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European Innovation Council

Paulo Andrez

Paulo Andrez


Paulo is an international expert in entrepreneurship and innovation, business development, scaling up and risk mitigation.

As of 2018, Paulo Andrez is serving as the President and Shareholder of Toys R Us Iberia Holdings, with 60 stores in Portugal and Spain and 1300 employees.

He owns a portfolio of 10 investments in startup and scale up companies. As an angel investor, he received the award “Best European Angel Investment” in 2012 as one of his investments reached 25 million euros in revenues within the first year of operations.

Paulo is a founder of Entrepreneurship Agency DNA Cascais, which supported more than 400 startups in the last 14 years. Paulo was appointed President Emeritus EBAN, European Business Angel Network, after serving as President until 2014.

Since 2012, Paulo has been working with a number of European governments in the field of Early Stage Investment policies and Business Angels Co-Investment Funds design. He chaired the European Commission Expert Group for support of Slovak and Romanian governments in designing and implementing entrepreneurship and innovation policies.

He has a background as serial entrepreneur and is frequently invited as speaker worldwide, guest lecturer and expert in innovation, entrepreneurship and early stage investment. Since 2012, Paulo has been holding a series of workshops on the topic of new ventures risk mitigation.