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Monday, March 16 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Emergence of Portuguese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

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Investments by the Portuguese government has lead to dramatic increase in Science and Technology (S&T) output as measured by PhD's, publications and patents. The downturn in the European financial crisis and associated austerity measures have stimulated competent technology incubators and acceleration programs, as well as young Portuguese to identify promising innovations emerging from the government’s S&T investments and form promising new ventures.
The rapid emergence of the Portuguese entrepreneur is the unseen story of the past three years as promising young companies are competing internationally for venture funding, successfully launching international products and seeing exciting exits repositioning the Portuguese economy from a manufacturing to innovation-based economy.

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Marco Bravo

Dir, The University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute
Marco Bravo is a Project Director at the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. His expertise focuses on entrepreneurial wealth creation, international innovation, and global technology commercialization. He is an Engineer with diverse international experience and education... Read More →

José da Franca

Chairman & CEO, Portugal Ventures
José Franca has a 30 year career as a professor at the Technical University of Lisbon, entrepreneur and business executive. Currently he is Chairman and CEO of Portugal Ventures, Chairman of PME Investimentos, Non-Executive Director of PVCi (Portugal Venture Capital Initiative) and... Read More →
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João Pereira

Technology Investment Dir, Portugal Ventures

Joao Preira

Technology Investment Dir, Portugal Ventures
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João Vasconcelos

Exec Dir, Startup Lisboa
João is the CEO of Startup Lisboa, an incubator in Lisbon founded in 2011 that supports the creation of companies and track their first years of activity, providing entrepreneurs and companies – from tech, commerce and tourism – with office space as well as a support structure... Read More →
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Pedro Rocha Vieira

Pres & CEO, Beta-i
Pedro is co-founder, President and CEO of Beta-i - an organization dedicated at helping startups succeed and boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems based in Lisbon.

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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