Portugal is facing remarkable and rapid growth. The country, recovering from a recession, is rebuilding itself as an innovative startup hub, scaling up faster than the European average while attracting a considerable number of foreign investments. Its capital, Lisbon, is shaping up to become a vibrant city attracting international tech talent, who choose Portugal as their home for its exceptionally high quality of life and favourable fiscal policies. CompassList closely follows Portugal’s booming innovation scene and thriving tech community.


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With plans to expand across Europe, StudentFinance uses AI-powered screening platform to recruit and train students to plug the skills gaps in fast-growing tech sectors.

World’s first 3D orthopedic software, Peekmed lets surgeons reduce surgery time by up to 20% and increases accuracy, helping hospitals reduce sterilization costs by 50%.


Amy Du

Former co-founder of DefinedCrowd

Amy Du is Co-founder of DefinedCrowd and was CEO from its founding in October 2015 until September 2016. She is originally from Beijing, China and is now based in Seattle, where she is Founder and CEO of VestLink Group, connecting innovators and startups internationally. She has also worked at DGT Information Systems, Chinasoft International and iSoftStone North America, driving growth in the three entities. She holds degrees from the University of Sheffield, UK, and from Beijing Jiaotong University. 

Pedro Moreira

Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Knok Healthcare

A senior engineer with nearly two decades of experience, Pedro Moreira was a consultant for 11 years before he became a project manager at Aguas do Porto. He is currently an IT director at Aguas do Porto. Moreira is also a co-founder and the chief strategist for Portuguese startup Knok Healthcare; as well as an assistant professor at the Polytechnic of Porto’s School of Engineering. He received his master’s degree from the University of Minho, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Porto.


With a total investment portfolio of €2 million across six companies, Dueto invests primarily in infotech startups. One of its co-founders, João Ranito, was a former partner at Novabase SA, a Portuguese IT company that went public in 2000.

Private equity and venture capital arm of Portuguese banking group Caixa Geral de Depósitos. Founded in 1991, Caixa Capital manages €500m with total potential capital of €700m for its managed funds.


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