Lisbon has become the kind of booming startup hub you get to read about in international magazines, but it's still growing and still new. If you look closely, though, at least in terms of capital and funding, there are entrepreneurs building their little empires with a lot of financial and technical support from local and non-local investors and a soupcon of luck
This article is part of a series where we present you the best Venture Capital firms across different cities and countries. Here you can view the ranking for Portugal.
Top Venture Capital Firms in Lisbon
1. Bynd Venture Capital
Bynd Venture Capital, former Busy Angels, is a Portuguese venture capital investor with more than 30 active investments in the portfolio in different funds.
At Bynd Venture Capital we invest in companies: - At the seed / early stage - In IT/Digital and Sustainability (including Lifesciences, Clean Tech, among others) sectors - From Portugal, Spain and any startup that has a direct connection with these markets (founders, tech team, investors, ...).
Total fund size: $11.2M
Bynd Venture Capital's most notable exits include Woffu, Doppio Games, and Lymphact.
Faber is a Lisbon-based venture capital firm investing in outstanding entrepreneurs who innovate at the intersection of science and technology to drive digital transformation and climate action. The firm combines a specialist focus on deep tech early-stage startups with dedicated funds, investment teams and expert advisors to actively help foundersbuild global companies powered by AI/data or climate/ocean technologies. Faber’s unique approach in Southern Europe is led by an entrepreneurial management partnership and backed by notable thesis-driven institutions and private investors. Investing since 2013, the firm has been an early investor in hard tech companies such as Unbabel, SWORD Health, Codacy, iLoF or YData
Total fund size: €20.5M
Faber's most notable exits include Seedrs, Enjoy HQ, and Gitter.
Mustard Seed MAZE is a 40M€ early-stage impact VC fund. We invest in brave founders solving the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges.
4. Big Start Ventures
Big Start Ventures is a Lisbon-based VC investing across all geographies. With special expertise in the Financial Sector, BSV focuses on seed-stage B2B Fintech, Wealthtech, Regtech, Insurtech and Cybersecurity.
5. HCapital Partners
HCapital is a Portuguese investment firm, dedicated to the management of private equity funds in Iberian territory either in mature companies in export oriented Iberian medium sized companies, with a growth and value creation perspective and in innovative companies focused on Energy, Smart Territories & Mobility, Industrial Processes and Data & Connectivity, through dedicated funds.
Total fund size: €66M
6. Best Horizon
Best Horizon is a venture capital platform that provides financing, mentoring, and access to their contact and partner network. They have invested in ICT startups for more than a decade. They also have a portfolio of half a hundred companies in Portugal, Spain, USA, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
7. Bionova Capital
Bionova Capital, previously known as Hovione Capital, is a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, investing in early-stage life science companies. It was founded in 2015 by the shareholders of Hovione, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Portugal, with manufacturing and research operations in USA, Ireland, China and Portugal. Bionova Capital invests in groundbreaking therapeutics, medtech and digital health startups across Europe.