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Inês Santos Silva

Former Head of Operations @ PLATFORME International

Recognised for her work in developing the Startups ecosystem in Portugal, Inês is Co-Founder of multiple initiatives in the entrepreneurial area such as StartupX, Trojan was a Unicorn, Startup Pirates, Startup Tour and PortugalStartups.com.

As it was not enough, Inês is also involved in the TEDx community, organizing multiple events.

Former Head of Operations @ PLATFORME International

Gustavo Pimenta

Managing Partner @ SensesLab

Gustavo is a UX Strategist, Community Builder and Mentor. He runs SensesLab, a Experience Design Collective that works both with startups, like Seedrs and Landing.jobs, and household brands, like Vodafone, L’Oréal, and Randstad. He’s a very active promoter of the experience design field, always available to mentor and help newcomers to the craft or advise all kinds of organisations to jump-start their businesses.

Managing Partner @ SensesLab

Mariano Kostelec

Co-founder @ Uniplaces

Co-founder at Uniplaces, Mariano has lived in 20 different cities and is currently scaling the business internationally. We heard he’s crazy about dulce de leche. Mariano has always been part of the Startup’s World, as he co-founded two more Startups before starting this big Startup that we all know.

He was also Director of International Business Development at Groupon Asia and Sales Director at Groupon China. Mariano went through the financial world as Analyst at the most prestigious international banks such as UBS, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

Co-founder @ Uniplaces

David Dias

Software Engineer @ Protocol Labs

Never stuck in one place, David is literally changing the way we use the web every day at Protocol Labs as a Peer-to-Peer Software Engineer. He also lectures at Instituto Superior Técnico and organises LXJS - Lisbon JavaScript Conference. Besides that, David founded StartupScholarship (startupscholarship.org).

NeedNeed advice on how to get started with web development or on how to ride a longboard? Even miles away, David will be always eager to help.

Software Engineer @ Protocol Labs

Davis Gouveia

Founder @ Uniarea

Founder and Director of Uniarea, Davis helps and gives support to candidates for Higher Education. Freelancer as Digital Marketing Consultant & Trainer, he is also Co-Founder of the nonprofit association DaringProject .

The relationship with the Startups world started through his work in Startup Pirates and Startup Lisboa.

Founder @ Uniarea

Paulo Gonçalves

User Researcher @ Uniplaces

Formed at IST in Computer Engineering and Information Systems, Paulo started his career as an Experience Design Consultant at Novabase.

He has experience in two of the most innovative European Startups: Uniplaces, a student housing marketplace and Spotify, the world’s most loved streaming platform, working as UX Designer and UI Developer in both. Now, he is back at the Portuguese startup as an User Experience Researcher.

User Researcher @ Uniplaces

Mário Mouraz

Founder @ Climber Hotel

Graduated in Management with a specialisation in Hotel Management, Mário is Founder and CEO of Climber Hotel. “Climber” is not a random name, as Mario has already climbed Mont Blanc, Himalayas, Andes and Matterhorn.

His vast experience in this area is also due to the work he has developed at Four Seasons and Starwood Hotels chains, as well as two other Startups that he founded in the field of Tourism.

Founder @ Climber Hotel

Paulo Fonseca

Founder @ laux

Graduated in Industrial Design and being a professional for almost 10 years now, Paulo is the Founder and User Experience Director of laux, a small UX Design studio from Lisbon. He spends most of his time researching, strategizing, designing and testing ideas and digital products for several international clients in areas ranging from HealthCare, FinTech, Government, Utilities and even Sports.

Paulo is also an Advisor in several Companies, organizes events and Meetups in Lisbon about UX Design and Blockchain Technologies and some other ones where people just get together to drink some beers and have fun after-work. Despite all of this, every once in a while he caters to the occasional talk or workshop because he really loves to teach and inspire others.

Founder @ laux

Ana Santiago

Head of Communications @ Startup Lisboa

Ana is the Head of Communications of Startup Lisboa. Lisboeta to the bone, is proud of its parental origins in the city of Mondego (Coimbra). She has a degree in Communication Sciences from FCSH / Universidade Nova de Lisboa, worked in radio and press while studying and at the end of the course she went for an internship at Lisbon City Hall, where she belongs until today. At the same time, she was the host and PR of Shortcutz, a unique weekly event that showcases new portuguese short films by amateurs and professionals alike; editor of a blog magazine and copywriter. In the Municipality has done a lot, always in the area of communication and culture, including the edition of the Agenda Cultural de Lisboa. Ana has officialy embraced entrepreneurship through Startup Lisboa 4 years ago and continues to combine the public cause with a passion for people, innovation, cinema and Lisboa.

Head of Communications @ Startup Lisboa

André Albuquerque

Head of Growth @ Uniplaces

André Albuquerque is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship, he likes to build things from the ground up.

Masters and Bachelor in Management by Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, André was Co-Founder of Kairos Portugal and Founder of The Startup Scholarship, a student accelerator programme.

Still at university, André was an Intern at Google and European Ambassador for the American brand as well as Head of Marketing at MOVE Microfinance. In 2013 he joined Uniplaces, being the 6th employee at the Portuguese startup. Currently, he is the Head of Growth and Product Manager.

Head of Growth @ Uniplaces

André Costa

Country Manager @ Waynabox

André is a natural-born entrepreneur and he is the Country Manager of Waynabox, a travel to surprise company which aims to revolutionize the way people fly for leisure. André has a deep experience in strategic consulting in a multicultural environment acquired when he worked in Brazil and with multiple Clients located overseas. He was appointed as a Manager in a BIG 4 company, as young as 25 years old. He co-founded ISCTE Junior Consulting in Lisbon and a hotel-related startup in Rio de Janeiro. Studied Management and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from ISCTE Business School. Have traveled more than 40 countries, including a backpack trip around South America for 3 months, and loves basketball.

Country Manager @ Waynabox

André Rodrigues Lopes

Co-founder @ Altar.io

After his International Relations degree, André started working in the Capital Markets Sector at leading companies such as CBRE and E&V Commercial.

His career turning point was when he moved to the startup ecosystem and was a Co-Founder of Table & Friends, a successful social reservation system. Nowadays, at Altar.io, he puts his passion at the service of his clients, crafting web and mobile products that make use of UX, solid software and good visualisation and use of customer and businesses data.

André loves setting up or running industry-specific disruptive businesses that aim to make life better and simpler for the user/end consumer, especially enjoying the thrills of creating product.

Co-founder @ Altar.io

Colin Gillingham

Former Product Manager @ WIREWAX

“How a Craigslist post landed me my first job at Tesla” is the title of a recent article Colin wrote which was later published on CNBC. Yes, Colin was amongst the first 200 Tesla employees, working for Elon Musk, managing their CRM and marketing systems. After more than 5 years at Tesla, Colin learned to be a web developer, eventually working for ProLeads in the 500 startups accelerator in San Francisco. There he put his full stack skills to use improving a SAAS Angular application. Colin moved to London in 2015 to work as a Product and Engineering manager for the computer vision startup WIREWAX and to gain a better understanding of the tech scene outside of Silicon Valley.

Former Product Manager @ WIREWAX

Miguel Alpoim Ruas

Chief Nurse @ Doctor Spin

After graduating in Economics at NOVA SBE, he worked extensively in Tourism for 10 years, climbing the ladder at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, working as a investment consultant and eventually owning his own firm in this sector.

Since then, whilst juggling 3 kids and a passion for reading, he has been tightly connected with the startup world, working at Startup Lisboa as Special Projects Manager and as Chief Nurse at at his own start up - Doctor Spin, Communications & Public Relations.

Chief Nurse @ Doctor Spin

Miguel Fontes

CEO @ Startup Lisboa

Miguel Fontes is the CEO of Startup Lisboa, a top business incubator in the Portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystem. Holds a Sociology degree awarded by ISCTE – Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, and a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from INDEG/ISCTE. Miguel has played mainly management positions. Was Executive Director of AICEP Global Parques - Gestão de Áreas Empresariais e Serviços, S.A., between 2010 and 2015, and earlier, in the private sector, took over the management and administration of several companies with responsibilities in the commercial and marketing areas, mainly in real estate. Miguel was also Secretary of State for Youth, between November 1997 and April 2002.

CEO @ Startup Lisboa

Tiago Tomás

Lead Experience Design @ Novabase

Tiago works around the areas of Brand/Graphic Design, User Interface and User Experience. During and after is college years, studying Graphic & Web Design and Cinema & Multimedia, Tiago has worked in several different projects. From collaborating in startups like Uniplaces and Talkdesk, as Head of Product/Brand Design and Creative Director, respectively, to agencies, freelance clients and international companies, Tiago has created logos, websites and a lot of good memories. Nowadays, he is Senior Lead Designer at Novabase.

When Tomás is not in the office he loves to hit the beach to practice bodyboard, and considers himself a Type Lover and a “soft” avid coffee consumer!

Lead Experience Design @ Novabase

Tiago Moreiras

Head of Product @ Landing.jobs

A computer fanatic and analytical thinker, Tiago loves to turn the whole world into a giant spreadsheet. His college studies started at ISCTE, where he graduated in Computer Science. At the same university, he completed his Masters of Managing Information Systems, already working for Novabase as a consultant. He worked at the consultancy firm for 6 years.

Another of his passions is Product Management so, in 2015, he joined Landing.Jobs. With Tiago as Head of Product, the Portuguese startup is an European tech recruitment marketplace, that helps candidates finding their next job and manage their careers.

Out of the office, Tiago is a book junkie, music lover, enthusiastic traveler and a creative writer: throw him a good challenge and watch his eyes fill with joy.

Head of Product @ Landing.jobs

Gonçalo Fortes

Founder & CEO @ Prodsmart

Gonçalo is the definition of an Entrepreneur. Right after his Information Systems and Computer Engineering degree at Técnico and some years as a Developer and Quality Manager in Fapradiv he founded his first company: Crazydog. The startup is and IT consulting and software. He worked as CEO in this business during 9 years, when he founded Prodsmart, in which he also has the role of Chief Executive Officer. Prodsmart is a real time process tracking for production lines and job shops, turning smartphones and tablets into sensors to collect and process data directly.

Founder & CEO @ Prodsmart

Sérgio Pereira

CTO @ FutureFuel.io

Sérgio is passionate about tech and love every bit of building a new company.

After his Masters in Computer Science at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Sérgio was a coding Teacher and day trader, before joining Accenture as an IT Consultant.

Then he founded and was CEO of Goalstat, a tool for sports managers, and Co-Founded Clickly, also serving as COO and CTO. More recently, Sérgio is the CTO of FutureFuel.io, a platform that links students and growing professionals with top employers.

Out of the office, he devours over 30 books a year, and loves to help early stage startups: he is mentor at the Founder Institute and Startupbootcamp as well as Innovation Expert for the European Commission.

CTO @ FutureFuel.io

Marta Miraldes

CFO @ Startup Lisboa

After her graduation at ISCTE, Marta worked in consulting and in 2002 created SBI consulting. With more than 15 years of experience, she has supported the launch and consolidation of numerous projects across several business segments.

She has also worked as Vice President at JCI Portugal and, since 2012, has been collaborating at Startup Lisboa. As Chief Financial Officer of the Portuguese incubator, Marta has also been responsible to help and follow the incubated startups, and has been of great support to Upframe.

CFO @ Startup Lisboa

Maria Guimarães

COO @ Startup Lisboa

A Social Policy graduate, Maria has experience in a wide range of fields, from Culture to Project Management or Entrepreneurship.

She was an intern at Instituto de Apoio à Criança and after that she entered to the Art World as Production Manager at a dance production, Jangada de Pedra.

After that, Maria worked as production manager at Cassefaz and Teatro Meridional, while taking a Bachelor degree at ISCSP - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, in Creative and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship.

More recently, she became Key Account at SBI Consulting and collaborates with Startup Lisboa as COO & Events Manager.

COO @ Startup Lisboa

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