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.



Used by major Hollywood film studios, including in Star Wars and Frozen movies, Sound Particles' software apes CGI technology to create complex, realistic 3D sounds. 

Talkdesk's clients get cloud-based, omnichannel call centers integrated with business software and related data, so they can provide more effective, real-time service – winning customers.


Andrew Barnes is a Canadian resident and co-founder of Tonic App for doctors, which he co-founded in 2016 after meeting the co-founding team during MBA studies at IE Business School in Madrid. Barnes is currently both a Partner at Barnes Strategy, a consultancy for video game production, and the CEO at Coho Commissary, a shared kitchen community for food entrepreneurs, both in Vancouver. He was previously COO and co-founder of Preview Careers, an external university relations agency in Vancouver, and a Senior Director at Electronic Arts gaming company in the same city. 

João Gomes

Co-founder and former CTO of GetSocial

Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração (Lisbon) graduate João Gomes serves as the current CTO at Altar.io. Gomes has experience as a developer for Booking.com and Excentric, where he would go on to hold the position of Programming Director. He also served as CTO at GetSocial, a company he co-founded.


Serial entrepreneur Cristina Fonseca co-founded VEEP and Bouncely in Lisbon, Portugal, and co-founded Talkdesk in San Francisco, California, US. She left Talkdesk in February 2016 and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe. Fonseca was listed on Forbes’s 30 under 30 in 2016. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Network and Telecommunications from Instituto Superior Tecnico.

Farben Consulting is a Portuguese real estate investor and consultancy based in Torres Novas and established in 1996. It has no website and has not disclosed any information about its business. In 2014 and 2015, Farben invested €1.5m for an equity stake of 98% in CoolFarm. The agtech became insolvent in October 2018 when Farben decided to stop supporting the startup due to lack of sales and market potential for B2B indoor farming solutions.


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