Portugal

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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Stimulating and prize-winning scientific and mostly educational toys, designed by scientists, with an exceptional variety of 500 products to choose from for all budgets.

Time-saving AI training data platform processing raw data for new and existing AI/ML models based on NLP and computer vision; processes 50 languages globally. 

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Lara Vidreiro graduated in Business Management and Administration at the Catholic Lisbon School of Business and Economics in 2012. At the age of 21, she started her first business Style in a Box with co-founder and college friend Filipa Neto when they struggled to find dresses for a gala. In 2014, she pivoted her business model into a designer clothing rental platform Chic by Choice. She was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018: Retail and E-commerce. Vidreiro also joined A2D Consulting in Lisbon as e-commerce and digital senior consultant in November 2017.

Former journalist Sofia Simões de Almeida graduated from New University of Lisbon with degrees in Law and Communication Sciences. In 2010, she became a founding member and editor at Lead Magazine. After working at Human Resources Portugal in Lisbon, she founded HR startup "Make it Happy" in 2012 that was incubated at Startup Lisboa.In 2014, she co-founded Line Health and worked at the healthtech as COO until the company was closed down in 2018. Currently based in Berlin, she is now the head of Feed Rocket, an online marketing tool launched by Visual Meta Business Labs.

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Pathena is a Porto-based venture capital firm founded in 2010 and focuses on IT investments, particularly medtech. Pathena closed its first portfolio fund in 2011, having invested in 10 companies and it launched its current portfolio fund in 2013 worth €56 million.

Established in 2011, Shilling Capital Partners is a Portuguese angel investment fund and one of the three subsidiaries of Mogope, a Portuguese investment manager, whose partners are also co-founders of Shilling. To date, the company has invested in 18 startups, both tech and bricks-and-mortar, and has managed three exits, including BestTables that was acquired by TripAdvisor. It typically invests between €250,000 and €1m in seed and Series A rounds and ensures liquidity until the next funding round, or when the startup becomes capable of funding its own growth. Recent investments include petcare marketplace Barkyn, healthy meal service delivery app EatTasty and blockchain-based online betting application BetProtocol. 

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