João Freire de Andrade

Head of BiG Start Ventures, an early-stage Venture Capital investing in startups innovating in the fields of finance (FinTech), insurance (InsurTech) and cybersecurity. The geographical focus is Lisbon, Berlin and London, but it is open to startups from other locations. BiG Start Ventures provides entrepreneurs with an unique environment for FinTech development, with access to banking infrastructures, systems expertise, banking products, banking users, compliance and regulation. João was a volunteer at the microfinance NGO Move, where has been in charge of supporting the creation of 7 businesses with underprivileged entrepreneurs in Mozambique. Founder President of Bring Entrepreneurs Together, the largest Portuguese university organization dedicated to develop entrepreneurship in the country. BET has been responsible for the 24 Hours Entrepreneurship event, involving thousands of participants through the different editions. Examples of companies raised on the program are Uniplaces, Chic by Choice, Clinkly, Yoochai and Recibos on-line. João has an Economics Bachelor degree from Nova SBE, a Master in Management with Major in Finance from CATÓLICA-LISBON and the Fintech Course of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was a Teaching Assistant at the Master of Finance and Executive Education of Nova SBE and in 2018 has joined CATÓLICA-LISBON to fully focus his academic contribution in Fintech.