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The Challenge

We’re looking for the best startups out there! This is your chance to get access to the best real-life customers, a space at the Microsoft booth at Web Summit, 120K USD of free cloud services and work in a proof of concept with one of the best companies in Portugal.

For that we’ve partnered with 5 of the top players in Portugal – Farfetch, Impresa, Grow Health powered by CUF, Pestana Hotel Group and SUMOL+COMPAL - to launch 5 challenges in 5 key industries and want to see all of your creativity shine through. Whether you are a startup in Portugal or abroad or a team of driven people from all walks of life who want to come together to come up with new ways of doing things, this is the program for you.

Apply for one of the challenges until August 30th and show us what you got!

Semi-finalists of each challenge will get the opportunity of working alongside their chosen company, as well as receive mentoring from their top representatives. If you are a finalist you will also get to work on a week-long hackathon, where you will be able to tailor your solution and receive feedback from various specialists in all industries.

Think you've got what it takes? Make sure you apply until August 30th.


Farfetch | Commerce Challenge

How can we transform the way people shop in-store and online, using new technologies such as AR and VR? know more

Impresa | Media Challenge

How can media leverage artificial intelligence and/or machine learning to best deliver news and entertainment to customers? For example, how can we monitor different sources of ... know more

Grow Health powered by CUF | Health Care Challenge

How can we move from a cure-based system to a prevention-based one, using 70+ years of clinical information? know more

Pestana Hotel Group | Hospitality Challenge

How can we leverage artificial intelligence to fight complexity, improving our customers’ experience, by designing and delivering relevant personalized services, from 'pre-booki... know more

SUMOL+COMPAL | Manufacturing Challenge

How can technologies such as big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence help us improve operations, in commerce, distribution and retail so that we can best serve ou... know more


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Timeline and Prizes

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So how will this all work? After applications close, a jury from Microsoft, Farfetch, Impresa, Grow Health powered by CUF, Pestana Hotel Group and SUMOL+COMPAL will select 2 semi-finalists per challenge by September 4th 2017. Those finalists will get the chance to get mentoring sessions to get real-life feedback on their solutions with key people from the company their challenge relates to. Then each company will select one finalist that will participate with them and the teams at Microsoft on a week-long hackaton from September 11 to 15 at the Microsoft Offices in Lisbon to get their solutions ready. The five finalists will then pitch their solutions to a jury of industry experts from Microsoft, key accelerators and VCs on October 11th, who will select the winner!

And make no mistake, the rewards are grand!

If you are the winning startup/team you will receive one of our coveted $120k Azure Cloud Subscriptions (1), so you can further develop your solution. Additionally, you will be able to develop a PoC (proof of concept) for the company you worked with. Last, but definitely not least, you will have the opportunity to be showcased at what is called “the best technology conference on the planet”, Web Summit, to nearly 60.000 expected attendees from all over the world at the Microsoft booth (1).

(1) these two prizes are dependent upon the winning team having a company registered in Portugal or abroad and being part of one of our partner accelerators.

Questions? Drop us an e-mail!