In the Last Days, the innovation Team of Sky Deck Europe, Milano was in Milano. The Italian roadshow has been an important milestone for the initiative and a great possibility to meet the startups, partners, advisors, and all stakeholders programs.
The genesis of SkyDeck Europe, Milano has deep roots thanks to the contribution of Regione Lombardia and Fondazione Cariplo, and it was launched in December by the UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator, the Italian innovation hub Cariplo Factory, and the international real estate, infrastructure and urban regeneration group Lendlease. In these months, the program gave shape to the first European headquarters of SkyDeck, in Milan, in the context of MIND Milano Innovation District. The place where took place the Advisors Aperitiv – the first stop of the Italian Roadshow – followed by the Partners Conference and the Ecosystem Day. Three significant moments highlighted synergies and opportunities for common growth, able to strengthen the local ecosystem by sharing the skills of universities and local incubators through a model of widespread collaboration that will increase the attractiveness of the ecosystem at an international level.
During the events, Caroline Winnett, Executive Director – Berkeley SkyDeck, George Panagiotakopoulos, Head of Europe – Berkeley SkyDeck, and Enrico Noseda, Chief Innovation Advisor – Cariplo Factory – together with international speakers guests, connected from all over the world -such as Andrea Ruckstuhl, Director EMEA – LendLease, Marc Meyer, Harvard Business School Alumni Startup and Executive Advisor & Coach, Melanie Lawrence, Assistant Vice President for Research, Chief Business Officer – Emory University, Tigran Petrosyan, CEO & Co-founder – SuperAnnotate, Brian Bordley, Partner – Berkeley SkyDeck Fund. – raise the voice of the innovation players by case study, best practice and story of startup successes, and the key role of the advisors.
How are the SkyDeck Europe, Milano Advisors? The advisors boost Unicorns! It means that they are trying to create bigger and more complex companies on the market, due to the powerful growth of their teams. And why do they do that? To shape our common future! Advisors help startups to cut off the hurdles that prevent them from taking flight – for example financial and experience hurdles, social boundaries, technological and knowhow knowledge. In the next month the Advisord of the program will guide the startups to become the most innovative European companies, build their own successes and break the markets.
The curtain has fallen on the roadshow, Now it’s time to SkyDeck Europe, Milano for a news program phase. In May the selected startups will start the acceleration program. During this process, the startups will have the possibility to deal with one of the best Silicon Valley accelerators, access a 6-month program, SkyDeck EuropeFund funding, and will also have the possibility to show their own project to the investors during the Demo Day. Finally, startups will be able to take part in the Berkeley SkyDeck Global Innovation Showcase. The purpose of the acceleration program is to push the growth of startups in the three years of activity, also ensuring the connection with qualified financial operators able to support the development of entrepreneurial initiatives through equity investments. On the same line, Lendlease is working on creating a private investment fund that will directly finance startups in the acceleration and scaleup phases. In the next months, we will find out the name of the selected startups, their projects, hopes and dreams. Stay Tuned!