Nico Berardi is the Founder & General Partner of ANIMO Ventures; a seed-stage focused venture capital firm. ANIMO was founded in 2018 with a U$60m debut fund to lead or co-lead the earliest rounds of financing across the US. He was at Resolute Ventures, a top-decile seed firm, for the two years prior. Previously, Nico got his start in the venture industry by launching Miami Angels, a seed-stage focused angel group in partnership with the Knight Foundation. Miami Angels is the premier angel group in Florida investing U$250k-U$300k in 8-10 startups a year. Nico currently serves on the Board. His career began in the non-profit world, where he spent seven years at TECHO.org in different leadership positions as it became the largest non-profit in Latin America with an annual budget of U$40m operating in 65 cities. He has spoken at the Global Economic Symposium, TEDx Miami, The Atlantic Start-up City, the Center for Hemispheric Policy and the Americas Society / Council of the Americas. He has been selected as a Young American Leader by Harvard Business School, Nico has a multicultural background having been born in Argentina and lived in Mexico, Venezuela, Boston and Miami. He has a broad profile combining his social activism with a strong interest in news, sports and music.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Nico has a degree in Economics from Universidad Torcuato DiTella in Argentina and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nico is a member of Class 20 and served his fellowship at Miami Angels under the mentorship of Juan Pablo Cappello.