António Lucena de Faria

The founding partner and president of Fábrica de Startups, a company created in April 2012. He led the creation and development of more than 10 companies, having begun his career as an entrepreneur with the launch of Methodus Systems in 1987.

He is a founding member of StartupPortugal, representing Fábrica de Startups.

He was responsible for organizing and conducting in 2012 and 2013 from Portugal Energy program.

He is a professor of entrepreneurship at Catholic Lisbon School of Business and Economics and member of the National Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CNEI).

He has a degree in Economics from Catholic University of Lisbon and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, United States. He complemented his studies with entrepreneurship-related courses at Harvard Business School, London Business School and Babson College.


Shannon Graybill

This cowgirl turned wannabe-European spent the first 5 years after university working and traveling through Asia and Africa before discovering her love of Southern Europe – Portugal in particular. Shannon’s professional focus was mainly marketing and business development, but entering Lisbon’s startup scene has changed her tune. Beside managing all things events at Fábrica de Startups, she is now warming up her tech muscles with Le Wagon and mobilizing Portugal's inspired-entrepreneurs to bootstrap and build “it” themselves.

Rita Lucena

The world is too awesome to grow up in the same place, and Rita had the luck to spend her childhood living around the world, finally coming back to Lisbon to graduate in Physiotherapy. She soon changed focus and after a Master in Business Administration she entered the startup world. She’s currently responsible and passionate about Acceleration Programs which she loves. She is fluent in 4 languages, is a natural communicator and if you ask her she will tell you how she would spend her life with a backpack travelling the world.

Madalena Clara

In Madalena’s schoolbag you can find an undergrad in Management at NOVA School of Business and Economics and also a postgrad in Management with majors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, by the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. 

With a passion for Entrepreneurship, during her postgrad Madalena joined the Marketing department of BET - Bring Entrepreneurs Together. After two months of summer internship at FabStart she was eager to do more and has joined FabStart as an Acceleration Manager.

Christina Kronback

After 3 years in London where she did her MA in International Journalism and worked at Nickelodeon and CBBC, just to name a few, Christina moved back to sunny Lisbon and joined the buzzing world of startups as a content editor. She has ventured into the fantastic world of Marketing at FabStart and always welcomes new challenges.