IAG is an association that is governed by a board of directors. Currently the members are Antonio Leone (president) , Laura Iris Ferro (vice-president) , Valerio Caracciolo (Vice-president with responsibility for international relations), Carlo Asquini , Carlo Brunetti , Marco De Guzzis , Gian Bruno Mazzi , Carolina Gianardi . Honorary President: Francesco Marini Clarelli . The Governing Council remains in office for two years, meets about once a month and decides on the main subjects concerning the association life.
We are the innovation playmaker
Italian Angels for Growth is the biggest Italian business angel network: more than 200 entrepreneurial, financial and industrial players who invest time and capital for the growth of innovative startups
Italian Angels for Growth, or IAG, is where business angels meet the most tenacious and prepared entrepreneurs.
Our members typically invest 200K € – 1.4M € by participating in early stage financing rounds in companies in the fintech, industrial & energy, internet & tech and life science sectors.
Italian Angels for Growth gives a guide and a methodology to its members that, independently, constitute a consortium for each investment operation, collaborating on a daily basis with the professional staff of the association
Each consortium is led by a “voluntary” partner, who invests a significant amount and acts as the leader of the investment: the Champion
The Champions follow the investment by making themselves available to the founder, but they also supervise the protection of the interests of the business angels and the quality of the transaction.
- In Italy we are the Business Angel association with several partners
- We invest a lot in training and updating
- Each participation is proactively followed by two "Champion" members for everyone
“Imagine a future in which those who want to innovate and contribute to the prosperity of their country will be able to easily find the right capital”
“Helping our members to invest in the best technological startups that are most interesting and attentive to the quality of collective life”
A continuous growth, year by year
In more than ten years of activity, IAG has analyzed over 4,000 investment opportunities. This has led to the closing of 80 deals for a total of € 134 million invested by IAG members as well as by co-investors. During 2019, IAG already finalized 5 investments totaling €2.1 million. Currently, the team is in the due diligence process of 4 more projects looking to close another €1.5 million.
IAG is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by nine founding business angels. Inspired by the US model, they also wanted to bring an investment formula to Italy that could involve private capital by putting them at the service of innovative startups with method and professionalism.
Let’s leave the words of our partner co-founder Francesco Marini Clarelli, collected in this video, the story of those first moments.
08 Board of Directors
04 Executive board
07 Screening commitee
The startups to be presented to the members are evaluated by a special screening committee, made up of seven sector experts, who base their evaluation on five key attributes
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The team of the association , led by the Managing Director Giacomo Valentini, consists of an Investment Manager, two Investment Analysts, an Administration Manager and a Communication Manager, takes care of every day of different activities, from the process of screening to training, from the management of meetings with startups to the support of members for the success of their investments
04 Sector groups
Members can share their skills to support an assessment that benefits everyone. Thanks to the number of members we can avail ourselves of an important pool of experts now organized in four groups of the sector
01 Territorial groups
The number of members present throughout Italy and abroad allows the creation of local groups for meetings, training and development of relationships with the local ecosystem actors. The first territorial group, started in 2017, is that of Emilia-Romagna
Work with us
To support the activity of the structure we are always looking for figures with the right skills and interest for the association.