Gaming Startup Retreat

Madeira Island, Portugal

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Gaming & Creative Startups

Madeira Island > 2024

2nd edition > 19th Feb to 27th March

Gaming Startup Retreat is the aceleration program you’ve been looking for. The opportunity to develop and improve your game while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Madeira Island.

What should you expect?

We developed a 6-week program with a mixture of educational and mentoring moments, with a lot of networking with experts in the industry. It is an opportunity to work on your project, your business, your team and your vision. And to ensure the best stay in Madeira Island, we offer unforgetable leisure moments. 

6-week tailored agenda 
Experience a tailored agenda that will boost your startup
Networking & Connections
Meet the best portuguese players in the gaming industry
Gaming Madness
Explore new markets while improving your game

You’re here to Grow!

What's in it for you?


6-week training, mentoring & support by Startup Madeira & NOVA SBE

Pick-Up at Funchal Airport

Fully Equipped Working Office Space

Support from a dedicated Local Host

Networking with Portuguese best industry players

To sum it up...

10 startups

6 weeks

2.500€ / Startup




Leisure activities

Local Hosts

Industry Players

Take the risk!

Don't miss out on anything!

Startups from Gaming and creative industries

2nd Edition > Agenda

Journey > Strategize your Path​

19th > 24th February (Week 1)
Topic: Startup Assessment & Goals
Deliverable: Plan for the 6-week program & outcomes
> Self & Team Assessment
> Business Assessment
> Pitch Accessment & Goals

Fun > Polish your Product

26th February > 1st March (Week 2)
Topic: Set up your game
Deliverable: Understand key features & different types of business model
> Game design
> Business Model Design
> Gaming Madness

Players > Engage your Audience

4th > 8th March (Week 3)
Topic: Game business Strategy & Community
Deliverable: Analyse & define your strategy for the future (localization, scenario planning, funding) & How to effectively build and manage a community
> Game business strategy
> Building a Community
> All Around Soundtrack

Expansion > Boost your Growth

11th > 15th March (Week 4)
Topic: Marketing, Funding & KPI’s
Deliverable: Understand marketing tools, opportunities for funding & investment and set your KPI’s to success
> Marketing Strategy
> Opportunities & Investment
> KPI Measurement

Lead > Make an Impact

18th > 22nd March (Week 5)
Topic: How to leverage the impact of your game
Deliverable: Defining future steps and strategies for the game, the business and the team
> Game connection to the real world
> How to build the “Dream Team”
> Scaling with impact

Pitch > Speak & Conquer

25th > 27th March (Week 6)
Topic: Pitch Rehearsal
Deliverable: Pitch Slide Deck & Future
> Pitch Practice
> Building the future
> Demo Day

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Gaming Startup Retreat is financed by the Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência, through the Agenda Mobilizadora “eGames Lab” projeto nº26.

The 6 week acceleration program for startups in the gaming & creative industries.

Startup Madeira