Smartup Capital is an open-end, seed-stage, venture capital fund operated by Smartup Management. Smartup Management is present in Manhattan, Florida, São Paulo Brazil, Italy and Syracuse New York.
Smartup Capital was launched by a serial-entrepreneur & investor with an extensive global network that connects Silicon Alley with co-investors, complementors, and stakeholders in America, South-America, and Europe.
On top of providing entrepreneurs with funds, Smartup Capital offers portfolio companies the guidance, expertise, and network to scale New York State startups into global profitable companies.
Smartup specializes in:
- Bridging international startups to the larger (products) and more liquid (divesting) USA market through New York City
- Growing NYS startups on global market
Smartup Capital core competence is strategic corporate development:
- Scaling geographical presence
- Recruiting talents
- Establishing operation best practice
- Establishing financial control
- Add-on acquisitions, spin offs, merger & acquisitions
Smartup Capital creates wealth through innovation.
Smartup Capital invests in early-stage startups with killer teams, growing markets, value added products, competitive process or technology, and limited cash burn.
Smartup Capital invests across industries with a focus on: internet of things, artificial intelligence, domotics, small hardware, software for B2B, wireless, services to international trade, media, marketing, sharing economy, textile & fashion-tech, wearable tech, medical equipment, services to restaurants & food.
Smartup Capital has a geographical investment focus on New York State to allow an attentive support to portfolio companies.
Smartup Capital uses an implemental investment strategy: it sets aside follow on rounds that are deployed at the accomplishment on agreed milestones Capital.
Alessandro has eighteen years of experience as an entrepreneur, board member, investor (new-tech startups, private equity, real estate, securities) and sales manager. 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 across different industries; five of them were in the United States, two were sold, three are still owned and profitable. He launched three funds. He spent four years as Investment Manager in private equity, managing over $2B in transactions between USA & Europe.
Alessandro volunteers at Cornell, Syracuse, SUNY, and CUNY universities mentoring students, managing incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, and lecturing on entrepreneurship, tech transfer, and venture capital. He is Director & VP of Entrepreneurship at Universita Bocconi USA Alumni Association. He judged the NYS Business Plan Competition for four years. He helped NYCEDC launch the Startup Global Exchange program. He co-owned a coworking space in Union Square, NYC that was named “#1 coworking for European startups in NYC” by Capital Magazine. These roles provide him with an exclusive startup deal flow.
He received his Master’s of Business Administration from Cornell University; before that he earned a Master’s in Real Estate Finance and a Master’s of Science in Economics. Experienced in valuations, due diligences, negotiations, financing, international acquisitions, portfolio management, and operational problem solving.
Before coming to the USA on an Investor VISA, Alessandro worked in Brazil, France, Romania, Holland, UK, Finland, and Italy. He has a vast network in the Italian Real Estate and in the Brazilian VC & PE markets. He is a USA investor on an Investor VISA.
Bianca started her carrier as a sustainability consultant for the banking industry. She launched a successful international distribution company working between South America & Europe, scaled it to market leader, and successfully sold it only four years later. 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.
Expert wealth manager, Bianca sits on the board of her Family Office with interest in private equity, securities, agriculture, and real estate. Devoted to the development of a more compassionate, secure, and joyful humanity she is CEO and co-founder of a social business focused on environmental education of children in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
She received her Master’s of Business Administration from Cornell University and SDA Bocconi and her bachelor degree from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, top-10 business school in Latin America.
Bianca lived in Sao Paulo, Milan, and New York. She is an USA investor on an Investor VISA.
Due Diligence, Deal Sourcing and Portfolio-Managment Team:
- Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Ph.D degree in Biomedical Engineering
- Ph.D degree in Engineering Physics
- Marketing Strategist, Degree in Finance & Aviation