We were born and continue to grow in a place where water and earth collide, blending in with a never-ending landscape. In the heart of this magical territory, we are working to build a true innovation hub. A place where companies, students and young entrepreneurs meet and bring the future to life.
We invest in innovative ideas that move the world
We support both small, innovative companies as well as established enterprises in developing and accelerating their businesses.
We guide companies in their digital transformation
We work together with companies to enable digital transformation initiatives, from planning to execution.
we design the future of education
We provide innovative methods and approaches in digital education for students and companies.
550Beautiful mindsThe people who work here with passion and energy
250Events per YearThe number of events we organize and host
96StartupsThe number of startups we have invested in since 2005
The H in our name stands for Human
Human, because people are at the heart of everything we do. Human, because it's the people who make the difference. Always.
Our Human approach is a key factor for us and is something we look for in our people
- hard worker
- highly ambitious
- happy to be a farmer
Our story starts here...
We are born in Ca’ Tron with the goal of fostering the creation of digital projects that make life easier for people and companies. We are the first venture incubator in the world: YC Combinator is born in the US a few months after us. We are 8 people, with big dreams and a historic farm estate. We found H-art and H-care.
The first iPhone is released. A true digital revolution starts and has a positive impact on our sector, too. H-umus and H-Play are born. We are growing fast and we need to expand our headquarters.
We invent the “Storming Pizza”, an informal event format to interview startups, an occasion to exchange views and find in 15 minutes the ideas that want to change the world. Young people and companies get more and more interested in our company. Zooppa, the first platform for crowdsourced content creation, is born.
We land in Seattle, USA, where we put Zooppa’s headquarters. This is the year of our first exit: H-Care is sold to Comdata. Our model works! BigRock, the first training center in computer graphics, moves to Ca’ Tron and becomes a part of our growing ecosystem. 9 startups, 100 people and a new headquarters.
It is the year of the global financial crisis, but also a turning point for us: we sell H-art to the WPP Group, the world leader in marketing communications services. We launch a partnership with The Times of India newspaper, that marks our entry in the Indian market, and we open a new branch office in London. Our investment portfolio grows to 16 startups.
We become the leading private incubator in Italy and other initiatives arise, inspired by our model. More than 150 people work in our 25 startups. We receive thousands of applications for our call for ideas. Construction works begin in the Seed Village, our new space dedicated to startups, and we host the first Italian edition of the Startup Weekend.
Digital Accademia is born and soon becomes the reference point for the digital training of companies and individuals. We receive more than 500 entrepreneurial projects for our first Seed Program and choose the 10 best ones. 35 startups, 250 people. Construction works for a second headquarters begin.
We organize the first Global Accelerator Meeting (GAM), that becomes an annual event with the leading accelerators in the world. In the same year, Corrado Passera, Italy’s Minister of Economic Development, sets up a task force to discuss the "Decreto Sviluppo" decree and our founder Riccardo is selected as one of the members.
We launch H-CAMP, the most innovative all-inclusive acceleration program in Europe. We also start the H-ACK event format, a 24-hour marathon inspired by the hackathons, where young people coming from all over Italy work in teams to develop digital solutions for the companies that want to open up to innovation.
We organize the first edition of the Kinnernet Italy, an international, unique and exclusive event about innovation and technology. We switch from the accelerator model to the industry model, supporting companies in the implementation of digital processes, by accompanying them step by step in understanding the future scenarios and in adopting systems to be competitive in a rapidly changing market.
10 years have passed, quickly and full of events. Our business model is now defined: we invest in startups, we help companies implement new processes and we prepare the younger generations for the future of work. Our Campus grows to a 15,000-sqm area formed of other 4 farm estates. On November 13 we become a public company listed on the AIM Italia. We can hardly believe it.
It becomes clear that it is incredibly important to help the new generations understand today’s changes and prepare for the challenges and new (career) opportunities of tomorrow. As our Industry division grows, we are committed to deliver our education programs.
We sign an agreement for the development of H-CAMPUS, a 51-hectare area that will host our entire headquarters. We partner with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice to start a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Management. We enter the share capital of Smau and land on the US market with TheCurrent, a new platform for the leading global fashion brands. We can hardly believe it, and the best is yet to come.
It is thanks to the experience, support and skills of these people that we can fulfill our dreams.
Born in Treviso, after graduating from high school, he takes a psychology degree course. In 1990 he starts working with his father, but his great passion has always been the Internet, so halfway through 1995 he accepts the challenge to create a work crew whose purpose is to tell the world the story of the Benetton sports teams. A few months later, the first Italian virtual mall (Mall Italy Lab) is born. In 1999 it is signed over to Infostrada and is still present in the commercial area of the Italian website Libero.it.
September 1998 marks a turning point: he leaves Verde Sport, together with the 8 people in his team, and founds E-TREE. With him, in just a few months E-TREE becomes a reference point throughout Italy for its way of working, its informal outlook, its rapid growth and its business method. In 2001, when the company reaches a turnover of 26 billion lire (more than 13 billion euros) and employs 160 people, it is sold to Etnoteam. In September 2003 he leaves E-TREE and spends almost a year looking after his garden, relaxing and thinking about new ideas.
In January 2005 Donadon founded H-FARM, choosing the unique estate of Ca 'Tron, in front of the lagoon of Venice, as main headquarter. H-FARM was the first initiative in the world to adopt a model that put together training, investment and business consulting. Today it is a company based on innovation that can support the creation of new business models and the transformation and education of young people and Italian companies in a digital perspective. At the gates of Venice, today it hosts more than 550 people and is considered an unicum at the international level. On 13 November 2015, it has been listed in the AIM segment of the Stock Exchange with the aim of sharing its commitment to helping young people and Italian companies to join innovation.
In 2012 Riccardo Donadon was named by the by the Minister of Economic Development Corrado Passera to guide the task force of experts about digital which had the goal to improve the regulatory framework of the sector and to draw up measures for the development of new businesses. In 2012 was born Italia Startup, Association that brings together all those who believe deeply in the relaunch of our country, of which Riccardo Donadon has been President until June 2015.
In September 2016 he is appointed as legal representative of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research within the board of directors of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Foundation. Moreover since 2017 Riccardo is named as Associate of Ateneo Veneto.
Between 2003 and 2004, he manages the launch of the Southern Europe and Mediterranean headquarters of yachtworld.com and boats.com. He also works for companies in the luxury and sporting goods industries, that are acquired by global leaders such as the LVMH fashion holding and other majors sport brands. In 1990, within his family group, he launches Vista Point. Between the 80's and 90's, he works in the fashion-footwear industry leading the internationalization of Rossimoda, where his main commitment is the new product-line spin-offs and market expansion. He then founds the Rossimoda's division dedicated to the sport business, dedicated to the production and distribution of famous brands like NoFear, Rusty, Spy Optics.
After graduating from Bocconi University in Milan, he spends over 17 years (from 1990 to 2007) in a variety of leadership roles at JPMorgan London. These roles include EMEA Head of Equity Derivative Origination, Head of Equity Capital Market and Head of Alternative Fund Coverage. He has also been a member of JPMorgan’s European Investment Banking and Equity Management Team, as well as a member of the Global Equity Derivatives Management Team. Continuing to work in the capital market industry, in 2007 he joins Mediobanca to set up the Mediobanca UK Capital Market platform as Head of the London Office. Already CEO of the Mediobanca Securities division, he manages and coordinates the launch of the Mediobanca Alternative Asset Management platform. In 2012 he gets close to H-FARM and becomes a board member.
After graduating in Economics and Business at the University of Bologna in 1986, he has been a member of the Treviso Accountants Department since 2001 and has been enrolled in the Register of Auditors since 2002 with a specialization in finance and corporate finance. He has been the CFO of H-FARM since 2008.
Has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. After graduating from the Bocconi University in Milan, he worked for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and then in London in a variety of leadership roles at JPMorgan. Continuing to work in the capital market industry, in 2007 he joined iShares (now part of Blackrock) as EMEA Head of the Sales Team, contributing to the success of the Exchange Traded Funds business in Europe. He joined Mediobanca in 2010 to set up the the Investor Marketing Team and then became Head of the Equity Solutions Group.
Born in the US, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree from McGill University. He is an entrepreneur and Marketing Executive with more than 20 years of experience working with leading International companies and innovative startups. He also represents and co-manages the yearly Global Accelerator Meeting. In addition to his ongoing venture activities, he is also the co-founder and President of Vinitaly Wine Club, Europe’s leading online Italian wine shop, General Partner at Expand Partners, strategic consulting firm and Board member of Seattle based Zooppa.com, the leading creative platform for the production of video and graphic content.
After graduating in Economy at the LIUC University in Castellanza (VA), she receives a Master’s Degree in Small and Medium Enterprises at the Bocconi University. Her strong passion for innovation and the digital world brings her to start her career in leading companies of the sector. Being Vice President of the Value Team-Business Unit IT Consulting for 7 years, she deals with analysis, business plan evaluations and development of digital and e-commerce strategies in order to redesign new business models for industries such as fashion, retail, telecommunications. In 2008 she decides to begin a new professional path and founds NuvÒ, growing to 70 employees in just a few years and becoming one of the most interesting Italian innovation companies. In 2015 H-FARM acquires 100% of NuvÒ and she becomes Head of our Industry division.
He is the former Dean of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, which owes him the internationalization and innovation process of the last 6 years. His re-organization of the university has resulted in an extensive development and enhancement of the university campus. He has over 30 years of experience in the education field and belongs to the most important advisory boards worldwide (Harvard, Columbia, Munich, Sidney and also Eni, Generali, Mercator, Fondo di Investimento Italiano). He is a research fellow of CEPR in London and CEPS in Brussels and has a major role in several international organizations (World Bank, OECD, UNEP, etc) thanks to his research on climate change economics. He has written more than 30 books and 200 articles published in top international journals. He becomes a Nobel laureate in 2007 for his role within the IPCC (Lead author, Vice Chair of WG III and member of the Bureau of IPCC) and has an extensive managerial experience.
Born in Taranto in 1976, he has always worked in the field of innovation, technology and digital communication. After graduating from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice with a Degree in Business Administration, he becomes the Head of the strategic unit of E-TREE, where he meets Riccardo Donadon. He is one of the founder of H-FARM in 2005, where he focuses on the development of H-ART. Under his leadership, H-ART becomes one of the most important digital agencies in Italy, reaching a turnover of 201 million euros in 2016, with over 200 employees, 4 headquarters and 11 consecutive years of revenue growth. In April 2017 he leaves H-ART and is appointed CEO of our Education division, with the goal of running it and raising it to the level of the most advanced education organizations in the world.
He has more than 20 years of experience in building technology companies both in Europe and in the US. He has been a partner at Balderton Capital, one of the largest European venture funds, where he has invested in European and US companies such as Wooga, SaatchiArt (acquired by DemandMadia), Mixtent (acquired by Facebook), Blingnation, Banjo, Friendly (acquired by Facebook), Vivino, Lifecake (acquired by Canon), Depop, Tictail and Adludio. Before joining Balderton, he has been an active advisor to several venture backed companies including Jaiku (acquired by Google). His technology roots are based on strong operational experience matured in senior management positions in Silicon Valley with Topica, Fabrik Communications (acquired by Critical Path) and Information Access Company (acquired by Thomson Corporation) and in Europe with private equity backed Netscalibur and Viatel.