Juliana Innecco, head of investments, Torq Ventures is one of our Top 50 Rising Stars in corporate venturing for 2023

For Juliana Innecco, the technology market has always been a passion, leading her to become the head of investments at Torq Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Brazilian software company Sinqia.  

Innecco began at Sinqia in 2021, starting off as the head of innovation at Torq Labs before progressing to her current position where she is responsible for investments and leading the initiatives to foster a culture of internal innovation for the corporation. Since then, she has been recognised as one of the most important female voices in the industry. 

She has a background in engineering and product management, giving her an objective and creative vision about business and innovation. 

As a person who isn’t afraid of a challenge, Innecco made the transition to the software development sector after working for seven years in engineering, “I don’t like to stay in my comfort zone,” she says. This has allowed her to become fully immersed in the world of startups.  

“It’s important to have some kind of synergy. We have to understand if together we can address some pain points for clients.”

She previously worked as an innovation product manager for digital payment company Worldline Global’s Latin American division. She also served as a content creator for the community newsletter of Mulheres de Produto, a network in Brazil that aims to reduce gender inequality by empowering women in tech careers, and she is currently a mentor in the Mulheres no Comando network, which aims to empower women in the corporate universe.    

Innecco has developed robust partnerships with the firm’s portfolio companies. “We have a very clear understanding about our role as investors,” she says. “It’s important to have some kind of synergy. We have to understand if together we can address some pain points for clients.” 

Launched in 2018, Torq Ventures invests in the financial and IT sectors, with a particular focus on payments, artificial intelligence, blockchain and embedded finance startups. The unit has 4 companies in its portfolio including Brazilian fintech firm Celcoin, which raised $31m in funding, and has more than 100 startups in its ecosystem. 

See the rest of our Top 50 Rising Stars for 2023 here.