The Weekly Roundup January 29 - February 2

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This week on the roundup: award winners, startups, messages, partners, speakers, insights, launches, recordings, hikes, services, properties, sustainability, hackathons, pathways, transformations, applications, and more!

But first...

This past Tuesday at the Irish Embassy in Lisbon, the 5th edition of the IPBN Business Success Awards took place! For all the details about the event and the three winners, click here!

We are also pleased to share this special report from Tech Ireland entitled Pulse 2024: The Mood of Irish Startups. They shared, "TechIreland's third annual Innovation Island Pulse report is now available. It captures the current mood of the Irish tech sector. In addition to survey data from more than a hundred Irish tech companies, the report has expert views from investors, founders and key stakeholders." For an e-copy of the full report, email

Finally, in anticipation of the IPBN event, "Breeding Ground For Talent," scheduled for Feb 22, 2024, at the TUMO Centre in Coimbra, IPBN member and guest speaker at the event Rachael Milne shared, "As I prepare for the IPBN event, I am honoured to be a featured speaker, addressing the vital topic of IT Training for an Evolving Job Landscape. Your participation in this survey holds significant value as it provides an opportunity to contribute your insights to our exploration of the dynamic job landscape. Your responses will play a crucial role in enhancing our understanding of career trajectories, education, and the pivotal role of retraining in today's ever-changing workforce."

And now...

IPBN Executive Partner Vellozo Ferreira Advogados is an official partner of the seminar "State of French Industry in Portugal & Local Partnerships" organized by the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Luso-Française. It will take place on February 6 in Porto and bring together entrepreneurs, investors and experts who will debate issues related to the context of the establishment of French companies in Portugal.

IPBN Executive Partner member Ivan Goor posted, "Laura Plunkett, Kevin J. Neary and Yulia Lunev were interesting and insightful speakers at the AI Roadmap Seminar held this week at the FDI Landing Hub in Stephens Green. I look forward to our future conversations!"

IPBN Media Partner The Portugal News posted, "In the realm of global investment opportunities, the terms "residency" and "citizenship" often intertwine, offering a web of options for savvy investors seeking to expand their horizons. These programs are designed to bolster nations’ economies while offering foreign investors an invaluable asset to add to their holistic wealth: an additional permanent residency or passport."

IPBN member and this year's IPBN Business Success Award winner Silvia Correia said, "One of the reasons I decided to launch was also to be an agent of change. I believe that we all have the conditions to, drop by drop, contribute to the collective change in our current consumption habits."

IPBN member Techies Go Green's live webinar recorfing from Wednesday, January 24th entitled "How CSRD Impacts Every Business" is now ready to watch here on-demand. And they have an exciting announcement: "Check out our blog by Green Ocean Coffee, a newly established award-winning brand from the well-known family business Watermark Coffee and read about the exciting sustainability project they have ongoing!"

IPBN member Allan Boyle shared an experience: "35kms over boggy ground, sometimes knee deep. 1500 metres of ascent, 4000 calories burned….yesterday’s hike was hard. Very hard…but what a way to spend a Saturday. Sometimes you just have to do hard sh*t. Whether it’s work, play or just big decision-making. If you do hard sh*t, everything else on the other side will feel easier."

IPBN member askblue provides Process Optimization & Mining services using a customized approach and ensuring that every aspect of each client's business process is analysed and optimized, thereby transforming complex data into valuable insights.

IPBN member Paul Rees shared that Portugal’s property rental market has been rocked by recent rule changes - but savvy investors are thriving. Find out more here.

IPBN Academic Partner UCP shared that The Financial Times highlighted the international sustainability programme featuring the participation of Católica Porto Business School. 

IPBN member Miguel Antunes from RedLight Software shared that "Last Saturday the second edition of Geração Coolectiva broke out, a hackathon for citizenship and activism and a fantastic example of what we can achieve together, working side-by-side in our hometown of Coimbra."

About Coimbra, don’t miss our first event in the historic university city on February 22 at TUMO Coimbra, where Miguel will be one of our keynote speakers. You can find all the details of the event here where you can already register.

IPBN member Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts stepped into February excited to share the recording of the webinar between Chitra Stern and Geoffrey Graham, Chair of the IPBN. "In light of a busy year of changes to the residency and visa pathways in Portugal, we knew it was high time to reintroduce our webinar series to outline what it all means. So last month, we partnered with leading law firm, Edge International Lawyers and senior partner, Geoffrey Graham. We are excited to share the recording of the webinar here."

IPBN member Amarenco asked, "How can you transform your company in the face of the challenges of climate change and play a role in driving your value chain? At Amarenco, we choose to follow a regenerative socio-economic model based on issues related to the environment because we no longer have time to remain passive and inactive while suffering the shortcomings of meaningless capitalism."

IPBN member Wyndham Grand Algarve Residences owners experience 5-star luxury at the heart of Quinta do Lago. Live a life inspired by a balance of lifestyle and investment, warm sunshine throughout the year, the most prestigious golf, and an exclusive destination.

IPBN member Rebecca Nixon invites you to discover more about San Lorenzo in Quinta do Lago, and this beautiful luxury villa for sale on the golf course, with this quick walkthrough.

IPBN member Rachael Milne and IPBN Executive Partner Ardanis has just submitted her application to be a guest speaker on behalf of Ardanis at the prestigious Conference in Lisbon! Fingers crossed for the opportunity to share insights on building high-performing teams and the importance of soft skills in tech! Wish her luck!

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