H-Farm, the Treviso, Italy-based venture incubator, made his debut on the Milan Stock Exchange on November 13, 2015.
The company started trading with the ticker FARM on AIM (Alternative Investment Market) Italia’s Alternative Capital Market (MAC), organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. The floating capital is equal to 19% out of of the total.
Led by Riccardo Donandon and Maurizio Rossi, H-Farm is an investment and advisory company focused on tech startups located in a beautiful digital farm near Venice. The firm, which has invested in approx. 140 startups, many of which came through its acceleration programs, and has realized 4 exits. It also provides digital transformation services to corporations which decide to undertake digital innovation programs and operates an education unit, which aims to offer dedicated education to young people aged 6 to to 26, from primary school to masters in business administration. All of these inititiatives will be now enhanced in the attempt to recreate like-Silicon-Valley-virtuous dynamics in which education, business knowledge and capital match in a single place.
In order to increase its possibilities to thrive, the venture incubator recently invested in InReach Ventures, the innovative venture capital firm set up by Roberto Bonanzinga, the Italian vc who recently left Balderton, Ben Smith, former UK Director of Engineering at Yammer/Microsoft, and John Mesrie, former General Counsel at Balderton Capital.
H-Farm will leverage the new software (read a Business Insider’s recent article about it here) and InReach’s world class team to source and support the growth of Italian entrepreneurs with global ambitions.
The same Bonanzinga, who will join the firm as Head of the Investment Division, told me that InReach will create two investment units, the first dedicated to Italy in partnership with H-Farm, the other focused on investing in the rest of Europe.