GELLIFY is a unique concept that has taken innovation to new heights by three inspired founders, that have several years’ experience in the B2B sector, in innovation and in new technologies.
GELLIFY is a B2B platform that has been connecting businesses with innovative technologies since September 2017. Within just two and a half years of its market debut, it has reached several important milestones.
The start of a pioneering company-building business that is sprouting up startups created with GELLIFY clients & partners
- First office opening in Bologna, Italy
- Strategic Partnership with Accenture
- Acquisition of Coppa+Landini, a design-driven innovation consultancy
- Launches the first GELLIFICATION programs with its portfolio companies
Launches Open Innovation programs that support companies as they onboard the latest digital technologies
- Second office opening in Milan, Italy
- Launches Industry 4.0 business line
- Launches “EXPLORE”, a B2B innovation community which connects entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals
Receives a €15 million capital increase underwritten by Azimut Group
- Launches the “Phygital Hub”, and interactive showcase of smart factory technologies
- GELLIFY and the EXPLORE community organize the first annual event on the topic “Corporate Entrepreneurship”
Acquires a majority stake in BIBA Venture Partners, which is in Barcelona, and has now become GELLIFY Iberia
- Co-launches “Azimut Digitech Fund”, a closed alternative investment fund reserved for professional investors and HNWI
- Launches a branch in Dubai Internet City, which bridges international technology transfer highway between Europe and the Middle East
CEO & Founder,
Fabio Nalucci, started as an entrepreneur, growing two companies in the analytics field. The idea of Gellification of start-ups derives from the successful experience as a founder of SPSS Italy and i4C Analytics, who taught him how to be an entrepreneur in the B2B software business.
Fabio Nalucci is distinguished as an entrepreneur and manager. He built two companies in the analytics environment, IC4 and SPSS Analytics one of which went global and was recognized in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms. The firm then made an exit, being acquired by Accenture Global. Nalucci subsequently became the Senior Global Manager for Accenture Analytics.
In 2017, he launched GELLIFY – the first B2B platform to connect businesses with innovative technologies from startups and infused in-house capabilities. He is also an active member of the academic community as a published researcher and lecturer at Milan State University and Bologna Business School. Born in 1975, Nalucci is married and has one child. He resides in Bologna, Italy.
Managing Partner & Founder, GELLIFY
Michele has contributed to the success of startups that have become established internationally. In February 2017, he co-founded GELLIFY – which was named by him – of which he is currently a Managing Partner with a focus on business development, strategy and marketing.
Michele Giordani has enjoyed a long career in B2B software, with a focus on analytics, big data, machine learning and AI. He has contributed to the success of multiple startups as they internationalized their data-driven business models. He is a board member in several startups. Giordani also serves as CEO at Jumple, a customer engagement platform connected to a humanoid robot which improves the retail experience. In 2017, Giordani founded GELLIFY, where he is involved in business development, strategy and marketing and as the expert for company building and Corporate Venture Capital.
Managing Partner & Founder, GELLIFY
In the last 15 years, Gianluigi has developed deep knowledge in Information Technology, especially in decision support system software for enterprises. He co-founded GELLIFY in 2017, bringing his experience in creating and managing complex organizations in the consulting and innovation world.
Gianluigi Martina has spent his twenty years’ career in B2B software and management consulting. Martina’s specialties include applying analytics, big data, machine learning and AI in multiple enterprise contexts. He played a key role in the success of i4C Analytics, following the company from its foundation, to its international scale-up, and finally to its successful exit. Martina was in charge of several leading roles within Accenture Analytics, with a special focus on energy and utilities. As a passionate entrepreneur, Martina serves as a board member in several startups.
In 2017, Martina founded GELLIFY, where he is instrumental in starting up company operations, business development, and leading technology evaluation for B2B software.
Experienced senior manager in international companies in the industrial sector
Giovannetti has a strong background in digital innovation. Serving first in the role of CIO at Del Monte Foods International, then as the central director at Amadori, he led and managed business transformation projects, believing in digital innovation as a driver for economic and social development.
Co-founder of the research center Digital Enterprise Lab at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Giovannetti acts as a teacher and advisor in several business schools and innovation centers.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER, GELLIFY MIDDLE EAST
C-Level senior advisor, executive, and entrepreneur. Former Senior Partner / MD at Accenture Middle East.
Massimo Cannizzo is a C-level senior advisor, executive, and entrepreneur. He specializes in the space of innovative technologies across multiple industries and countries. Cannizzo, before starting his venture with GELLIFY Group, recently served in the role of Global Data Strategy Lead at Accenture Strategy, as well as the Tech & Digital Consulting Lead for South Europe and Middle East in Accenture Consulting. Cannizzo began his 28-year career with a five-year tenure in aerospace systems in the U.S. and Europe.
He then joined Accenture, where he drove innovation and transformation programs in multiple European countries and different industries, including telecommunication, banking, insurance, energy, public services and retail. Cannizzo graduated in 1992 with a master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Rome. He is the father of three children and has resided in Dubai, UAE since 2012.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER, GELLIFY IBERIA
Serial entrepreneur (3 exits), thinker, doer, and highly-skilled strategist.
Diego Fernandez has several years of experience creating and leading technology startups. He also sits on the Executive board of various international companies / VC’s and as an Advisor. He is also professor of digital transformation at Barcelona Technology School. Fernandez began his career in Advertising, soon after turning to technology and interactive ventures where he created several successful startups, going through also on the Consulting field, advising large companies and helping them to implement efficiently innovation strategies.
20 years’ experience in tech management for R&D and Industrial Operations.
Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Executive Master in Technologies & Innovation Management at the Bologna Business School. Professional experience started in Aerospace and then moved to Home Appliances, in Whirpool Corporation and Electrolux Group. After managerial positions in Electrolux technology organisation, Lucia implemented Open Innovation strategy and then built Innovation Hub. Now Managing Partner at GELLIFY, with a focus on Industry 4.0 and Open Innovation.
Creator of 10+ innovation programs for large companies. Professor of Business Design at University of Milan.
He obtained a degree in Communication Sciences and Technologies at the IULM University of Milan (2007) and a Master of Science in Communication & Economics, with Major in Marketing summa cum laude at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (2010). In 2007, he attended the Summer School of the London School of Economics and the Peking University on China’s Economic Growth, International Trade and Foreign Direct Investments. After gaining some work experience in China in the marketing sector, at the age of 24, he set up his own business focused on digital communication and crowdfunding. In 2013, he founded, alongside Andrea Landini, COPPA+LANDINI, a consulting company for design-driven innovation, which was acquired by GELLIFY in 2017.
He is co-founder of CrowdChicken, a software start-up dedicated to the no-profit sector. His approach to consulting is oriented towards the generation of significant innovation. As a speaker and moderator, he participated in several innovation events. He is a Contract Professor at the IED of Rome, where he teaches Planning Methodology. In addition, he lectures at the Design Management specialisation course of Il Sole 24 Ore and in other business schools. He is currently Managing Partner of GELLIFY and he is responsible for the Innovation Advisory and Interactive areas.
Launched and financed 4 startups. Director of 20+ calls for ideas and hackathons.
Entrepreneur, co-founder of CrowdChicken, a marketing and fundraising platform for the no-profit sector used by over 20 organisations in Italy, including Emergency, Intersos, Coopi, Terre des Hommes and Fondazione Milan, and of Coppa+Landini, a consulting firm for design-driven innovation. Managing Partner of Gellify, he has given courses and lessons at the Bocconi University of Milan, the IULM University of Milan, the Catholic University of Milan, the IED of Milan and the Università della Svizzera Italiana of Lugano. He was listed by Wired as one of the top 100 most promising young people in Italy and selected for the 2016 Wired Innovation Award.
Expert in organization, innovation and corporate operations
Francesco Ferri was born in Parma in 1975 and graduated in Political Economics at Bocconi University. He is an expert in organization, innovation and corporate operations of extraordinary nature and has played important roles in the world of industry and startups.
At the age of 28 he founded Innext, a strategic consulting and business innovation company. Ferri in 2012 served as President of the Young Entrepreneurs group of Confindustria Monza e Brianza and from 2014 to 2017 as National Vice President of Giovani Imprenditori di Confindustria.
Former President of Lombardia Informatica and then of ARIA since 2018, from November 2019 to March 2021 he was President of Assinter Italia, the network of ICT public companies.
INNEXT Co-founder, Partner and CEO with international experience
Stefano Tommasi, graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University, in the early 2000 founded Innext, a management consulting company specialized in supporting companies in the process of strategic change, of which he was also CEO. Innext has also developed the Business Units of Corporate Finance and Innovation advisory, making Innext one of the first Google Premier Partnerships for Cloud and Collaboration solutions.
After an international experience that brought him to live between Brussels, London and Paris, he worked for an American multinational company as trainer and consultant in business development projects.
Following a strategy of valorization and focus of the different assets grown in Innext, he managed and concluded in first person the extraordinary operations that started the partnership with GELLIFY, of which he is now Managing Director for the whole Management Consulting division, and the creation of the Corporate Strategy & Finance boutique Terzi & Partners, together with Vittorio Terzi, former Managing Director of Mckinsey.
Stefano has been Vice-President of Assoconsult, an association belonging to Confindustria (Confederation of Italian Industry) that represents the most important consulting companies in the sector.
During his professional experience he has followed many entrepreneurs and companies in particular in the manufacturing and retail sectors. As temporary manager he has been Chief Operating Officer of a technology company specialized in the design and production of solutions for testing semiconductors, directing it in its evolution and development.
Married with two children, he lives in Milan.
Vice President of Google and CEO of Google Italy
After a degree in Economics and an MBA at Bocconi University, Fabio Vaccarono joined the strategic consulting firm Bain & Company and subsequently held various positions as CEO and General Manager, from Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso to Gruppo Sole 24 Ore and RCS Mediagroup. He was also CEO of Starcom Mediavest, a Publicis Groupe company.
In 2020 Vaccarono was appointed Vice President of Google, while still maintaining the role of CEO of Google Italy and member of the board of Google Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sole 24 Ore Group, Pegaso – Multiversity Group, AmCham Italy, the Scientific Committee of the Mattei Foundation, the Assonime Council and the digital board of Sorgenia.
CEO and Founder of AliasLab
The first GELLIFY investor is Romeo Magagnotti, CEO and Founder of AliasLab SpA, a leading company in electronic signature and security market which has been acquired in 2016 by the bigger software house in Italy for SMI business software called Team System Group. He is founder and counsellor of AliasNet, the holding company controlling SCYTALE, which is one the most active startups in digital signature and strong authentication solutions on the blockchain.
He also founded LACS System, one of the most innovative companies in military training and DDM Technology, a SAP consulting services company with specialties in document management. He’s a GELLIFY Group shareholder. Magagnotti is married and has one child. He resides in Mantova.
Join the GELLIFY team, we are an innovation catalyst that values talent willing to work in the B2B world.