First edition

An international summit
blending technology and emotions,
innovation and humanism, to lead the change from Italy towards a more human centered ethical tech.

16-17-18 March 2022, Milano, Italy


Every bright idea comes from a feeling. Emotion is what differentiates humans from machines, a rich interconnected bundle & weave of feelings that makes us unique, yet enable connections and the ability to transform rational thinking into memorable creations.

Emotion Network aims to Empower Human Potential, to positively impact every relationship and business, securing the centrality of the human perspective in innovation and technology.

Emotion Network starts from Italy, the cradle of Leonardo da Vinci, Guglielmo Marconi, Adriano Olivetti, Enzo Ferrari.

Founders & Investors.

Emotion Network is a global platform of thinkers, entrepreneurs, investors and passionate people who strongly believe in enhancing the role of emotions to empower human potential and combine it with technology to inspire across generations.

The project was conceived in 2019 and Emotion Network srl was founded in February 2020 by:

U-Start Ventures joined as Founding Partner.


A 6 episodes docufilm series where extraordinary leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs are invited to connect with prestigious Italian hosts with whom they share values and passions.

Tech.Emotion is the docuseries for those who are passionate about Italy and its excellencies and for those who are interested in Manufacturing & Engineering, Culture & Education, Travel & Hospitality, Fashion & Beauty, Bioeconomy & Sustainability, Business & Social Responsibility.

By exploring this variety of topics, Tech.Emotion aims to unlock Italian potential and to inspire the audience with great stories of leaders, leading the way for Technology & Innovation to blend with Emotions & Humanism.

Road to Tech.Emotion
Keynote speeches, roundtables, fireside chats and experiences.

2 days of insightful and interactive sessions about Fashion, Finance & Investments, AgriFood & Sustainability, Design & Architecture, Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment.
A participatory conference aiming to have a positive impact and to inspire actions, behaviors and feelings anchored to Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental, Social and Governance frameworks.

PARTNERS & Network.

The docuseries is in partnership with

Founding Partner

Main Partners

Communication partners

Institutional Partners

"Emotion is the fuel that enables us to imagine and invent the world as we want it."

Alec Ross

Il venture capital U-Start
26 June, 2020

Il venture capital U-Start, controllato da Angel Capital Management, acquista la minoranza della piattaforma internazionale Emotion Network

Obiettivo comune è la riduzione del gap tra imprese made in Italy ad alto potenziale di crescita in ambito tecnologico e grandi patrimoni

U-Start, riconosciuto player del Venture Capital, specializzato in attività di deal scouting in aziende lifestyle, tech e digital a livello internazionale, controllata da Angel Capital Management, entra con una partecipazione di minoranza in Emotion Network, la piattaforma internazionale nata in Italia per ispirare persone, imprenditori, investitori del tech a integrare in ogni innovazione la più importante delle qualità umane: le emozioni.

Il venture capital U-Start
26 June, 2020

Venture Capital, U-Start entra in Emotion Network

Il venture capital U-Start, controllato da Angel Capital Management, ha rilevato una quota di minoranza di Emotion Network, la piattaforma internazionale nata in Italia per ispirare persone, imprenditori, investitori del tech a integrare in ogni innovazione le emozioni.

Il venture capital U-Start
25 June, 2020

U-Start investe in Emotion

U-Start, player del venture capital, specializzato in attività di deal scputing in aziende lifestyle, tech e digital a livello internazionale, controllato dalla Angel Capital Management (società che fa capo all'imprenditore Angelo Moratti), entra con una partecipazione di minoranza in Emotion Network, la piattaforma internazionale nata in Italia per riunire imprenditori e investitori del settore tech.

Il venture capital U-Start
14 March, 2020

A Londra fondi a raccolta per le start up italiane

Nonostante l'emergenza sanitaria e i mercati finanziari in rosso, una ventina di venture capitalist anglosassoni specializzati in start up tecnologiche hanno partecipato a Londra alla prima presentazione di Tech.emotion, il summit internazionale che si terrà a Milano il 14-16 ottobre 2020 promosso e co-organizzato da Emotion network e Facebook.


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Mattia Mor
Founder & CEO

Entrepreneur and Italian Parliament Member of Italia Viva Party, elected in Milan.

Member of the Commission for Business Development, of the Parliamentary Intergroup for Innovation and the Intergroup of Artificial Intelligence.

Graduated with honors from Bocconi University in Business Economics, he started his career in strategic consulting, first with Value Partners, then with Bain & co, specialised in fashion. In 2004, still at University, he founded his own fashion startup brand, Blomor, and in 2007 he decided to quit his job as an employee to devote himself full time to be a fashion entrepreneur, selling streetwear in 30 countries worldwide and more than 900 stores.

In 2015 he moved to Singapore to work as Senior Vice President for Lazada, the largest e-commerce company in South East Asia, founded by Rocket Internet and purchased in 2016 by the Alibaba Group. Back in Italy at the end of 2016 he became Executive Director for Europe of, the luxury flash sales online store of the Alibaba, specialised in luxury products in fashion, design and cosmetics, thus being able to go on working with passion to spread Made in Italy around the world.

In 2017 he launched a communication social project, HoSceltoMilano / HoSceltoLItalia, with the aim of awakening the civic passion and the sense of pride of Italians towards the Nation.

Elected in Italian Parliament in 2018, he works mainly on business development, global trade and innovation, with the goal to boost Italian growth. He wrote the 'StartAct' law proposal, to let Italy recover the gap in private investments in start-ups and VCs and thus amplify their ability to grow, innovate and create jobs, favoring the return of expatriate Italians, encouraging them to realize their entrepreneurial dreams.

Mattia’s emotions are creating new projects and travelling around the world.

Gianluca D'Agostino
Founder & Board Member

25 years of a global career as a Manager, Founder and Investor.

He has started, mentored and inspired talents and teams, ensuring that each venture had goals and objectives data-driven. His true passion and strength lie in scaling-up a business along the various growth axes: partnership, talent scouting, organization, global expansion, M&A.

He is a passionate advocate for start-ups, often in liaison with angel networks (London Business Angels and Italian Angels for Growth) and he's serving as Board Member in public and private companies in UK, India, The Netherlands and Italy.

His main entrepreneurial achievement to date has been Neomobile Spa, co-founded in 2007 in Rome. He drove Neomobile as CEO growing the business organically and via M&A between 2007 and 2015, to make it a global mobile monetization platform for content and one of most successful Italian digital companies.

Previously he held a variety of executive roles in corporations such as TIM and KPMG.

Gianluca is today a Mobile Ecosystem Forum Advisor, an evangelist in MobileTech, lecturer in top events worldwide. He also devotes time to initiatives able to catalyse a boost of the Italian Tech ecosystem, playing a supportive role at IAG and generating inputs to the legislator.

He has been lived and run businesses in Italy, France, UK, Turkey and Latin America. Based in London since 2011, with his spouse and their 2 children.

Gianluca is driven by continuous challenges and loves the emotion triggered by sport events.

Claude Finckenberg
Founder & Board Member

Claude is an experienced Investment Banker and a passionate Angel Investor from Finland, with an extensive network in the Nordics and Asia .

He has operated in Asia since early 1980s and has created major deals and partnerships with Asian conglomerates.

As Icecapital Asset Management Director for Asia he’s responsible for Europe ana Asia asset management client (institutions, High net worth individuals and Enterprises).

At Landbaki (Hong Kong office) he’s established and driven new business opportunities in China Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Claude is also the creator and the main driving force behind “The Knights of Slush”, a curated by-invitation-only side event to Slush, showcasing the best start-up from the Nordics to a screened global Investors audience

Karin Fischer
Founder & Board Member

Over 15 years consulting C-level management in public, private and social companies on strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, and organisation in international settings; working with partners on end-to-end projects but ultimately a solo professional.

Forever driven and motivated by innovation Karin has engaged in a broad range of domains; pioneering the sustainable mobility by leading a global multi-stakeholder platform; founding an electric mobility start-up developing recharge infrastructure network; digitalising comms in entrepreneurial organisations and healthcare; engaging in political and civic communications; advising universities for growth; running sponsorships in equestrian sports... to name a few.

In 2018 she decided to brand her activity “Connecting Stories” because it is ultimately what she happens to do... no matter the industry, the need, the project, the place.

Always in search of new stories and connections to cross-fertilise and combine.

Based on the hills of the Garda lake, smart working far ahead of time, Karin lives with her teenaged kids, pets and horses.

Karin’s emotion is galloping.

Massimo Redaelli
Founder & Board Member

Massimo Redaelli is an out of the box thinking person with a keen interest in social, cultural, technological and ecological trends/changes.

His experience in the creative fields (Fashion, Sport, Design, Art, Music, Film) applied to technology innovation (Singularity University), curiosity (sound resonance, neuro-architecture) and social good (The Great Balance, ), lead to develop a new type of ‘conscious’ communication at PRIMA, a creative agency that design authentic culturally reference experiences, which positively touch users for clients such as Apple, Google, Starbucks, H&M, BMW, Bulgari etc.

By challenging existing models/concepts, collaborating within and between companies and creatives, opinion leaders, lawmakers, social entrepreneurs etc., Massimo help design engaging storytelling and story-living experiences at the intersection of “Art, Emotion & Science”.

Massimo co-founded the Arts & Technology Council at the Vatican and collaborate with MIT Media Lab, Arts + Mind Lab and the Music Lab of the Milan Polytechnic, for his Mission to bring ‘Emotions’ to technology using Arts & Culture to foster a more responsible relationship between humans and machines.

Massimo also collaborates with varies conference platforms: DLD, Brilliant Mind, Google Camp, Lakestar, Founders Forum and AccelerateHer, where he curates & moderate eclectic panels with leaders from diverse background.

Massimo’s emotion is the art of creation.

Alec Ross
Founder & Board Member

Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation.

He’s the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Industries of the Future”. Since its publication in February of 2016, it has been published in 24 languages and been a best seller on four continents

During the Obama Administration, he served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, a role created for him to help modernize the practice of diplomacy and bring innovative solutions to advance America’s foreign policy interests. Alec served as the Convener for the Technology & Media Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

He co-founded a technology-focused social enterprise and grew it from modest origins in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people.

Currently, Ross is a board partner at Amplo, a global venture capital firm, and sits on the board of directors for companies in the fields of technology, finance, education, human capital, and cybersecurity. Continuing a commitment to education, he is a visiting professor at King's College London. He has served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and as a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs.

Alec lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and their three children.

His emotion is the euphoria that comes from hard work done well.

Thomas Schneider
Founder & Board Member

Thomas is a Partner at Isomer Capital, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage digital opportunities across Europe through fund investments, co-investments and secondary transactions.

He was previously Head of Southern Europe for Russell Investments, a leading multi-asset, multi- manager investment firm, where he worked with some of the largest financial institutions in Europe. He also accumulated various entrepreneurship experiences developing companies in Italy as well as advising asset managers on their pan-European strategies.

Being born in Switzerland, growing up in Italy, studying in France and living in London, Thomas is passionate about the development of the European tech ecosystem and its potential. Amongst other things, Thomas is helping venture capital funds in their operations, connecting start-ups to business partners and investors, and helping governments to support their ecosystem. Thomas believes that Europe can play a unique role in the international tech scene by combining long history of humanism and entrepreneurship with innovation.

Thomas is fluent in English, French and Italian, and some Spanish, helping him to maintain a strong network and market insights across Europe. He holds a Finance and Management degree from Université Paris Dauphine and Banking degree from Paris Descartes.

Thomas’ emotion is the amazement to discover everyday new incredible and innovating start-ups, venture capital funds and technology in Europe.

Lorenzo Calcagni
Board Member

After graduating in Psychology and Communication at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Lorenzo obtained a master’s degree in International Marketing at King’s College in London.

Lorenzo started his career at Google in Milan and after two years moved back to London where he became online marketing manager at Amazon.

After these two tech corporate experiences, he joined as the Country Manger for Italy MADE.COM, one of the most successful English scale up companies.

In the last three years he has held the position of Chief Operating Officer at FLOWERBX, a London based luxury flower delivery company, which has grown from 5 to 50 employees opening offices in Paris, Amsterdam and New York.

In September 2019 he has joined, as General Manager, U-Start a professional advisory firm, structuring club deals through a network of private investors working alongside VC funds in Series A to Series C rounds in global digital and tech companies.

From January 2021 U-Start has become U-Start Ventures, a multi-compartment Club Deal fund looking at the best late-stage lifestyle consumer tech companies in US, and Lorenzo holds the position of Partner.

Lorenzo’s emotion is to live a healthy life inspired by disruptive innovations. He is a healthy food lover, a traveler and an outdoor sport addicted. He is also a passionate reader of new media and innovation.

Amanda Terry
Advisory Board

She is a seasoned operator with over 20 years of sales and business development leadership in tech startups and corporates including Twitter, NBC, and Neustar. Vice President of Global Partner Development at Acxiom, Chief Curation and Development Officer of the 501(c)3 ACTAI She studied Public Policy and East Asian Studies at Princeton and has a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton. Amanda’s emotions are mostly as kiteboarder and as as skier.

Andre Noel Chaker
André Noël
Advisory Board

André is one of Finland’s leading business speakers and writers.

First voted Speaker of the Year 2012 by the customers of Speakers Forum Finland and Speaker, Moderator and Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2017. In 2015 he received the Business Moderator of the Year award in Finland. For the past eight years he has spoken at over 700 business events. Amongst others, he has worked with Google, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Fujitsu, CGI to produce some world-class business events. His books The Finnish Miracle (2011) and The Finnish Miracle – One Hundred Years of Success (2017) are among the most sold business books in the history of AlmaTalent.

He is currently the Chairman of MySpeaker, the fastest growing speaker bureau in the Nordics.

Niclas Carlsson
Advisory Board

Niclas Carlsson is founder & CEO and owner Founders Alliance, the collaborative forum of large-scale founders for sustainable large international corporate creation, responsible ownership and positive societal impact and is driven by our values of long term responsible entrepreneur ownership, diversity and tolerance, and sustainable leadership. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Uppsala University/Sweden. He is also an endurance athlete having completed ultramarathons, adventure races and he is a father of three young children. He is active as a youth trainer in Orienteering Running.

Ulf Ekberg
Advisory Board

Ulf is the President of G2020 Advisors Nordics, an investment and advisory firm that offers high-impact strategic and financial advice to Asian UHNW families and emerging Tech Companies. He is the founder of Starpick, the fastest growing Fantasy Sport company, and also a Partner at Result Strategy that assisted over 300 tech companies accelerating their success through innovation and global expansion.

Ulf was an active and major shareholder in MTV Produktion (re-named to Zodiak) before selling it to De Agostini Group. He spent 25 years at the top of the entertainment industry as an artist, producer, song writer, founder and front-man of pop phenomenon Ace of Base, holding the world record for the most selling debut album of all time, with over 25 million albums sold and totaling over 50 mln records.

Nezahat Gultekin
Advisory Board

MD and Head of Technology Investment Banking, EMEA, at Nomura, previously Director at Temasek, She has 20 years of technology sector experience in Silicon Valley and Europe. Prior to Temasek, she provided independent strategic advice to technology companies including as a Senior Adviser to Atlantic Bridge Capital , and as a founding member of the Future Fifty programme of Tech Nation (aka Tech City UK), a Downing Street supported initiative to assist selected leading growth-stage technology companies.

Nezahat had previous technology investment banking experience with Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Broadview.

Neal Hansch
Advisory Board

CEO and Managing Partner of Silicon Foundry, a corporate venturing and innovation advisory for leading multinational corporations as they navigate the evolving tech and startup landscape. Neal has over twenty years of venture capital, product management, technology operations, corporate development and advisory experience in Silicon Valley and beyond. Through strategic insights, targeted connectivity, deal sourcing and private events, Silicon Foundry facilitates direct investments, partnerships, M&A transactions and co-creation between startups and corporations.

Philip von Wulffen
von Wulffen
Advisory Board

Philip co-funded JAB Consumer Fund in 2013. He is a former VP at Blackstone Advisory Service in NY and a former Senior Consultant at BCG, specialized in FMCG and Financial Services. Philip has been board member of VC More Capital and is a board member of Stiftung Lichtblick and Ambassador of Epic Foundation. He has a Master of Business Administration at the Columbia University.

Magnus Grimeland
Advisory Board

Magnus Grimeland is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Antler, a startup generator and VC company headquartered in Singapore. He leads a global team dedicated to creating the next generation of entrepreneurs and disruptive tech companies. He was the co-founder of, Asia’s largest fashion e-commerce company. He served as COO and Managing Director of Zalora after it was acquired by Global Fashion Group (GFG) and expanded across 26 countries.

Magnus is an alumnus of Harvard University and McKinsey & Company. He was a Junior Partner at McKinsey & Co and worked in North America, Europe and Asia in the global telecommunications, media and tech industries.

Sara Roversi
Advisory Board

Sara works with globally recognized high-profile think tanks on setting the agenda for the sustainable food industry. Co-creator of For the last 10 years, Sara’s focused on inspiring and empowering creative and responsible food entrepreneurs through educational programs and disruptive innovation experiences. She is also the founder and director of Future Food Institute – a non-profit organization with a mission to take creative and responsible food entrepreneurs to the next level of achievement through education, research projects and disruptive innovation experiences - and You Can Group – founded in 2003, a group of 30 companies focused on digital, design & food.

Simon Piggott
Advisory Board

Simon was a Director of Finance & Investment for the SEE Property Fund and a Senior Advisor to Lehner Investments, Monaco.

He was Chairman and Director of the Boka Fund from 2005-2008, the leading Residential Property Fund in Montenegro. Chaired the Investment and Oversight Committee from inception and was involved closely with Finance and Institutional Investor relations for the Fund.

He has also had a long career in Wealth Management having filled the roles of Senior Client Manager with Lloyds TSB Bank and HSBC in Monaco and Head of Italian Department for Merrill Lynch.

He holds a B.A. Hons. from University College London and an M.A. from Milan University. Simon is bilingual English-Italian and speaks fluent French and Spanish.