João Freire de Andrade
Co-Founder and President of Portugal Fintech. Portugal Fintech is a startup-centric network which brings together the key stakeholders of the industry – from founders, investors, regulators, and academia, to incumbents in banking, insurance, consultancy and law firms – to create the best conditions for the development of the Fintech ecosystem. Portugal Fintech was one of the Founding members of the Portugal Finlab – Portuguese Regulatory Innovation Hub.
Current Executive Director at BiG Start Ventures. Leading early-stage venture capital firm that invests across Europe in B2B startups innovating in Fintech, Insurtech and Regtech.
Holds an Undergraduate degree in Economics from Nova SBE and a Masters degree Management with a major in Finance from CATÓLICA-LISBON, as well as a Fintech Course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). João is an invited professor in the Masters in Finance and Executive Education at CATÓLICA-LISBON focusing his academical contribution in Fintech.