Paulo Andrez 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 is also the main shareholder of Green Swan which also owns Maxi Toys with 170 toy stores in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Apart from Green Swan he owns a portfolio of 11 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 Board Member of Entrepreneurship Agency DNA Cascais, which supported more than 300 startups in the last decade. 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.