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The week in Italian startups - Issue #71

The week in Italian startups - Issue #71
By Niccolò Sanarico • Issue #71 • View online
I am Niccolò from Primo Ventures. Welcome back to my digest of what happened in the Italian startup ecosystem.
In this issue: Scalapay raises $155m; BlackSheep Ventures announces the first closing at €40m; MiScusi opens in London, Wallapop launches in Italy; Piacentini joins Exor Seeds.
Enjoy the reading, see you on the other side,

The Money
New funds
Strategic moves
  • MiScusi, the fresh pasta restaurant group, announced the opening of its first London-based restaurant. The company has raised €26m in venture capital so far.
  • Borsa Del Credito, a fintech startup specialized in lending tech, rebranded as Opyn and 🇮🇹announced a new European expansion plan. The company reported €6m revenues in H1 2021 with a €2m positive EBITDA. [Fun fact: it seems that Opyn shares the same name as a DeFi options trading protocol]
  • Second hand goods marketplace Wallapop from Spain announced its will launch its app in Italy.
Piacentini joins Exor Seeds
  • We met Exor, the holding company of the Agnelli family, a few times in the last issues.
  • Exor manages Exor Seeds, a specific branch dedicated to venture investments; Exor Seeds has invested in 40 companies so far.
  • The news is that Diego Piacentini, former Digital Transformation Commissioner for the Italian prime minister and former manager at Amazon and Apple, was appointed as advisor and chairman of the Exor Seeds branch.
  • From the press release:
Diego Piacentini’s exceptional operational experience in building companies and his leadership insights will greatly benefit Exor as it plans to do more in technology directly and through its companies
A selection of positions published last week on XJobs
About XJobs:
  • The XJobs platform is a free portal listing open job positions from the Italian startup ecosystem, managed by CDP Venture Capital. If you desire, you can apply for free and have your job positions posted on the platform by following this link.
  • My old job Airtable is still online: you can explore the last open positions here.
Ending Notes
Join the Clubhouse conversation between Giacomo Mollo and myself, commenting on the news every Monday at 6:30 pm CEST. In case you miss the live discussion, you can subscribe to the podcast on Spotify (and other podcast platforms).
Have a great week!
The Money
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Niccolò Sanarico

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