Endeavor - Italy
Raffaele is passionate about technology, policy, and global finance. Now Managing Director at Endeavor Italy, he is focused on high-impact entrepreneurship and venture capital, providing companies access to smart capital, talent, and markets. He launched the local office from scratch by hiring and training the team, originating funding, structuring operations, and attracting high-quality dealflow.
Previously, Raffaele was Head of Finance for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Intesa Sanpaolo and worked at venture capital funds such as P101 Ventures and Annapurna Ventures / United Ventures. He also structured and advised several companies, including Multiply Labs (YC 2016).
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Raffaele holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, a PhD from Bocconi University in Milan, and attended the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program at NASA Ames in Mountain View, California.
He is a former Junior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Young European Leaders “40 under 40” network, and a member of the Young Leaders group of the US–Italy Council. He is also part of the scientific committee at Blockchainlab.it and a member of the executive committee at the Global Shapers Hub Milano, a World Economic Forum community.
Raffaele co-authored the book Hacking Finance, a work on Bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies, and was an invited speaker at EY EMEIA Accelerate, Wired Money, and the Bundesbank.
A member of Class 22, Raffaele served his fellowship at Endeavor Italy. His mentor was Paola Bonomo, Stanford MBA, angel investor, and former Facebook Global Marketing Director – Southern Europe.