Speakers 2020



Ludovica Leone, Industry Leader for the Food and Wine area Bologna Business SchoolPh.D, is Research Fellow at the Department of Communication and Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia


Alessandro Bonfiglioli is the General Director of CAAB. He is a senior accountant and accounting auditor. From 2009 he was lecturer in Industrial design and Branding – International MBA and Made in Italy. Professional experiences: Gruppo Castelli – Haworth: director in administration and finance, CFO Europe, General Director and managing director in Italy. Gruppo Alessi: CEO and Vice president in foreign auditing.

Davide Maggi, Experienced Founder with a demonstrated working history in marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Venture Capital, Digital Strategy, Business Planning, E-commerce, and Advertising. Strong business development professional with a degree in Political Science/Sociology from Università di Bologna. Director in Digital Marketing @Bologna Business School.

Angelo Vittorio ZambriniPhD, Scientific Advisor, AgroFood BIC S.r.l. The AGROFOOD BIC idea is the result of our brainstorming sessions on how to drive innovation in the food sector, about sustainability and agriculture 4.0. Common goal: working with young start-ups sharing ideas – our ideas and their ideas – as well as needs and competences, thus fostering mutual growth.




Federico Munari is Full Professor of Innovation and Project Management at the Department of Business Sciences, University of Bologna. He has been Director of the PhD in General Management at the University of Bologna. Author of several international publications on the topics of intellectual property management, technology transfer and finance for innovation. He is Editor of the book “The Economic Valuation of Patents. Methods and Applications”, published by Edward Elgar.


Alberto Broggi is General Manager at VisLab srl (spinoff of the University of Parma acquired by Silicon-Valley company Ambarella Inc. on June 2015) and a professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Parma in Italy.

Nicola RediManaging Partner at Venture Factory, an exclusive Advisor of Vertis SGR for the management of the fund “Vertis Venture 3 Tech Transfer” (VV3TT): led by a team of senior professionals with significant background in venture capital, multinational industries, technology transfer and research, Venture Factory works together with universities, research institutions, corporations and venture capital funds in order to turn great discoveries into successful products, services and companies.

Michele Poggipolini, President Young Entrepreneurs Group, Confindustria Emilia and Executive Director and CEO of Poggipolin SpA. Thanks to the innovative activities strongly desired and developed, Poggipolini is today a world leader in the Aerospace sector indesign and production of screws and critical fasteners, of high precision structural mechanical parts using titanium and other special alloys, but above all it is R&D Partner of companies such as Leonardo, Safran, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren and Mercedes AMG.




Angelo Manaresi is Full Professor of Economics and Business Management in the Department of Business Sciences. He is currently Scientific Director of the Master in Business Management, Director of the Department of Business Sciences in Bologna.


Alberto Festa, Senior Executive (CEO / Managing Director) with 25+ years of experience across Europe, North & South America in Luxury & FMCG industries, with a keen eye on numbers & profitability. Background in sales & marketing, strategy, and operations, with proven success in corporate turnaround, growing brand visibility and transforming business structures. Multinational & domestic experience with LVMH (Bulgari), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mattel, Pepsi and Colgate. Cross-cultural leader able to establish best practice standards, implement change and optimize resources while motivating large teams. Senior consultant for luxury brands and private equity funds, specialized in fashion, jewellery, watches and F&B, provides strategic advice and support for international expansion.

Stefano Galassi, Partner & Managing Director of Startup bootcamp fashion, a FashionTech is the leading accelerator of startups supporting and scaling companies innovating and disrupting the fashion sector.

Gianluca Guancioli, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Orbita Verticale. The Project aims to identify companies that transform their reference market and provide practical skills to promote long-term success.

Eugenio Morselli, Thirty years experience in the High End Luxury and FMCG markets, both in Europe and Globally, having built his career through the Marketing and Sales functions in some of the best American Corporations and largest Italian multinationals. His business vision is to enhance Organization competitiveness by clarifing Vision and Strategies, as well as, by creating “Empowerment-from-Within” so to get things done better and faster than competition. Specialties: Vision & Strategy Creation; Executive Board Advisory; Senior Executive Management Coaching; Turn Around Planning & Execution; Organization Effectiveness Enhancement; Business Development;





Andrea PiaVP Client Services Italy at AKQA, In 2005 he joined Accenture as Experienced Consultant, to follow the development of innovative projects based on broadband technologies. In 2007 he joined H-ART (from 2017 AKQA Italy), a leader in professional services related to digital and innovation, where he is dedicated to the development of business and market for Southern Europe.


Franco Bondi, StartUp Grind, the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. We do this daily through our local events, flagship conferences, startup program, partnerships, and online media + content – collectively reaching over 3.5 million individuals worldwide.

Gianluca Dettori, PrimoMiglio, a venture firm focused on early-stage technology venture capital founded by. a team with significant digital experience and entrepreneurial background.

Fabio Nalucci CEO & Founder @GELLIFY, an innovation platform that connects high-tech B2B start-ups with traditional companies to innovate processes, products and business models through investments and thanks to the know-how of experts specialised in software enterprise and SaaS products




Matteo Mura, Associate Professor of Management Engineering at the Department of Business Sciences of the University of Bologna and Visiting Professor at the Center for Business Performance of the Crafield School of Management


Vincenzo Antonetti, Responsabile at Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center. Their goal is to explore new future business models to create the assets and skills needed to support the long-term competitiveness of the Group and its customers, acting as a driver and input for the new economy in Italy.

Davide NeriMarketing and International Development Manager for WASP. The Project has turned its vision to scale up 3D printing technology with additive, everyday natural materials to build affordable housing a reality. This massive achievement, with a quick turnaround, required a new way of thinking and approaching design and engineering challenges.

Maria Silvia Pazzi, Founder and CEO of Regenesi, a company that produces high-end sustainable fashion accessories and design. Founded in 2008, it is the first Made in Italy company conceived according to the principles of circular economy and networked organization.