Simon Schaefer began as a designer in 1997, working for German startups from inside interactive agencies. He ran his own sneaker boutique Nort in Berlin, as well as the 95 Gallery showcasing street artists such as Futura 2000, Stash and KR. Schaefer has invested in about 50 angel- and seed-stage companies and In 2011 he co-founded Factory. After launching the worlds first Policy / Startup conference Startup Europe Summit with the European Commission in 2015 and 2016 he has just completed the second Berlin Campus "Silicon Allee". Simon has recently relocated to Lisbon, now driving the Portuguese Initiative for Entrepreneurship, Startup Portugal.