October 10, 2022

TEDxBologna Salon - Disruptive Ambition

On Friday, October 21, 2022, in the context of the Golinelli Foundation headquarters, we will turn the spotlight on the major changes dictated by the digital revolution and entrepreneurial success stories, thanks to five protagonists who will take turns on stage for the 33rd edition of a TEDxBologna event.

Ambition is often what defines successful businesses. Combined with a truly disruptive idea, it can propel a company to the next level, taking a top position on the international stage. At the same time, innovation has become a key driver for breaking the mold, succeeding, and staying competitive.

With this meeting, we want to inspire talents to seize the trends of change, encouraging them to make the most of the innovative potential that still needs to be at its best in Italy. Future entrepreneurs need to be aware of their added value: speed, motivation, creativity, and winning spirit.

There is a need to spread the culture of entrepreneurial innovation, in our country more than ever, to look at the future with different eyes, betting on adventurous, promising projects: on daring ideas capable of changing the rules of the game. Valuable ideas and all-Italian success stories arrived after failures and missteps, but always guided by a big dream and a great passion for innovation and technological change.

We will listen to the anecdotes and stories of those who personally achieved goals that seemed unattainable, making themselves the spokespersons of a beautiful all-Italian story, learning from them firsthand how to cope with changes, new trends and the challenges of innovation, so that anyone can reach the desired goal with their disruptive ambition!

Andrea Pauri, curator of TEDxBologna, true to the belief that "the power of ideas can change habits, people's lives, and ultimately the world itself" presents a show that has one goal: to inspire people.

These are the speakers who will take turns on stage, moderated by Nicoletta Boldrini, Independent Journalist, and popularizer - Futures Studies Trainer.

Veronica Diquattro - Executive Vice President Southern Europe DAZN.

Veronica Diquattro has been part of DAZN's leadership team since its inception, launching the service in Italy and Spain in 2018. After her recent tenure as Chief Revenue Officer Europe - managing operations in Italy, Spain, and DACH - she took on the position of CEO Global Platform playing a strategic role in the development and reorganization of DAZN's global platform strategy, with the goal of positioning DAZN as one of the world's leading sports platforms for fans and leagues.  Prior to DAZN, Veronica served as Managing Director, Southern and Eastern Europe at Spotify, leading the brand's strategy and growth in 16 countries, and as a spokesperson in Southern Europe she represented the company at key Italian and European institutional and music meetings. Previously, as Director of Markets Strategy and Operations, she led the successful launch of Spotify in Italy. A nonexecutive director and advisor in the technology and media sector, she is also an advocate of "giving back" being a member of Angels4Women and Angels4Impact, networks of Business Angels. In 2019 she was honored as one of the Inspiring Fifty Most Influential Women in Italy for technology and innovation, in 2020 she was recognized as one of the most successful managers within her industry as part of the Best Leaders Under 40. Veronica Diquattro is also an Alumna and part of the Executive Committee of "InTheBoardroom," an educational program of Valore D.

Claudio Domenicali - Ducati CEO

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, joined Ducati in 1991, having graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Bologna. After a professional path of growth within the company, he became Ducati Corse CEO in 1999, in 2005 he became Product R&D Director and in 2009 he was appointed General Manager, responsible for Product Development and Operations processes. Since 2012 he has been confirmed within the new Board of Directors, formed after the acquisition of Ducati Motor Holding by the Audi Group. On April 18, 2013, Claudio Domenicali, was appointed CEO of Ducati Motor Holding.

Marked by a lifelong passion for fast vehicles, from cars to go-karts to boats, he knew immediately when he got on his first motorcycle that his path in life would be on two wheels. In his everyday life, he is a family man, a husband and three-time father, a big fan of German shepherds, skiing, boating, an amateur MTB user, and, of course, a motorcyclist

Francesca Gargaglia - Amity Co-Founder and COO

Francesca is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Amity and leads the company's global expansion and growth. Originally from Perugia, Francesca graduated in Law from Bocconi University and began her career in Dubai, working for the law firm Baker McKenzie. She then joined PwC and moved to South Africa, where she lived for three years, to head PwC's European Desk in the sub-Saharan region. A lawyer turned technologist, in 2019 she followed her passion for innovation and co-founded the technology startup Amity with Thai entrepreneurs Korawad Chearavanont and Arthur Krasingkorn and American David Zhang. Today Amity is a fast-growing technology company with hundreds of client organizations and more than 250 employees in four global offices. Francesca is an avid scholar, passionate about travel and with a great desire to harness disruptive technology to improve people's lives.

Raffaele Terrone - Scalapay Co-Founder

Raffaele is a serial entrepreneur and investor, currently living in London and has a son just over a year old. He co-founded Scalapay, a company in the payments industry that has become the first Italian unicorn (valuation over $1 billion) in not even 3 years since its inception. Raffaele during his tenure as CFO raised more than $600m in capital and grew the team to more than 200 people reaching leadership positions in the BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) market in Italy and other European countries. Raffaele has a degree from Bocconi University. He started his career at Barclays Investment Bank in 2011, where he worked in the Consumer and Retail Group. In 2014 he moved to Goldman Sachs, continuing to cover Consumer and Retail clients throughout Europe. He completed several M&A and financing transactions, such as the Technogym IPO. In 2017 he moved to ICAMAP Investments, a private equity fund investing in the Retail space across Europe, where he led investments such as Grandi Stazioni Retail, before precisely launching Scalapay in 2019.

Paolo Tortora - Full Professor University of Bologna.

Full Professor at the University of Bologna since 2017, he conducts his research in the area of Space Systems. His research ranges from small satellites to innovative satellite systems, from the exploration of moons of the Jupiter and Saturn systems to minor bodies - asteroids and comets. Co-founder of 2 successful start-ups working in the field of small satellites and interplanetary navigation.

Main partner of the event, which has the patronage of the Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italian Angels for Growth, which celebrates 15 years since the founding of the association, a leader in Italian seed venture capital: more than 500 protagonists from the business, financial and industrial worlds who invest time, skills and capital for the growth of innovative startups, who have taken turns in recent years.

"We are happy to take part in the first TEDx in Italy dedicated to the innovation ecosystem and the entrepreneurial world. Italy's young entrepreneurs need inspiration and ambition, with the common goal of riding the technological change and propelling companies into the future and digitalization. IAG, a leader in Italian Seed Venture, has been committed to concretely supporting the ambitious and disruptive ideas of numerous startups over the past 15 years: we are therefore happy to celebrate this special birthday by being inspired by valuable ideas and all-Italian success stories," says Carlo Tassi, president of Italian Angels for Growth.

Among the sponsors of the meeting:

Azimut, Azimut, one of Europe's largest independent asset managers specializing in asset management, with 83 billion in assets under management and a global footprint thanks to 18 investment and distribution centers located around the world. Vowed to innovation, it founded a platform of products and services to support businesses, with a unique offering in the real economy that reached 6 billion in assets by 2022.

Fondazione Golinelli, a unique Italian example of a private and operational philanthropic foundation inspired by the model of the great American foundations: concreteness, vision and planning ability make it today a point of reference among foundations in our country.