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.
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:
- Data mining & protection: intelligence, cyber-security, data-mining, AI machine learning, med-tech
- Fin-tech: blockchain, fin-tech-AI, crypto-mining, insurance-tech, assets’ tokenization (dematerialization, fragmentation, and trade)
- Global Trade: decentralized-marketplace platforms, B2B trade & logistic services, agriculture tech, hospitality, transportation, leisure & industrial navigation-tech, blockchain, lease and co-ownership models
- Manufacturing: wearable-tech, 3D-printing, decentralized -manufacturing, wireless, fashion-tech
- Real Estate: Internet of things, domotics, construction-tech, engineering software, office & co-working space solutions, co-living, real estate services
- Retail services: user-interface-AI, media, marketing, digital-health
- Sustainability: education-tech, clean-tech, waste management, incubation, acceleration, and education-tech, labor-management, micro-grid, smart cities, networking
Alessandro A. E. Anzani: Managing Member_Chairman of the Investment Board
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.
Bianca Borghetti: Investment Board Member_EU-US Relations
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.
Fausta Pavesio: Investment Board Member_Head of Venture Partners
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_NYS Entry
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.
Jean-Guibert Mahy: General Partner Independent Board_Exit & Banking
Jean-Guibert runs the Luxembourg Equity Finance Delta-1 business of a major London headquartered global banking group.
Jean-Guibert opened the Luxembourg office of this UK bank in 2007 and has been running its Equities trading activities since then. Prior to the current role, Jean-Guibert was an associate in the Structured Capital Markets European Coverage and Execution division of the same UK bank based in London for 4 years. Prior to joining this UK bank in 2004, Jean-Guibert had started his career at Credit Suisse First Boston in London in 2000 where he worked in FIG M&A and subsequently in Fixed Income & Derivative distribution covering the French and Benelux markets.
Jean-Guibert graduated cum laude with a degree in Commercial Engineering (Finance Major) from the SOLVAY Business School at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium in 2000.
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.
Domenico Nesci: Advisory Board Member
Domenico started his venture capital career in 2011, as an angel investor in the Italian Angels for Growth (IAG) club.
He has been a Partner of LVenture Group, one of the most active Venture Capital firms in Europe, since 2014. Domenico is also Advisor to LUISS Enlabs Accelerator, Venture Partner of Vertis Venture 2 Scaleup-VC-fund, and member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows. Domenico sold a company he launched to Openwave System Inc., a company listed on the NASDAQ.
Domenico earned an Electronic Engineering degree and an MBA.