Welcome to DEF Start-Up ECO

9 MAY 2013
Venice / Università Ca’ Foscari


11:00 Registration
11:30-12:30 Breakout Q&A sessions with Italian startups and speakers
12:30-13:30 Networking Lunch and Registration
14:00 Welcome from Ambassador David Thorne

14:15-15:45 What makes startup ecosystems dynamic and successful?

  • Peter Darling, SVP and Director, US Market Access Center (Silicon Valley)
  • Sean Lindsay, VP Engineering, Tapjoy & Founder, Founder Mentors (Boston)
  • Fausto Boni, General Partner, 360 Capital Partners (Milan, Paris)
  • Liad Agmon, CEO Dynamic Yield (Tel Aviv)
  • Moderator: Matteo Penzo, Founder & CEO, Frontiers Conferences & Co-founder Talent Garden Milan

15:45-17:00 Demos of ecosystem-building

  • Maria Katris, CEO, Built In
  • Paolo Lombardi, Program Coordinator, TechPeaks
  • Augusto Coppola, Co-founder and President, InnovAction Lab
  • Unity Stoakes, Co-founder, Startup Health
  • Moderator: Leonardo Buzzavo, Director, Ca’ Foscari Digital Week


17:00-17:30 Networking coffee

17:30-18:15 How can startups take advantage of the new Italian Startup Laws?What are the laws and what opportunities do they open up?

  • Marco Bicocchi Pichi, President, Alleantia
  • Cristiano Esclapon, Partner, Banca Esperia & Founder, siamosoci
  • Andrea Messuti, Partner, Studio LCA
  • Flavio Notari, Legalitax Studio Legale e Tributario & Co-founder, BAIA Italia
  • Moderator: Federico Barilli, Segretary General, Italia Startup

18:15 Where should Italy go now?What main challenges remain? What should happen in the next 2 years?

  • Riccardo Donadon, President, Italia Startup and Founder, H-Farm Ventures
18:30 Concluding Remarks from Ambassador

18:45 Networking cocktail