“The fear of failing blocks people, but we have to loose this fear and take risks” agreed a group of entrepreneurs who met today through DC. University teachers and students, and some entrepreneurs from UK, Lisbon and Ramallah exchanged experiences and knowledge, but also some of their failures and successes.
“Even the most successful entrepreneurs have a story of failure and success, the most important is to be on the road”, said Barbara Cruz, fashion designer and yoga teacher who started her own business and now works between Lisbon, Tokio and NY (
This trilateral meeting between Lisboa, Ramallah and Northampton University has been enlightening for all participants.

João Loureiro, portuguese entrepreneur, founder and CEO of WACT – WE ARE CHANGING TOGETHER (, a NGO focused in teaching entrepreneurship to university students (WACT Spirit 2013) gave a brief and accurate testimony after the DC session.

Jorge Moita, from Krvkurva – Design Behind Bars project, (work through arts in prisons, Portugal) quoted Samuel Beckett’s legendary statement: “Fail, fail again, fail better!”.
Moita said: “I work with people restarting from bottom-up, people who are not afraid to fail” and it’s important to loose this fear.

Ricardo Marvão, entrepreneur, founder & CEO of EVOLVE Space Services, company that employs several engineers in the Space Sector, mostly for ESA and EUMETSAT, is the co-founder of Beta-i ( an association that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in Portuguese society. He brought to Portugal the SEED CAMPS concept, to help start-upers to succeed.

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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29