Agenda day 2

Day 2 | June 27

Investors, banks, companies

The success of an ecosystem that wants to nurture new entrepreneurial initiatives depends also on the availability of venture capitals to support young company growth. Professional ventures, public funds and banks will share how they work, what they look in young companies to invest in, what they expect after the investment and what support they provide besides money. The take home message will be how a start-up must shape itself to become appealing to investors and how the ecosystem can help them to reach that target.

The end of the day will start exploring how companies interacts with universities and young company to satisfy their needs of innovation and how they interpret open innovation and knowledge sharing.

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8:45- 9:15
Registration and Welcome Coffee


Corrado Priami

Rector’s Delegate for Research Exploitation and New Entrepreneurial InitiativesUniversity of Pisa

Chairperson: Corrado Priami


Claudia Pingue

Senior Partner, Head of Technology Transfer Fund, CDP Venture Capital

Claudia Pingue brings over 15 years of Technology Transfer process management experience. From 2013 to 2020 she was PoliHub, Startup District & Incubator General Manager at the Politecnico di Milano, a position that flanked several startup and scaleup boards as well as the Poli360 Fund Venture Partner role managed by 360 Capital Partners.

Prior to her appointment as General Manager she was Digital Innovation area coordinator at the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano while being in charge of the design and implementation of various innovation projects within both companies and public administrations.

After graduating in Telecommunications Engineering in Milan she completed a Master’s in Business Management and Organizational Development from MIP Politecnico di Milano Business School and an Executive Program in Venture Capital at Berkeley’s HAAS Business School.


Massimo Gentili

Partner EUREKA! Venture SGR

Professionally born as a physicist, Massimo Gentili has been developing in thirty-eight years an overall competence in business, integrating human resources, assets, and financial constraints in complex high-tech environments.

After graduation in 1984 he spent 15 years as researcher at the National Research Council of Italy-CNR before moving to industry in 1999. In industry he was the manager for the Advanced Technology in STMicroelectronics and then VP Photonics Technology in Pirelli. More recently he served as Director at the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento-Italy, CTO and Business Unit Director of TESMEC S.p.A and Director General of the Inphotec Foundation of the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa.

Currently works as independent professional in the field of Technology Transfer and Management. He is also Partner of the Eureka! Venture, the independent Italian Venture Capital Asset Management Company exclusively focused on deep tech investments.


Lisa Di Sevo

Managing Partner and CEO Prana Ventures

“Done is better than perfect” is her mantra. Lisa Di Sevo is the Managing Partner and CEO of PranaVentures. Since 2007, she has been an associate at dpixel and later a member of the investment team at Primomiglio SGR. She began her career in the innovation area of H3G, where she was responsible for scouting and incorporating new strategic solutions and services into the 3 offering.

Since 2007, as an associate at dpixel and as an investor manager at Primo Miglio, Lisa has been involved in screening investment opportunities in new digital technologies, supporting teams on strategic positioning, growth, and entry into new markets. From 2009 to 2015, she also worked as a project leader for Telecom Italia’s Open Innovation project, where she was also responsible for the acceleration process.

She is also the President of She Tech Italy, a network that supports female entrepreneurship in the tech industry. In 2015, she was selected as one of the 150 talents in the world for the GES – Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Coffee Break

Chairperson: Chiara Galletti


Nicola Redi

Managing Partner Venture Factory

Nicola is managing partner of Venture Factory and partner of VV3 Technology Transfer fund and of Galaxia/National Aerospace Tech Transfer Hub. He previously served in Vertis as Investment Director for the venture capital area and in TTVenture as Chief Investment and Technology Officer. He founded and was appointed CEO of SeedLab the first Italian accelerator for research based companies.

Prior to join the venture capital industry, Nicola held Global and European leadership positions in operations and R&D of major multinational industrial companies.

He is Italian representative in the High Level Group Systems Innovation, independent tripartite think tank advising the European Council and European Commission on innovation policies. Furthermore, he is non-executive director of Lean Experience Factory, the global largest integrated digital model environment, joint venture between McKinsey & Co and Confindustria Alto Adriatico.


Isabelle Andrieu 

CEO, Pi School

Isabelle Andrieu is an entrepreneur, an investor in startups and a mother of 3 children. Along with Marco Trombetti, in 1999 she co-founded, a pioneer of artificial intelligence that supports professional translators.


Alex v. Frankenberg

Managing Director HTGF

Dr. Alex von Frankenberg is Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), responsible for software and life science investments. At HTGF he successfully raised four funds with very significant private and public commitment, established HTGF as the leading seed investor in Germany, significantly outperforming the initial goals of the fund.

Before taking that position in October 2005 he was responsible for spin-offs as Venture Manager at Siemens Corporate Technology. Before joining Siemens in April 2002 Alex was head of sales and marketing of an IT start-up. Prior to that he headed the Innovation Practice at Siemens Management Consulting. He started his career designing and implementing large IT systems with Andersen Consulting.

Alex holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin (1992) and a PhD about the establishment of de-facto technology standards from the University of Mannheim (1997).


Marco Polini

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics and Co-founder Planckian

Marco Polini graduated in Physics in 1999 from the University of Pisa (Italy) and received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa). After his PhD he worked with Allan MacDonald at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) as a postdoctoral researcher and then returned to Pisa for a Researcher permanent position at the National Research Council (CNR).

In 2015 he resigned from CNR to lead the “Theory and technology of 2D materials” group as a Senior Scientist at the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa (Italy). From 2017 to 2022 he was a “Visiting Professor” at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manchester (UK), where he worked with Andre Geim. He is currently a Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics of the University of Pisa. Marco has co-authored more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, collecting more than 26.000 citations for an Hirsch index of 70 (Google Scholar). In 2021 he co-founded “Planckian”, a deep tech Start Up working on the development of the first quantum battery.


Chairperson: Marco Macchia


Luigi Ruggerone

Head of Trend Analysis and Applied Research, Intesa San Paolo Innovation Center

After completing his postgraduate studies in Economics in the UK, Luigi joined Banca Commerciale Italiana in 1996, working in Milan for the Research Department and then the Risk Management Department.

In 2013, with his wife Alessandra and his kids Luca and Sara, Luigi moved to Washington DC to join the International Monetary Fund, where he contributed to writing several issues of the Global Financial Stability Report until 2015.

In October 2015 he joined Intesa Sanpaolo Group to open and manage its new Representative Office in Washington DC.

On October 1st 2018 he was appointed Head of Innovation Business Development with Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, a new company of Intesa Sanpaolo Group based in Turin and entirely dedicated to scout, analyze accelerate and support innovative technologies.

In  July 1st 2019 Luigi was appointed Director of Applied Research with Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center.

In February 2023, Luigi became Senior Director and responsible for three different areas: Applied Research, Business Development and Circular Economy with Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center.


Flavio Notari

Investor Partner, Plus9

Flavio coordinates the tax practice within the Technology Companies Group of the Italian offices at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. 

He regularly assists clients in their start-up, scale-up, venture capital deals, internationalization processes, as well as for the taxation issues of extraordinary operations. Flavio has a strong expertise in assisting mainly tech companies and multinational industrial groups with respect to tax issues. He gained considerable experience working in well-established law firms both in the United States and also in Italy. 

Tax advisor in business accelerators, advisor for VC funds as well as for tech start-ups, he follows with great attention the paths of the Italian entrepreneurial innovation, promoting competitiveness and spreading the culture of risk.  

Regular lecturer in Financial Accounting at John Cabot University. 
Co-Founder of BAIA Italia – Business Association Italy America, he contributes to the definition of the vision and strategy of the association. 
He is author of several publications relating to taxation and a regular speaker in conferences and workshops. 


Nicola Rossi

Head of Innovation, Enel Green Power and Thermal Generation

Nicola Rossi is Head of Innovation at Enel Green Power and Thermal Generation. His responsibilities include identifying and ensuring implementation of innovation projects at global level on the overall value chain (Business Development, Engineering and Construction, Operation and Maintenance).

His expertise covers power generation, energy storage, digital technologies, circular economy, start-ups and open innovation management.
Mr. Rossi is graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pisa (Italy) and he participated in executive management courses at international business schools: SDA Bocconi, IESE and Harvard University. He has been managing international teams for several years and is board member of a number of international research organizations in Europe and US.


Antonio Marchi

Chief Strategy Officer Palladio Group

After graduating in Engineering Management at the Politecnico di Milano, Antonio Marchi began his career in Consulting Management, gaining experience in corporate performance improvement projects as well as in the industrial and financial restructuring of multi-sector companies. Since 2014 he has been working at Palladio Group, first as Head of Operations & Business Development and then as Chief Strategy Officer. In addition to the Operations area management, Marchi analyzes market trends to develop a corporate strategy based on innovation and sustainability.


Daniele Marcucci

Engineering Director for Climate Technology Solutions, Baker Hughes

Daniele is the Engineering Director for Climate Technology Solutions, based in Florence, Italy.

In this role, he is responsible for the development of the portfolio of products and solutions across all the CTS growth areas: Hydrogen, CCUS, Clean Power Solutions and Emissions Management.

During his career Daniele has had several technical leadership roles with increasing responsibility in field testing, product development, Quality and requisition projects. He has also gained global cross-functional experience in different Baker Hughes businesses: turbomachinery, controls, and industrial valves.

Daniele has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, with a specialization on Energy and Environment, from the University of Florence. During his studies he also had academic and research experience with the Valencia Polytechnic University in Spain, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, in Germany. 

Paolo has a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy.

Coffee Break

16:30 to 17:30
Panel Discussion


CEO, Pi School


Vice President NEXT Yacht Group


Rector’s Delegate for Research Exploitation and New Entrepreneurial Initiatives, University of Pisa


Managing Partner Venture Factory


Tech & Innovation journalist at Green&Blu, La Repubblica

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