
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Startups /Projects running
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06/ STARTUP PIRATES PROGRAM What Startup Pirates offers
Over the course of the 8 day community driven accelerator, participants have the chance to…
Startup Pirates in numbers
· Attend 8 high quality workshops on topics like business model, product development, pitch, etc; · Be mentored and get connected to more than 20 entrepreneurs and innovators who will join the program; · Access our network of perk partners; Work and “live” with 29 other amazing Pirates.; · Be connected with investors, business angels, business leaders and VC’s; · Access valuable prizes to get your startup running.
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Mentors, investors and entrepreneus
One remarkable experience!
of working hours
event with the startup community
sessions â€œask the mentorâ€œ
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NETWORK & CONNECT We make sure to be present in the most important conferences and events around the world and connect with the organizations and people that share a similar vision to ours.
SUPPORT & MONITOR
We work with local organizations to identify when and where we are doing the Startup Pirates programs. The engagement of the local community is essential to the success of the programs.
FACILITATE During the week of the program, we make sure to be present, at least, in the first 3 days to set the culture and give some support.
We give 24/7 support to our local organizers and exhaustively monitor the progress of each program.
FOLLOW-UP After the program, we want to know what was the impact of the program and we always follow-up with local organizers and participants. We are madly committed to the maximization of impact.
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08/ CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
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WHERE WE’VE BEEN
FEATURING Global Entrepreneurship Congress March 2012, UK
European Pirate Summit September 2012, Germany
Next Berlin April 2012, Germany
Pioneers Festival October 2012, Austria
Campus Party August 2012, Germany
Startup Nations November 2012, Canada
InfluencerConf October 2012, Brazil
SWITCH Conference 2012 June 2012, Portugal
MIT GSW March 2012, Turkey
TransEurope Express 2012 February 2012, Italy
European Entrepreneurship Foundation & Startup Pirates Invite to: Something Ventured (Pioneers Festival’s side event) October 2012, Austria
Startup Pirates Meetup Maastricht September 2012, The Netherlands
SWITCH Startup Competition June 2012, Portugal
Startup Pirates Meetup Cologne September 2012, Germany
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09/ COMMUNITY & TESTIMONIALS sailing courage new iDeas ignition
Shows you the way and provides you the freedom to take leap when you are ready. — Beshara Morris Hinnawi
I must admit I was a bit ”dragged” so my expectations were low. But I was ecstatic, if you need anything from me for future events, count on me. Congratulations, you guys did an exceptional job, I am especially grateful to you. — João Melo
A connection to a whole new community, that was unknown to me at the time. — João Loff
enlightening crazy boldness
I think Pirates is a great chance for early stage entrepreneurs. They have the opportunity to form a team and work intensively with them. Getting awards such as free office space gives a great incentive for them to continue working on the business. — Ben Grech
The Startup Pirates events are truly suited to anyone and everyone who cares the least about building (or joining) a startup. They give you all the tools you need to create something of your own that both inspires and prepares you to actually make it happen. You can learn a lot and be very productive in a fun and supportive environment. — Daniel Loureiro
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+ 250 partners / Sponsors
+ 260 invited entrepreneurs
200 PARTICIPANTS 20 Nationalities
5 FOUNDING TEAM
45 LOCAL ORGANIZERS
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DUE was founded in 2009 to provide services in the areas of Information Systems, Web Marketing and Communications. It is our ambition to play a leading position in the domestic market among a new generation of creative companies that dominate the new digital world and know how to use the web to conquer international markets.
RESUL was founded in 1982 and it is now a creative and imaginative company that researches, develops, produces and proposes equipment solutions for energy transport and distribution (gas and electricity), telecommunication networks, public lighting, water networks, central heating systems and also solutions for renewable energies (thermal and photovoltaic).The core business is based on growth and range expansion, from the adoption of 3 fundamental strategies:
DUE has a vast experience in delivering services to distributors, primarily in the technology segment, our core business being the development of exclusive websites. DUE works constantly in revenue share models, wishing to improve the performance of SMEs clients mainly, but not exclusively.
› Strong investment in the productive sector, by acquiring equity of a factory and participating in its management team (which became its major supplier); › Search for national or international prestigious companies to invest in; › Placing its offer in the “global market”.
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11/ DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT Global Website
Launched on July 5, 2011 Data from 2012 48.533 page views Visites from: 125 countries 8 local websites 151.500 page views
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Followers on the 31st December 2012
Total number of tweets
9 Facebook groups for Pirates
Likes, till the 31st December 2012
2080 Total number of re-tweets
+14 Facebook pages for local events
1st post: 29th April 2011
“Hello Pirates” 1st post: 11th May 2011
Tweeter accounts for local events
7765 12 Presentations
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12/ PIRATES IN THE PRESS eu-startups.com It’s Saturday morning and Startup Pirates @ Porto second edition is coming to an end. One week of business modeling, branding, pitching, mentorship and teamwork is over and it’s time to let the team’s ideas shine.
You may remember last month our own Robin
Wauters was in Lisbon at the Switch conference and
Recently, the city council of Lisbon launched the
Reinaldo Ferreira // JS Catier
was shocked – shocked! to find out there are tech
Startup Lisboa initiative, a network of startup smart
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
startups in Portugal.
incubation spaces that mix coworking spaces in the
historical center of the city with acceleration programs Well, part of that story is an effort to support startups
that is mostly provided in partnership with not-for-
by the non-profit band of salty sea dogs known as
profit organisations like Beta-i or Startup Pirates.
Startup Pirates. These organisations provide several accelerator Not even a year old, the organisation has done some
programs like Beta-start, with mentors, coaches, ending
fast work setting up shop and helping others to do the
with a demo day, getting entrepreneurs venture capital
same. Along with the yo-ho-hos and a bottle of rum,
exposure and organise events such as “Silicon Valley
it is pushing expansion through ten countries and help-
comes to Lisbon” to foster access to an international
ing 1000 young entrepreneurs get their startups going.
Startup Pirates Bratislava – Final jury live blogging (...)
NOVEMBER 16, 2012
AUGUST 18, 2012
The pirate spirit is catching on.With The European Pirate Summit only a few days away, we found another pack of Pirates going out to sea.The Startup Pirates have just organized their first event in Porto, last week. And that was only the beginning of what they, and we, hope will be a worldwide phenomenon. The Startup Pirates is a movement that wants to create one-week Startup Schools around the world, bringing together the latest discoveries in the technology field with the experience and talent of successful entrepreneurs. (...)
Monica Obogeanu eureka-startups.com
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
El emprendimiento está a la orden del día. En estos tiempos revueltos, existe un consenso general en que fomentar el autoempleo y las nuevas iniciativas que generen innovación y puestos de trabajo es deseable. Pero ¿cómo fomentar una nueva cantera de emprend-
Learn by doing, in a creative and informal way, boostStartup Pirates pretende dar a esta pregunta una re-
ing entrepreneurship and creativity. Startup Pirates is
spuesta poco común. Esta iniciativa sin ánimo de lucro
Are you a wannabe entrepreneur hoping to find buried
a one-week intensive programme aiming to empower
nació en Lisboa en el 2011 de la mano de jóvenes
treasure with your world-changing idea? Are you in
wannabe entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to
universitarios interesados en potenciar la capacidad
Poland? Here’s your chance -- Poland’s HugeThing
create a startup.
de las personas emprendedoras para llevar a cabo sus
accelerator is one of the organizers of the Startup Pi-
ideas. ¿Cómo? Dotándolas de herramientas y criterio
rates @ Poznań. If you can’t make the event in Poland,
After having visited many cities around Europe, the
para que de forma autónoma puedan validarlas y
there could be a similar event coming soon to a place
programme will be in Barcelona from 24 November to
estructurar el plan de negocio que les abra las puertas
near you. Startup Pirates is a world-wide movement
1 December 2012, with a clear objective: foster social
de la financiación.
that aims to hold a series of one-week acceleration
programs in cities all over the world.
#EurekaNews OCTOBER 12, 2012
Cristina Barbetta 2012
NOVEMBER 15, 2012
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STARTUP PIRATES 2012 FINANCIAL StatementS
REVENUE Sponsorship Startup Pirates Programs Total
6 000 € 4 426 € 10 426 €
EXPENSES* Transport Accommodation Merchandising Brand Rentings Web Apps Conferences Office Supplies Others
3 525 € 878 € 570 € 569 € 391 € 330 € 227 € 81 € 476 €
7 046 €
3 380 €
* In this first year, the team invested their own time and money to make Startup Pirates a reality. Salaries weren’t paid.
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14/ CULTURE Languages involved
46 FLIGHTS 17 AIRPORTS
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PICTURES ON FLICKR
9 GOOGLE APPS
We had 9 consecutive meetings at the local McDonalds before launching Startup Pirates.
A wedding proposal at Startup Pirates @ Lisboa.
MINUTES OF VIDEO ON VIMEO
Two mentors met again at Startup Pirates @ Barcelona after 30 years of not seeing each other: they were friends at school and had lost contact!
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15/ OUR TEAM FOUNDING TEAM
INÊS SANTOS SILVA
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Luís Nuno Barbosa
Ana Claudia Silva
Elena Rodríguez Blanco
Ana Rita Oliveira
Filipe Castro Matos
Pencils of Promise
Filipe R. Portela
Héctor Gardó Huerta
Tomás Leão Torres
Clara Navarro Colomer
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16/ OUR VISION FOR 2013
PROGRAMS IN 2013
PROJECTS / STARTUPS (DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY)
17/ WITH GRATITUDE
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As you may notice on this report, 2012 was a year of growth and learning. All the results achieved lie on hard work and on our maybe naive belief that we can change the world, one entrepreneur at a time. But we wouldn’t be able to get here without the support of many people. To the all participants, local organisers, speakers, mentors, sponsors and partners, a big thank you for being part of this journey. We’re awaiting a challenging year, and we couldn’t be more excited. Hope we can keep counting on you! You sure can count on us.
May the fair winds be with us all!
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HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WORK. — Dr. Burton Lee, PhD MBA – Lecturer, European Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Stanford University; Managing Director, Innovarium Ventures
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