Startup Sessions

Startup Sessions offer the founders of emerging companies advice and direction for facing the challenging modern business environment. These online webinars are designed to help your startup pick up key skills and knowledge that will help set you up for success.

Our Startup Sessions are only open to companies exhibiting at Web Summit Rio.

Fernando Cabral, Managing Director, FS-360 & Djassi Africa, on Startup University stage
Fernando Cabral
Managing Director
FS-360 & Djassi Africa

What are startup sessions?

Startup Sessions will take place online in the run-up to Web Summit Rio. These digital webinars will run for 45 minutes, and will be hosted by business experts and leaders in the tech industry. Startups who have successfully applied to our startup programme will receive an invitation to join Startup Sessions as part of their event package.

Session hosts will speak on a pre-selected topic and facilitate interactive discussions for 30 minutes. There will also be 15 minutes set aside at the end for a Q&A.

Check out some of our past session

Tackling fake news and false facts: Startup myth busting

Many emerging companies fail because they buy into myths and misinformation around how startups scale and sell themselves. Dive into the truth behind what makes startups tick.

Pitcher this: Creating the perfect elevator pitch

When you’re facing engaged investors, you only have a few seconds to nail your elevator pitch. This is your chance to learn from experts with the tips and tools you need to out-pitch the rest.

How can ‘tech for good’ startups measure and communicate their impact?

Startups using tech for good are becoming increasingly desirable. We’ll focus on how these Impact startups can demonstrate their positive effect on the planet and share that widely.

Alternative fundraising options for founders

There’s more than one way to raise funds. Non-dilutive alternatives offer entrepreneurs the chance to leverage venture debt. This allows founders to optimise their startup for valuation.

Investors who host sessions with us