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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.




The future of golf: with accurate GPS distances for over 40,000 courses and connecting players across the world, Hole19 lets golfers play with anyone, anywhere.

Targeting SME financial services, AI-powered risk management platform James saves time, increases accuracy and reduces default rates by up to 30%.


Banker-turned-toymaker Miguel Pina Martins started his educational toys business, Science4you, as his final-year project at University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE), where he was studying Finance. Upon graduation, he worked as an analyst at Banco de Investimento Global for four months before quitting to focus on his startup full time. Miguel Pina Martins was born in 1985. In 2018, he published a book A Ciência de Brinca (The Science of Play in English), about his business experiences. 

Liliana Marques

Co-founder and Chief Administrative Officer of CoolFarm

Graduating in 2007 as a civil engineer, Liliana Marques completed a PhD in Steel and Mixed Construction Technologies in 2012 at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She was a visiting assistant professor and researcher at her alma mater until June 2018.Before co-founding agtech CoolFarm in 2014, Marques had established mobile software development company CoolApps in 2012 with CoolFarm co-founders João Igor and Eduardo Esteves. She was CoolFarm's chief administrative officer in charge of fundraising campaigns until its closure in 2018.


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.

Banco Espirito Santo was once the largest Portuguese bank by market value, and controlled by the Espirito Santo family. In August 2014, the country’s central bank took over the control of Banco Espirito Santo in a US$6.6 billion rescue.


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