Madeira Island

Gaming & Creative Startups

2024’s Program

Startup Madeira and NOVA School of Business and Economics present Gaming Startup Retreat (2nd edition), that will take place in Madeira Island, from the 19th of february to the 27th of March, 2024. 

During the 6-week program, you will be learning or upgrading your knowledge in:

  • Strategy & Team Allignment
  • Business Diagnosis
  • Game Design
  • Business Model Design
  • Gaming profiles & community
  • User acquisition & feedback loops
  • Marketing Plans & Investment
  • Venture Capital
  • Soft & Hard Skills
  • Game Connection to the real world
  • Innovative Leadership
  • Impact
  • Business Measurement
  • Pitching


Madeira Island | FEBRUARY 19 > MARCH 27, 2024
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

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

Startup Madeira