Blockchain innovator HUMAN Protocol launches startup competition at Web3 event in Lisbon

Startup pitch competition to win $15000 in cash prizes

Blockchain innovator HUMAN Protocol launches startup competition at Web3 event in Lisbon

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31st October 2023, Lisbon, Portugal: Newconomics, the brand new web3 event in Lisbon this November is running an exciting startup pitch competition where participants can win a share of $15,000 to get their business off the ground.

Newconomics is run by HUMAN Protocol, the decentralised, open source platform where people can request or contribute to tasks, and it is hosting the startup competition not only to provide grant money but to connect innovators with networks, leaders and mentors who will be in attendance.

The competition will pit 20 innovative startups to the challenge of sharing their vision, creativity and future thinking around the central themes of the intersection of blockchain, future economies and AI. This competition is a collaboration between Human Protocol and three of Lisbon’s most forward thinking startup communities; Future Founders, Poolside and AgileGTM.

The judging panel, through two rounds of the competition include, Sam Weeks of Google Cloud, Filippo Chisari of AgileGTM, Sarah Gottwold of Blockchain Founders Group, Alex Newman of HUMAN Protocol, Yan Ketelers of Polkastarter and Jonny Stuart of Future Founders.

Judges will be looking for solutions that use web3 or AI to revolutionise the way we collaborate, create and interact.

Located at Lx Factory in Alcรขntara, Lisbon, the event will include 12 talks and panels over two days and a pitching contest to show off practical innovation on the blockchain. By using a secure, decentralised network, businesses and organisations can explore a whole new way of working with anyone anywhere.

Alongside the competition, visitors will be able to hear from guest speakers at the event include Sam Weeks of Google, Erika Decker Wykes-Sneyd of Adidas, Cyrus Fazel of Swissborg, Jason Fox of SAS Who Dares Wins, Lauren Ingram from Women of Web3 and more speakers to be announced.

The guests will be talking about a range of exciting topics from ways in which DeFi can be democratised, how web giants work with emerging trends, creating new economies and the impact this can have on the lives of millions of people, understanding global challenges, AI and collective intelligence and how the next billion dollar platform can be created while respecting user data. More information about the schedule can be found here.

Maxime Sebti Growth Director at HUMAN Protocol says, โ€œThe startup competition is one of my favourite parts of this event. Being able to provide a platform for innovators is a great way to celebrate the community and work on new ways to develop economic structures of the future.โ€

Emergent startups can register to join in here.

Event information


  • Location address – LX Factory, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501 Lisboa, Portugal

Times and dates –

  • Nov 14: 9am to 6pm – VIP Dinner 8pm to 10pm
  • Nov 15: 9am to 6pm – After show party 8pm to 1am

Startup Pitches registration and Ts&Cs

Event Schedule

Register to attend the event

About HUMAN Protocol

HUMAN Protocol was set up to change the way people work with each other by using the blockchain to ensure good work, payment and trust. Startups seeking expert work for short contracts can rely on the platform to find global talent while those offering their skills can see clear contracts and payment paths via a decentralised and transparent connection.

Find out more about HUMAN Protocolย 

About Newconomics

Newconomics is the event that highlights the ways that Web3 could be driving business. Through these technologies we could be building new decentralised economies that are innovative, fairer and more transparent. Newconomics is the event that shows how practical, effective and creative we can be with Web3 if we look beyond currencies and NFTs. Together we can democratise the future of work.

About The Event Partners


Poolside was founded in 2022 exclusively for web3 builders. With its suite of services and expert resources, Poolside helps projects make a splash in the rapidly evolving world of web3. In addition to being a physical hub at the heart of the web3 district in Lisbon, Poolside also hosts a remote accelerator program that takes selected projects from ideation to market launch, while providing initial funding of up to $100,000. The Poolside ecosystem is rapidly expanding with key partners and a growing community of builders, mentors, and investors.

Future Founders:

Future Founders are on a mission to democratise entrepreneurship, aiming to empower 1,000,000 founders by 2030 with the people and tools they need. The core of the Future Founders movement is founders helping founders, creating a more collaborative business culture and bringing together chage makers, visionaries and builders.


AgileGTM is the world’s 1st B2B Web3 accelerator fund. We invest in ventures enabling the enterprise world to adopt the decentralized, ownable, and immersive internet. Our 12-week in-person program is run in Lisbon, the #1 hub for Web3 entrepreneurs in Europe, and focuses on Go-To-Market and commercial traction. We take responsibility for early-stage success and believe that talented founders with disruptive vision can be nurtured into reaching their full potential.