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VentureCamp

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You Are Cordially Invited To

 

VentureCamp

 

Grassroots Capitalism

 

6 October 2007

 

 

 

Everyone keep in mind that this event happens because of your participation! Even this website is a group effort; if you think anything needs to be changed, change it! If you are interested in coming, please make sure to RSVP in the Participants section so we can plan accordingly. Enjoy!




Introduction

 

"Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish"

 

Ideas, expertise and testimonials to build a Venture Capital ecosystem.

 

VentureCamp is a BarCamp, an unconference, dedicated to Venture Capital. From experiences in the USA to innovation funding needs in Italy, we'll speak directly with Venture Capitalists, first generation entrepreneurs, and people from both countries.

 

You are all invited to contribute. Come and discover what's right, and what's wrong, about Venture Capital.

 

Find out about Angel Investors -- the real grassroots capitalists, who bring their own money and experience to help new venture grow and reach their full potential. We'll have some Italian Angel investors, who will have just returned from a week-long trip to the American heartland -- Milwaukee (the home of Harley Davidson) and Kansas City, the home of the Kauffman Foundation, where they will have explored how angel investing is done in the United States. In the United States, entrepreneurs that take prudent risks to build their innovative companies have long been as famous successful athletes and entertainers. Now the a system is developing to identify and support the next Business Idols.

 

Together, we'll try to understand if this model is a real opportunity to boost the Italian economy, and learn how to be prepared for new opportunities.

 

Is networking changing markets and the geography of opportunities? What about resources, culture, expertise and skills are needed to approach Venture Capital challenges. Is knocking on the door and presenting your own project enough? Is there a future for first generation entrepreneurship or serial entrepreneurship in Italy? Come and ask your questions.


 

What is a BarCamp?

 

BarCamps are organized and evangelized largely through the web, harnessing what might be called a Web 2.0 communications toolkit. Anyone can initiate a BarCamp, using the BarCamp wiki.

 

The procedural framework consists of sessions proposed and scheduled each day by attendees, mostly on-site, typically using white boards or paper taped to the wall. This has been dubbed, with another play on words, The Open Grid approach.

 

While loosely structured, there are rules at BarCamp. All attendees are encouraged to present or facilitate a session. Everyone is also asked to share information and experiences of the event, both live and after the fact, via public web channels including (but not limited to) blogging, photo sharing, social bookmarking, wiki-ing, and IRC. This open encouragement to share everything about the event is in deliberate contrast to the "off the record by default" and "no recordings" rules at many private invite-only participant driven conferences.


 

Cos'e' un BarCamp?

 

Un barcamp a tema per ragionare raccontare e ascoltare esperienze a tu per tu con chi il Venture Capital lo fa e lo usa.

 

Il networking sta cambiando la geografia dei mercati e delle opportunità? Quali sono i mezzi, la cultura e le capacità necessarie per finanziare idee e progetti con il venture capital? Quali prospettive di crescita ci sono in Italia ed in Europa per far crescere l'imprenditoria di prima generazione, l'imprenditoria seriale e l'accesso al capitale di rischio?

 

Queste e altre domande per accendere un dibattito informale e dare vita ad una non conferenza dove tutti possono partecipare, per condividere e conoscere meglio una realtà poco nota in Italia e talvolta circondata da miti, misteri, pregiudizi.


 

Main Sponsor

 


 

Support Sponsors

 

 


 

Logistics Sponsor

 


 

Media Partner

 

 

Intruders.TV è il video network internazionale dedicato al mondo del Web che esplora le nuove forme di imprenditoria e creatività su Internet.

 

Intruders.TV is a global network of video blogs covering the web 2.0 and technology ecosystem.

 

 

blognation Italy is part of the blognation network and reports on the Italian Web 2.0 scene and beyond. Covering the technology, enterprise and mobile markets as well as the people and events that make up this ecosystem.

 

Thanks to   for supporting the event


 

IN COLLABORAZIONE CON:

 

Partnership for Growth

 

http://italy.usembassy.gov/p4g/italiano/

 

L’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti, sotto la guida dell’Ambasciatore Ronald Spogli, ha lanciato una nuova ambiziosa iniziativa battezzata “Partnership for Growth”. La Partnership ha l’intento di stimolare la competizione economica e l’imprenditorialità per affrontare le sfide del 21mo secolo.

 

La commercializzazione della Ricerca: Collaborazione tra UniversitA' e Mondo del Lavoro

 

L’Italia ha nella ricerca e nello sviluppo uno dei suoi punti di forza storici. L’Italia è sempre stata all’avanguardia nell’innovazione - dalla costruzione degli acquedotti romani, al brevetto per il telegrafo senza fili di Marconi, fino all’esplorazione dello spazio.

 

Rafforzare i legami tra la ricerca universitaria ed il settore privato, consentirà la creazione di nuovi prodotti e servizi, e la nascita di nuove aziende porterà nuove opportunità di lavoro.

 

 

Un Più Ampio Mercato Dei Capitali Di Rischio

 

Il futuro economico dell’Italia sarà in gran parte plasmato dall’imprenditorialità e dall’assunzione del rischio. E’ spesso una sfida per i giovani imprenditori italiani accedere al capitale di rischio.

 

Ed anche il cambio generazionale nelle imprese italiane, in particolare nella piccola e media impresa a conduzione familiare, crea delle incertezze.

 

Con un mercato del venture capital più ampio ed accessibile, con l’apertura al private equity e ad un mercato obbligazionario ad alto rendimento, l’Italia potrebbe offrire più opportunità agli imprenditori ed alle aziende.

 

 

Innovazione e Diritti di Proprietà Intellettuale

 

Alcuni studi stimano in 5 miliardi di Euro l’anno la perdita per le aziende italiane causata della pirateria e della contraffazione. Per lo stesso motivo, anche lo Stato perde considerevoli risorse a causa delle mancate entrate fiscali.

 

Molto si potrebbe fare, sia nel pubblico che nel privato, se si riuscisse a recuperare tali ingenti somme.

 

Le aziende italiane potrebbero investire e diversificare e lo Stato potrebbe investire in ricerca e sviluppo, elementi essenziali per la crescita economica di un paese che basa il proprio futuro sull’ingegno e la creatività.

 

 

BEST: Business Exchange Student Training Program

 

A Gennaio 2007 abbiamo inviato cinque giovani ricercatori italiani nella Silicon Valley per un progetto pilota di scambio, teso a favorire la diffusione dello spirito imprenditoriale.

 

Questo nuovo programma e' realizzato in collaborazione con la Santa Clara University e prevede attività formative sulla creazione di imprese a Stanford e presso la Univeristy of California, un internship presso un'azienda ad alto potenziale di crescita e networking con giovani imprenditori americani.

 

Nel 2007 e' nostra intenzione inviare negli USA un gruppo di funzionari municipali e regionali che si occupano di piani di sviluppo territoriale per verificare come le città e gli Stati riescono ad attrarre nuovi investimenti attraverso sistemi di incentivazione.

 

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CAPTURING CREATIVITY - Incontra i Nuovi Imprenditori

http://capturingcreativity.splinder.com/

 

Capturing Creativity è la serie di video webchats realizzate nell'ambito di "Face2Face",http://italy.usembassy.gov/Face2Face/ incentrato su interviste on-line a giovani imprenditori di prima generazione, che hanno avuto successo grazie ai loro sforzi e alle loro capacità. Gli invitati metteranno a confronto le proprie esperienze, raccontando, ad esempio, come è nata la loro attività ed in che modo sono riusciti a trasformare le loro aspirazioni in realtà.

 

Il 26 Settembre 2007 Capturing Creativity incontra Stefano Quintarelli

 


 

Speakers

 

While times have not yet been finalized, these speakers will participate in person or through a video connection.

 

Giacomo Marini

Founder and Managing Director, Noventi

 

 

 

 

 

Fabrizio Capobianco

CEO, Funambol

 

Fabrizio Capobianco, a serial entrepreneur and veteran executive at Reuters and Tibco, founded the first Italian Web company, Internet Graffiti, in 1994. He also founded Stigma Online, developer of an information portal product with customers that included Kraft, Novartis, Italian Broadcasting Television and the Italian Stock Exchange. Capobianco has taught courses on wireless and mBusiness strategies at the University of Pavia in Italy, where he holds a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on usability. Fabrizio was recognized in 2007 as a top "40 under 40" leader by American Venture Magazine and by the readers of Mobile Village for being a consumer email visionary. He writes a blog that was voted among the 20 best in the wireless industry by Fierce Wireless. Check out Fabrizio's Blog.

 

Arturo Artom

President and CEO, Your Truman Show

 

Arturo Artom, one of Europe's most successful serial tech entrepreneurs, founded San Francisco-based Your Truman Show in October 2006 to build the largest online inventory of personal stories on video and enable anyone to watch, rate and review people lives.

 

A leader in the technology and telecom industry since the early 90s, Artom is widely recognized as the "father" of telecom market liberalization in Europe. In 1993 he founded Telsystem, the first telecom carrier to successfully challenge SIP fixed-line monopoly in the Italian market.

 

In the following years, Artom held a series of executive roles, first as Managing Director of Infostrada long-distance phone service, then as Senior Vice President of Omnitel/Vodafone, followed by the CEO role of Viasat, a leader in satellite positioning systems. In 2000, he founded Netsystem, the leading European broadband satellite ISP, which solved the digital-divide problem in many European areas.

 

In 2004, Artom created Artom Innovazione, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on startups that marry innovations in technology and industrial design. Its most significant initiative is Muvis, the Italian company that created the first intelligent digital lighting system for the home. As Muvis's CEO, Artom inked strategic distribution and technology partnerships with global brands and established Muvis as an international case study in Made-in-Italy tech innovation.

 

Arturo is a member of the board of the Aspen Institute Italy, he wrote "Free Telecommunications" and is often quoted and interviewed by the Financial Times, WSJ Europe, Business Week and CNBC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luigi Amati

Founder, President and CEO,  | META Group

 

META is

 

an international, dynamic, independent group dedicated to the creation and acceleration of knowledge based companies for the wealth of open, brain intensive and entrepreneurial regions.

 

Since 1993 we have been successfully working with Universities and Research Centres, Private Companies, Local Governments and Development Agencies, National and International Institutions.

 

 

META will

 

share with you the commitment to:

 

- promote the entrepreneurial spirit raising awareness and building sustainable policies,

- align research activities towards tangible goals - scouting ideas and validating their market potential,

- ignite the process providing seed finance and investing in fast growing companies,,

- provide skills and infrastructures for acceleration - networking, sales, marketing, facilities.

 

Andrea Gumina

Luiss Research Network; Founder, President and CEO, NexttLab

 

Born in 1976, Andrea is CEO of NexttLab Srl, an academic spin-off of the University of Milan “Bicocca”. He has got a Ph.D. in Economics and actually is a Research Fellow on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome. In 2006 he funded Star-Up Meetings together with a group of Young Entrepreneurs and Business Angels coming from Luiss.

 

He is also a serial entrepreneur, having recently funded its third start-up, NexttLab, which act at an international level and develops methodologies and solutions for unleashing the potential of private and public organisations, through a wider use of the e-Governance. Favourite topics and area of expertise relates to the Economics of Innovation, with particular reference to the e-Governance and the development of Entrepreneurship.

 

Among its publications, a book “Innovazione e Buon Governo: dall’e-Government all’e-Governance, Luiss University Press, a cura di M.Corsi e A.Gumina, 2007 (forthcoming)”; several Working Papers: “Verso un modello di economia etica e sostenibile (with M. Corsi) in “La carità intellettuale - Miscellanea in onore di Benedetto XVI in occasione del suo 80° genetliaco”, ed. Pontificia Università Lateranense, Roma, 2007”, “How E-Government May Enhance Public Procurement (with Marcella Corsi and Daria Ciriaci), proceedings of the II International Public Procurement Conference, september 2006”, “eGovernment Economics Project - Economic Model Final Version (with Marcella Corsi, Carlo d’Ippoliti, Michele Battisti), http://www.rso.it/eGEP, 2006”; and many articles: “L’impatto delle nuove tecnologie sull’informazione pubblica (with M.Corsi ed E.Gullo), Economia Italiana, Edizioni Banca di Roma, n. 3 / 2002”, “ Profili di integrazione tra Fondi Strutturali Europei e politiche economiche per il Mezzogiorno tra il 1986 ed oggi, Rivista Economica del Mezzogiorno, Svimez - Il Mulino, n.3 / 2001”.

 

Since 2006, he monthly publishes articles on e-Government on Nova24, the Technology Review of “Il Sole24Ore”, www.ilsole24ore.com

 

 

BAIA, BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ITALY AMERICA

 

BAIA is an independent, nonprofit, member-based network of business professionals. BAIA mission is to create tangible business value by establishing a professional forum through which information, knowledge and opportunities can be exchanged between the business community operating in the Bay Area and Italian business interests. BAIA aggregates representatives from a variety of different industry sectors.

 

info@baia-network.org

 

 

When

 

Saturday, 6 October 2007


 

Where

 

 

John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 - 00165 - Rome, Italy

 

Facilities Include:

  • 100 mb/s Wifi bandwith
  • Satellite uplink
  • Projectors, screens and whiteboards
  • Indoor meeting space, including large conference room
  • Outdoor meeting space, including spacious courtyards with fountains

 

Many thanks to Franco Pavoncello, PhD, president of John Cabot University for providing VentureCamp with this magnificent workspace in the heart of ancient Rome. He graciously offered,

 

"On Saturday, the University is yours."

 

Foro da Flickr

 

Where is John Cabot?


 

Lodging

 

Couchsurfing

 

Visit ptumpa.com, an italian start up, for help with planning your trips!


 

Want to sponsor?

 

VentureCamp is an exciting combination of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. It will bring together people of different nationalities who are using their unique ideas to shape the globalized world of international trade in which we live today. If you are interested in these ideas and would like to support them through a donation, please contact Fabio Masetti (scriptavolant_at_scriptavolant.net) as soon as possible!

 

Simone Onofri: Designer, Developer, Instructor and Photographer

Simone Onofri is the creator of VentureCamp Logo.


 

Schedule

 

Edit this schedule to include the time in which you would like to speak!

 

Try to limit your presentation/speech to 10-15 minutes.

 

  • 9:00 - Event begins

 

  • 11:00 - Funambol: US Capital and Italian Heart (Fabrizio Capobianco)

 

  • 11:30 - The growth of Enterprise 2.0 in Europe - Thomas Christel -Yooplus

 

  • 11:45 New perspectives for Entrepreneurship and Angel Investing in Italy: Start-Up Meetings and beyond (Andrea Gumina) -[http://www.startupmeetings.org/]

 

  • 12:00 - META Group: developing seed capital in Italy - our experience (Luigi Amati)

 

  • Lunch

 

  • Afternoon

 

  • 15:00 - TVBLOB: seeking capital in Italy and abroad - our experience (Lisa Morris)

 

  • Arturo Artom at 15.30

 

 

  • Startups pitches

 

  • 17:00-17:15 - The "LiveBase" project (Antonio Leonforte)

 

  • 17:30-17:45 - BAIA, Business Association Italy America (Alberto Cecioni, from San Francisco via Skype

 

  • Dinner

 

  • Evening/Party


 

Topics

 

Add whatever topics you would like to discuss or are interested in below! This event is driven by you, so come with fresh ideas!

 

  • I won't probably be there (my great loss) to present P2PVenture.org and the first FundCampFrance we want to organize to emulate at the local level Seedcamp's pan-European initiative. If you feel like it, VentureCamp could be the opportunity to see if there is critical mass for launching a FundCampItaly. All information on what we want to put in place to let anyone organize a FundCamp and use information and tools we are developing can be found here -- FredericBaud

 

  • Cost-effective marketing techniques & channels for web start-ups. Mitigating risks: which percentage of the revenues is it worth to spend in marketing for an internet startup in the early stage ? Is it there a general trend or best practice to be learned from funded business plans ? Getting seed/BA funding in the US/UK while keeping production in Italy: is it there a roadmap or some case studies ? -- Antonio Leonforte


 

Organizing Staff

 

Thanks for the support:

 

  • Daniele Bianca e-mail, U.S. Embassy in Rome

 

 

 

  • Vincenzo Sposato, GSO - U.S. Embassy Rome e-mail , John Cabot University


 

Volunteers

 

 


 

Participants

 

  1. Luca Mearelli
  2. Roberto Galoppini
  3. Simone Onofri
  4. Fabio Scriptavolant Masetti - VentureCamp 2.1: what's next
  5. Cristiano OninO Siri
  6. Nicola Mattina
  7. Nicola 'Smeerch' Bruno
  8. Matteo Brunati
  9. Tara Kelly - PassPack
  10. Antonio Leonforte / The LiveBase project
  11. Amanda Lorenzani
  12. Emanuele Quintarelli
  13. Marco Formento
  14. Alex - Microsmeta Digital Worlds
  15. Alessandra Zecchi - yoo+
  16. Luigi Grimaldi
  17. Thomas Christel
  18. Livia Iacolare - Intruders TV
  19. Marco Balzerani
  20. Luca Sartoni
  21. Antonio Pavolini - Radio Imago - Interviste per Proxy Bar
  22. Daniele Pauletto
  23. Francesco Romeo
  24. Marco per Roma Eventi
  25. Massimiliano Artibani - Radio Spazio Aperto - Magazine Noituttinoi
  26. Leo Sorge  per Più Blog
  27. Daniele Montemale aka viralavatar
  28. Francesco Sullo  di PassPack
  29. Roldano De Persio
  30. Leonardo Camiciotti
  31. Massimo Zaglio
  32. Luigi Passerino
  33. Marco Barulli, Clipperz - online password manager
  34. Gianluca Dettori, Dpixel - early stage, seed money VC
  35. Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol
  36. Alfredo Terrone
  37. Paolo Vanossi
  38. Lisa Morris, TVBLOB-TV 3.0, next generation Internet TV, seeking VC funding
  39. Giulio Montevecchi
  40. Mary Merva, PhD, John Cabot University
  41. Professor Pulino, John Cabot University
  42. Giacomo Mason
  43. Stefano Vitta
  44. Alessio Jacona Blogs4biz - Communicagroup
  45. Marco Campesi
  46. Marco Rossi  per FirstGeneration
  47. Alessandro Rossi  per ADIT
  48. Max Basciano, Consultant, E2BLab Incubator, IT
  49. Henrik Rabell - Dating4You 
  50. Massimiliano Mirra - SamePlace
  51. Claudio Vaccaro & Daniele Florio - Succodimelone.it
  52. Jake Garrett, University Venture Fund / U.S. Embassy - www.uventurefund.com
  53. Alfredo Rolletta - Sychem
  54. Giulio Busulini - E2B Lab Business Incubator - University of Rome Tor Vergata
  55. Vito Alessandro Bonura, M&A Telecom Italia
  56. Maria Francesca Silva - science park in Milan
  57. Amanda Dobson - Vice President, Student Government, John Cabot University
  58. Chung Guk Kim - Founder of Photo/Icon Collage Facebook Application, MyWackoSpace, and Dundoo
  59. William Liani - Founder of ForwardGames [http://www.forwardgames.com], BAIA Italian Chapter Member
  60. Magda Paolillo Spotanatomy - Communicagroup
  61. Andrea La Mesa
  62. Federico Crea
  63. Lee Allen
  64. Enrico Sette
  65. Davide Donini
  66. Lee Finley
  67. Valeria Spagnoli Sviluppo Italia
  68. Cinzia Tecce Sviluppo Italia
  69. Andrea Martines
  70. Carlo Maria Medaglia - University of Rome "Sapienza"
  71. Leo Aruta [ http://leoaruta.simplicissimus.it ]
  72. Nicola Larosa
  73. Andrea Genovese - Founder&CEO 7th Floor
  74. Bernhard Berger
  75. Matteo Fabiano - BAIA Director and COO, Your Truman Show

 


 

Excused

  1. Frederic Baud -- Really sorry I can not make it. Hope all the best for the event! Hope also that some of you will be interested by FundCamp and come up with the desire of organizing a FundCampItaly.
  2. Gianfranco Chiarappa -- I've discovered this wonderful initiative too late...I hope all the success for this event! ---

 

Task List

 

(please cross out when it's done)

 

Tech

 

Wifi

Projector, White Boards

Photo

Video

Audio

 

Non-tech

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Coffee/Tea

Tables and chairs


 

Blogging

Please use the tag (venturecamp) for content related to this event