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 for tech startups, 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 leadership of TECHO.org; 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, Top 100 Innovators of Argentina by BGH, Gamechanger by the Miami Chamber of Commerce and showcased at Yahoo! The Innovators series. 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 academic literature, sports and music.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Nico studied economics at Universidad Torcuato DiTella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received an honorable mention for his graduating thesis, which modeled the incorporation of e-commerce into traditional search models. While growing up, he lived in Mexico for 5 years and in Venezuela for 4 years, attending international schools. He has a broad profile, combining his social activism with a strong interest in academic literature, sports, and several musical instruments. He was selected as a Young American Leader by Harvard Business School and a Top 100 Innovator of Argentina by BGH. Nico spoke at TEDx Miami, the Global Economic Symposium, and the Council of the Americas.
Nico is a member of Class 20 and served his fellowship at AGP Miami under the mentorship of Juan Pablo Cappello.