Organised by the consortium formed by ANJE – National Association of Young Entrepreneurs & INESC TEC – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas de Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência, the Startup Porto Accelerator benefits from the experience of two renown entities of Portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystem.

So let´s know more about the team that is coordinating our entrepreneurs on the field:

(Program Manager)

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Suzana Alípio is part of ANJE´s Entrepreneurship, Incubation and Acceleration team and has over 18 years’ worth of consulting & senior business management experience, including 3 years developing Digital Marketing consultancy. She consults on the challenges of businesses and individuals from multiple sectors such as Investment Project for national and EU funding, Business Model, Management, Business Strategy and Social Media Marketing. Suzana’s career as an analyst has covered a multitude of industries (ICT, Energy, Fashion, Tourism) and markets (UK, Spain, Greece, Brasil and US).

(Executive Director)

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Alexandra Xavier graduated in Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra and has an MBA from EGP- PBS. Since 2005, she coordinates the INESC TEC Center for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship and LET-IN, the Laboratory for Technology Enterprises.  She has been actively involved in technology transfer activities, having played a pivotal role in the foundation of some of INESC Porto’s spin-offs and more than 20 startups operating in areas related to INESC TEC scientific and technology-based competencies. From 2004 onwards she has been lecturing in the Master Course of Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. As a senior consultant, she worked in Andersen Consulting – Accenture in the areas of Information Systems, Operations and Strategic Management. She also lectures Strategic and Marketing Management in Portuguese Innovation Society. She taught for seven years Marketing and Strategy at IPAM, a Private Graduate Marketing School in Porto.

(Project Manager)

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Sara Neves is currently working as a consultant and researcher in the areas of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at INESC TEC. Previously, she worked as a consultant in innovation and has been responsible for numerous projects in cooperation with AEP – Associação Empresarial de Portugal. Moreover, she developed marketing activities at two large companies, IOL Negócios Media Capital and at the Walt Disney Company (Florida, USA). Academically, she is a PhD candidate in Management, specialised in Marketing and Strategy, and has a Master degree in Service Management, both from the University of Porto. Sara stayed seven months at SUNY – State University of New York during her bachelor degree in Marketing from the Institute of Accounting and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Porto.

(Project Developer)

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Miguel Dias is responsible for Investor Relations and Global Acceleration at ANJE and is the co-founder and CEO of – startup where European tech teams meet the best international peers, corporates and investors. Miguel got a quick beginning in the ups and downs of business after going through a bankruptcy in a family company. He then climbed the corporate ladder in a branding agency, starting out by organising documents on part time basis to becoming their CEO three years later at the age of 24. Miguel Dias was 26 years old when he founded CEO WORLD, which has members in all continents. He believes in “unity in diversity”, bridging the gap between cultures at CEO World while supporting his members to succeed in the startup jungle.

(Project Developer)


Olga Machado is part of ANJE´s Entrepreneurship, Incubation and Acceleration team and is a business consultant at Loja do Empreendedor. Graduated in Economy and post graduated in Management, Olga is responsible for the startup applications to microcredit lines and helps entrepreneurs leading businesses with activity in different sectors. Olga is regularly invited to share knowledge and tips about funding and business development on several conferences or workshops organised by Universities and other public institutions.