The GoBeyond contest network is made up of top Italian and international business people.
The Partners Committee will select the best ideas and decide on the six finalists, award the special mentions and provide advice and assistance to the winning start-ups.
The Panel of Experts will judge the six finalists selected by the Partners Committee and decide on this edition's winners.
Independent director, angel investor and advisor in the field of digital innovation, Paola has held management positions in multinationals such as Facebook, Vodafone, eBay and McKinsey & Company. A member of the boards of directors of Telecom Italia, AXA Assicurazioni, Piquadro, Sisal and FAAC., Paola has invested in tech start-ups with Italian Angels for Growth since 2009.
A Senior Partner of Roland Bergei’s Technology Media & Telcos Competence Centre, Alfredo has 20 years’ experience in consulting with TLC and media multinationals and Italian clients on how to grow, relaunch and reposition their business and to optimise and transform their business and operating models. After graduating in industrial engineering from the Naples University, he obtained MBAs from the University of Michigan and the Rotterdam School of Management. Alfredo currently heads up the Italian office of Roland Berger.
Giorgio De Palma is the managing director at CVC Italia. He has over 15 years of experience in the private equity field gained with CVC, which he joined in 2005 after leaving Morgan Stanley. Giorgio is a director on the boards of Recordati, Conceria Pasubio and Sisal Group and is chairman of the board of directors of Arzignanese.
Clodia is Associate Professor of Economy and Business Management and Director of the master's degree course in Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM) at the Milan Università degli Studi, where she carries out research activities and lectures on corporate sustainability strategies, innovation and social entrepreneurship, social impact assessment and sustainability reporting.
Managing Director of Angels4Women Italia, involved in female business and venture capital issues, Lorenza is also Adjunct Professor at LUISS Business School where she lectures on supply chain and innovation subjects. Industrial controller at Bestfoods-Unilever and summer associate for McKinsey, she moved to The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as Global Supply Chain Leader and then to Indesit as Marketing Director Service. Lorenza has also worked for Candy Hoover (Executive Committee) and Poste Italiana on its digital transformation. She is a member of the Fullbright Commission for the selection of PhD and MBA students in the US and director of SIT Group and is certified as an Innovation Manager by the Italian Ministry for Development.
Riccardo Luna, attualmente capo redattore di Italian Tech del Gruppo Gedi, nella sua lunga carriera ha ricoperto diversi ruoli tra cui quello di giornalista presso l’AGI, conduttore, ideatore e curatore di serie TV per la Rai, speaker di RDS, Strategic Advisor presso TIM dal 2019 e docente di “Internet e social media studies" nel corso di laurea magistrale “Organizzazione e Marketing per la Comunicazione d'Impresa” presso l’Università di Roma La Sapienza. Nel 2019 è stato Direttore scientifico e conduttore dell'evento annuale EYCapri dedicato ai temi dell’innovazione digitale e, successivamente, nel 2021 ha condotto StartupxItalia Private Matching, il Progetto targato Cdp Venture Capital SGR dedicato al mondo dell’innovazione. Tra le sue attività di consulenza, ha ricoperto il ruolo di Senior Project Lead in Eni, progettando il corporate accelerator per le startup di Eni in collaborazione con Poli HUB (poi battezzato Energizer).
Direttore della Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli e il Responsabile della Comunicazione Corporate e delle Relazioni Istituzionali del Gruppo Feltrinelli. Da gennaio 2019 è Responsabile del progetto Feltrinelli Education, startup del Gruppo Feltrinelli per le attività formative. In qualità di Direttore Esecutivo di Laboratorio Expo, ha organizzato e coordinato durante Expo Milano 2015 la stesura della Carta di Milano. Nato a Trieste nel 1975, laureato in Legge, è giornalista professionista e lavora da più di vent’anni nel mondo della comunicazione e delle relazioni istituzionali: inizialmente come giornalista (Gruppo Espresso e RAI) e docente universitario, quindi come responsabile ufficio stampa, communication manager o responsabile attività di comunicazione istituzionale per realtà pubbliche e private (Regione FVG, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Telecom Progetto Italia, Telecom Italia). Presso le Università di Udine, Pisa, Milano Cattolica e Parma ha insegnato Comunicazione e Linguaggio del giornalismo. Ha ricevuto nel 2013 il Premio CULTURA + IMPRESA e nel 2015 il Premio Ischia come Comunicatore dell’anno.
Associate Professor of Economics and Business Management. Lecturer in (Open) Innovation and Economics of Strategy at the Master of I and II level, executive and custom programs, and in Economics and Business Management at the Bachelor of Economics and Management. Academic Coordinator of MBA programs, Director of the Executive Master in Open Innovation & Intellectual Property, sponsored by the Italian Patents and Trademarks Office (UIBM) and of the Executive Flex Course in Venture Capital Dynamics & Startup Engagement, in collaboration with LVenture Group. Innovation Manager certified by the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and Senior Advisor of co-creation projects between large companies and startups in the Open Italy Program, organized by the Elis Consortium. Her research is focused on the strategic management of Intellectual Property rights (IP Due Diligence, Strategy and Management), on policies to foster the use of IP (e.g. Licensing of Right), on patent and trademark licenses and, in general, on Open Innovation strategies and models.
Google business manager, Umberto started his career at Telecom Italia's research laboratories before moving to Cisco as a pre-sales engineer and then account manager for the Italian mobile phone operators. He transferred to Microsoft as a client executive for Telecom Italia and is currently with Google as head of the business insight and data science unit. He is also contract professor for the "Laboratorio di Reti di Telecomunicazioni" module at the Milan Polytechnic.
Head of the Milan office and member of the European board of Brunswick Group, Alessandro has over 25 years of experience in all communication fields. Positions held include journalist with Milano Finanza and Italia Oggi and communications director at Indesit Company. He has advised international market leaders in M&A transactions and corporate and financial transactions and lectures on communication during crisis situations and issues management as part of the master's degree course at the IULM University. He is a member of the M&A and Public Affairs teams of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Arturo is a partner of the Milan office of K&L Gates. He practices corporate law and disputes management, assists companies, private equity funds, family offices and high net worth individuals with domestic and international M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations. Arturo assists companies and groups from all over the world to enter the Italian market and with their development and growth. He is also the partner in charge of the unit for early stage and scale-up companies. Qualified to practice in Italy and the State of New York, Arturo was a corporate partner for two major British law firms in Milan before joining K&L Gates.
Senior Advisor of the Osservatorio Gioco Online (online gaming observatory) at the Milan Polytechnic, Marco is a management engineer with a degree from the Milan Polytechnic. He has conducted market research on the evolving online gaming sector for ten years. Keenly interested in the experimental approaches used by start-ups, Marco is experienced in the management of innovation and programmes to develop digital skills by large companies.
With more than 20 years of experience in the international ICT sector, Massimo started his career with Dada Group as system administrator to then head up the IT team, managing the infrastructure department for four countries. He moved to the product management department and led the transfer of the company to Agile/Scrum managing hosting products like Product Owner before transferring to the marketing department for Domain & Hosting Reseller Channel activities. Marco then moved to Aruba S.p.A. and currently is the Enterprise Marketing Manager.
Chiara Brughera è Managing Director di SheTech, associazione no-profit nata con l'obiettivo di colmare il gender gap nel mondo della tecnologia, del digitale e dell'imprenditoria, attraverso attività di networking, empowerment e formazione.
Design Director, esperto di Customer Experience, specializzato in digital UX e attualmente Design studio Lead a frog Milano. Da oltre 10 anni si occupa di innovazione e design di prodotti e servizi digitali per clienti italiani e internazionali, offrendo consulenza su Design driven innovation e gestendo team creativi e multi-disciplinari di designers, strategist e technologist, per lo sviluppo di soluzioni innovative per il business e per migliorare l’esperienza utente. Dal 2013 è anche docente di Interaction Design alla SUPSI, e design coach presso l’Interaction Design Foundation. Da sempre coinvolto in attività di insegnamento e mentoring, ha contribuito come speaker a numerose conferenze ed eventi internazionali come IxDA, SXSW, Digital Shoreditch, Milano Design Week.
Investment analyst, member of the SiamoSoci team, Federico focuses on activities linked to the Mamacrowd equity crowdfunding platform, for which he has been directly involved in dozens of campaigns, mostly for Italian early stage start-ups. His duties include working with incubators and accelerators of partners. Professional experience includes consultancy for I3P in Turin, one of the major Italian company incubators, where he developed strategies and was involved in fundraising.