João is Investment Director with a focus on Digital at Portugal Ventures, considered by CB Insights the most active venture capital team in Portugal. He has 20 years of accumulated venture capital investment experience, having managed and led the Finicia, Actec and Call for Entrepreneurship initiatives, intervening in more than 100 early stage investments.
Of its current investment portfolio are startups such as Aptoide, Bitsight, B-Parts, DefinedCrowd, Displax, Fever, GetSocial, JScrambler, Mapidea, Science4You and Zaask. Examples of recent exits: Shiftforward (acquired by Velocidi), Outsystems (acquired by North Bridge), Anubis Networks (acquired by Bitsight) and Gleam (acquired by Farfetch).
He is regularly invited as a trainer and lecturer in the areas of investment, strategy and marketing, collaborating with Porto Business School (Digital Business), IPAM (Global Marketing) and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (Technology Commercialisation). He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of University of Porto.