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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.

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.

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.

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.

Founded in 2015, Hovione Capital is a VC firm from Portugal specializing in the health sector, with a focus on seed/early-stage investments in healthcare and medtech businesses. It currently manages €5 million in investment assets across its portfolio of three companies.

Portuguese serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Carlos Oliveira is formerly the Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation in Portugal. He is also one of the 15 members of the European Commission's high-level group of innovators tasked with the creation of the European Innovation Council.In 2000, Oliveira founded a mobile services startup MobiComp and worked as its CEO until 2008 when he sold the company to Microsoft. He has also founded and invested in several startups, including StudentFinance fintech's €1.15m seed round. He is currently the executive president of the José Neves Foundation, set up by Farfetch founder José Neves to invest and transform Portugal into a knowledge economy.

LC Ventures is a Lisbon-based VC specializing in pre-seed and seed investments, mainly in Portugal-based startups and with a focus on promoting regional growth. Established in 2015, it has €11.5m under management in three funds, two which are exclusive to Portuguese startups. It has invested in more than 40 companies to date. Recently it has invested in Botcliq, a blockchain e-marketplace for wild fish trading, and in Finnish cleantech company Solved. It also participated in the €2m Series A round of Portuguese online tech employment agency in March 2020.Its investment portfolio currently includes 32 tech startups, a majority of which are based in Portugal.

Iberis Capital is a Portuguese investor established in 2017. Currently with 10 investments with more than €100m under management, it invests in both tech and non-tech startups and in real estate. Iberis was founded by ex-partner at Oxy Capital Luís Quaresma and João Henriques, ex-CFO of Vodafone Portugal. One of its prominent portfolio companies is Australian medtech LBT Innovations that seeks to automate healthcare processes and, to date, has the only US Food and Drug Administration-cleared instrument leveraging AI in clinical microbiology. Its most recent investment was a participation in a €32m Series C investment round in December 2020 for Portugal-based international online print store, 360imprimir.

Lisbon-based venture capital and private equity firm, HCapital Partners focuses on energy, mobility and smart technologies in Portugal and Spain. HCapital typically invests between €500,000 and €2.5m per funding round. Its New Ideas fund is directed toward scalable startups. The firm was founded in 2014.

Beta-i was established in 2010 as a Portuguese accelerator, incubator and event organizer to boost the Portuguese tech ecosystem. Beta-i is well-known for organizing some of Portugal's most successful accelerators and the annual tech startup event Lisbon Investment Summit. In 2019, it made its first investment in a startup Didimo by joining the seed round for the 3D digital twin designer platform.The company's best known acceleration program Lisbon Challenge is a twice yearly event open to all tech sectors, attracting around 10 participants based in Portugal and overseas. Its two-month programs have accelerated more than 200 startups, with about 75% coming from abroad. Beta-i also organizes the international energy accelerator Free Electrons, with EDP as one of its sponsors. Free Electrons has already accelerated 27 startups and is now running its third edition with 15 startups, five of which are Portugal-based. All the selected participants will have the chance to work for one year with at least one of the 10 global energy utilities that form the Free Electrons consortium. Another Beta-i event is The Journey, the first accelerator in Portugal dedicated to tourism tech startups from all over the world. Launched in partnership with the government's Portugal Tourism in 2017, the Lisbon-based program is part of the national Tourism 4.0 plan. The five-month program is now in its third edition and gives successful applicants the opportunity to develop pilot projects with Portuguese companies like the Vila Galé hotel chain, Barraqueiro transport company and Parques de Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hugo Monteiro is a Portuguese IT Engineer from Universidade de Lisboa. The co-founder and VP Engineering of Spotahome was previously employed at Portugal Telecom and BNP Paribas. He has also worked for startups like UniPlaces in the real estate sector in Lisbon, Portugal.He connected with co-founder Bryan McEire when the latter moved from Spain to work in Lisbon. He was invited to join the Spotahome co-founding team when the proptech was revived by CEO Artacho on his return from London.

Data scientist, linguist and researcher Daniela Braga is the co-founder and CEO of DefinedCrowd. She was previously President and Chief Scientist at the company, and, before that held various data science management positions at VoiceBox Technologies in Bellevue, Washington State. She spent almost seven years as a program manager at Microsoft, also in Bellevue, and has held various positions at the University of Washington, University of A Coruña, Spain, and University of Porto, Portugal.  She has a PhD in Speech Technology from the University of A Coruña and a Master's in Applied Linguistics from the University of Minho, Portugal. 

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