Pedro Rocha Vieira

President at Beta-i

Pedro is co-founder, President and CEO of Beta-i - an organization dedicated at helping startups succeed and boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems based in Lisbon. Key activities of Beta-i include Lisbon Challenge, an acceleration program for tech startups; Beta-innovation, the innovation consulting department; Beta-talk, where inspirational entrepreneurs share their stories; and major events like Silicon Valley Comes to Lisbon, Explorers Festival and LIS - Lisbon Investment Summit.

Pedro hosts and mentors SeedCamp Lisbon, facilitates and co-directs Startup Weekend Lisbon, and was the co-director and a mentor of the first Founder Institute Lisbon, in addition to several other mentoring initiatives he is involved in.

Pedro is a fellow of Kauffman Global Partner Network, member of World Entrepreneurship Forum and Young Urban Leaders Network, co-founder of Startup Portugal and a member of APBA - Portuguese Business Angel Association, where he was an Executive Board Member for nearly three years.

Pedro is a frequent speaker at conferences related to startups and innovation, co-author of "A Alma do Negócio", a guide book for entrepreneurs looking to set up a business in Portugal, and a contributor of several articles for blogs, newspapers and magazines.

In 2007 he co-founded and was a co-director of the Social Innovation Program at TESE - a social innovation hub based in Lisbon (in partnership with Young Foundation), during three years.

Pedro was also an innovation and strategy consultant at Stone Soup Consulting, Quotidian and as a freelancer. In addition, he was the head of Design Response at Experimenta Design and head of Chapitô-Rio at Chapitô.

His professional experience began at Banco BPI, working in corporate retail banking and project finance for three years.

Pedro has a Msc in Business Management from Catholic Business School, a post graduation in "Foresight, Strategy and Innovation" from ISEG, and he participated in the second Social Entrepreneurship Executive Program from INSEAD, among many other training courses.

Having lived in Belgium, Azores, Macau, Vienna and Lisbon, Pedro visited more than 50 countries and backpacked for nine months in South America. He sees himself as a visioner and a connecter, and loves creative and collaborative work.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 644847