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Portuguese GEW focuses on creative industries

Mark Marich (GEW global)

Portugal

Nov 16, 2012

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Its opening session being held at the ISCTE Business School this Monday, GEW Portugal welcomed Secretary of State of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Carlos Oliveira at this high-ranking university of economics and management sciences.

The flagship event of the country this year is undoubtedly the "Silicon Valley Comes to Lisbon" conference which runs for two days and brings several master classes, workshops, networking sessions and panel discussions to the Portuguese capital. Prominent entrepreneurs straight from the Valley visit Lisbon to share their knowledge and experience with the locals.

With a clear focus on promoting intercultural and intellectual sharing and networking of people from diverse backgrounds - academics, students, entrepreneurs and businessmen, SV2Lx returned this year to surmount its grandiose success from 2011.

Kicked off by an invite-only session with on November 15, the following day’s public conference focused on critical topics as the biotech industry, accelerating ideas, financing start-ups, innovation centers, the Portuguese Diaspora, internationalization and spin-off companies.

Prior to SV2Lx several sessions had been organized to promote the main conference, such as University Sessions, where students outside of Lisbon attended moderated debates at their own campuses; movie screenings sessions on entrepreneurial and innovation themes; a live concert of Frankie Chavez as part of a music record crowd funding project.

At the time of writing this post SV2Lx attendees probably listen to the last speakers (one of whom is Minister of Economy, Alvaro Santos Pereira) and prepare themselves for the GEW final party at LXFactory, aimed to flourish informal networking between members of the Portuguese Entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Other major events during GEW included the Lisbon edition of Seedcamp which served as the qualifying session to the European Seedcamp UK, and a Startup Weekend.

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This post is a guest contribution from Daniel Szabo, a young Hungarian entrepreneur working out of the GEW Global offices in Washington, DC. Daniel is a graduate student of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He works with future startup generations in Hungary through the Kairos Society and the Young Entrepreneurs Association (FIVOSZ), globally through the One Young World network.

tags: concert, creative, crowdfunding, gew portugal, Portugal, silicon valley