Team

MENTORS

IRENE CASSARINO

Program Director, 42 Accelerator

When 15 years ago Irene chose to craft her career as Innovation Specialist, she had the unique chance to specialize in two emerging strategic approaches to manage disruptive change: Open Innovation and Design Thinking. In 2011 she founded The Doers and dedicated herself to startup entrepreneurs and their breakthrough projects. Her aim is to empower entrepreneurs by putting in their hands the ability to control risks, taking advantage of a user-centered and evidence-based process: this way they can effectively turn the learning they get from the market into a competitive, rock-solid advantage for their venture.

ENRICO CATTANEO

After a degree in Aerospace Engineering Enrico has pursued a career in strategic consulting and managed innovative projects in various sectors, such as utilities, automotive, telecommunications, civil Aviation, military aviation. He holds an MBA from ESCP Europe in Paris and a PhD in Economics. He is now Affiliate Professor at ESCP Europe, Innovation Manager at HumanPlus Research Foundation and collaborates with the Politecnico of Turin, chambers of commerce and other institutions related to innovation. Passioned about the analysis and evaluation of innovative business models, he has joined groups of investors and venture capitalists as a business angel and participates as a juror for start up competitions.

MARCO FONTEBASSO

Marco has been CEO or Managing Director of several internet/digital companies over the years, working on finance, e-business, business modeling, fundraising for innovative projects. His book “Come si fa a promuovere con Google” (“How to promote your business on Google”) was in IT top 10 of Amazon.it for over 6 months. He was the co-founder and CEO of Nomesia (part of Kerios Group) providing lead generation services to businesses using digital platforms. Nomesia got funded by a group of business angels of the IAG network in 2011. He was also one of the founding Partners of the Kerios Group, a privately owned holding in internet and technology.

ALBERTO GIUSTI

Alberto has more than 14 years of experience as Strategy Manager and CEO of internet firms. He has worked/financed as business angel in several internet companies (digital strategy, Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, gaming, crowdfunding) and coordinated more than 80 university thesis. He has published the books “E-commerce in Cina. Come vendere online il Made In Italy” and “Crowdfunding – Dai sogni ai soldi”. He is speaker in digital events and teacher in business schools on digital themes; the game companies where he is business angel launched KickStarter campaigns with pledges of several $ millions.

COSIMO PANETTA

Cosimo has been working as entrepreneur, manager and business developer in very small and large companies, for years. He used to believe that entrepreneurship was mainly a matter of experience, until he tapped into the works of Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Ash Maurya, Croll & Yoskovits, Gothelf & Seiden, and all the interpreters of the Lean Startup Movement: they were combining data and experiences into a solid entrepreneurial method, which can be conducted with a rigorous experimental approach, with the ultimate aim of giving birth and wealth to a new generation of enterprises, services, communities. Since then, within The Doers, he eagerly works with startuppers, entrepreneurs and product managers to turn their ventures into disciplined entrepreneurial experiments and make them grow in a fair, steerable and successful way.

ADVISORS  E INVESTORS

ANDREA SABIA

Industry: Fintech

Serial entrepreneur with experience in retail, finance and insurance, from 2003 to 2015 was CEO of TUA Assicurazioni, and CEO of Duomo Previdenza, life insurance company of Gruppo Cattolica Assicurazioni.

GIONATA TEDESCHI

Industry: Digital

Managing Director at Accenture, currently Digital Strategy Lead for Europe and Latin America. Entrepreneur, consultant and manager in highly innovative companies, he has launched three start-up successes in marketing and digital in the past 15 years.

Founder and Chairman SaldiPrivati-Born4shop, the largest Italian company for online private sales for clothing brands, accessories and electronics.

STEFANO LINARI

Industry: IoT

His last company is Alleantia with its distinctive IoT software solution able transforms any electronic device into a smarter+connected device in seconds. It created the worldwide largest library (4200+ devices from catalogue of ABB, Schneider, Siemens… ) of supported devices making existing industrial devices IoT-Ready.

Alleantia provides ‘in a box’ solutions for energy, facility and plant management, and multi-site solutions for the equipment manufacturing sector, also in partnerships with other software vendors, VARs and Telcos.

CARLO TASSI

Entrepreneur

Equity Partner in iStarter, one of the top European angel-led accelerators created by 100 top managers and entrepreneurs. Partner in Italian Angels for Growth, the largest italian angel network.

CARLO MAZZOLA

Industry: Fintech

More than 20 years of experience in finance sector Carlo founded a well known company working in risk management and he is board member of several financial companies
Carlo is an also independent business angel operating in profit and no profit sector, passionated of social themes like edutainement and gender/diversity inclusion

CLAUDIO GARAVAGLIA

Industry: Venture Capital

More than 25 years of activity as investment banker, Claudio gave rise and managed more than 200 operations of corporate finance operations and private equity and he has been manager in major Italian and foreign financial institutions.

Since 2008 Claudio is responsible for advising companies and entrepreneurs for corporate finance transactions. From 2011 to 2013 was CEO of Aleph SGR, where he worked to renovate the closed real estate funds. He was part of the Board of Directors of several Italian companies.