Salvo joined Principia SGR in late 2017 as a General Partner, supervising the activities of all the firm's funds and contributing to new fundraising. Principia focuses on early-stage startups and growth companies focused on tech and life sciences.
Previously, Salvo was CEO of Invitalia Ventures, a fund created by Invitalia, a government agency promoting foreign investment and boosting competitiveness across the Italian economy. The fund acts as a matching and co-investiment fund, focused on early-stage/Series A startups, crossing Innovation sectors like digital, biotech, and greentech.
Before Invitalia Ventures, Salvo was CEO of TIM Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Telecom Italia, fostering telecom startups. Prior to this role, he served for 6 years as Head of Internet Media & Digital Communication for Telecom Italia, Italy’s leading telecommunication company. In this role he had end-to-end coordination of “Working Capital”, a leading corporate VC project, as well as managing the company’s Social Media Workgroup.
Salvo has concentrated on innovation since 2000 when, after a 10-year career in advertising, he founded Italy’s first Internet TV: My-Tv SpA. In the intervening years he has contributed to cultivating innovation first by successfully developing and subsequently selling MyTv and then by defining and managing, as an advisor to top management, value-added services in both the wireline and mobile networks of Telecom Italia.
Salvo has been a columnist and collaborator with Italy’s premier financial magazine, Il Sole 24 Ore, and with monthly magazine Wired Italia. He has also taught Digital TV and New Media at Milano’s IULM University and Rome’s “La Sapienza” University.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Salvo is a graduate of the University of Naples “Federico II” with a summa cum laude degree in philosophy. His final thesis was on the Philosophy of Language.
A member of Class 16, Salvo served his fellowship at Telecom Italia under the mentorship of Francesco Profumo, currently Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation in the new Italian government led by Mr. Mario Monti. He currently serves as mentor to Mario Scuderi (Class 21).