- im3D(Medical images, CAD)
- Free pack net (development and rental of reusable transport package)
- Nanoxer (new materials, nanotechnology, insulation)
- Zooppa (crowd sourcing video advertising)
- Passpack (SaaS secure password storage)
- Eris 4 (BSS/ OSS, billing, ecommerce marketplace)
- Galgo/GliAffidabili (Peer-to-peer services marketplace, social rating)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
On Nov 20th, during the workshop: "Nuova Imprenditorialita': operazione valore" we will officially communicate the projects that will be invited to the Silicon Valley road show in 2009.
The event is organized by "Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna" and will take place in Florence as part of the week long Global Entrepreneurship Week, promoted globally by the Kauffman foundation.
The declaration of the finalists will happen at around 12-12.30....
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
You can find them here.
This is also the right time to collect your feedback.
Do you think this activity is valuable for you?
What do you value most? Would you like to see more of this in the future?
Friday, October 24, 2008
I've heard during some of the presentations and during the various networking sessions (never too many...) people confronting opposite points of view.
The same day we started our forum, Sequoia flooded all startups and relevant investors with their famous Presentation , portraying an apocalyptic view of the world of startups in the next years to come.
I have the impression that, yes, we are facing tougher times in front of us (what the heck, if even Google is being cutting on extra-free-food...).
However Scarcity is the best status to spur Innovation. From scarcity it comes clarity.
How about seeing these funky times as a real opportunity for the best ideas that solve real, tangible problems, to emerge?
On the other side, I was reading the recent statistics of the performance of PEPI (table).
Indeed, the numbers look scary, considering they do not include the last few week earthquakes.
Still, the best long term (10Y) returns from all different investment scenarios, are coming from Early stage investments in startups.
Ergo, it's time to dump your stock and make your mattress thinner... and invest in your friend startup (the smart one, though).
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The projects are... (roll of drums...):
- Wiva Group
- Free pack net
- Base 16
- Eris 4
- Galgo/Gli Affidabili
During the event, we are planning to carve some dedicated time to allow 1:1 meetings between all the startups and the potential investors.
Stay tuned for more information on the match-making process.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The event took place in one of the endless wonderful palaces in Rome, now base of the Center for Italian-American Studies.
Getting back to Rome after a few years, mostly spent in the "new world", kind of made an impression on me. We need a constant memory refresh to remind the beauties that surround us in Italy.
The same applies for the event we had. I was extremely pleased that in such a short time we were able to put together likely the best of the current Italian entrepreneurship ecosystem.
On one side, in the morning we had presentations from the best of breed of Italian seed and VC investors (here's the list of participants).
Their presentations were very practical, informational and down-to-earth.
In the afternoon, the ball moved into the start-up field. We participated to parallel presentations of 28 start-ups, most of them participants of the first edition of the MtB business plan competition.
Here's a list of the presenting start-ups, and a short description.
Now, it goes without saying that we have some margins for improvement, in selecting, presenting and receiving the new great business ideas our country is producing.
But it was refreshing to see gathered a smart group of prospective entrepreneurs on one side and a growing group of local investors on the other, talking the same language, try to build critical mass, sharing information candidly.
I had the impression that a new wave is just starting, and it's just thrilling that Mind the Bridge is among the drivers of such a change.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
For Econoetica it has been an amzing adventure and an incredible networking experience.
Monday, April 7, 2008
First of all, I would like to thanks the organisation. Meetings and events were put together perfectly, allowing for detailed talking in each meeting (including welcome dinner). No need to rush from place to place.
The best benefit of "Mindthebridge" is undoubtely the network. It is an opportunity to find out a way for your business goals. It is an opportunity to know and connect people, who knows and can connect other people, et cetera, et cetera ... . It is an opportunity for Italians to be in touch with US business environment, as well as for Americans to know what is boiling in the Italian owen and how to create value together.
Please, let me say that I am happy and sad at the same time after the event. Happy, cause the entrepreneurial spirit of Italians showed once more that "we can if we want". Sad, cause the event shows one more that the state/public Italian organisations, which claim to do it and are well supported by the Italian taxpayers, are very poorly effective.
Now, ... "homo faber fortuneae suae" ...
Keep in touch, guys.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Oggi è il nostro ultimo giorno di incontri con gli investitori. Sono stati tanti, intensi e tremendamente formativi. Ora, come dicono qui, è ora di fare l'Homework: ripendere tutti i contatti creati, tutte le idee fornite e lavorare per trasformarli in opportunità concrete.
Il 15 a Roma, nell'evento organizzato come cappello finale di Mind The Bridge 2008, ci sarà l'opportunità di raccontare la nostra esperienza e per quella data avremo digerito quello che in questi giorni è stato un viaggio sulle montagne russe, senza tempo di fiatare.
Marco, Matteo&Matteo, Alberto, Richard e moltissime altre persone che hanno lavorato per noi e investito il loro tempo in questa scommessa sono stati grandi mentori e fantastici organizzatori.
Una cosa che si impara subito è che aiutare qualcuno non vuol dire lavorare al suo posto, ma semplicemente creare opportunità che solo i più determinati sapranno cogliere.
Se c'e' qualcosa che l'Italia, come paese, dovrebbe imparare è questo: tenere le porte aperte al talento, ma solo chi lavora per sfruttare le possibilità può e deve andare avanti
Ci vediamo a Roma
Thursday, April 3, 2008
facts speak more than words and, here I am, posting something about this amazing initiative just after 7 days spent here and just one day before coming back to Italy. That's simply means that Mind The Bridge got everythings from you...not only a presence or an idea...but everything: passion, iron will, time...really all the time you have! ;-) And that’s to help you as most as they can. Our mission is their mission and it’s the only mission that has sense here: “reach the goal!”.
So guys…don’t think MTB is just a business plan competition please! It’s really more than that! We are talking about a network of business developers and technology experts who love to breath innovation, moved on by passion and will to make Italy get back the role of the first order it deserves. That’s true! You know…history rules. And here we are again…americans and italians…two special countries with open minds and…how to say…fast beating hearts which have contributed a lot to what we now call modern society. So let’s hope to be able to get these big results together again and again and again! That’s the goal ;-) Btw every great goal always stay at the end of a long and difficult path that you can do only if supported by very special persons. So very thanks to all the members of the selection and organizing committee. A special thanks also go to Marco Marinucci (the creator of this amazing initiative) and Fabrizio Capobianco (a big CEO and a wonderful advisor) and all the people I have met here that helped me to tune-up my business with their feedbacks or simply give me some very important informations (Matteo Daste, Vittorio Viarengo, Giacomo Marini, Fausto Boni, Richard Boly, Matteo Fabiano, Alessandro Viral, Michele Libraro, and so many others). Obviously I cannot summing up all these days in a unique post…that’s why (sorry Marco) I can only publish some cute images that let guys imagine what kind of experience MTB offered to its finalists. And the best is yet to come! That’s only the start…so stay tuned!
New Ark airport. After 10 hours of fly it's not so great discovering your next fly will take off after 4 hours delay. That's why you nust really like smiling and thinking always positive even it sometime shit happen :-)
first visit at Google - SF
That's my cute chevrolet parked at Google - Montain View
Me and Marco - Clift Hotel, SF
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Giacomo Marini: "what a VC expects"
Matteo Fabiano: "tips for effective pitching"
Jim Mayock: "Immigration issues"
Matteo Daste: "Setting up US operations in US"
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
This space is dedicated to the participants of Mindthebridge business plan competition.
Here's the space where to share the expectations, the successes and also the failures (if any!).
We'll be start sharing the live experience of the "fantastic 5", the 5 finalists who will be able to showcase their start-up in the Silicon Valley.
What a better time to start than the day they're taking off to come the States??
We are all convinced that "take off" might mean for some of them more than just flying.
Stay tuned and... a good journey!