Agenda day 4

Day 4 | June 29

Incubators, accelerators, companies

Many successful incubators and accelerators will present their recipe for nurturing young companies and make them ready for the market or for an exit. The take home message will be what are the best practices world-wide in terms of services and support for start-up.

There will be also another session of companies that will show their approach to open innovation and co-creation of knowledge.

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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


Maria Chiara Carrozza

President, CNR

Maria Chiara Carrozza graduated in Physics at the University of Pisa in 1990. She got the Ph.D. in Engineering at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa) in 1994.

She is the President of the National Research Council since 2021.

She is Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where she was Rector from 2007 to 2013.

She was Member of the Italian Parliament from 2013 to 2018, joining the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, and serving as Minister of Education, University and Research from 2013 to 2014.

From 2018 to 2021 she was Scientific Director of Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, a network of Research hospitals dedicated to Rehabilitation Medicine. From 2015 to 2021 she was independent director in the Board of Directors of the Piaggio SpA. Since 2015 she is Partner of IUVO Srl, a start-up operating in the field of Wearable Robotics. From 2016 to 2021 she was founder and President of the Italian Scientific Association of Biomedical Engineers.

She was member of the Steering Committee of Quantum Tech FET Flagship, DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology and Chair of the Expert Group responsible for the interim evaluation of FET Flagship.

From 2019 to 2022 she was Chair of the European Commission Expert Group for the development of impact evaluation methodologies of Partnerships in Research and Innovation.


Laura Orestano

CEO, SocialFare

Laura Orestano (@lauraorestano) is CEO at SocialFare |Center forSocial Innovation Italy and Impact Startups Accelerator as well as President of the first impact seed fund in Italy, SocialFare Seed (

Laura has extensive experience in social entrepreneurship, impact investing and social innovation ecosystems and has worked for large multinational corporations and institutions worldwide.

She focuses her work on social value as key element to generate sustainable innovation and economic value for communities and society as a whole. Laura is co-author of UN-ILO Paper “Social Innovation and the Future of Work”, EU Commission Expert on Social Innovation, Action Aid Board Member and, in 2016, was awarded with the WEF Prize “Iconic Trail Blazer Woman of the

Coffee Break

Chairperson: Chiara Galletti


Anne Dobree

Director of Programming, Cambridge Enterprise

Formerly led the growth of the University of Cambridge’s Seed Funds team for 15 years. Anne is now working with the Senior Leadership Team on future projects and planning. Recent highlights include the purchase of Cambridge CMOS Sensors by ams, and the sale of Quethera to Astellas Pharma. Anne has also served on many boards including those of Cambridge CMOS Sensors, Aqdot, Cambridge Touch Technologies, Psyomics, MorphogenIX and Quethera. She was a founding member of Praxis Auril, which supports Knowledge Exchange Commercialisation in the UK. 
Anne’s early career includes experience in technology transfer at Imperial College Innovations Limited, in pharmaceutical development at Evans Medical, and in pharmaceutical product training at Information Transfer. Anne holds a BSc in Medical Microbiology and a PhD in Immunology. 
Anne joined the technology transfer team at the University of Cambridge in 2001, and has been involved with Cambridge Enterprise since its foundation in 2006, including as Interim Director just prior to this. She joined the Seed Funds team in 2008 and was appointed Head of Seed Funds in 2011. 


Simon Hepworth

Corporate Partnerships and Startups, Business Development and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London

He joined Imperial College in September 2009 and is shaped by great teaching in Systems Engineering at Salford, by the rigour of doctoral research in neural networks at Oxford, and by 15 years of big corporate experience in engineering and manufacturing, hardware and software, at Ford Motor Company and Visteon.

He strives to be one of the top 5 global most innovative universities. He has founded new modes of collaboration such as Enterprise Lab for student entrepreneurship, Imperial Tech Foresight to anticipate the future, and Imperial Business Partners to connect corporates to professors. He takes pride in the volunteer mentor network created in Imperial’s Venture Mentoring Service, and the creative spaces they operate such as White City Incubator and the Advanced Hackspace. He has built new vehicles for underserved communities like the MedTech SuperConnector and the WE Innovate programme for female entrepreneurs. He chairs Imperial College tech transfer, commercial projects, and consultancy subsidiary companies and serves as diversity executive sponsor for the disability network.


Fabrizio Dughiero

Vice Rector for Innovation and Relations with Industry, University of Padova

Fabrizio Dughiero is currently full professor of Electromagnetic processing of Materials (EPM) and Circuit Theory at the university of Padova and Chief Scientist of Laboratory of Electroheat of Padova.

He is currently Vice Rector for Innovation and relations with enterprises. His current research activity, documented by more than 200 scientific publications, and more than 12 patents, mainly deals with theoretical aspects and applications of EPM and Electroheat technologies spanning from industrial heat treatments of metals to thermal characterization of magnetic nanoparticles for cancer therapy, to household applications like induction cooktops and solid state microwave ovens.

He has been founder of two spin-off companies and founder of Unismart – Foundation, aimed to develop Technology and Knowledge Transfer of University of Padova. He is involved in many industrial research projects in cooperation with small, medium and large enterprises. He has been president of the board of the national SMACT (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, Internet of Things) Competence Center of Industry 4.0 italian plan, led by University of Padova, involving all the universities of North East Italy Region and more than 40 industrial partners. SMACT has been founded with the main aim to support SMEs into the digitalization process. 

He’s leading the “Contamination Lab” of University of Padova, a project of the Italian Ministry of University and research for developing in undergraduate, graduate and PhD students the attitude to entrepreneurship. He is member of the board of “Le Village” Triveneto, a startup accelerator established in cooperation with Chamber of Commerce, Credite Agricole, Confindustria Veneto Est and University of Padova. He is member of the board, designated by the minister of Enterprises and made in Italy, in the COTEC foundation, which aims to encourage and promote activities, studies, research and training in the field of research and innovation, with the goal of improving the technological and scientific competitiveness of Italy.


Jari Strandman

Founding Partner and CEO, Nordic Science Investments Oy (NSI)

Jari is a Founding Partner and CEO of Nordic Science Investments Oy (NSI), a fund management company investing in spinout companies from universities in Finland and the Nordic region. Having spent years as a startup entrepreneur, and in various technology management and investment positions in Helsinki, New York, Boston, Toronto, and Oxford, Jari’s experience expands over the whole life cycle of technology commercialisation and startup development. 

Before joining NSI in January this year, he spent 10 years as the CEO of Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd (HIS), the technology transter company of the University of Helsinki, and built the commercialisation and spinout creation strategy and operations of the university, and developed the company to become the leading university owned commercialisation organisation in Finland. 

During his years in HIS, Jari was instrumental in the creation of the university’s spinout portfolio of over 20 companies, including Nanoform Finland (Nasdaq: NANOFH), Valo Therapeutics, Dalan Animal Health, and GlucoModicum.


Chairperson: Marco Macchia


Adriano Fabris

Professor University of Pisa and BoD Member Fondazione Golinelli

Adriano Fabris is full professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Pisa, where he also teaches Ethics of Communication. At the same University he is President of the Course of Studies in Performing Arts and Communication, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Communication.

He is president of the National Society of Philosophy (Consulta Nazionale di Filosofia) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Golinelli Foundation. He is a member of the board of experts supporting the Minister of Education with regard to digital citizenship education. He has long dealt with ICTs and AI Ethics. His publications include: Twitter and Philosophy (Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2015; French and Spanish transl.); Ethics of Information and Communication Technology (Springer, Cham 2018); Trust. A Philosophical Approach (ed., Springer, Cham 2020); Etica del mangiare (Edizioni ETS, Pisa, 2020).


Federica Tadini

General Manager, G-Factor 

Federica Tadini is General Manager at G-Factor, Golinelli Foundation’s incubator and accelerator. 

Federica is responsible for managing G-Factor’s acceleration programs as well as its projects of open innovation, and leads on supporting the development of start ups in the company’s investment portfolio, and the growth of its partnerships network. 

Federica has extensive experience in financial auditing and oversight of companies, having worked for the past eight years for a key consulting and auditing firm, focusing both on multinational groups and on small and medium enterprises, after having graduated at the University of Bologna with a degree in Business and Law. 


Sabino Titomanlio

Commercial Director, Movyon

Sabino Titomanlio is Commercial Director at Movyon, the Italian industry leading company for the development and integration of solutions for Intelligent Transport Systems, Tolling, Road Safety and Infrastructure Monitoring, fully owned by Autostrade per l’Italia.

Before joining Movyon, Sabino was director of sales operations and founder of Innovation Lab at Open Fiber, the leading Italian fiber-optic wholesale network operator. Previously, he was Commercial Director and Solution & Products Director at Airbus Defence and Space, Italy.

Sabino has a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering (University of Roma, summa cum laude) and about 30 years of experience as a specialist of software, databases and information systems. Sabino Titomanlio has covered positions as responsible for business development and innovation in defence, space and telecommunication industries and coordinator of European cooperative projects.

He was member of the first Steering Board of NetWorld 2020, the European Technological Platform on Integrated Networks. Formerly, Sabino Titomanlio was Head of Innovation and Business Development at M.B.I. (Eutelsat innovation strategic partner), member of the TETRA architecture and product definition team in Marconi Mobile and director of ICT and customer care of Italian telecommunication operators.

Author of publications on Intelligent Transport Systems, antenna design, cooperative engineering and triple-play DVB systems.


Francesco Mastroianni

Toyota Material Handling CB R&D Director

He has 20+ years of experience in R&D for mobile vehicles.

After the degree in mechanical engineering,  He started as mechanical designer and after that he lead of several R&D project.

He has strong know how on the various project managements tools  (XLPM, Scrum…) and other techniques like Toyota Production System and 6 Sigma.

He has experience in different types of companies from Big Multinational to family owned Italian company.

As per today He is involved in several projects on hot technological topics like Electrification and  Autonomous vehicle


Alessio Papucci

Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Vitesco Technologies Italy

Alessio Papucci is currently the Chief Digital Officer of Vitesco Technologies Italy, He is driving the Digital Transformation of the Italian Plant with international collaboration with other Plants of Vitesco.

He is also responsible of a dedicated Team specialized on the development and industrialization of  I4.0 Technologies in the Italian Plant of the Company. He has a 20 years’ experience on Automotive sector in technical and projects management areas.

Vitesco Technologies is a company leader in Automotive powertrain sector with a focus on Electrification solutions.


Davide Mainardi

CTO, Sofidel

Davide Mainardi, an engineering graduate from the Polytechnic University of Turin, has gained a range of experience in technical-managerial roles focused on industrial plant for the paper sector.

He is currently Chief Technical Officer for the Sofidel Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use, known for the Regina brand.

His other specific areas of expertise include the impact of the paper industry on the local area.

Coffee Break

16:30 to 17:30
Panel Discussion

Di Benedetto

President, Polo Tecnologico Navacchio


Corporate Partnerships and Startups, Business Development and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London


CEO, SocialFare


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


Data journalist,
Il Sole 24 Ore

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