TECH INSIGHTS 2018: VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL INVESTMENTS AS DEVELOPMENT FOR GROWTH
“Macro trends and challenges related to technological development and venture capital investments”: these are the topics discussed at the annual event organized by United Ventures.
Milan, 18 June 2018 – Tech Insights 2018 gathered today in Milan, at the Riccardo Catella Foundation, selected senior executives, venture capitalists and international entrepreneurs to discuss the latest trends and opportunities in technology and venture capital investments.
The event, promoted by United Ventures SGR, emphasized the challenges that Venture Capitals face in a context characterized by a profound geopolitical change and by the expansion of the economic impacts on several sectors – such as Manufacturing, Health, Education and Fintech – generated by the last technological developments, especially those related to the data world and to artificial intelligence.
The meeting opened with the keynote by Stefano Caselli, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of Bocconi University, dedicated to the theme “Hubs, networks and entrepreneurs: the key words of competition for investors in equity“. During his speech, Caselli has tackled the evolution of the demand and supply of equity investors,which will – increasingly – develop around cities, enhancing the opportunities to connect talents, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.
In the following, three other round tables took place: in the first session selected investors discussed “Technology investments between the Atlantic and emerging markets“. In the second session, “Scaling tech companies” technology entrepreneurs discussed how to grow a technology company, develop it in global markets and on what are the crucial factors in raising capital and developing the organization. Finally, in the third session, “Venture Capital as a new asset class“, the speakers met to analyze the correct asset allocation for investments in venture capital by institutional investors.
The moments of debate were interspersed with the speeches by Fabio Gallia – CEO and General Manager of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti – and Maximo Ibarra, CEO of KPN.
Massimiliano Magrini, Co-founder and Managing Partner of United Ventures said: “We are in an era where the digitization of any industry is offering extraordinary opportunities for increased productivity and growth but at the same time is confronted with new challenges related to evolution of the geopolitical scenario. ”
Paolo Gesess, Co-founder and Managing Partner of United Ventures said: “The goal of Tech Insights is to bring together people and professionals from different countries to discuss opportunities related to investments in Venture Capital and the value that this represents for economic and social development. ”
United Ventures SGR is an Italian independent early-stage Venture Capital firm investing in innovative companies, focused on software and digital technologies. Founded in 2013 by Massimiliano Magrini and Paolo Gesess, United Ventures has 150 million Euro of assets under management over two funds raised from Italian and international institutional investors. UV supports new and serial entrepreneurs in developing technology companies that have the ambition to grow at international level, radically innovating high-growth potential sectors. UV1 is supported by the EU through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program. UV2 is supported by InnovFin Equity, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (“EFSI”) set up under the Investment Plan for Europe.
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