Lisbon to Host Enternext's Tech Conference


Lisbon – 21 October 2015 – EnterNext, the Euronext subsidiary dedicated to promoting and growing the market for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), today announced that it is holding its first Tech Conference in Lisbon. Dedicated to examining financing options for innovative businesses, the conference will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the tools and initiatives available to tech companies, from start-ups to mid-size businesses.

The EnterNext Tech Conference in Lisbon is part of the Startup Europe Forum - which itself is part of the ICT 2015 event organised by the European Commission, together with the Portuguese Foundation of Technology & Science – and is dedicated to start-ups and SMEs, innovators, private and public investors, and policy makers.

To discuss measures for increasing the proportion of young digital companies in EU stock markets and to attract more private investments in to tech companies, EnterNext  is bringing together different leaders to speak openly about start-ups and financing sources, specificities of tech companies (risk, innovation, rapid maturity cycles), financing consequences and IPOs. The speakers on the EnterNext panel, moderated by Pedro Wilton, EnterNext, are: Francisco Veloso, Dean, Lisbon Catholic University; Gonçalo Fernandes, SmartEquity; Luís Quaresma, Oxy Capital; Robin Slakhorst, Symbid and Michel Pingeot, Ecoslops.

Isabel Ucha, Euronext Lisbon Board Member, addressed the audience on the role of Capital markets in financing SMEs and Start ups.

Eric Forest, Chairman and CEO of EnterNext, said: “For over 18 months now, EnterNext has worked on initiatives to strengthen the clout and visibility of innovative SMEs on capital markets. TechShare Pre-IPO programme, the roll-out of the Tech 40 and the launch of Morningstar’s equity research programme are some of these. Today’s conference is one of a series of EnterNext Tech Conferences organized in Europe. Portugal is home to many promising start-ups and tech companies, and we are on hand to help them access the financing they need to pursue their projects and make best use of capital markets. Thus, we are delighted to welcome representatives of the regional eco-system to the Start-Up European Forum included in the ICT conference in Lisbon.”  

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Euronext is the leading pan-European market infrastructure, connecting European economies to global capital markets, to accelerate innovation and sustainable growth. It operates regulated exchanges in Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. With more than 1,900 listed issuers and around €6.5 trillion in market capitalisation as of end June 2023, it has an unmatched blue-chip franchise and a strong diverse domestic and international client base. Euronext operates regulated and transparent equity and derivatives markets, one of Europe’s leading electronic fixed income trading markets and is the largest centre for debt and funds listings in the world. Its total product offering includes Equities, FX, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. The Group provides a multi-asset clearing house through Euronext Clearing, and custody and settlement services through Euronext Securities central securities depositories in Denmark, Italy, Norway and Portugal. Euronext also leverages its expertise in running markets by providing technology and managed services to third parties. In addition to its main regulated market, it also operates a number of junior markets, simplifying access to listing for SMEs.  
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