Funding for startups in Portugal has been rising steadily in recent years. The European country was badly hit by the financial crisis but has recovered more quickly than other Eurozone members.
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 Lisbon.
Top Venture Capital Firms in Portugal
1. Armilar Venture Partners
Armilar Venture Partners is a venture capital firm, with near 300 million euros of assets under management, represented by worldwide companies with innovative products and services that are improving our world, the way we live, and the way we do business.
Total fund size: €223M
Armilar Venture Partners's most notable exits include SafetyPay, Muzzley, and A123 Systems.
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, EnjoyHQ, and Gitter.
3. 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 - FromPortugal, 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.
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.
WiseNext is a venture and smart capital investment company. We focus on helping young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that have an impact on our society, providing capital, knowledge and networking.
6. 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
7. Alpac Capital
Alpac Capital, founded in 2013, invests in European companies (focus on Hungary, Portugal and neighbouring countries) which fit ethe scope of its EuVECA (European Venture Capital Fund) regulated by the Portuguese SEC (CMVM) - Scale up of technology companies selling products and services to B2B customers - Telecom operators - Industrial and Agrobusiness companies - Health care and other services
Alpac Capital takes an hands-on approach, making equity investments with active involvement in business development to support a successful scale-up and ensure the highest standards of professional management. Alpac Capital is looking for experienced teams with products and services which have already been successfully tested in the market.
The Alpac team as successfully invested in industrials and renewables before raising institutional funds
Total fund size: $123.5M
Alpac Capital's most notable exits include 4iG and PETAPILOT, S.A..
8. 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.