The first chapter to our SpinLab Ambassador Program: Italy

An Interview with our first SpinLab Ambassador

Could you please give me a short introduction to yourself? What are you doing besides being a SpinLab ambassador?

How does the Startup scene in Italy look? Did it change in the past years?

CM:The startup scene and ecosystem is getting bigger and it’s growing rapidly. Of course, currently, we can not compare our numbers to the UK, Germany, or France, thus, the best metric to evaluate is the growth rates. The number of innovative startups in Italy rose from 7,866 to 9,647 between 2017 and 2018, which is 22.6% than last year. In the first 6 months of 2018, 6 new investment funds were born, with a total of 720€ million available. Almost 9 million in crowdfunding (+85% compared to 2017), 127 million raised in the first 6 months of 2018 (+70% compared to 2017), and 97 raised by Italian startups located abroad (+ 194% compared to 2017). About the general situation: Italy is the 8th country in the world as a Gross Domestic Product, the 4th in the manufacturing industry (even the 2nd in Europe). We are the 3rd country in the world for the number of scientific publications in the last 20 years, with an internal market of 61 million people and 6 million enterprises, we are the 9th country in the world for exports with 448 billion (grew by 7.4% compared to last year).

As a SpinLab ambassador, how does your day like look? / What do you do as a SpinLab ambassador?

CMAs SpinLab ambassador, in these few months, I worked 1–2 hours per week on my ambassador role. These hours are spread during the week. My main job was to find people that could be interested in SpinLab program. I posted in social network groups a blog post that the major Italian startup magazine published for me last year. In the Facebook posts, I updated the new deadline because the article was of the previous deadline. I asked them to publish the new article version with the new deadline date and update information but they didn’t publish it. I’ll try again for the next application deadline. I wrote to people that like the posts to see if they were really interested in SpinLab program and I followed up on any requests. Unfortunately, I was not able to go to any startup event. If you want, I can give you more feedback about what I think could work for the promotion of the program.

Why are you a part of the community? What is in for you?

CM:We work in the same field: corporate innovation. We use different methodologies and tools to help the company innovate further, but we have the same mission. What I see as an advantage to be in your community:

  • Being updated about the startup/innovation ecosystem in Germany
  • Personally speaking, I consider Eric a very clever and smart guy and I really appreciate what he was able to create and what he’s doing to increase the SpinLab’s impact. Eric and his team are doing great work in pushing their model forward. It’s really valuable for me to be connected to people that are improving the innovation ecosystem in a new and efficient way.
  • Promote the SpinLb program in Italy
  • Find partnerships with Italian corporates to create a SpinLab program in Italy
  • Being updated and connected with the Italian startup ecosystem (trends, events, investment opportunities, accelerators/incubators, corporates that are investing in innovation/startups etc.)

Interested in becoming a SpinLab Ambassador yourself?

We’re currently looking for new candidates to represent us in the EU! If you’re interested in applying, fill out our application form on our website.

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