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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.

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.

Founded in 2010 and based in Lisbon, eggNEST is a seed capital fund targeting Portuguese startups in the fields of digital marketing and software engineering. eggNEST is partnered with VC firms such as Caixa Capital and Portugal Ventures, as well as accelerators such as Startup Lisboa and Startup Braga, to build the country’s startup ecosystem.

Miguel Vicente is an entrepreneur, based in Barcelona, Spain, who is Chairman and Co-founder of Antai Venture Builder, the leading online and mobile venture builder in Southern Europe. He is also Chairman of Barcelona Tech City, the city's main startup cluster and has co-founded numerous start-ups including Wallapop, JustBell (merged with Glovo), Carnovo, Deliberry, Elma Care, BePretty, Prontopiso and Media Digital Ventures. His first major international startup experience was as Founder and CEO of LetsBonus in 2009, a successful social shopping company in Spain, Italy and Portugal.  He led the company until its 2012 sale to Living Social. 

Founded in 2008, Legend Star is an early-stage venture fund with about RMB 1.5 billion under management.

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.

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.

Established in 2002, the Edge Group focuses on real estate investment and venture capital holdings. Headed by José Luis Pinto Basto, its investment strategy is based on the “triple bottom line” philosophy: reaching the optimal balance between economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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.

Portuguese venture capital firm Best Horizon was established in 2014. Since then, its portfolio has grown to about 50 companies in Portugal, Spain, the United States, Brazil and the Netherlands.

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