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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Marta Palmeiro graduated in Business Administration and Management at Portugal's Nova School of Business and Economics in 2007. She went to London to work at Credit Suisse as an intern and joined the bank's graduate program in 2007. She stayed in London until 2010 and went on to work at Credit Suisse in Madrid until July 2016. The VP of Investment Banking (Capital Markets) was primarily responsible for Iberian accounts.Based in Lisbon, she is now a partner at Pier Partners VC where she has worked since 2016. She has completed courses in fintech and blockchain business strategy run by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Oxford university's Said Business School respectively.  In 2018, she became a board member of Portugal Fintech, an NGO overseeing the development of the country's fintech ecosystem. In August 2019, the mother-of-three became a fintech entrepreneur as the Portuguese co-founder and CFO of StudentFinance.

Pessanha co-founded Unbabel in 2013 and was its CMO, before leaving the startup in August 2016 to join healthcare marketplace Care Revolutions as COO in Los Angeles. She is also a co-founder of Lisbon-based accelerator and NGO Beta-i and of energy tech startup ActualSun and was also Director at the Founder Institute in Lisbon. Pessanha majored in Business Administration at the New University of Lisbon. She also spent three years working at tech company TIMWETECH, in product marketing and business development.  


Part of the larger Sonae Group of companies, Sonae IM was launched in 2015 and is the corporate venture arm for tech-based investments. Since their launch, they have backed various companies particularly in the retail technology sector. These include StyleSage (fashion tech in predictive analytics) and InovRetail (demand forecasting for retailers).

Pedro Trinité is the co-founder of ZUVINOVA, a B2B company that owns and operates Transactional Track Record (TTR). The premium online service provides transactional and financial information on Latin American and Iberian markets (M&A, Capital Markets, Project Finance and Acquisition Finance). Before ZUVINOVA, he was a director at Iberpartners and a business consultant for Accenture UK. Trinité received his International MBA degree from IE Business School and his master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior de Informática e Gestão (ISIG). He also attended the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum at the University of Pennsylvania.


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