Carlos DaSilva

Carlos DaSilva’s experience in tech-entrepreneurship and the start-up ecosystem is widespread. He is the country-wide Director of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute program in Portugal. The Founder Institute is the world’s largest Technology entrepreneur training and start-up launch program born in Silicon Valley, with over 1200 companies founded across 6 continents. Furthermore, he is a Founder and shareholder in over 10 start-up companies. Dr. DaSilva held the positions of Visiting Scholar and Lecturer for the MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management (F.T. #1 for International Business in the World) and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is also the author of “Entrepreneurial Finance: A Global Perspective”, a practical book for entrepreneurs and investors published by SAGE, and has published in A+ ranking Journals. He is presently a Professor at the HEG School of Management in Switzerland. His network of contacts spreads from Silicon Valley to Europe, being his international exposure a strong asset for anyone seeking international expansion. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Technology Management & Entrepreneurship, he launched a NGO in Africa and worked for several years in international business development at an Eastern European Online start-up venture that was recently acquired by a large multinational.


  • DaSilva, C.M., Gibbons, G. & Hisrich, R. Entrepreneurial Finance : A Global Perspective” (2015). MBA TextBook by SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • DaSilva, C.M. & Trkman, P. “Business Model: What It Is And What It Is Not.” (2015, in Press), Long Range Planning Journal (“A” Publication; Journal Impact Factor: 3.667).
  • DaSilva, C.M., Trkman, P. and DeSouza, K.C. “Disruptive Technologies: A Business Model Perspective on Cloud Computing.” (2015, in Press), Technology Analysis & Strategic Management.
  • Lindic, J., & DaSilva, C. M. (2011). “Value Proposition as a Catalyst for a Customer Focused Innovation.” Management Decision, 49(10), 1694–1708.
  • Silva, C. M., Janezic, M., & Hisrich, R. D. (2012). “Five ways to operate and succeed as a venture capitalist in Southeast Europe.” The Journal of Private Equity, 15(2), 84–89.
  • “Learning from Amazon’s success: Five-point guide to get in the customer’s shoes.” (2012). Strategic Direction Journal, 28(4), 19–21.




Venture Financing, Entrepreneurship, Business Model Innovation


carlos [dot] dasilva [at] hefr [dot] ch


Last Education

PhD Technology Management & Entrepreneurship


French, English, Portuguese, Spanish





Entrepreneurship / Innovation and International Entrepreneurship
Innovation Management & Organizational Behaviour
Strategy and Management
Entrepreneurship Marketing
Visionary and Entrepreneurial Thinking
Technology Entrepreneurship
Human resources: Learning, Cooperation, Creativity
Intellectual Property
Ventures in Action
Entrepreneurial Finance
Innovation Factory & Innovation Process
Growth Management
Strategic Management
Organizational Behavior, Human Resources & Entrepreneurship
Marketing and Sales and Business Development
Growth Management
Idea Generation & Business Design
FINTECH Circle Innovate - Digital Ecosystem Director
Entrepreneurship, Ventures in Action, Prerequisite Course