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American health insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield is based in Chantilly, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Anthem Health Plans of Virginia Inc. The company publishes a BCBS health index, based on data collected from 40m members, that can be used by clinicians and other healthcare bodies for research and improvement of services. BCBS members have access to medical assistance, doctors and hospitals in many countries around the world.

Established in 2003, COTEC Portugal is a business association which seeks to advance technological development and innovation cooperation. Its network  comprises multinationals and SMEs operating across most sectors whose gross added value represents more than 16% of Portugal's national GDP and 8% of private employment. COTEC Portugal has an Innovative SME Network that seeks to promote public knowledge of its members, attract investment and help them grow internationally. The president of Portugal is the honorary president of COTEC Portugal.

A government-backed firm, Portugal Ventures is the country's most active VC. It invests exclusively in Portugal-based or initiated startups. There are currently over 100 companies in its portfolio, predominantly from the engineering, tourism, manufacturing and life sciences sectors. Established in 2012, Portugal Ventures focuses on MVP-ready projects and invests from €300,000 to €1.5m in the projects it selects for funding. The firm has managed eight exits to date. It most recently invested in the €1m seed round of conversational games developer Doppio Games and in the €2m seed round of remote access security company Fyde.

Founded by Ray Hu and Alex Yin in 2014, Blue Lake Capital has about US$200 million under management, focusing on early-stage investment in vertical industry such as O2O, social media, smart hardware, mobile internet and education.

After disrupting Portugal’s public healthcare system with video consultations via app, Knokcare is offering its SaaS services to health insurers in Europe and beyond.

Graphic designer-turned-marketer Chrisanti Indiana, also known as Santi, holds a Bachelor of Applied Design in Design and Visual Communications from Billy Blue College of Design. Previous to Sociolla, Santi was a graphic designer for The Creative Method and Boheem Design in Sydney, Australia.

EDP Ventures is the VC arm of EDP, or Energias de Portugal, a global energy company based in Portugal. It invests in early-stage startups both Portuguese and from other nations across varied sectors and is a promoter of renewable energies.

Paulo Mateus Pinto was the CEO of La Redoute Portugal and Spain for four years until 2018 when he stayed on as CEO of La Redoute Portugal. He also joined NERLEI as a board director in 2018, after serving seven years as director and VP of ACEPI.After completing his degree in Economics at the University of Coimbra in 1992, Pinto has worked as country manager of Vertbaudet Portugal for over six years before becoming an international director for the brand at other European countries. In 2007, he left to become the general manager of Redcats until 2013.

Portuguese venture capital firm Best Horizon was established in 2014. Since then, its portfolio has grown to about 50 companies based in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil and the US. The firm has €3m in two investment vehicles for pre-seed and seed investments in tech companies that either have their headquarters or a subsidiary in the North, Centre, Alentejo and Azores regions of Portugal.

The GlassWall Syndicate is a US investment group comprising venture capitalists, foundations, trusts, non-profits and individual investors. The VC members include Blue Horizon, Veg Invest and New Crop Capital.The syndicate funds are mostly invested in foodtech companies like Mosa Meat and Beyond Meat that are currently disrupting the traditional global food industry.

XVC was founded in 2016 by Hu Boyu, a former entrepreneur and ex-partner at Blue Lake Capital. Hu has a “sniper” investment style. Aiming at only a few targets, he invested in multiple early-stage companies that became unicorns: Meicai, Youxinpai, Kuaishou, 51talk and Wandoujia (now owned by Alibaba). XVC is primarily interested in big opportunities in the TMT sector.

Francisco Mendes is the CTO, Head of Innovation and co-founder of BEEVERYCREATIVE, the innovative 3D printer and software producer in Portugal. In 2010, he co-founded the startup's preliminary project bitBOX that was transformed into BEEVERYCREATIVE in 2013.Mendes is also a co-founder of Hardware City, a community of entrepreneurs that links hardware startups to manufacturers. He has worked in R&D at Tellus Mater and Milenio 3 in Portugal. He has a master's in Industrial Automation from the University of Aveiro in Portugal.

Bao Chunjian graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2006 with a master’s degree in Computer Science. He then joined Tencent where he worked for nine years on the R&D of major data-related technologies rising to the level of a T4 expert engineer (the highest title an engineer can achieve in Tencent).  In 2015, Bao Chunjian recruited a few former Tencent employees and founded a startup to help blue-collar workers find jobs but that business failed in 2016.  He then started Xiaoe Tech.


Born in Ávila, Spain, Juan Ignacio Bautista Sánchez holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from Alfonso X el Sabio University in Madrid. After working in asset management and due diligence in the renewable energy industry, first in Blue Tree Assets Management and later in Vela Energy, he presented his startup at Santander Bank's Yuzz entrepreneurship program. He won at the local level and was able to travel to Silicon Valley. Subsequent awards encouraged him to focus on Fundeen, where he has been serving as CEO since July 2017.

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