ObjectivesNOVA Entrepreneurship Society (NES) is a nonprofit organization, run by students and alumni of NOVA University of Lisbon. NES aims to be a platform for the creation of strong and sustainable Startups, by students and alumni of complimentary backgrounds.Started in 2010, and formalized in 2011, NES is headquartered in NOVAs Campolide Campus, where startups and the society have their permanent working quarters. Its main objectives are: – To promote entrepreneurship and networking between people of different backgrounds. – To promote and assist in the creation of Startups and Entrepreneurial Ventures – To support the growth and internationalization of the resulting Startups.
Types of membership Alumni Researcher Student Company Professor Guest Member
StartMeUpStartMeUp is NES largest event, held yearly on Campus. It consists of a conference followedby investment rounds, in which many Startups perform their elevator pitch to a panel ofinvestors, in front of a large audience. The audience votes to allocate their ticket money totheir favorite Startups and (if they are sufficiently persuasive) a new relationship between theStartups and Investors is born. The panels consist of top level Angel Investors and VentureCapital firms.StartMeUp aims to help finance blossomingStartups, and also to involve the community inthe birth of a new entrepreneurial venture,which we believe should be viewed assomething to be celebrated by society at large.It also helps to clarify how Startups arefinanced, and what it takes to convince an earlystage investor.
1- Learn • The first level (NES 1 -Learn) aims to give students the tools and knowledge necessary to initiate their entrepreneurial ventures, and to bring into the world of entrepreneurship those who are yet to consider it a life option. •Monthly events, open to the community, Pizzanights typically consist on a short talk or workshop on themes relevant to Pizzanights entrepreneurship, followed by pizza, to encourage networking amongst the participants. •The Openday is a an event to present NES to the academic community, and occurs on a yearly basis in the beginning of the school year. Openday Time is dedicated to answering questions, informal interaction with potential new members and fun in a light-hearted and informal setting. •The StartUP Academy is the beginning of a an ambitious program to make top class entrepreneurship education available for free toStartUP Academy young entrepreneurs. The program shall consist in a set of classes, which shall in the long term turn into a recorded Open Course, following in the footsteps of MIT and Harvards Open Course programs. Entrepreneurs •The EMUSA Program was started in 2011 with the US Embassy, and promotes the contact and the sharing of experiences through videoconference between young Portuguese entrepreneurs and seasoned American entrepreneurs and investors. The program consists Meet USA of a number of sessions, each consisting of a 20 minute talk followed by a 40 minute Q&A. •NES contact is a program created to promote the first contact between NOVA Students and Entrepreneurship. It includes the NES Contact participation in events in NOVAs many schools and faculties, and the use of mobile stands for interaction with the academic community.
2- Start• The second segment of NES (NES 2 - Start) is focused on assisting in the creation of Entrepreneurial Ventures, and in helping with the development of the Business Plan and first contacts with partners and potential clients. •Project Meetups are encounters between project leaders and their mentors held every two months, to monitor theProject Meetups evolution of projects, establish objectives and find out about the startups needs. •The Feedback Day is a simulation of an venture capital investment session, in which experts from different fields and Feedback Day investors listen to the startups elevator pitch and give them feedback on their ideas or business plans. Unlike StartMeUp, it is not intended to raise investment, bur rather to receive early stage feedback. •The Idealab is a program aimed at joining ideas and entrepreneurs. It operates both face to face, in events where Idea Lab inventors get to pitch their ideas to entrepreneurs with the objective of forming a team, and online, where entrepreneurs can search and contact each other and find peers with complementary skills. NES Start •Workshops on subjects deemed to be essential for entrepreneurs who are already working on their projects. These are to be presented by experts in their own fields, such as corporate finance, law and intellectual property Workshops •3 events in which students can talk to members of NES and IP professionals about their ideas, under a non-disclosure Idea Day agreement, to gain an understanding about the viability of their ideas and how these can be protected
3- Research&Corporate • The third segment (NES 3 - Research&Corporate) is focused on developing tools to support the societys Startups, including Market Research, help with internationalization, contact with possible partners and access to finance. • The Research Database is a NES database with access to many sources of information relevant to entrepreneurship,Research Database including research papers, marketing reports, contract examples and case studies.Corporate Relations •The CR program intends to keep a close relationship with key players in the economic and financial sector, both nationally and internationally, in order to promote NOVAs startups and ease their transition into the competitive Program world. Advanced support •Support program to ensure support for blossoming startups on relevant matters, by requesting the assistance of experts from the societys network. program (ASP) •The office and IT support program aims to ensure optimum use of the societys workspace and meeting room, andOffice and IT support to establish partnerships with IT suppliers. Another key objective is to train NES startups in the use of collaborative work software and enterprise applications. •Selo NES is the system of approval by which a project becomes a NES Startup. It can be obtained only by being Selo NES recommended by the directorate and approved by the Consultants board. It aims to be a certificate of highest quality, easing the Startups access to investment, partners and clients.
The FutureIn the long term, NES shall continue to motivate youngpeople towards viewing entrepreneurship as a viableand desirable life option.We are also focused on growing the societys structureeven further in order to assist an increasingly largernumber of Entrepreneurs, Projects and Startups.An additional objective is the creation of a worldwidenetwork of university entrepreneurship societies andclubs, and promoting the sharing of experiences andactivities on a global scale.
Contacts workingondreams.com www.unl.pt/NES @ email@example.com www.facebook.com/NOVAEntrepreneurshipSociety Campus de Campolide da NOVA 1099 – 032 Lisboa