Industry panels


Beyond borders

Last December at StartupItalia! Open Summit 2017 we were thousands, 3.800 to be exact. Over 1,500 startup founders along with students, developers, traditional and innovative companies and hundreds of investors. Together for one day, with a shared goal: to restore confidence in this extraordinary country and give value to all those who grow new ideas, try to realize them and, by doing this, create jobs.

In the first six months of 2018, 233 million euros have been invested in Italy, exceeding the entire 2017. For the first time since long the outlook is positive. Over 9 million euros have come from crowdfunding operations; moreover, new funds emerged for a total of 720 million euros.

At StartupItalia! Open Summit 2018 we want to bring this data, this desire to do business and this drive to bring innovation to our country, believing in its future and growth. We are building the new edition of #sios18!

The appointment is for December 17 at Palazzo del Ghiaccio in Milan!


Marco Montemagno

Marco Montemagno is a digital entrepreneur, public speaker, broadcaster.
Marco is the Founder of Slashers and has an online community of over 700K people.
Marco curated and hosted Reporter Diffuso, Italy’s foremost television program about the internet on Sky News – Sky TG24 – for 7 years, interviewing thousands of leaders and innovators in the tech and media world in front of millions of viewers every Saturday morning.

Alex Zanardi

With his zest for life and his indefatigable ambition, Alessandro Zanardi is an inspiration for many.
His serious crash in 2001 was not the end of the career, but the start of a new, successful stage in his life.
Victories in the World Touring Car Championship and four handbike gold medals at the Paralympics: Zanardi is no stranger to making sporting history.

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher MBE is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. Mike has been named one of the most influential people in European technology by Wired UK and is a regular broadcaster. He founded the annual Europas Conference & Awards, the charity Techfugees and has been an advisor on tech startups to the British Prime Minister and the Mayor of London.

Joerg Rheinboldt

Joerg joined the Axel Springer Plug & Play team as CEO in September 2013. He started his first company denkwerk while studying Business Administration in Cologne in 1994. In 1999 he co-founded AG which he and his co-founders sold to eBay Inc. after 6 months.

Paolo Barberis

Paolo founded Dada, which still is a company of reference in Europe in the domain, hosting, online advertising sectors. In June 2000, at the age of 32, Paolo became the youngest chairman and founder of Dada, a company listed on the Stock Exchange. (1995), (1999), (2001) are only some of the services he has developed. More than 30 million private users and 500,000 companies from 11 different countries have been making use of these service. 

Patrick Cohen

French, 44 years old, innovation-driven CEO, passionate about reinventing the insurance industry to really help customers live better lives. Before joining AXA he earned over 20 years of experience and track record of driving growth and profits in Financial services and Consumer goods industries, always focusing on innovation and customers.

Maurizia Cacciatori

Maurizia Cacciatori (Carrara, April 6th, 1973) is a former volleyball player, the only icon of Italian volleyball. She started at a very young age in her city team, Carrara, with which she got a historic promotion in A2.

Silvia Candiani

Silvia Candiani is the Country Manager for Microsoft Italy. Silvia has been GM of Consumer and Devices Sales in CEE since 2014. In FY17 she won the cup as best area CDS worldwide and the fastest retail growth in EMEA. In her tenure as GM CDS she transformed the business, bringing PC market back to growth and creating a high-performing, diverse and talented team with strong growth mindset.

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