Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Venture Capital (CDP VC - Fondo Nazionale Innovazione)
Mario is Senior Partner at CDP Venture Capital – Fondo Nazionale Innovazione that aims to make Venture Capital a strategic pillar to Italy's economic growth and innovation, creating the conditions for a comprehensive and sustainable growth of the Italian Venture Capital ecosystem. Mario now is Head of Evolution Fund a €100Mln deeptech fund focusing on direct investments in series A - B round. Mario is also Board Member of several startups like Vino.com, Empatica, D-Orbit, Tensive, Weschool. Previousely served as Investment Manager at Invitalia Ventures the independent and market-oriented venture arm of the Italian Government managing the Italia Venture I Fund.
Prior to joining Invitalia Ventures, Mario was COO at TIM #WCAP Accelerator, the corporate VC program of Telecom Italia, managing accelerator operations from scouting through the acceleration plan until the fundraising of the granted startups. In 2013, Mario co-founded startup-network.org, the first predictive intelligence tool for investors, incubators, and startups. Mario has concentrated in innovative ecosystem building since 2010 when he co-founded YoutHub, the first Italian independent student business incubator.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Mario is an MSc graduate of Catania University School of Management Engineering. He is also an alumnus of the Aalborg University (Denmark) School of International Technology Management and the London School of Economics (UK).
As a member of Class 21, Mario served his fellowship at Invitalia Ventures under the mentorship of Salvo Mizzi (Class 16), and Massimo Vecchio of Mediobanca.