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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With €42m in investment and trusted by microfinance institutions and unicorns, Mambu is an agile, customizable cloud-based banking architecture SaaS, quick to deploy and transact.

With its integrated energy-saving platform, Omniflow targets investments from smart cities adopting new IoT applications worldwide.


Christophe de Kalbermatten is the Swiss-born co-founder of Tonic App for medical doctors, which he co-founded in 2016 after meeting the co-founding team on an MBA course at IE Business School in Madrid. He has worked at Credit Suisse for more than 12 years in various capacities related to foreign exchange and is currently the head of its Geneva Trading Floor. Prior to starting work, he gained a BSc at the University of Lausanne's Faculty of Business and Economics in Switzerland. 

Nelson Pereira

Co-founder and CEO of TOPDOX

Nelson Pereira graduated in Graphic and Industrial Design at Aveiro University in 2005 and obtained a master’s in Engineering Design from the University of Porto in 2009. He also spent a year studying Digital Communications and Multimedia at the University of Porto in 2012.He has worked as a designer and brand manager for INEGI Porto for over nine years until 2015. He founded his first enterprise TOP Research in 2012 that later evolved into TOPDOX. Pereira currently works for Dropbox and Xpand IT. He is also co-founder and CEO of ikuTeam, a file-sharing developer for Atlassian Marketplace.  


Rising Ventures is a Portuguese seed/early-stage VC firm founded in 2014. Its current portfolio consists of startups that provide B2B tech solutions.

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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