People


 

Partners

Angelo Moratti
Entrepreneur, he has been investing in Venture Capital since 1996, when he founded the telecommunications company ePlanet which went public in 2000 and later Sarlux, a company operating in power and energy. He founded ACM (Angel Capital Management) private investment company and family office. ACM is the majority shareholder of Milano Investment Partners SGR, the management company of Alternative Investment Funds, created with the aim of supporting young visionary entrepreneurs not only in the search for capital but in the development of their project. Philanthropist, he is vice-president and member of the executive committee of Special Olympics International. He was President of the Friends of the Dino Ferrari Center, which deals with research for neurological diseases.
Paolo Gualdani
He started his professional career at Bain & Co., joining afterwards Angel Capital Management, a holding company founded by Angelo Moratti, where he joined the Board in 2008 and held the role of Investment Director working on investments in Venture Capital and growth equity; he then assumed the role of CEO lead all the main investment operations of the holding in Italy and abroad. In 2017, together with Angelo Moratti, he founded Milano Investment Partners SGR SpA, a management company specializing in Alternative Investment Funds in the equity / consumer-digital field, of which he is Chief Executive Officer and General Partner. As part of the first fund (MIP I), Paolo led the investments in Miscusi and Poke House. He was Adjunct Professor of Accounting / Financial Statement Analysis at Bocconi University. He is co-founder of the Octagon Capital multifamily office.
Alberto Corte
Alberto Corte is Deputy CEO of Milan Investment Partners SGR S.p.A. (MIP), subsidiary of Angel Capital Management S.p.A. (ACM), Angelo Moratti's family office and investment company. He worked for about ten years in management consulting (Partners CPA, now We Partner) and consumer goods (Amaro Lucano), before joining ACM in 2017, where he worked on direct investments, especially in Venture Capital sector ( from early stage to growth capital). He was involved on the launch of Milano Investment Partners SGR, where he currently holds the role of Deputy CEO.
Lorenzo Calcagni
Joined MIP, after managing the merger with U-Start where he served as General Manager to transition the business within the SGR. Raised professionally in London where he spent several years working as Marketing Manager in Amazon, as Country Manager at MADE.COM and as Chief Operating Officer at FLOWERBX.COM. Previously worked at Google in Milan. Holds a Master in International Marketing from King's College in London and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Communication from Università San Raffaele in Milan.
Massimiliano Dendi
10 year experience in advisory working side by side with Private Equity, Venture Capital and Real Estate AM firms. In 2017, founded his own company builder, One Factory, which creates and supports start-ups across their development path. He also promoted club deal investing in Italian high-potential companies.
Selim Giray
Prior to joining MIP, served as an executive at Starbucks Corporation, where he led the development and global expansion of an artisanal fast-casual food retail concept, including organizational build, brand management, and innovation. During his tenure at Starbucks, also sourced and executed strategic transactions in Europe, Asia and Latin America as part of the Corporate Development & Business Alliances team. Previous experience also includes the Consumer & Retail and Financial Sponsors industry groups in the Investment Banking division of Citigroup, as well as Visa Inc. Holds a Master of Business Administration from Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.
Igor Pezzilli
Co-founder of Lazada, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in South Asia, acquired by Alibaba in 2016. Previously a consultant at Bain & Company.
Antonio Versace
Graduated in Economics in New York, he boasts experience in fashion from Versace to Verri, leading strategic development and retail expansion. He worked in the M&A department at DeAgostini, focusing on scouting and due diligence of new potential targets. He is currently developing his own family office.
Mattia De Michel
Graduated at SDA Bocconi with a Master in Corporate Finance Mattia started his career in the M&A division of Mediobanca (investment banking) before moving to NYC where he managed the financial related activities of PUBT, a VC-backed tech start-up in the media/fintech space. Prior to join MIP, he worked for 3 years as Investment Manager in Neva SGR (the VC fund of Intesa Sanpaolo) where he managed the international investments.

Investment Team

Raffaella Bianchi
Graduated at Bocconi with a Master in Economic and Social Sciences, Raffaella started her career in the VC ecosystem by joining U-Start, the largest VC Investment Club in Italy operating in Europe and US, now part of MIP SGR. Also, Raffaella collaborates with Futurely, a digital orientation organization that guides students in choosing the university and realizing their future.
Matteo Confalonieri
Investment professional, enthusiast of growth disruptive companies, specialized in venture capital investments, with proven expertise in investment fund management and solid finance background. Strong believer in climate-tech investments. He previously worked at Dea Capital Alternative Funds, Deloitte Financial Advisory and Assicurazioni Generali.
Edoardo Gava
Industrial Engineer, graduated with a Double Masters' Degree at the University of Udine and FH Joanneum. MBA Alumnus at Collège des Ingénieurs (fully sponsored with a 6% admission rate). Previous experience as Strategy Analyst at Accenture where he worked in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. Edoardo collaborated also with Infineon Technologies (Munich) as MBA Associate. Passionate about technology and innovation, Edoardo invests, coaches, and mentors multiple early-stage startups in the Italian ecosystem.
Cristina Scavarda
Graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University with a Master degree in Finance at Alma Mater University in Bologna. She co-founded Senpai, a startup in renewable energy sector (Corporate spin-off of Coesa Energy s.r.l.)  and collaborated with SEIplus in the organization of “Italian Tech Weekend”.
Shubhangi Sharma
Graduated from Bocconi University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance. She has international experience interning in Corporate Finance roles centered around an investment funding program for SMEs at Outsourced CFO (South Africa), and assisting with M&A transactions at Indorama Ventures (Thailand). Prior to joining MIP, she was part of a prestigious family office in Italy working in the Alternatives sector.

Strategic Team

Alessandra Caldera
More than 15 years experience in the legal regulatory and compliance framework including structured products issuances, strategic equity derivatives transactions, open- ended and private equity close ended funds asset management. Member of Law 231/01 Supervisory Committee for a UK investment bank for 6 years. Member of an Italian volunteering lawyers association (Avvocato di strada ONLUS).
Andrea Colombo
Creative and experienced entrepreneur. Co-founder of U-Start, the largest VC Investment Club in Italy with over € 50M invested across Europe and US, now part of MIP, and Tulou, the first intentional Co-Living operator in Italy. He is board member to several startups, corporates and non-profit foundations.
Letizia Olietti
Letizia Olietti has been with MIP since its inception. She was involved in setting up the asset management company and its first AIF, MIP I. She is responsible for all administrative and accounting activities of the AMC and the AIFs and for managing relations with supervisory bodies and outsourcers. In addition, she is in charge of AML activities. Previously, she worked as an administrative officer and accounting manager at Ambienta SGR SpA from its inception, in 2008, until 2016. From 2001 to 2007, she worked for Aureo Gestioni SGR SpA (a company of the ICCREA banking group) as an accounting manager, besides working in internal auditing. Prior to that, she worked for over 15 years for the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro banking group, contributing to the establishment of BNL Fondi Immobiliari SGR SpA, Lavoro Servizi Previdenziali SpA and Tamleasing SpA in the role of administrative manager.
Giorgia Vergari
After a Bachelor in Economics and Business Administration at Bocconi University, Giorgia started her professional career in marketing and event organization in Art & Design. Giorgia joined Tod’s Group’s creative agency in 2009 as Event Director and, afterward, held the position of  Marketing & Event Manager at Tod’s, followed by the same role at Hogan and Fay brands, to work on the development of the brands in the Far-East  markets. Senior Marketing & Communication Manager with a long experience in Events in the Fashion, Luxury Goods and Art&Design after joining U-Start in March 2020 as Head of Marketing & Communication, today Giorgia holds the position of Head of Marketing & Communication at MIP SGR

Executives

Chiara Bianchi
Chiara is graduated in law and specialized in the corporate secretary and regulatory reporting duties of the Italian alternative asset managers. She started her career at MC Gestioni SGR S.p.A. (MC is Sara's Insurance Group's SGR) then with corporate consulting activities at Mazar Outsourcing S.p.A.. She took the role of Head of Corporate Secretary of Advanced Capital SGR S.p.A. (now capital Dynamics SGR S.p.A.). Today Chiara covers the role of Corporate Secretary in the legal Department of MIP SGR S.p.A.
Elisa Castegna
After earning the degree in Literature, Music and Performing arts, she gained experience in Retail for Lush and Nestlè. She also worked as CEO Personal Assistant in the Product Design and Financial Services industries. Elisa joined the ACM group in 2019 with an administrative role for U-Start, and then proceeded in the same mandate in the Holding.
Giorgia Di Bari
Graduated in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication at Bocconi University with a Master degree in Administration, Finance and Control (AFC).  From 2018 to 2021 she worked as an auditor in KPMG, being involved mainly in the review of financial statements of Asset Management Companies.