Head of Programmes – Nesta Italia

Simona Bielli

Team

Research, Analysis and Policy

Join Date

March 2015

What I do

Over the last year, Simona has been working to a new exciting project that led to the foundation of Nesta Italia, a partnership between Nesta and Compagnia di San Paolo, one of Italy's largest and oldest philantropic foundations. After an experience of almost 3 years at Nesta in UK and 4+ years between Italy, Europe and the Silicon Valley as Head of Global Operations at Mind the Bridge, she is now building the Nesta Italia team to lead a new range of programmes and activities in Turin and Italy.

Biography

Simona is an expert in corporate and startup collaborations, her work focuses on enabling large firms to innovate by harnessing the potential of successfully working with startups. As part of this mission, she led numerous initiatives, including Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars, a ranking of startup-friendly corporates, aimed to promote role models and inspire other large firms to follow suit. She coordinated two prestigious European projects, the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) and the European Digital Forum (EDF), which are both dedicated to fostering digital entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurial ecosystems across Europe.

Prior to joining Nesta, Simona was Head of Global Operations at Mind the Bridge Foundation where she was responsible for managing multiple projects and activities aimed at nurturing the creation and development of startups’ ecosystems both in Europe and US. She has been involved with the SEP initiative since its inception, organising matching events across Europe aimed at facilitating business relationships between corporates and startups.

Since 2010, she has been collaborating with the CrESIT Research Centre (Department of Economics, University of Insubria - Varese) as a Research Fellow, where she has conducted multiple researches with a focus on entrepreneurial profiles and startup ecosystems.

In her free time, she enjoys discovering new places and loves playing all kind of sports. She has also been performing different musicals' characters for an amateur acting company for over 12 years.

Building upon our research on successful corporate-startup collaboration, today we launch ‘Open Innovation in Europe - A Snapshot of the SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars 2017’, a report Nesta produced in partnership with Mind the Bridge as part of the Startup Europe Partnership initiative. The report seeks to map out best practices in open innovation strategies.
Simona Bielli
Agustina Sol Eskenazi
Christopher Haley
Jonathan Bone
Monday, 18 December 2017
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What's the best way to collaborate with startups? What are other corporates doing in the field? If your corporate needs inspiration to successfully engage with startups or would like to have an overview of how other corporate are embracing this opportunity, you will find these examples of corporate-startup collaboration quite useful.
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
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Corporates are essential partners for startups. They provide reputation, visibility, distribution channels, financial resources, new revenue streams as well as market and technical knowledge. Here you can find a few case studies that will help your startup to collaborate with corporates and take the most out of potential partnerships.
Simona Bielli
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
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