Emergence of Portuguese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
Investments by the Portuguese government has lead to dramatic increase in Science and Technology (S&T) output as measured by PhD's, publications and patents. The downturn in the European financial crisis and associated austerity measures have stimulated competent technology incubators and acceleration programs, as well as young Portuguese to identify promising innovations emerging from the government’s S&T investments and form promising new ventures.
The rapid emergence of the Portuguese entrepreneur is the unseen story of the past three years as promising young companies are competing internationally for venture funding, successfully launching international products and seeing exciting exits repositioning the Portuguese economy from a manufacturing to innovation-based economy.
João is the CEO of Startup Lisboa, an incubator in Lisbon founded in 2011 that supports the creation of companies and track their first years of activity, providing entrepreneurs and companies – fr...Show the rest
João is the CEO of Startup Lisboa, an incubator in Lisbon founded in 2011 that supports the creation of companies and track their first years of activity, providing entrepreneurs and companies – from tech, commerce and tourism – with office space as well as a support structure, to maximize their chances for success. He provides mentoring, links to strategic partners, access to angel investors, venture capital or loan funds, help with business basics, networking activities, communication and work spaces. João founded and managed several companies, from design to real estate and tourism. He always had a strong involvement in community andassociations, particularly in ANJE where he was Vice President. He supports national entrepreneurship for many years and now adds to his business life the position of Executive Director of Startup Lisboa, Lisbon City incubator, a project sponsored by the Municipality of Lisboa, Montepio Bank, IAPMEI, Portugal Telecom, Microsoft, KPGM, SAGE & several uniHide the rest
Technology Investment Dir
Marco Bravo is an expert on entrepreneurial wealth creation, international innovation, and global technology commercialization. He is an Engineer with diverse international experience and education...Show the rest
Marco Bravo is an expert on entrepreneurial wealth creation, international innovation, and global technology commercialization. He is an Engineer with diverse international experience and education, as well as significant leadership and managerial experience in multinational business, consulting, academia, government, and startups with extensive cross-cultural literacy in Europe and the US. As an entrepreneur, Marco has co-founded three companies, had one successful exit, and a business angel fund, and actively mentored 120+ technology startups and entrepreneurs from multiple countries.Hide the rest
Pedro Rocha Vieira
Pres & CEO
Pedro is co-founder, President and CEO of Beta-i - an organization dedicated at helping startups succeed and boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems based in Lisbon. He is a fellow of Kauffman Global P...Show the rest
Pedro is co-founder, President and CEO of Beta-i - an organization dedicated at helping startups succeed and boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems based in Lisbon. He is a fellow of Kauffman Global Partner Network, member of World Entrepreneurship Forum and Young Urban Leaders Network, co-founder of Startup Portugal and a member of APBA - Portuguese Business Angel Association, where he was an Executive Board Member for nearly three years. In 2007 he co-founded and was a co-director of the Social Innovation Program at TESE - a social innovation hub based in Lisbon (in partnership with Young Foundation), during three years. Pedro was also an innovation and strategy consultant at Stone Soup Consulting, Quotidian and as a freelancer.Hide the rest