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Web Summit’s founder, Paddy Cosgrave, will be in Portugal to participate in the “Startup Go Global” conference which will be hosted by AICEP and the municipalities of Porto and Lisbon. The conference takes place in preparation Web Summit, one of the world’s most important entrepreneurship event which will be held for the first time in Portugal, in November this year.

Paddy Cosgrave will join the Secretary of State for Industry, João Vasconcelos, and the President of AICEP, Miguel Frasquilho in the two-day conference “Startup Go Global” with a first edition in Porto on February 2nd, and another in Lisbon, on the 4th.

The event, organized by AICEP and the authorities of the two cities, will bring together some of the leading entrepreneurs and national startups, to share their success stories and discuss the impact of their projects in the Portuguese economy. Topics such as investment, internationalization, employment and education will be the focus of the conference in which Paddy Cosgrave, founder and CEO of Web Summit, will also share his perspective.

On the first day of the meeting, which will take place on February 2nd at Casa da Música in Porto, will be presented two case studies: Farfetch, an international fashion site that was the first Portuguese company to achieve the level of “Unicorn”, by achieveing funding ammount of 76 million euros; and Displax, one of the world references in the touchscreen market, which has reached a turnover of six million euros in 2015.

On the 4th of February, three case studies will be presented in Patio da Gale, Lisbon: The tech startup Codacy, which was been awarded at Web Summit 2014; Uniplaces, an online platform for college students accommodation which has now 130 employees and operates in nine countries; and finally Zaask, an online market place for local services which has reached more than 100,000 users and 25,000 service providers.

The conference will also be attended by dozens of well-known speakers in the startup scene, such as entrepreneurs, investors and institutional representatives, as Carlos Oliveira (InvestBraga), Alexandre Barbosa (Faber Ventures), Pedro Rocha Vieira (Beta-i), Miguel Fontes (Startup Lisboa ), among others. Mayors of Porto and Lisbon, Rui Moreira and Fernando Medina respectively will also attend the conference .

Paddy Cosgrave will talk about the importance of Web Summit and its impact on Portugal and the importance of entrepreneurship movement. It will be the first time that the Web Summit conference is held in Lisbon and that is expected to continue over the next three years: “We chose Lisbon because of the good infrastructure, the incredible place that will host the event and the growing start-up community. We look forward to working with the business community of Lisbon, “said Paddy Cosgrave, on the day he announced Portugal as the host country.

In five years, the number of participants in the biggest event of technology and entrepreneurship increased from 400 to 42,000, from more than 134 countries. This year, 7-10 November in Lisbon, already has recorded thousands of pre-registration.