Startup & Angel Investing

I am on a continuous two-way journey from Entrepreneurship to Angel Investing, currently member of Angel’s Den in London, Angel Investor of four (very cool) start-ups, advisor to awesome start-ups and mentor in Bright Sparks run by Vodafone and Oxford University Innovation, London Techstars Accelerator, Virgin Startups and TechItalia:Lab Incubator.

I started Angel Investing almost by accident, which sounds strange to say. Who “accidentally” invests his own money into highly speculative ventures? Well, I did.

I was running my own startup at that time and I was tasked with exploring the world of investors because we wanted to raise funds to fuel our idea and turn it into a product. A friend introduced me to a group of Angel Investors and I got hooked.

Investing is an exciting, interesting process. Sometimes is about due diligence, sometimes is about gut’s feeling. It always is about creating a relationship with the leadership team and understanding if they really know what they are doing. Occasionally, I also have the honour to actually help and contribute to shaping the execution. This is a wonderful feeling. And great fun!

 

Here’s my experience:

 

Bright Sparks (2018 – Now) – Mentor 

One of the ten mentors selected out of 120k employees worldwide to help start-ups in the #BrightSparks programme run by Vodafone and Oxford University Innovation.

 

3co (2018 – Now) – Mentor 

3co is the world’s simplest solution for showcasing beautiful products in augmented reality – 3D scanning robotics & augmented reality APIs for iOS & Android e-commerce apps to help businesses increase customer conversion rate and decrease likelihood of return.

 

Virgin Startup (2018 – Now) – Mentor 

Virgin Group’s not-for-profit organisation, helping entrepreneurs in England & Scotland to start, fund and scale their business. I am a mentor in London.

 

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Techstars (2018 – Now) – Mentor 

Techstars is the leading worldwide startup accelerator. I am a mentor of the London based accelerator.

 

SingularityNET (2017) – Investor

The world’s decentralized AI network, letting anyone create, share, and monetize AI services at scale.

 

TechItalia:Lab Incubator (2017 – Now) – Mentor 

London based incubator with an intensive 10-week mentor-led programme supporting Italian-speaking start-up young entrepreneurs launch their ideas off the ground, accelerate their growth, and conquer English-speaking markets. I am one of the historical mentors.

 

Grumgo (2017 – 2018) – Advisor for go-to market and partner strategy

Smart city travel with help of AI, travel psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

 

HyperSurfaces (2017) – Investor

Using Deep Learning to convert any object of any material and shape into an intelligent HyperSurface: seamlessly merging the physical and data worlds without the need for keyboards, buttons or touch screens.

 

<<undisclosed startup>> (2017) – Investor

 

Bocconcini Bakery (2016) – Advisor for go-to market, social marketing and investing

Building a franchising network for delicious gluten-free Italian bakeries.

 

Timelicious (2015 – 2016) – Co-founder, CMO, Visionary and Dreamer

I proactively participated to establishing all aspects of the business. My focus was to relentlessly orchestrate our go-to-market effort, by leading our product development, marketing communications and sales.

Timelicious featured a smart habit collector and an A.I. recommendation engine that would suggest extraordinary city experiences and places for your free time. A personal assistant but also a best friend and a very well informed local, embodied in a bigger technological frame: a smart platform that helped finding great suggestions on how to make the best use of anybody’s spare time.

 

Touch of Sicily (2011 – 2016) – Co-founder, CIO

Established a successful business that sells hand-made bespoke Sicilian pottery across the globe. Designed and orchestrated social media strategy, e-commerce site and SEM.

 

Matrimoniando (2001 – 2008) – Co-founder and Business Development

Launched a wedding consultancy business from standing start – undertook business planning, product development and marketing, including social media. Married >250 couples and generated nearly €1M of revenue.