Simon Schaefer began as a designer in 1997, working for German startups with his own interactive agency. He has invested in about 50 angel- and seed-stage companies, and In 2011 he co-founded Factory, a campus model for Startups, launching the very first of Europe´s mega-campuses. Whilst hosting the world's first Policy / Startup conference Startup Europe Summit with the European Commission from 2015 to 2019 and speaking publicly regularly, Simon and team Factory launched their second Berlin Campus "Silicon Allee” in 2017. He and his investors RAG Stiftung started construction on Factory Lisbon in 2019 as the anchor of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa´s innovation district Hub Criativo do Beato, due to be completed later this year. Simon is a member of the Advisory Board of Allied for Startups and is a member of the investment Committee of the 200M co-investment fund of Portugal.