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Apr 19
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Speaker: Luca Filigheddu
  • Lunch
  • Meet the coaches
  • Speaker: Ferdinando Acerbi
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Speaker: Alex Bellini
  • BBQ!
  • Judging & awards
  • Apertivo and go home!

Ferdinando Acerbi

Founder @   |   LinkedIn

Humanistic backgound, starts very early as a professional sportsman in three day event, acheiving interesting results at international level, motivated and dedicated becomes trainer for the junior team at the age of 29, while still being active as a sportsman at olimpic level.

always interested in new opportunities, becomes marketing director and sponsorship researcher for the organization of events and competition, some of his consultancies include the offshore competition Venezia Montecarlo, the Superbike team Ducati performance, and a number of initiatives in is old sport.

Due to family business spends about six years in Yemen and the Middle East in general. Aside of the family tourism business works as a business developer for Griffin ltd, a multinational yemeny company focused on tourism and procurment in the oil field as well as medicine and construction. Cooperates with Total, UNDP and World Bank for various projects in the area.

In 2004 due to a hyperbaric incident is forced to review all his life, almost two years on a wheel chair, continuos training and the beautyful goal to come back to walk even if with the help of a stick. From this experience founds Ancoramare, a no profit organization promoting the concept of passion and sport's education as a tool to face life's problem, through the organization of events focused on the use of a sailing boat in order to create cooperative teams also with people carriing disabilities.

Now his passion for digital tecnologies is driving him towards the application of the same towars integration and revaluation of the third sector.

Alex Bellini

Professional speaker and adventurer   |   LinkedIn

Alex was born in Aprica, Italy, in 1978.
In 2001 he ran the Marathon des Sables (260km in self-sufficiency).
In 2002 and 2003 he crossed the Alaska twice on foot with a sledge, respectively, for 600km and 1400km.
In 2004 he planned his first attempt to row across Atlantic Ocean and after two failed attempts, in 2005 succeeded in crossing the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat, alone, from Italy to Brazil in 226 days.
In 2008 he rowed alone across Pacific Ocean in 294 days and over 18.000km, from Lima to Australia.
In the summer of 2011 ran through the United States, from Los Angeles to New York. 5300km in 70 days

He is the author of two books published by Longanesi: "Mi chiamavano montanaro" (ed. 2007) and "Il Pacifico a remi" (2010)

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Riccardo Donadon

Founder @ H-FARM Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Riccardo Donadon was born in Treviso and, after graduating from high school, embarked on a psychology degree course. In 1990 he started working with his father but his great passion was the internet, so halfway through 1995 he accepted the challenge to create a work crew whose purpose was to tell the world the story of the Benetton sports teams via the internet. A few months later the first Italian virtual mall Mall Italy Lab ( was set up. In 1999 it was signed over to Infostrada and is still present in the commercial area of the Italian portal Libero.itSeptember 1998 marked a turning point: Riccardo Donadon left Verde Sport together with the 8 people who had accompanied him along the Mall adventure and founded E-TREE ( From this moment on, it is all about e-nergy, enthusiasm and pure e-speedWith Riccardo Donadon, in just a few months E-TREE became a reference point throughout Italy for its way of working, its informal outlook, its rapid growth, its business method and the undoubted skill in the solutions created. In 2001, when the company reached a 26-billion lire turnover and employed 160 people, it was sold in its entirety to the Etnoteam group.In September 2003 Donadon left E-TREE and spent almost a year looking after his garden, relaxing and pondering new ideas and new initiatives.In January 2005 Donadon founded H-FARM, the first private Italian incubator, with the aim of transforming innovative ideas into successful startups. H-Farm was born in the countryside of Ca' Tron, near Treviso, and in May 2008 the second epicentre in Seattle, WA, USA was established. H-farm already boasts an operational office in Mumbai, India, which will soon become the third epicentre for business.

Maurizio Rossi

Co-Founder @ H-FARM Ventures   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Maurizio Rossi was born in Italy in '64 and belongs to the "bad boy" generation. He is connected to creative culture and inspired by design because it shapes new things as well as people's minds. He likes to observe and understand people's lifestyles and their local traditions.In his previous-century experiences, Maurizio worked for a family-run company called Rossimoda, market leader of luxury women's footwear, at present part of the LVMH fashion holding, where his main commitment was new product-line spin-offs and market expansion.In 1990, within his family group, Maurizio launched Vista Point, a business unit dedicated to internationally expanding leading US action-sports brands such as NoFear, Spy Optics and DC. He has been involved in both retail and wholesale distribution networks and believes that the 21st century will bring the big shift

Leonardo Buzzavo

Board Member @ Fondazione Università Cà Foscari   |   LinkedIn

Leonardo Buzzavo is Adjunct Professor of Business Strategy at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he gained a B.A. in Business Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics and Management. Throughout his study career, he also gained a one-year scholarship at the University of California Los Angeles.
His main research interests are business strategy, strategy innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and the impact of digital technologies on the above.
He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Master in Sport Business Strategies (Ca’ Foscari and Verde Sport), the Master in Dealer Management (Automotive Dealer Academy), the Masterlab in Digital Economics and Entrepreneurship (Digital Accademia).
He is Director of the Ca’ Foscari Digital Week, an event based on the exploration of how digital technologies impact on people’s lives, institutions and firms. The start-up edition took place in May 2011 in Venice, and the next edition is scheduled for spring 2013.
He is Director of ICDP – International Car Distribution Programme, a leading research network on automotive distribution, where he has been involved since 1994.
He is a founding partner and President of Quintegia, a company specialized in events, research and training in the automotive industry, plus Program Coordinator of Automotive Dealer Day, the European leading event for players in automotive distribution.
Throughout his career, he has spoken at over 200 conferences and workshops across six continents, mainly on themes revolving around the automotive industry.
Besides mother-tongue Italian, he speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. His passions include playing the piano, rowing, digital art and readings (mainly cultural anthropology, cognitive psychology and creative processes).

Luca Filigheddu

Developer Evangelist @ BlackBerry   |   LinkedIn

Executive with 12+ years of management experience in Telecommunications, Internet telephony, rich communication services, social media and the interception between web and telecom. Been a coder for 15+ years, too.

Graduated cum laude at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in Electronic Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications and joined Abbeynet on May 2000, as CTO, overseeing the development of new VoIP services and applications and managing different groups of researchers and engineers. I took the role of CEO in 2004.

Over the years, I have been responsible for strategic marketing planning, R&D and business development, taking care of the relationship with large accounts.

I love any new service that brings value to the consumer internet space and businesses, startups, gadgets and and any electronic device. Early adopter, connector and power networker.

The latest projects I have been involved with during the past years are, a leading click to call and customer engagement solution for businesses and directories and, an innovative social media browser.

On my never enough spare time, I love taekwondo, playing piano, photography and listening to good music.

I am currently Developer Evangelist at BlackBerry, working with the community of mobile developers to help them build outstanding mobile applications for the BlackBerry 10 Platform.

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Alessandro Di Tecco

Founder @ The Collective   |   LinkedIn

I create interfaces for web & mobile apps, with a focus on startups.
I'm also the creator & co-founder of:

- The Collective (, a coworking space for creative & digital professionals.

- The Digital League (, a community for tech enthusiasts living in the Verona area.

As a Startup Weekend Coach, I'll be glad to offer my advice in the following areas:

- UI design
- Logo design
- Product design

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Enrico Pandian

Founder @ Prezzi Pazzi   |   LinkedIn

Founder of PrezziPazzi and, Advisor for

I have worked on startups since 1999, when i designed and setup
In 2003 I founded selling notes in digital format,which i later sold on.
In 2006 I created a free-press "Cream Magazine", which i also later sold.
In 2010 I founded PrezziPazzi
Then in 2012 I founded (which is still in the development stage)

- Creation and development of business models.
- Open Graph.

Giorgio Soffiato

Founder @ MarketingArena   |   LinkedIn

I'm founder & Managing Director at MarketingArena Consulting and training manager at Digital Accademia, the H-Farm Ventures Business and Entrepreneurship School

- Social Media Marketing
- Blog management
- Search engine project management
- Web marketing idea planning
- Creativity management

Stefano Mizzella

Founder @ L1F3   |   LinkedIn

Phd in Information Society, I'm CEO & Founder of L1F3, a digital innovation agency born in H-FARM Ventures

L1F3 is a full service digital focused on design, strategy, creativity, research ad development.
At L1F3 we design services and brand experiences able to improve customer lives and grow company business.

I worked with:
- italian and international companies (ATM, Autogrill, Bottega Veneta, Diesel, Generali, Il Sole 24 Ore, Illy, Mediaset, Mondadori, Oracle, Panasonic, Rai, RCS Media Group, Vodafone, Toshiba)
- small/medium enterprises (Banca IFIS, Berto Salotti, Design Diffusion World)
- public sector (Comune di Vittorio Veneto, Provincia di Bolzano)
- startups (Garage/Depop, GoWar/Place Commander, Responsa, Grow the Planet, Henable, XY Resize).

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