I have been a part of it since 2013 and I've noticed how much it has changed. There was a shift in how international funds looked at Portugal as real potential, and how successful founders gained confidence setting up their businesses here. Portugal became a more attractive and mature hub, and I was excited to be a part of this.
During that time, I was at Beta-i, covering their accelerator programs and setting up the VC arm. There was so much to do, and so much to learn, and we never gave up. Looking back, and seeing how the startup community, and that organisation, went so far and grew so fast, it really drove the point home to me: where there is a will, there is a way.
More recently I moved to Berlin and joined Cherry Ventures, a €175M seed fund, that gave me the chance to live in a city where learnings from successful founders had been passed back to the community. A giving-back attitude paving healthy grounds for new companies to thrive in. It is these learnings, and creating a loop-back system into the community, that we aim to build here in Lisbon.
As a third culture kid, I grew up in all corners of the world, and studied in the UK where I graduated from Corporate PR. I soon realised I wanted to move to the VC space, and completed the Venture Capital program at IE Business School, deepening my search in how funds can help founders beyond writing checks.
And that is exactly my job here at Shilling, as Head of Platform: helping founders tap into a set of resources and tools we have in place, to speed up their learning curves and overcome growth challenges.