December 18, 2023

Interview with Letizia Mansutti - A path between medicine, innovation and investment

Letizia Mansutti, an Italian Canadian who has been in Italian Angels for a few years, has a degree in Medicine and Surgery, a specialist in Ophthalmology, a master’s degree in Ophthalmoplasty in France and in SMIEM-Agorà Aesthetic Medicine, as well as being certified in NLP.

In her work, she proposes innovative and safe solutions to make the most people. Let's get to know her better.

Can you tell us about your professional experience and how you got into the investment world?

Parallel to my work as a doctor, I have always supported humanitarian initiatives, so I can say that the philosophy of giveback is ingrained in me.

In 2015 I founded a very innovative startup in the field of eyeglasses, but the project foundered because I had not taken some variables into consideration. During the lockdown I met the world of innovation, which really excited me. I sensed how much ferment and how much creativity and determination there is in the most visionary young people. My previous adventure as a startupper made me realize how valuable mentoring is, i.e., strategy, value education and networking for growth.

Helping young Italian men and women, to give them the opportunity to impact with their ideas is very rewarding for me. Indeed, it has given me an extraordinary boost, allowing me to express my more idealistic nature and develop my problem-solving and delegation skills. So, I was able to give structure to my entrepreneurial vocation by studying at the Venture Academy, attending IAG and other platforms that support early-stage startups, comparing myself with other angels, and slowly developing a verticality in the health and wellness sector.

Not for nothing is my motto: Passion - Innovation - Sustainability.

In your work involving innovative medical and surgical solutions, how do you deal with the diversity of perspectives and expectations of patients from different cultural backgrounds, also considering your Italian Canadian background?

Looking around, environmental degradation, economic problems, bureaucratic complications, as well as depraved human nature jump out at you. But I have always been an optimist and believe that each of us can contribute strongly for a change in society through ethics, empathy, and respect. Canada has given me open-mindedness to different cultures, and this allows for a more inclusive outlook, so much so that I have two adopted Russian daughters and two young Ukrainian refugees who have lived with me for over a year.

As a doctor, in addition to always being attentive to the latest technology, instead of creating a professional and detached relationship with the patient, I try to establish a more direct and trusting one.

How do you assess the importance of diversity and inclusion when considering an investment in startup?

I believe that the survival of our planet cannot be separated from a green transition that all companies must make. As an angel I help sustainable, high-potential startups. I look for visionary people who make themselves available to the community, helping it meet new needs. I consider investment if the startup has value-based business models, transparent and fair governance, if it strives for decarbonization, if it seeks not just investor profit, but the well-being of all stakeholders ... and with long-term vision. As I said, I support companies in the health, wellness, nutrition, and nonprofit fields.

Your experiences also include NLP and Real Result Coach. How do you help people improve their management of external challenges, creating positive impacts on themselves and their surroundings?

I am convinced that healing does not happen passively, but by activating one's internal resources. It is essential to shift our conscious and unconscious attention toward a health goal. Listening to patients' needs, including those not made explicit in words, increases the clinical impact of care. And why not harness it to help people increase their own well-being?

Physicians have an authoritarian and paternal role, but if they can create empathy, putting people at the center, are kind, selfless, and compassionate, they can make patients want to heal and actually heal. I observe that every day. And if we find value in what we do, we can positively impact our family and community as well.