About

We are the innovation hub where Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education are combined together.
Established in 2005, we have been the first in the world to adopt a model that brings together investments, business consultancy and digitally augmented educational programs all into one place and now we are the most important innovation center in Europe.

The future we have dreamed off just at the beginning, built it with us.

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.

Human
  • humble
  • hard worker
  • brave
  • highly ambitious
  • curious
  • happy to be a farmer

Our story starts here...

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  • 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 signed an agreement for the expansion of H-CAMPUS, destined to be the most important innovation hub in Europe. We established HforHuman Foundation and we started a BA degree in Digital Management with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. We entered the share capital of Smau, we landed on the USA with TheCurrent and we partnered with TusPark. We launched our digital magazine maize and we created futur/io.
  • In February, we have opened the new office in Milan, 2,000 square meters hosting more than 130 farmers. We have reached 1200 students enrolled in one of our educational path; so far, we have invested €27.3M to date in the development of over 120 innovative companies, and the half-yearly report shows a growth of 33%. We are 630 people.

People

It is thanks to the support, experience and skills of these people that we continue to develop and nourish our biggest dream.
Holding management
Riccardo Donadon
Riccardo Donadon
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Maurizio Rossi
Maurizio Rossi
Co-Founder & Vice Chairman
Luca Valerio
Luca Valerio
Chief Financial Officer
Stefano Rossi
Stefano Rossi
Chief Operating Officer
Mara di Giorgio
Mara di Giorgio
Director of External Relations
Giulia Franchin
Giulia Franchin
Communication & PR
Innovation
Timothy O' Connell
Timothy O' Connell
Head of Global Business Development
Tomas Barazza
Tomas Barazza
Head of Strategy & Innovation
Giorgio Sacconi
Giorgio Sacconi
Head of Digital Marketing
Anthony Saccon
Anthony Saccon
Head of Luxury Innovation Hub
Fabio Carraro
Fabio Carraro
Head of Enabling Solutions
Davide Bartolucci
Davide Bartolucci
CEO of SHADO
Vittorio di Tomaso
Vittorio di Tomaso
CEO of CELI
Education
Carlo Carraro
Carlo Carraro
Head of Academic Program
Mauro Bordignon
Mauro Bordignon
Group Edu Coordinator & Head of School Treviso
Marco Savini
Marco Savini
CEO of BigRock
Marco de Rossi
Marco de Rossi
Marketing & External Relations
Caterina Pattanaro
Caterina Pattanaro
Head of School, Rosà
Alessandra Chiovati
Alessandra Chiovati
Head of School, Vicenza
Raffaella Corti
Raffaella Corti
Head of School, Monza

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