Francesco is CEO and founder of Rainmakers, an Italian venture development organization and startup studio + innovation advisory company (with its "Nuvolab" brand) based in Milan. Started in 2011, today with 40+ corporate innovation programs completed and 25 startups in its portfolio (including 4 exits + 3 write-off) Rainmakers is a leading player in the Italian Rainforest.
Francesco is also CEO and founder of COP, the first legaltech startup against online hate in Italy (and probably in Europe) striking back at hate(rs) with AI-powered tech and legal services.
In 2011 he was also partner in Enlabs, the first business open incubator in Italy.
In 2010 he worked for M31, one of the most important business incubator in Italy as Business Development Director of its Silicon Valley branch, M31 USA.
Formerly, he has been working both for the US Market Access of San Jose, a first rate international startups incubator in Silicon Valley, as business developer, and for the Angels’ Forum of Palo Alto, a leading business angel network in California, as financial analyst.
In March 2010 he was awarded with his team of VRMedia, at Stanford University, with the Mind The Bridge prize, as the most innovative high tech startup in Italy.
Previously he succeeded in working as research fellow in School of Advanced Studies Sant’Anna of Pisa (2009); as analyst in IBM Global Business Services (2008) on market planning and IP management projects; as business strategy analyst in Accenture Business Consulting (2006), where he was involved in several projects concerning marketing and strategy analysis for the banking & insurance industry, and in the development of new financial products; he also worked in Prometeia (2005), a financial firm where he supported the development of innovative financial products and the creation of risk management tools for the banking industry.
Francesco earned a BA in Management & Finance magna cum laude in 2003 and a MA in Finance magna cum laude in 2005, both from the University of Padova. In 2008, he got a Master in Innovation Management cum laude at the School Sant’Anna of Pisa; in 2010 he earned a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship at the Santa Clara University (CA), supported by the Fulbright BEST Program Grant.
Invited by: Andrea Dusi
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