Founded in Paradise

Do you want to start your own business? Have an idea or service but don’t know where or how to start? Want to escape the daily grind and finally be in control of your life? What if you could start your business under the mentorship of successful entrepreneurs at an inspiring destination to finally become the entrepreneur you have always wanted to be?

This 4 day bootcamp will cover key areas in helping you get your business off the ground and will finish with a dragons den style pitch to local startups, investors and your peers.

You’ll leave refreshed, rejuvenated and with a clear plan on how to move forward with your business.

Program values
From thinking to doing

Learn how to launch an idea, get your first customers, generate revenue, raise funding and grow a business – from experts who have done it. We’ll show you that with the right mindset, tools and guidance, anything is possible.

Escape daily distractions

Remove yourself from the day-to-day stresses and get more done, in an environment designed for you to be focused, inspired and motivated. Immerse yourself in local culture and activities and invest in your health and well-being.

Founders helping founders

Starting a business can be lonely so share this journey with a small supportive group of like-minded people, all passionate about turning their idea into a business. You’ll make friends and potential co-founders and be part of a solid support network.

Your takeaways
  • A first version of your product or service
    You’ll know how to take an idea and break it down to create a sensible first version
  • A solid and concrete plan
    You’ll have the insight and confidence to know how to move forward
  • The toolkit and plan to grow your business
    With a clearer structure in place, you’ll be in a position to take the necessary steps.
  • A honed pitch
    With feedback from mentors and experienced startups facilitators you’ll have honed in on your elevator pitch

  • Pitch deck v1.1
    By the end of the 4 days you’ll have the vision and knowledge of how to create the perfect pitch deck. Your experts have raised millions of pounds from investors.

  • Course material and on-going learning
    You’ll have access to course and on-going material
  • Potential co-founders
    Make new friends but maybe meet potential co-founders

  • Your target customer profile
    You’ll leave with a good idea as to who your customers are and how to get them

  • An ‘alumni’ community of like minded individuals
    You’ll leave with a whole new bunch of friends and we’ll organise post program meet ups
  • Access to developers, investors and a solid support network
    New doors will open and you’ll have unique access to digital agencies and investment arms that you never knew existed.
Course structure

The purpose of this ideation workshop featuring organized idea generation exercises is to get you innovating — whether you want to change up a product/service you offer or come up for new ideas for a business and/or product. This workshop includes:

  • Researching, understanding and testing problems and pain points.
  • Defining customer segments and then validating ideas.
  • Ideation techniques and lean methodology

In this workshop you will design and develop new and existing business models. This workshop includes:

  • Design and test value propositions.
  • Assessing customer priorities in your value propositions.
  • Create a value map and customer profile
  • What is Product-Market Fit and how to get there.

Learn how to build a design prototype and a revenue-generating Minimum Desirable Product. This workshop includes:

  • Tools and techniques for Customer Validation
  • Principles and tools of prototyping
  • Design feature requirements for your MVP.
  • MVP testing and validation techniques
  • Benchmark with Competitors and Substitutes.

Learn ways to get your first users and build traction. This workshop includes:

  • Understanding your niche
  • Designing a customer persona and buyer journey for a target segment
  • Identify acquisition channels
  • Defining metrics to measure
  • Pricing Strategies

Learn to create your investment deck and build an investor acquisition strategy. This workshop includes:

  • Crafting an Investment Narrative
  • Developing an Investment Deck
  • Creating a Financial Model
  • Where and how to get investors

The bootcamp finishes with a demo day where you will pitch your business idea at a well known co-working space to local startups, investors and your fellow peers.

The Panel
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Nelson Sivalingam

Founder, OneMinute London, Wonderush, HowNow

Nelson Sivalingam is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker. His latest company, How Now raised a seven-figure investment from Fuel Ventures which includes Mark Pearson (MyVoucherCodes) and tennis superstar Andy Murray. He is an integral part of the Mayor of London’s official trade mission and helps startups of all sizes to scale and grow. His latest business venture was recently voted as one of the top Edtech companies to watch our for by ‘Forbes’ magazine.

Karen Stenning

Founder & Director, Absolute Alchemy, InvestHER

Karen is an entrepreneur, wellbeing practitioner, mentor and coach. Apart from running her businesses, Karen has collaborated with organisations such as Hatch Enterprise and Creators Club. At Hatch Karen delivers a Female Founders Accelerator programme for female entrepreneurs growing and building their businesses whilst the collaboration with Creators Club see her grow and develop the organisation to franchise the model across the UK and Europe. Karen is currently exploring a project that promotes and develops more female angel investors in helping female-led businesses

Amar Prashar

Founder, Poplify

Amar runs a leading digital consultancy having previously worked in the technology & media advisory team at PWC, the strategy team at AOL and the M&A team at Grant Thornton. They work with startups through to global enterprises including the likes of Fidelity Investments. He is also part of a VC that invests in exciting and new startups.

Our Location - Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the rising stars in the startup world and is fast becoming one of the most popular cities in Europe to live and do business. You’ll be staying right next to the Time Out food market in this historic building with high ceilings in Cais do Sodré. All rooms have been individually decorated by a local artist boasting views of the Tagus River. There is a ping pong table and multiple areas to relax and be inspired.

Our experiences

We don’t simply visit a destination. And we definitely don’t tour a city. We immerse ourselves in the places we go guided by those who live and breathe it.

They help us explore the way they’d want to explore it today, allowing you to get the most authentic travel experiences from the people who know their destination better than anyone else.

From hidden backstreet vespa tours to street art tours run by local neighbourhoods driving change, we’ll ensure you have a truly authentic experience.

Who is this for?
  • You have an idea for a product or service
  • Frustrated by your career and keen to explore alternatives.
  • Tired of going around in circles
  • Eager to connect with experts
  • Are attracted by the idea of moving forwards with a group of likeminded people.
  • Need help finding customers
  • Want to progress from thinking mode to doing mode
  • Want to learn about avoiding common mistakes
  • Looking for structure, guidance and advice
  • You LOVE travelling of course
What's included?

Unique entreprenurial boot camp with experts in the field


Daily workshops on ideation, product development, strategy, marketing, branding, investment


Daily business building sessions putting your ideas into practice


Post trip access to development teams and investors that can help you bring your business to life


3 nights of deluxe private accommodation, selected meals and transport


Daily yoga


Tailor-made vesper experience


Street art tour & creative workshop


‘Dragons Den’ style pitch at the end of the trip


Visit to a social and community project


Endless amazing food


Post trip meet-ups and internal chat’s through Slack

Flow state of mind

Our fundamental approach is centred around getting in the flow state of mind; when you create an environment that motivates and inspires then great things happen, learning becomes faster, more focused and fun.

By removing people from the stress of their everyday lives, creating an environment that inspires, supports and takes you out of your comfort zone then you are able to focus more mental energy on learning something new.

We run these programs abroad as we want you thinking about the amazing things you are learning and connections you are forming with others from all over the world rather than the chores you need to do or the daily commute to work and back.


Your investment


  • 4 day bootcamp in Lisbon
  • Private deluxe room
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals
  • Workshops
  • Mentoring
  • Daily yoga
  • Curated local experiences and activities
  • Post trip slack group and meetups
How to apply
1. Apply

Fill in the form below to register your interest. Don’t worry, there’s no commitment at this stage, we just want to make sure it’s right for you.

2. Enroll

We’ll arrange a phone or Skype call with you. We’d like to know more about you, what you’re looking to achieve and to tell you more about what’s involved.

3. Book

Once you’ve been accepted, we’ll take a deposit and you’ll be invited into the group to meet your fellow peers on the trip. There’ll be pre trip meet-ups and we’ll organise a payment plan for the remaining balance.

Upcoming programs

Ready to invest in yourself and surround yourself with ambitious, like-minded individuals and experience a new model of learning. Isn’t it time that you took a leap of faith in yourself?


2019 Session Dates:

23 February – 26th February

16th March – 19th March

More to follow..

Sign up today

Register your interest today for this incredible trip and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible so we can make your dreams of entrepreneurship a reality.