Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Paulo Andrez is an international expert in entrepreneurship and innovation, business development, scaling up and risk mitigation. As of 2018, Paulo Andrez is serving as the President and Shareholder of Toys R Us Iberia Holdings, with 60 stores in Portugal and Spain and 1300 employees. Apart from Green Swan he owns a portfolio of 11 investments in startup and scale up companies. As an angel investor, he received the award “Best European Angel Investment” in 2012 as one of his investments reached 25 million euros in revenues within the first year of operations. Paulo is a Board Member of Entrepreneurship Agency DNA Cascais, which supported more than 300 startups in the last decade. Paulo was appointed President Emeritus EBAN, European Business Angel Network, after serving as President until 2014. Since 2012, Paulo has been working with a number of European governments in the field of Early Stage Investment policies and Business Angels Co-Investment Funds design. He chaired the European Commission Expert Group for support of Slovak and Romanian governments in designing and implementing entrepreneurship and innovation policies. He has a background as a serial entrepreneur and is frequently invited as speaker worldwide, guest lecturer and expert in innovation, entrepreneurship and early stage investment. Since 2012, Paulo has been holding a series of workshops on the topic of risk mitigation for new
14:00 – 17:00
Workshop 8 – Start-up (Connectology)
Zero Risk Startup
Part 1 & 2
Most of the companies fail to raise funds. Why? Investors and companies have no money to invest?
The correct answer is – too much risk! The real dilemma lies on the border of potential and reality. Potentially, all the projects are great, but in reality, there are RISKS warning about poor execution of the idea. What entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs tend to forget is that even the best idea in the world is worth zero, when there is zero execution.
Based on the real life examples, this short workshop will teach the participants to understand, identify and avoid main risks in any project, which will significantly increase chances of getting an investment or an approval by a management board.
Special attention will be given to behavioural risks of entrepreneurs. Overconfidence bias in entrepreneurs can have serious implications on business decision making process, leading to Startup failure. Lack of confidence and wrong estimation of business probabilities and entrepreneurial skills, on the other hand, can result with no action at all.
Serial entrepreneurship in startup world is more often a synonym for serial failures, rather than successes, as more than 50% of startups fail within 5 years of their incorporation. When a startup fails, a so-called startup postmortem reports the reasons for the failure, such as running out of cash, no market need, or incompatible team. Looking beyond just the business reasons for failure, it is possible to identify certain behaviors and cognitive biases which kill startups. During the workshop, we will discuss the most common startup related biases as well as debiasing techniques to minimize their effect.
15:30 – 17:00
Startup Pillar Session 1 – Startup’s nurtured by Accelerators and Incubators
- What role do accelerators and incubators play in Start-Up, and how do they prepare them for the future?
- Lean Startup Approach: Emphasized heavily by Incubators and Accelerators.
- How Can Startups make the most out of Accelerators?