The Maker Tour stops @SnootLab in Toulouse

The DIY and Makers movement is strong in France. We met Frederic and Marc, founders of  SnootLab and the Toulouse Fablab.


‘Cana’, trovo che ‘sto groove è perfetto come background per lavorare. Tira

E’ partito il Maker Tour del Barcamper

E’ partito il Maker Tour, un viaggio in Barcamper che culminerà con la Maker Faire Europea, a Roma – Campo Boario – dal 3 al 6 Ottobre. Il Barcamper guidato da Alice Lizza e Davide Starinieri, percorrerà l’Europa in lungo e in largo e in 15.000 chilometri documenterà luoghi, protagonisti ed eventi dal mondo dei Maker. Partito da Firenze, il Barcamper adesso è in Francia per una visita a SnootLab di Tolosa, startup che vende online hardware ed elettronica per il DIY.

Intanto stanotte il Barcamper sarà ospite del FabLab di Tolosa, Artilect.

Startup Revolutionary Road lands in Trento

Trentino is launching a number of new initiatives for startups, among which its brand new Accelerator: Techpeaks. We brought the Barcamper to Trento, to scout for new startups, here a short video about it.


L’ecosistema innovativo Irlandese

Il mio amico e collega Will Prendergast, co-fondatore di Frontline Venture Capital, ha creato questo documento che è la mappa più completa ed aggiornata del sistema dell’innovazione in Irlanda.

The Irish Tech Startup Guide from Frontline Ventures

Motorpsycho DunaJam

Un caro amico musicista di Cagliari, Davide Catinari (Dorian Gray), mi ha raccontato che i mitici Motorpsycho organizzano a sorpresa dei ‘Dunajam’. Avvertono all’ultimo minuto i loro fan, che possono partecipare ad un viaggio di una settimana insieme alla band dove montano gli strumenti in luoghi ameni della Sardegna (fuori stagione) e suonano in riva al mare e sulle scogliere fino a spaccarsi. Guardate che roba.


Scorsa settimana a Cagliari ho avuto il piacere di conoscere Diablo, anima di Sikitikis

The hand that feeds

Wanna read 4.000+ business plans from Italian startups? Just ask

We’ve launched today the 2013 Edition of Working Capital, the acceleration program of Telecom Italia. Today we opened the Rome incubator, located right in the hart of the city, one block from the Italian Parliament, very busy today at the election of the new President.

I’ve been involved with Working Capital since its launch in 2009. It was quite amazing to look back today at what has happened in the past four years. Around 50.000 young Italians, wannabe entrepreneurs have been reached by the program. We looked at 4.000 business plans and funded more than one hundred projects.

With little funding and some support some of these team have actually turned their ideas in startups. And some of them are actually making it. Ecce Customer, Timbuktu, Iubenda, Smappo, Oilproject just to name a few.

Marco Patuano, CEO of Telecom Italia promised last year that we would have had a home for Working Capital. So this year we will be opening 5 incubators/coworking spaces. Besides Rome, Milano and Catania are opening now and two more will follow. We will fund 30 projects with 25.000 euro grants and have the capacity to host with coworking facilities and mentorship probably something like another 150/200 startup teams.

Patuano also announced what I personally think is simply a brilliant idea that will be implemented this year.

Startups in the program will be able to have access to a special ‘Supplier’s fast registry’ that will enable them to become suppliers of Telecom Italia and on top of that he has retained for himself for a ‘6 zeros’ budget, whereas if Telecom business units will want to adopt products from startups, these projects will get internal funding directly by the CEO! Really smart and cool idea to help startups enter a large corporate and for a big telco to bubble up innovation ideas right to the CEO. I just can’t imagine what could happen in Italy if other companies and public administrations would startup to follow this example. The Rainforest is all about building trust and reducing friction in the ecosystem and this add-on to working capital is fundamentally about that.

The new website core is now what we call ‘Rep’, the big repository of all 4.000 business plans and the ones that will be uploaded in the future. The site has a NEW important feature: it has an access for investors. So this year our challenge will be to connect Rep with the rest of the global innovation ecosystem. We believe that the Italian ecosystem has reached enough scale that it should be looked at more by international investors. And now with the support of the Kauffman Fellows we have lots of amazing colleagues around the globe.

The afternoon was all dedicated to startups, 12 of them pitched in english to a panel of Italian VCs and three international investors: Richard Seewald (Alpha Associates, leading venture firm in the Easter and Russian markets), Ben Hennelly (Axel Johnson, a major private equity firm out of NY) and Abdulaziz Alhargan (Director of BADIR, the Saudi technology innovation program). 

We have a huge talent pool in Italy, creative, hungry, strongly educated, largely unemployed and fundamentally underfunded in a big way. Great conditions for venture capital. Our startups have to learn how to be lean and mean when they are very young. They are resilient and being out of the Silicon Valleys of this world, often come up with fresh solutions and lateral ideas.

Check them out.


Stiamo lavorando ad un nuovo promo del Barcamper, grazie ai Motel Connection per averci concesso la loro musica ed amicizia. Che ne pensate?