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.”