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!


Roberto Cingolani

Physicist. Graduated in Physics at the University of Bari (1985), he obtained a diploma of specialization at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1990); member of the research team of the Max Planck Institute of Stuttgart (1988-1991), visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (1997-98) and adjunct professor at the faculty of electronic engineering at...

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Agostino Santoni

CEO of Cisco Italia since 2012. He gained his managerial experience in the ICT sector: in Compaq, in HP, where he held positions of increasing responsibility. In 2009, he was appointed CEO of SAP Italia. He has been president of Assinform, Confindustria Association representing Italian companies in the ICT sector.

Philip Kotler

Philip Kotler is known around the world as the “father of modern marketing”. For over 50 years he has taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Kotler’s book Marketing Management is the most widely used textbook in marketing around the world.

Massimo Ciociola

Founder and CEO of Musixmatch, the world’s largest Lyrics Catalog and Music Vocabulary with +70 Mln of users in the world and top awarded Mobile App by Google, Apple and Facebook.

Leonardo Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci is defender of Juventus and of the Italian national team. Considered one of the most modern interpreters in his role, he is appreciated for his technical skills and his leading personality.

John Lim

John Lim is Vice President of Investment Operation from Fenox Venture Capital. He also manages operations of Startup World Cup, a platform that creates innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems all over the world.

David Casalini

Founder and CEO of StartupItalia!, the largest Italian community dedicated to students, entrepreneurs and investors that make up the ecosystem of startups and innovation in Italy.

Marco Argenti

Marco Argenti is Vice President, IoT, Serverless, Mobile, AR/VR, Amazon Web Services. He has over 30 years of experience in the Technology field. 25+ years of international experience in C-level / executive roles in the Mobile and Internet industry, from startups to global corporations.

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.

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Andrea Di Benedetto

President of Navacchio Techno Park (Pisa), an Innovation ecosystem that involves a network of over 60 companies and hi-tech start-ups.

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Stefano De Alessandri

Stefano De Alessandri became the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of ANSA on September 6, 2018. Born in Milan in 1959, he has a degree in economics from Milan's Bocconi University and a wealth of experience in the general management of media-publishing companies and in management consulting.  

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Gianmario Verona

Gianmario Verona is Rector of Bocconi University. He is a Professor of Management specialized on the strategic management of technology and innovation, with a focus on the theme of digital transformation.

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Paolo Iabichino

Paolo Iabichino is Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Italy. He has been working in advertising since 1990, and he invented and defined the concept of Invertising - on which he also wrote a book, published in 2010 - to interact through a renewed advertising message.

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Davide Dattoli

Davide Dattoli is the Founder and CEO of Talent Garden SpA – the physical platform where digital and tech professionals work, learn and connect.

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Paolo Barberis

Paolo Barberis, founder of Dada, was born in La Spezia in 1967. He studied Architecture in Italy and Germany. Following the Degree, he specialized in Interface Design at Domus Academy in Milan.

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Davide Turco

Davide has co-founded Indaco Venture Partners SGR in 2016, being Managing Director of the company since the inception.

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Giuseppe Stigliano

Entrepreneur, manager and professor at various academic institutions and business schools.

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Patrick Cohen

French, 44 years old, innovation-driven CEO, passionate about reinventing the insurance industry to really help customers live better lives.

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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.

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Luis Sal

Luis Sal, better known by his stage name Luis Sal, is an Italian creator, Videomaker and actor.

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