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MISSION

We don’t believe in unicorns 🦄.

We believe in science ⚗👨🏻‍🔬🔬.

We believe in magic 🔮✨: that future-science that hasn’t been revealed yet.

We believe in oneness, unity, & scaling globally, actually, universally 🚀.

We believe in NYC 🍏🗽: the epicenter of cultural & tech syncretism.

We believe in scaling Round-B EU 🇪🇺 startups through NYC 🇺🇸, to be precise. Best of two worlds, pardon: one-universe.

We believe that Venture Capital is not just the most profitable* 📈 asset class: it’s the one that shapes the future, setting the direction and spearheading 🏹 human progress. We assume this responsibility.

We believe that when the magic of a new-tech product is matched by tenacious execution, well:

 

We are Your VC of choice.

OVERVIEW

Smartup Capital is a venture capital firm based in NYC that has been managing new-tech investments since 2011.

 

Smartup launched two funds as the main sponsor, served as the General Partner for two other funds, and curated the venture capital asset management for two family offices.

 

Smartup also provides advisory, education, incubation, and acceleration services for private companies, governmental agencies, and universities.

 

FOCUS

Smartup focuses on the global scaling of international startups through New York.
 
Smartup Capital invests in Seed to Series-B startups with killer teams, growing markets, value-added technology, competitive process, and limited cash burn.
 
Smartup Capital believes in sharing economy, decentralization, dematerialization, sustainability, and social responsible businesses.
Within these macro-clusters Smartup Capital invests across different industries, with a focus on: Intelligence, cyber-security, internet of things, user-interface-AI, domotics, real estate & construction, B2B trade & logistic services, smart cities, agriculture tech, education tech, cleantech, waste management, blockchain, wireless, media, marketing, fin-tech-AI, fin-tech, fashion-tech, digital health, decentralized-marketplace, wearable-tech, hospitality & transportation.

TEAM

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Alessandro A. E. Anzani: Managing Partner & Founder

Alessandro has twenty years of experience as a fund manager, entrepreneur, board member, and investor (tech startups, private equity, real estate, and securities). Alessandro has been investing in crypto-currencies and blockchain since the industry inception.

He founded his first venture at the age of eighteen and scaled it to market- leader and €28M revenues before selling it. Since then he launched seven more companies between Europe and United States. He launched five funds in venture capital and private equity and managed +$2B in private equity transactions.

Alessandro serves as:

  • Instructor of Venture Capital, Lecturer of Real Estate Technology & Innovation, and Business Mentor at Cornell Tech, NYC
  • Business Mentor at UniCredit, Milan
  • Ambassador for Summit.co, LA
  • Director and Vice President for Entrepreneurship of Bocconi (leading European business university) Alumni Association, New York

Alessandro is an international speaker for venture capital, macroeconomics, impact investing, and entrepreneurship; he was invited to join two sessions of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

He served as a Mentor for the startup accelerators at CUNY, Syracuse, Cornell, and SUNY; he is been a judge for the NYS Business Plan competition for 5 years.

He supported NYC Economic Development Corp in launching the Startup Global Exchange program.

Experienced in fund formation & operations, due diligences, valuations, negotiations, financing, international acquisitions, portfolio management, and operational problem solving.

Alessandro received his Master’s of Business Administration with a major in Venture Capital from Cornell University where he was admitted to the Accelerated program; before that he earned a Master’s in Real Estate Finance and a Master’s of Science in Economics.

Before coming to the USA on an Investor VISA, Alessandro worked in Brazil, France, Romania, Holland, UK, Finland, and Italy.

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David Antognoli: Investment Board Member

David is an entrepreneur and corporate intrapreneur, with a track record in launching and implementing innovation within complex multinational groups. Expert in sales, M&A, accounting & auditing, David recently sold his family main business-line: a mass-market-retailer with 36 centers, 800 employees, and +€200M revenues.

David has an extraordinary knowledge of the the food-tech, mass-market-retail, international distribution, and logistic industries where he covered executive positions in sales, HR, marketing, strategy roles and he designed, developed, and applied advanced info-systems for auditing, sales, warehouse management, and quality control.

David holds an Executive Master and Business and Administration by Università della Svizzera Italiana.

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Bianca Borghetti: Investment Board Member & Co-Founder

Bianca has fifteen years of experience as a wealth manager and an entrepreneur. She launched a top-of-the-line kitchen distribution company working between South America & Europe, scaled it to market leader, and successfully sold it only four years later. 
Expert multi-asset international wealth manager, Bianca sits on the board of her own Family Office, with interest in private equity, securities, agriculture, and real estate in South-America, Europe, and US.

She has been Director of Girls in Tech for NYS chapter. She judged the NY Business Plan Competition for two years, and she mentored students from RIT, Syracuse, and Cornell Universities.

Bianca received her Master’s of Business Administration from Cornell University & SDA Bocconi and her bachelor degree from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, top-10 business school in Latin America.

Bianca lived in Brazil, Italy, and USA where she is an investor on an Investor VISA.

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Fausta Pavesio: Investment Board Member & Venture Partner for Italy

Fausta is an Angel Investor in breakthrough ventures who was awarded the title of "Best Woman Business Angel 2018" by the European Trade Association for Business Angels & Seed Funds. She was also named among the "50 most influential women in EU Startup and Venture Capital" and in 2015 she was awarded the title of "Italian Angel Investor of the Year".

Fausta earned a Bachelor's Degree in Information & Computer Science in 1977 making her a pioneer of the industry.

    

Gianluca Galletto: Investment Board Member

Gianluca is an entrepreneurial manager with an extensive track record in private and governmental business development, economic development, and capital raising.

Gianluca is currently on a mandate to advise New York City’s Mayor’s Office on international affairs, foreign direct investments on the innovation economy, equity, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

He is also Senior Advisor to Smart Cities NY, the leading conference on Smart City technologies in the U.S, and to Global Futures Group.

Gianluca is the former Director of International Business at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Gianluca holds an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a BA/MA in Economics, Business and Law from Bocconi University in Milan.

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Kevin McGovern: Advisory Board Member

Kevin McGovern is the Chairman & CEO of McGovern Capital, NYC, he has co-founded over 25 companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, has been lead negotiator/principal in over 15 global joint ventures.
Kevin was a founder of SoBe Beverages, the fastest growing beverage company ever in the US that was sold to Pepsi for $375M. McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries: the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon water purification filters.
He created the program and negotiated all licensing of Tristrata’s alpha hydroxy acid, incorporated in approximately 40% of all global skin care products.
He serves/served on many public boards including the Executive Committee of The Sports Authority (stock ticker: TSA) and Chairman of WeedMD (WMD).
 
Co-Chairman of Angstrom Publishing, which publishes the "The Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report" Nanotechnology newsletter.
He is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian.
He served on the Board of the US Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai and was appointed (only foreigner) to the Expo’s Post-Development Committee.
 
Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Councilor (highest honor to alumnus) of Cornell University, he also served as the Co-Chairman of the Cornell Technology Transfer Committee. Kevin was named the "Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year". He is the founder of the Cornell Club-New York City and established the McGovern Fields at Cornell. The McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in Life Sciences at Cornell University was recently acclaimed as one of the Top 10 Venture Development Centers in North America.
 
He teaches “Global Innovation and Commercialization” at Cornell's Graduate School of Management and is a guest lecturer at Stanford, Cornell NY Tech, MIT, NTU in Singapore, and KAUST in Saudi Arabia.
After earning his B.A. at Cornell (1970), he earned a law degree from St. John's University School of Law (1975). He also studied at the London School of Economics & Political Science.
A New Yorker, Kevin holds both an American and an Irish citizenship: he has strong ties with the US & UK new-tech ecosystem.

  

Fernando Gómez-Baquero: Advisory Board Member

Dr. Gómez-Baquero is the Director of Runway and Spinoffs at the Jacobs Technion - Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech.

Dr. Gómez-Baquero has more than 15 years of experience in the nanotechnology industry, starting with production and characterization of carbon nanotubes, and developing of polymer/nanotube composite materials; he is a recognized leader in nano-engineered electrodes for lithium-ion batteries using semiconductor processes.

Fernando Gómez-Baquero holds a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science and Engineering from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany SUNY.

  

Pietro Miotti: EU Analyst

Passionate about computer science, online marketing, and fin-tech, Pietro launched his first online sale business at the age of 15.

Pietro launched a food delivery startup and a consultancy agency specialised in social marketing and branding awareness.

Pietro studies Information & Communication Tech with a focus on Machine Learning & Ai in the financial field.

CONTACT US

 

Smartup is in Luxembourg 🇱🇺, New York 🇺🇸, Italy 🇮🇹, Brazil 🇧🇷, and Florida 🇺🇸

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