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Gonçalo Neves


Gonçalo Neves
Business Strategy
CapEx/OpEx Optimization
New Business Development
Strategic Partnerships
Hard-working, energetic, self-motivated and strategically-minded, able to work effectively under pressure. Human values and business ethics drive me. In constant evolution as a professional, I'm looking for innovative solutions, to tackle societal and technological challenges.

After my Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics in Portugal, I did a Master of Science in Finland in Electrical Engineering, majoring in Illumination and minoring in International Design Business Management. During that period, I got involved with Aalto University Design Factory and a non-profit organisation run by students, Aalto Entrepreneurship Society.

This academic journey still influences today the professional that I am. It taught me how to tackle complex, real-life challenges in multidisciplinary teams and develop holistic perspectives on the questions of tomorrow.

My current focus lies in Agritech, horticultural technology, lighting, food production systems, vertical farming and urban farming.
38 years old
Driving License
  • Overseeing business development into new markets and regions
  • Created a teams for lean business case development, IP acquisition and partnerships
  • Opened two new revenue streams
  • Acquired two patents for short and long-term implementation
  • Strategic partnerships that help to create a compounding growth strategy for the business
  • Contributed significantly to decreasing 15% of CapEx/m2 of our system while decreasing OpEx by 40% due to energy management partnerships
  • Created vertical and horizontal teams and initiated the move from traditional project management to Kanban/Flight levels/Agile. How to work with crops, hardware, software and digital project management
  • Managed project management, product owners, strategic partnerships, innovation and engineering teams
  • Setting strategic partnerships strategy
  • -61% rent cost OPEX per m2 per plant in a hub through automation and integration
  • +73% output per m2 of growing, through the introduction of new growing technics and space optimisation / high-density crops
  • -40% energy cost per plant, new HVAC design
  • -83% labour cost per plant, automation and new process workflow
  • Got hired by another business (IGS Ltd)
  • Designing and implementing large scale sustainable vertical farming systems and technologies
  • Setting a vision for how technology will be used in the company
  • Ensuring that technological resources meet the company's short and long-term needs
  • Setting the goals for research and development
  • Making executive decisions on behalf of the company's technological requirements
  • Creating timelines for the development and deployment of all technological services
  • Ensuring all technology practices adhere to regulatory standards
  • Acting as a mentor to team members
  • Exited the company successfully
  • Fostering innovation and education with a focus on sustainable farming systems and technologies
  • Setting a vision for A Lab Vertical Farm
  • Developing and implementing a business plan to improve cost-efficiency
  • Maintaining positive and trust-based relations with business partners, shareholders, and authorities
  • Supervising, guiding, and delegating tasks
  • Managing a network of 50+ volunteers between the ages of 15 to 60 years with various backgrounds
  • Running a prototyping platform between volunteers and professionals to develop new solutions and technologies for sustainable farming
  • Managing an educational program with over 500 students with ages of 10 to 15 years
  • Building and enhancing the farm's public profile at events, speaking engagements, etc.
  • Consulting and engineering services in the fields of lighting and horticulture
  • Developing the company’s culture and overall company vision
  • Making high-level decisions about policy and strategy
  • Developing and implementing operational policies and a strategic plan
  • Acting as the primary spokesperson for the company
  • Helping with recruiting new staff members when necessary
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the company
  • Exited the company successfully
  • Developing and manufacturing horticultural lighting
  • Exited the company successfully after one-year high growth
  • Workshop facilitation on sustainable controlled environment agricultural systems
  • Expanding the international market to Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and North America, 50+ countries
  • Opening a branch in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Setting the goals for research and development
  • Making high-level decisions about policy and strategy
  • Acting as one of the spokespeople for the company
  • Helping with recruiting new staff members when necessary
  • Exited the company successfully as minority shareholder
  • Developing and manufacturing horticultural solid-state-lighting and services services
  • Bringing to market and selling the company products and services
  • Developing and manufacturing horticultural solid-state-lighting (first company product lines)
  • Bringing to market and selling the company first product lines
  • Horticultural Lighting Technologies
  • Vertical Farming
  • Solid-State-Lighting Technologies
  • Agritech Innovation

M.Sc.(Minor), International Design Business Management

Aalto University - Finland

August 2011 to July 2012
The IDBM curriculum integrates business, design and technology to enable students to create new value and meaningful innovation. Graduates of the program earn a master’s degree in business, design or technology, and gain extensive interdisciplinary teamwork experience that enables them to work in a wide variety of fields.

M.Sc.(Tech.), Electrical Engineering (Illumination Engineering and Electrical Building Services)

Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering - Finland

August 2010 to July 2012
The Master's Programme in Electrical Engineering is a broad multi-disciplinary programme providing graduates with the ability to work in and between a wide variety of fields - ranging from traditional Electrical Engineering and Energy sectors to Biomedical Engineering, Control Engineering and Robotics. Drawing from extensive research in mathematical and natural sciences, the curriculum is flexible and allows students to study a unique combination of courses to suit their own interests.

B.Sc.(Tech.), Electromechanical Engineering

University of Beira Interior - Portugal

September 2004 to February 2009


Wageningen University & Research - Netherlands

January 2018 to September 2018
Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms

Soft Skills

  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Positive attitude
  • Empathy
  • Integrity and work ethics
  • Ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity
  • Critical thinking
  • Negotiation
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility


  • Decision-Making
  • Business Strategy
  • International Business
  • Project Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Research and Development
  • International Sales
  • Planning
  • Motivating Teams


  • Microsoft Office
  • Software Project Management
  • CRM
  • Software Engineering
  • Cloud Services
  • Web
  • New Project Management Tools
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Microsoft Azure
  • SQL server
  • .NET / .NET core
  • C++


  • Series A, B, C Funding
  • Investment Due Diligence
  • Presentations


  • Portuguese (native)
  • English (full professional proficiency)
  • Spanish (professional working proficiency)
  • French (basics)
  • Finnish (basics)


  • Farming
  • Lighting and automation
  • Gardening


  • Trail running
  • Chi-Kung
  • Hiking

Mental Health First Aider

Issued Sep 2022 · Expires Sep 2025
Credential ID 180 - 11177
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