Innovative ideas shine at 2017 ESAA Incubator

On 7th-8th October, 2017 in the sunny city of Cascais in Portugal, ESAA hosted the ‘2017 ESAA Incubator’ conference for its members who were selected based on their submission of entrepreneurial project/business plans.
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The event started with an ice-breaker of the game ‘The Hero’, a coaching game which was devised by one of the ESAA member’s training start up NurtUp. This allowed participants to acquaint themselves with each other’s ideas with some thought-provoking questions.

Furthermore, the organizers provided information about how participants could further benefit from the ESAA network to develop their projects and businesses. Currently ESAA offers various support schemes for their members such as engagement opportunities, and potential funding for business growth. (Projects, Content, Branding, Partnerships and cooperation etc.)

The participants also had the opportunity to further breakdown and reflect their businesses through the ‘Lean canvas’. Lean canvas is an entrepreneur-focused business tool which is commonly used in a startup background. The participants each reflected on their project’s problems, solutions, key metrics and competitive advantages while commenting on each other’s projects for improvement.

Through these series of analyzing and improving their business models, on the last day, each of the participants presented a pitch imagining themselves in a setting with real investors. This was also an opportunity to receive collective feedback from the group and the organizers.

Each projects and ideas came in different forms – some had their products fully developed for production, some were in the development stage – but regardless, after the 2-days of networking with like-minded individuals and shaping each other’s plans, everyone returned very inspired and motivated to drive their projects into success.  


“It was a great experience and opportunity to meet enthusiastic and creative people. Everyone was eager to learn and accept constructive critics, while also helping others to figure out solutions to their problems. One of the well spent weekends so far!” – Adi Elena

“It was not only a workshop or training, but a meet up for young people like me where we can gather in one place and let our imagination fly to space. It was also a safe place where we could talk about the things we screwed up.” - Saleh Khanjar

“I have never been among such a young group of people with so many different ideas, passions and great motivation to do something extraordinary and relevant! It was a great pleasure to work on entrepreneurial ideas with people that helped me shape my idea, improve it with suggestions and gave me valid critics on what I should pay more attention!” - Nikola Riki Ristic

“I consider this incubator a really good opportunity to emphasize entrepreneurship concept. I wish we could have spent one week building something together. It could have save the world” - Oana Alexandra

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