Salvatore is the Director of Kilometro Rosso (www.kilometrorosso.com), the Innovation District in the heart of Lombardy (Italy), one of the most industrialized regions of Europe. In its 40 hectares of campus, Kilometro Rosso aggregates industrial firms, Universities and Research Centers, fostering collaboration and cross fertilization in new products & services creation. With a solid experience in patent portfolio management, IP licensing and tech-based start-up creation, Salvatore’s core activity stays on technology valorization and new product/service development. Salvatore is founder and key-man of Eureka!, a VC fund focused on early stage technology in the field of material science and engineering, aimed at creating new ventures from top quality scientific research in the field of environmental sustainability, mobility, energy and well-being.
Prior to join Kilometro Rosso, Salvatore served as Director of Technology Transfer at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, a top tier research center active in the fields of robotic, materials and life science. He was Managing Director of an investment company, Managing Consultant for AT Kearney and Deloitte, investment analyst for the KIWI Investment Fund and expert researcher at Telecom Italia Lab (CSELT). He holds a degree in Engineering from University of Catania (Italy), was visiting scholar at UC Berkeley (USA) and gained his MBA at INSEAD (France and Singapore). Among his appointments, he’s presently a PoC Expert Reviewer for ERC – European Research Council, Expert Reviewer for EIT – European Institute for Innovation and Technology, President of the jury at “Premio Gaetano Marzotto”, member of the board at the Digital Innovation Hub of Bergamo, member of the Technical Board of the Competence Center MADE on I4.0, engaged as external expert at the A2A Innovation Board, mentor of the Unicredit Start Lab. He teaches courses on innovation and new business development and is a renowned speaker on these topics.