Great success for the Investor Day of LUISS ENLABS
Rome, May 11th, 2017
The Investor Day of LUISS ENLABS, the major event of the Roman Startup Accelerator, born from a joint venture between the listed holding company LVenture Group and the LUISS University, took place today.
After 5 months of work at tight pace, the best startups of the last batch of the acceleration program, introduced by Augusto Coppola, Managing Director of LUISS ENLABS Acceleration Programs, presented their work and the results achieved in a 5-minute pitch to an audience of potential investors, Business Angels, corporates and press.
The sectors in which the startups operate range from Big Data with Big Profiles, a customer intelligence service that can aggregate information form different sources on a specific person, to sustainable mobility with 2Hire, which allows users to control any vehicle through an app, tourism with DiveCircle, an online platform dedicated to diving enthusiasts, and manufacturing 4.0 with PlayWood, an innovative furnishing system. Finally, there was E-Health with the startup Medyx, an alert service for medication consumption. Furthermore, Big Profiles, whose service increases cybersecurity levels for its customer, participated in the Security Challenge, a program launched with Cisco, InfoCert, and NTT Data.
Luigi Capello, CEO of LVenture Group and Co-Founder of LUISS ENLABS, opened the event: “This Investor Day concurs with a particularly significant moment for our company: in the last days we’ve closed a capital increase for about 2 million Euros, which came with the entrance of top notch strategic players from the academic, financial and entrepreneurial scenes (LUISS University, Sara Assicurazioni, Zenit SGR) in our capital. We have presented our quarterly results, which show an impressive growth compared to the first quarter 2016, and today we present to the startups selected through the last Acceleration Program to over 100 qualified investors. All of this significantly strengthens our ecosystem, which is the key element to help them generating value.”
Thanks to the collaboration with HITalk, a format born to inspire, reflect and motivate through the personal and professional storytelling of Italian excellencies, the even has been enriched by two high-profile speeches: that of Armando Biondi, CoFounder of AdEspresso, an Italian startup recently acquired by the Canadian giant Hootsuite, who has told his story through 10 lessons learnt from his experience as a startupper, and that of the IT populiser and web guru Salvatore Aranzulla, who has explained how he launched Aranzulla.it, one of the 30 most visited websites in Italy, with a turnover of nearly 2 million Euros. Lastly, Mattia Corbetta, of the Technical Secretariat of the Ministry of Economic Development and Giovanni Lo Storto, General Manager of LUISS University, also intervened in the event’s closing.
The Investor Day is the closing event of each cycle of Acceleration: a 5-months program during which startups focus on the growth of the project to launch their products or service and start generating revenues. All of this was made possible due to the support of a team of experts, of the LUISS ENLABS Board of Advisors, and by a Micro-Seed investment of 80.000 Euros from LVenture Group.
From 2013 to today, LUISS ENLABS has analyzed about 3,000 international projects and has supported the growth of over 405 startups who have collected, through LVenture Group, investments for approximately 28 million Euros. Thanks to the efficiency of its method and to a solid business network of investors, Business Angels and corporates established over the years, 9 out of 10 startups presented during the LUISS ENLABS Investor Day successfully graduate from the Acceleration Program and reach the goal of raising a subsequent investment round.