About Us

We currently live in a challenge-driven world. When corporates face a challenge, they either try to solve it internally or hire a consulting firm to do it, which is costly in terms of resources and time. Usually, freelancers, universities or startups have what it takes to solve these challenges, but are not in sync with the corporate's needs: don’t know how to reach them or even what their challenge is. TAIKAI or 大会 (“coopetition” in Japanese) is the act of joining competing forces to cooperate to achieve a greater solution together.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a future where highly specialized individuals can look for challenge-based opportunities, from different industries. That's where TAIKAI comes in, our open innovation social network acts as the facilitator. We provide the space and the right environment for our participants to work on challenges posted by companies, present solutions and get paid for it. On the other hand, they can also showcase their work by allowing them to expose to the community their very own innovations or challenges. Can you imagine a world where you could work with NASA one day and with Google the next?

Meet our Team

  • Mário Alves

    Mário Alves

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Economist by trade, technologist by heart. Worked as a PwC consultant and an Investment Banker. Passionate about innovation and blockchain, in 2018 founded Blockchain Center Portugal.

  • Hélder Vasconcelos

    Hélder Vasconcelos

    CTO & Co-Founder

    12 years of experience as a Backend Developer and Tech Lead (Euronext, Axway, Airtel ATN & PT Inovação). “Asynchronous Android Programming” Book Author.

  • Henrique Macedo

    Henrique Macedo

    Design Lead

    Frontend Developer with a strong motivation to create user interfaces from the scratch to the final stage, with a focus on design systems, performance and accessibility.

  • Diogo Ferreira Pinto

    Diogo Ferreira Pinto

    Head of Customer Experience

    His motto lies in meeting people, build strong relations & partnerships, find answers to the most pressing challenges. Currently fascinated about the future of work.

  • Maria Rincón

    Maria Rincón

    Head of Business Development

    More than 10 years of experience in the entrepreneurial world. Passionate about helping startups reach their full potential by creating winning strategies.

  • Rubhan Sukin

    Rubhan Sukin

    International Business Development

    Enthusiastic International Business Development Strategist. Passionate about meeting new people and exploring different challenges. His dream is to fly to Mars someday.

  • Rodrigo Nogueira

    Rodrigo Nogueira

    Head of Growth

    Rodrigo Nogueira is a Master in Statistics and Information Management with a specialization in Data-Driven Marketing with over 15 years of experience in the development of services and digital marketing.

  • Kacper Krzywiec

    Kacper Krzywiec

    Frontend Developer

    Frontend developer always up for learning something new and making things work. DIY projects enthusiast.

  • Carlos Mendes

    Carlos Mendes

    Content Marketing Specialist

    Passionate about writing and creating content focused on providing users the best experience. Data-driven mindset, always eager to learn more. Forever in love with everything tech.

  • Inês Durão

    Inês Durão

    Graphic Designer

    Graphic designer/illustrator who can’t decide what she loves to do the most. Non-resting brain and hates capital letters. In love with life and using colours to make beautiful things (while listening to music). That is the essence of everything.

  • Anderson Kabuya Lando

    Anderson Kabuya Lando

    Frontend Developer

    Understanding and combining the business aspect with software engineering is his goal in order to build viable products. He likes art in general, mountain biking and dreams of traveling across Afrika and immerse in its ancestral culture.


  • C3 Management GmbH

    C3 Management GmbH


    C3 Management GmbH is an asset management company focused on managing venture funds which invest in exceptional technology companies worldwide. With FinLab EOS VC Venture Fund, their mission is, among other things, to accelerate growth, development, and adoption of EOSIO-based blockchains and the EOSIO software.

  • Bright Pixel

    Bright Pixel


    Bright Pixel is a company building studio. A group of experienced builders, creative thinkers and investors, whose goal is to transform two key things: the way companies address innovation and how new ventures are put together.

  • Portugal Ventures

    Portugal Ventures


    Portugal Ventures, a venture capital firm that is part of the Banco Português de Fomento group, currently manages 173 million euros and has more than 130 portfolio companies.

  • Microsoft for Startups

    Microsoft for Startups


    Microsoft for Startups is an innovative new program created to connect #startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources.

  • Telos Foundation

    Telos Foundation

    Blockchain Platform

    The Telos Foundation is an apolitical body with a mission of promoting the Telos Blockchain Network. The Foundation is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) elected by holders of Telos Foundation Voting Tokens as defined in the Telos Blockchain Network Operating Agreement, a core Telos governance document.



    Blockchain Platform

    EOS.IO is a blockchain protocol powered by the native cryptocurrency EOS. The protocol emulates most of the attributes of a real computer including hardware with the computing resources distributed equally among EOS cryptocurrency holders.

  • Haze Shift

    Haze Shift


    We are an innovation and digital transformation consultancy where we unleash the innovation power of organizations, connecting and empowering people to be agents of positive transformation in their businesses.

  • Hackathon Academy

    Hackathon Academy


    Provide technology and knowledge to empower people to transform companies and institutions through innovation challenges.

  • Startup Jobs Portugal

    Startup Jobs Portugal


    Looking for a Startup Job in Portugal? The name speaks for itself.

  • Networkme



    Through Networkme, students are able to explore areas, professions and companies in which they could work and make better career decisions.

  • BlockRocket



    Blockrocket is an investor and accelerator for early-stage blockchain startups around the globe. They help startups, corporates, and investors to leverage the potential of blockchain technology.

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