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 Airbnb of student accommodation, Uniplaces offers verified housing in-demand cities in six European markets, with over 5 million nights booked to date.

As consumers get more vocal and powerful online, Consumers Trust lets businesses view, track and respond to customers' complaints while offering related data for marketing.


In 2017, Ricardo Santos became the CEO and co-founder of Heptasense. In November 2018, the Portuguese national has also founded Rocha Capital, a private fund to invest in other startups. Santos obtained a master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute in Lisbon in 2015. He also has a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics from the University of Lisbon. Prior to co-founding Heptasense, he was a research fellow at the Portuguese Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering. He was also a Biomedical Engineering summer intern at the University of Nottingham in the UK in 2013.

Based in Lisbon, Filipa Neto graduated in Economics at the Catholic University of Portugal in 2012. She co-founded her first business with college friend Lara Vidreiro at the age of 21. They went on to establish Chic by Choice in 2014 and were listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018: Retail and E-commerce. In December 2017, Neto also started working for Farfetch as a principal innovation specialist and mentor for its accelerator program Dream Assembly.


Founded in 2015, Hovione Capital is a VC firm from Portugal specializing in the health sector, with a focus on seed/early-stage investments in healthcare and medtech businesses. It currently manages €5 million in investment assets across its portfolio of three companies.

REDangels is a Portuguese angel investor enterprise that specializes in pre-seed and seed investments in Portuguese and European startups across various sectors. There are 56 business angels working for REDangels which currently has 26 startups in its portfolio. It most recent investments include the seed rounds of sound design CGI software company Sound Particles and digital identity lifestyle manager Loqr. 


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