Portugal Climate-Tech Adventure

Douro, Portugal - September 23-26 2021

𝗖𝗟𝗜𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗘-𝗧𝗘𝗖𝗛 𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗥𝗦: We're taking 40 people from the climate-tech community to Portugal's wine country on September 23-26 2021 for a three-day not-for-profit networking adventure. We've had a super-generous offer from our friends at Prima Materia (a €1 billion investment company founded by Daniel Ek) to fund 7 places for climate-tech founders who would have been unable to attend because of cost. We're looking for 7 early-stage founders, not yet heavily funded, doing ambitious work. We'll select for a diverse group. You'll need to cover travel to Portugal, we'll cover everything else. People love our adventures: we run them to connect people at a deep level - through activities ranging from river trekking to treading grapes in a Douro Valley vineyard. 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆: Send me two paragraphs at explaining why you should be there. Deadline: September 7. More about the VOYAGERS Climate-Tech community here.

After an epic 2019 VOYAGERS weekend here, we’re returning for a carefully designed harvest-time adventure in the stunning wine country of northern Portugal’s Douro valley. From Thursday to Sunday (four days and three nights), forty people will share a memorable bonding weekend actively participating in the wine harvest — picking grapes, treading them with our bare feet, and especially tasting the award-winning results as we get to enjoy the finest wines of the region. The mission is to use these shared experiences to enable meaningful friendships — connecting people across geographies and industries to be there for each other and solve some of the group’s challenges. Because magic can happen when stories are shared and trust is built.


Our home for the long weekend will be the Douro41 luxury hotel and spa, at a beautiful location on the banks of the Douro River. The modern hotel has two outdoor panoramic swimming pools, a cinema, a spa with hydrotherapy circuit, heated indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and tepidarium. There are two levels of solariums, sun loungers and a pool bar where we’ll enjoy cocktails amid stunning views of the Douro River. [Photography and drone video footage by Chris Hahn.)

The adventure will begin on the Thursday afternoon, when we will gather by the pool for welcome cocktails as we start to get to know each other. We’ll learn some of each others’ stories during one of VOYAGERS’ acclaimed “conversational hikes”, and then settle into the formal opening dinner at the hotel. Every VOYAGERS adventure is packed with opportunities to make new friends through curated activities, and we’ll sample local ports and wines together under expert guidance, followed by late-evening group games such as Werewolf.

Friday will be wine-harvest day. We’ll be hosted by one of the region’s most gorgeous and historic vineyards, where we’ll be picking grapes with local workers — before treading the grapes in the traditional way in giant vats, to the music of a local accordion band. We’ll enjoy the best of regional food and drink over a group lunch, and will explore some local village highlights together.

Saturday will be a day for outdoor activities on the Douro River, which originates in Spain and flows across northern Portugal towards Porto, the country’s second-largest city. Your activity choices will include river trekking, jet-skiing, canoeing, water-skiing, and stand-up paddling.

We’ll be spending time getting to know some of the startup talent from Lisbon and Porto, and enjoying local music and dancing. The formal agenda will end after a stunning bike ride and a farewell lunch on Sunday, after which you can choose to extend your trip for your own explorations or begin your journey home.

It was an incredible experience! Many events I’ve been to say there will be a diverse range of participants; this was the first to fully deliver on that. The activities were great fun; the venue was stunning; the people were exceptional.

NC, London (a participant in our 2019 Douro adventure)


We will take care of you from the moment you arrive in our hotel in Raiva, around 50 minutes’ drive from Porto airport, until the moment we close our farewell Sunday lunch.

  • Three nights accommodation in the excellent Douro41 spa hotel

  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners for all three days

  • All drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, taken with the group

  • All scheduled activities, including arranged outdoor activities, the wine-harvest visits, river activities, etc

  • All transport for the duration of the scheduled adventure (you will need to arrange your own travel to Portugal and airport transfers)

  • The gift pack (save some luggage space to take it home)

  • The services of the production team on site

  • Advance curation by the team, including two extended site visits

  • A few extra surprises we will announce nearer the event.


What is your

Your Commitment

You must be available to be with us in Portugal from the afternoon of Thursday September 23 2021 until the afternoon of Sunday September 26 2021.

The Cost

We are offering places to this not-for-profit adventure at cost. Our goal is to build meaningful community, not to make money from these trips. AUGUST 16 2021 UPDATE: We have managed to negotiate costs down by €150 a person, savings that we are passing on to participants. The cost will be €1,490 €1,340 per person sharing a hotel room, or €1,750 €1,600 for single-room hotel occupancy. We make no margin on this: this is what the per-person cost will be to us.

The Cost Breakdown

  1. ACCOMMODATION: sharing €375; your own room €635 01
  2. FOOD, DRINKS & ROOM HIRE: €400 €35002
  3. TRANSPORT: €5003
  4. LOCAL ACTIVITIES: €230 €18004
  5. OPERATIONS: €5505
  8. GIFT PACK: €3008
  10. CONTINGENCY: €6010
  11. TOTAL: €1,490 €1,340 sharing or €1,750 €1,600 single room (to include no fee for host nor profit for VOYAGERS) 11