The Second Portugal Ventures Day was held at “Teatro Camões” in Lisbon on 18 September, 2014. It was a meeting place open to all of those who are interested in taking part in the journey of Global Entrepreneurship.
We want to contribute to fostering the power of interaction and collective sharing among all the event’s participants, especially founders, partners, investors, advisors, and all of those who want to take their ambition and talent further through entrepreneurship and venture capital.
International keynote speakers shared unique insights into venture capital, global technology trends as well as provide a valuable overview of the international markets; and CEOs shared their endeavours in shaping up global businesses of the future. The highlights of the event included thePortugal Ventures Awards, recognising all those who have shined in their ventures, and anetworking opportunity for the most active entrepreneurs.
At the Second Portugal Ventures Day international keynote speakers shared unique insights into venture capital, global technology trends as well as provided a valuable overview of the international markets; and CEOs shared their endeavours in shaping up global businesses of the future.
The first keynote speaker was Professor Alan Barrell. “The Continuum of Entrepreneurial Finance” by Professor Alan Barrell, DBA., FRSA., Queen's Award. Businessman, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and University Professor. As author of the best selling book “Show Me The Money – How to Raise the Capital to Get your Business Off the Ground”, Prof. Alan Barrell draws on deep experience in starting and running businesses, of raising and investing Venture Capital, in Angel Investing and developing entrepreneurial educational programmes whilst mentoring numbers of entrepreneurs and companies. A new book is in preparation – “Smart Money – How Innovative Capital is changing the World”. Alan spoke about the “complete supply chain of money” – and how entrepreneurs and courageous investors can optimise access to needed capital as sources of funds become more diverse and flexible. Start-Ups are the engine of economic and social development as evidenced by the reality that the net new jobs created in the USA, since the recession has eased, have all been due to start-ups. Some observers have noted that we are at the beginning of a new age they speak of as leading to “the democratisation of access to finance”. This will be an exciting subject to explore together.
The second keynote speaker was David Dykeman. "Maximizing the Value of Intellectual Property for Venture-Backed Start-Ups" by David Dykeman, a registered patent attorney, shareholder, and co-chair of the Global Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group of international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP. Patents are the currency of the innovation economy. A strategic patent portfolio can help early stage companies secure venture capital investment, licensing agreements, joint ventures, and collaborations. The talk addressed the fundamentals of Intellectual Property (IP) and patent protection strategy for early stage and mature high-tech companies, and provided in-depth analysis for life sciences and medical technology companies. Entrepreneurs and CEOs gained a better understanding of how to develop, protect and monetize IP assets in the era of U.S. and European patent reform, and also learnt best practices for building a strong IP portfolio, as well as mistakes to avoid. The talk also discussed the growing impact of patent trolls on the start-up ecosystem.
The third keynote speaker was Dirk Reimelt. "Business Innovation Projects at Daimler" by Dirk Reimelt, Senior Manager Business Innovation, Daimler Mobility Services. In his presentation “Business Innovation Projects at Daimler” Dirk showed us why Daimler created a business innovation unit, and how it is set up and working to identify new business ideas. In a company like Daimler, it is important to have clearly defined processes to ensure the development, production and sale of excellent products. Besides this, new ideas that go beyond the core business can be interesting and need to be identified to extend and supplement the core business. The audience learnt what the actual search fields of Daimler Business Innovation are, got to know some examples that grew into bigger businesses and also saw how a cooperation with start-ups can work.
The highlights of the event included the Portugal Ventures Awards, recognising all those who have shined in their ventures, and a networking opportunity for the most active entrepreneurs. And the nominees were:
Start-up of the Year Award 2014 Zuvinova, Kinematix, Science4you (Winner)
Recognising the start-up which achieved the highest performance indicators in areas that are crucial for its development, international market penetration and potential access to international capital markets.
Outstanding Venture of the Year Award 2014 Edigma, Outsystems (Winner), Berd
Recognising the venture-backed company which, over the past 3 years, consistently achieved high levels of sustained growth, had a strong economic and social impact, and continued intense activity of scientific and technological development in the value chain.
Entreprise Expansion of the Year Award 2014 Epedal, Vista Alegre Atlantis, AJP Motos (Winner)
Recognising the company in some of the most traditional sectors of the Portuguese economy which, over the past 3 years, maintained a strong momentum of sustained growth, had economic and social impact on the surrounding region, and demonstrated strong potential for expansion in highly competitive global markets.
Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure of the Year Award 2014 iClio, GuestCentric, Medical Port (Winner)
Recognising the company which, over the past 3 years, stood out in a strategic sector of our economy, contributing to the international exposure of the valuable national offer, and demonstrating strong potential for the expansion of its activity.
Partner of the Year Award 2014 Universidade do Porto (Winner), IPN, Startup Lisboa
Recognising the Ignition Partner who, within the framework of the Ignition Programme, was the most dynamic in the incubation and acceleration of new technology-based projects with the potential to obtain funding.
Capital partner of the Year Award 2014 Faber Ventures, Busy Angels/PNV (Winner), Invicta Angels, Naves, Novabase, Eggnest
Recognising the Capital Partner who, within the framework of the Ignition Programme, was Portugal Ventures' most dynamic co-investor in new technology-based projects.