Author: Coopera Venture Capital

Insurtech closes 3 mln round

This is a turbocharged start, but justified by the fact that the founder and investors know each other well, having already been allied in another venture, that of Welldone Global Advisory, an advisory platform for finance to SMEs and startups, led by Vincenzo Macaione (founder of Wopta), controlled by Cordifin, a holding company owned by the Cordioli family, entrepreneurs in the aluminum, zinc and copper sector, and participated in by Key Capital srl, a venture capital investment company founded by Giorgio Di Stefano . In Wopta’s capital, in addition to precisely Macaione (with 60 percent) and top management (5 percent), Cordifin and Key Capital, there are business angels and private investors organized in club deals, and also CNA-Confederazione Nazionale Artigiani (with 6 percent, through the vehicle Aurica srl), which does not appear in Welldone’s capital but has driven its growth by having Welldone work alongside its member companies in the transfer of tax credits from tax bonuses.

The presence of CNA among the investors moreover is no coincidence, because the first insurance products with which Wopta will go to market are designed for artisans, entrepreneurs and professionals with the aim of offering them the protection best suited to the type of business of each. The idea, however, is to involve other trade associations, including verticals, with ad hoc or supply chain products.


Nana Bianca invests in coding school Epicode

Startup studio Nana Bianca is betting on Epicode, the school that teaches coding online to young people with the goal of filling a digital skills gap through short, intensive courses that meet the demands of the job market. “The goals of the Epicode project correspond to the mission Nana Bianca has set for itself: to support the exponential increase in the use of digital tools in everyday life and to encourage a future-proof innovation-oriented educational culture,” said Paolo Barberis, co-founder of Nana Bianca.

 What Epicode does

One year after its inception, Epicode recently closed a €10 million A round and, with the birth of Career Acceleration Platform, has united some of the fastest-growing companies in the European ed-tech scene. The new platform, which operates in Europe, was born from the union of Epicode School (Italy) with Strive School (a company founded between the US and Berlin, and incubated by Y Combinator). Focused in Europe, it trained more than 1,000 students in 2021. “Epicode was created to accelerate the transition to a digital economy in an inclusive and sustainable way,” comments Ivan Ranza, CEO and Founder of Epicode. “We are the meeting point between those who want to find jobs in the tech world and companies that really want to innovate. The goal is to become a leader in Europe and evolve from coding bootcamp to Career Acceleration Platform.”

LVenture Group Demo Day

They deal with AI, blockchain, NFT in Web and Health the startups that took part in the 20th Luiss Enlabs Acceleration Batch

“Last year, venture capital reached high heights in Europe, with more than 100 billion euros in investments, and the trend in 2022 seems to be growing even if, right now, investments have slowed down especially in the startup sector – with these words LVenture Group CEO, Luigi Capello opened LVenture Group’s Demoday during which the startups accelerated by Luiss Enlabs were presented -In Italy, the opportunity to invest in startups is growing, and I believe we are witnessing a new disruptive era with the opening to the world of blockchain, NFTs and the metaverse, as well as innovative ideas in the Green and Climate Change sectors. With ENI and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, we have decided to invest in 10 startups dealing with decarbonization and climate change. The Food and Agriculture sectors are also worth keeping an eye on. On the one hand, we boast incredible technologies but, then, it is the entrepreneurs themselves who are building the future.

The event was an opportunity to present seven startups that participated in the 20th batch of the LUISS EnLabs acceleration program, the company’s startup accelerator created through a joint venture with Luiss University and supported by partners Accenture, Intesa Sanpaolo along with Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, Meta and Sara Assicurazioni.


Digital Magics, Gay: “It’s time for public-private partnership to cope with the geopolitical situation”

Marco Gay, Executive Chairman of Digital Magics to Il Giornale d’Italia on the occasion of the 51st Convention of the Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria in Rapallo:

“It was an important morning, we put Europe and the will to be protagonists of the European vision at the center. It is the time for public and private partnership, because there are many challenges: the PNRR, the 2021-2027 programming, and a time of great uncertainty. To address the needs that are emerging, we need to work together.

The policy for business can download to the ground what are the principles contained in the PNRR and continue to work together to face unitedly the geopolitical situation of Russia’s aggression, this is where the European sense and being protagonists and founders of Europe comes from.”

Enry’s Island receives 20 million euros from LDA Capital

The new funding will be used to accelerate the internationalization process of the incubator and accelerator


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Challenge Evo Winner Awarded

This is Laura Pastore, class of 1997, a graduate student in energy engineering at the University of Calabria, who is the winner of the Open Innovation challenge proposed by Baker Hughes – a global energy-serving technology company – and implemented through the OIMAN platform.


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