The Milan Investment Preparedness Lab is a 5-day accelerator designed to help Italy-based ventures understand the fundraising process and become ready to take on investment. Our ultimate goal is to get more funding flowing to Italian ventures.
Milan and Italy are home to some of the wealthiest foundations and most active ethical banks and impact investment funds in Europe. Our goal to bring Unreasonable to Italy is twofold: promoting entrepreneurship to a generation of highly skilled professionals in a country where youth unemployment jumped to a record‑high +40% and engaging the investment community to finance socially and environmentally impactful businesses to create a level playing field.
Get Involved: Apply to be an entrepreneur, become a mentor, be a sponsor, or help our Lab team find entrepreneurs. Read on to get involved!
Fundraising can be a hard, confusing, and long process. How much money should I raise? What type of capital? Whom do I talk to and how do I build relationships with funders? What should I do in an investor meeting? How to I get the money into our bank account so I can get back to building my business? Having an answer to these questions often translates into successfully closing a round of funding. But the reality is that only a handful of entrepreneurs have a clear understanding of the process (and how long it takes) before they start fundraising. They get lost and without direction, they do not take the lead and closing a round becomes painful and time consuming.
The Lab & Curriculum
The Investment Preparedness Lab is designed to do one thing: help entrepreneurs be more prepared to raise funding. Entrepreneurs will:
Understand the steps of the investment process and what is needed to be prepared at each step.
Diagnose where a venture is in preparedness for those steps, build a full plan for how to get ready, and actively work to get more prepared.
Meet with actual funders to get feedback and practice building investor interest.
The curriculum of the Lab oscillates between in-classroom workshop time and tons of hands-on work time.
Starts with a brief orientation and workshop that demystifies the fundraising process, followed by an afternoon dedicated to starting to build a strategic plan.
Starts with building financial statements then learning about various types of capital. During the afternoon entrepreneurs will design a fundraising action plan.
Begins with a workshop on how to build powerful relationships with funders, followed by a pitch workshop. Then entrepreneurs will build a massive list of potential funders.
Capital Advisor day when experts in early stage funding will attend the Lab to work directly with and give feedback to the entrepreneurs.
Spent on deal negotiation, getting important due diligence materials together, and designing an action plan for the next three months.
By the end of Lab entrepreneurs will have something to show for their work. They will have:
- Learned what the fundraising process looks like from start to finish and the elements needed to succeed in raising funding
- Diagnosed how prepared (or unprepared) they on these various elements of funding preparedness, giving them a snapshot of where they are
- Actively worked on various elements to become more prepared to raise funding (for example: develop their financials, write a strategic plan, clarify their funding ask, develop their pitch materials)
- Created a list of at least 30 potential funders and learned quick research and outreach techniques to find and connect with even more when they leave
- Learned a methodology for how to build strong relationships with funders – relationships that get stronger over time which will help make their funding case stronger over time
- Completed funding readiness “reality checks” with 4 – 5 real funders and received real and honest feedback on their investment preparedness
- Designed a strategic plan to become funding ready and identified the tools to get there
- Drastically increased their confidence level about leading an investor meeting which will lead to far more productive meetings with future potential funders
This Lab will actively involve a diverse set of mentors. These mentors will be custom-selected after selecting the Lab ventures to assure mentors meet their needs. Interested in mentoring? Email Michela.
Financial, legal and business coaching experience with more than 20 years start-up track record
CEO & Founding Partner
International tech and digital start-up investment experience with active angel and institutional investor network
Social entrepreneur, research associate at Commissione Straordinaria per la Tutela e Promozione dei Diritti Umani, policy adviser at Inter Futura and co-founder and project manager at Colibrì Caffè
Finlombarda Gestioni SGR
Head of Venture Capital
Over 20 years of technology and business expertise, mostly as a venture capitalist. Passionate about the potential and impact of innovation.
U.S. Consulate General Milan
Consul for Economic Affairs
Consul for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy. Prior to arriving in Milan, he served at the U.S. Embassies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Madrid, Spain, and in Washington DC.
Overseeing the investment activity and managing the start-up of the company.
Coordinating Fondazione Cariplo’s own projects, also with a european dimension, and evaluating projects of non profit cultural organizations.
Experienced in go-to-market strategies and president of a non-profit foundation
G.I. StartUp Contest
CEO & Founder
Entrepreneur in Energy production, trading and distribution, and in big IT Infrastructures all over EU Countries with strong International Industrial Institutional Experience
Programma 101 SICAF
Andrea Di Camillo
He has more than 15 years of experience as a venture capital and entrepreneur and a track record of more than 40 investments
Experienced in Capital Markets, she used to manage the change from non for profit company to a for profit company
LVenture / EnLabs
Experienced in Startup Management and Venture Capital gained as advisor, mentor, board member and board observer
Ostello Bello Spa
CEO & Co-Founder
Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa
Young entrepreneur, CEO of the innovative Ostello Bello, several awarded and top rated as one of the best worldwide hostel.
Founder of an analyst firm and of a foundation focused on environment issues, he is also and independent director of several financial companies
Iyengar Yoga Institute Milano
Yoga teacher and founder of a well known yoga studio. She is experienced in Environmental Economics
U.S. Consulate General Milan
Political and Economical Officer
He served at the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan. Other previous overseas assignments include Consulate Recife and Embassy Brasilia in Brazil; Political Officer at Embassy Maputo, Mozambique.
Fondo Italiano d’Investimento
Senior Investment Manager
Senior Investment Manager with a strong expertise in Start up, Capital Ventures and Private Equity
President & Founder
Founder of an online web-based platform that provides recruitment services for individuals with disabilities
Experienced in business analytics and holds a Master of Science in Innovation and Technology
Director & Co-Founder
Director of an investment holding that has a social venture division and is also involved in social entrepreneurship formation and training
Editor in Chief
Journalist, Editor in Chief of Wired Italy since June 2015, he wrote on science and technology for “Repubblica” “Il Sole 24 Ore” e “L’Espresso”.
SDA Bocconi School of Management
Coordinator of the Bocconi Impact Investing Lab, her areas of expertise include impact investing and entrepreneurship, fundraising, impact measurement.
Jointly – Il Welfare Condiviso
CEO & Co-Founder
Experienced social innovator and lecturer at TEDxMilano
Training Development Manager
Giacomo “Jack” Sintini
Volleyball champion. He won the 2012 FIVB Club World Championship, 2012 Italian Cup and 2012/13 Italian League.
Opes Impact Fund
Director of Investments
Investment Director of an Impact Fund, he used to manage the start-up phase and the build-up of the investment portfolio
Politecnico di Milano
Scientific coordinator, Lecturer and Researcher of different national and international projects on impact measurement and social and innovative management
Experienced in advising nonprofit organizations for the development of fundraising and companies for Corporate Social Responsibility
Fundraising, Strategic philanthropy and High Value Partnership within one of the most well known social innovation association
CEO & Co-Founder
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a very well known Impact Investing fund
Lorenzo De Mojana
Experienced in setting up of Business Plan & Model of funds, with a track record in set-up and management of a €6M impact investing fund (social venture capital)
Venture Capital sided experience in startup financing, gained as Strategy Analyst, Investment Manager and currently, Managing Director
CEO, Serial entrepreneur and startup investor, with more than 20 years in the digital sector and a strong track record in the banking and M&A sectors
Brand identity specialist experienced in designing creative solutions for heterogeneous projects
Investor at a leading Venture Capital firm in Brazil. His specialties are: entrepreneurship, venture capital, value creation and business development
Make a Cube
Incubation and Programme Manager
He has expertise in the process of incubation and business development for profit and non-profit companies with high social and environmental value
CEO & Founder
Experienced in developing systems and technologies for e-Reputation, e-Moderation and IT Protection
Experienced in venture capital and investment, he is currently in charge of portfolio management and new investments at a very well-known
Experienced in Corporate Banking, Financial markets and Finance, he is involved in the selection of high-impact entrepreneurs for a non-profit organisation
Monica De Paoli
Notary in Milan and experienced in non-profit
Dealflow Manager & CTO
Head of Dealflow at a well-known Italian based Venture firm, experienced in deal management and in Start-up scouting, coaching and mentoring
Experience in high-impact entrepreneurship and venture capital, providing companies access to smart capital, talent and markets
Extensive experience in designing and developing cutting-edge solutions to satisfy the needs of the most sophisticated financial institutions
Entrepreneur and SMB growth executive, extensive experience in tech startups. Currently Managing Director of JobMeToo
Lawyer experienced in innovative startups and no-profit entities, focused on social business matters, social finance and impact investing
She is a social innovator and entrepreneur, founder of several social ventures like Youth Action for Change and Plain Ink.
Venture philanthropy, fund raising and project selection, evaluation and implementation experience with more than 10 years social enterprise track record
Make a Cube
Investment Manager at an Impact Fund, with extensive experience in evaluating and supporting early-stage social ventures
Experienced in helping an increasing number of companies and ventures that are seeing strategic opportunities in a sustainable planet
Partner at the largest Venture Capital firm in Italy focused on seed and early stage ventures, with more than € 170 milion of capital under management
As a yoga teacher and an ultramarathoner, she knows what it takes to go beyond the “reasonable”
Responsible for investments and portfolio management in digital and tech companies
Here’s who makes Unreasonable Lab Italy possible.
Email Michela to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
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Rewards by our Partners
Our Partners will provide some attending ventures with direct access to:
– the final stage of the Giovani Imprenditori StartUp Contest, ed. 2017 (1 attending venture)
– the semi-final stage of the Global Social Venture Competition Italia, ed. 2017 (1 attending venture)
Pipeline Partners are organizations that help us find the entrepreneurs. Like us, they support entrepreneurs doing good in the world. If you want to become a Pipeline Partner for this Lab, please Email Michela.
They simply love us, and we love them too!
Under the patronage of
Here is the team that makes this happen.
FAQ’s & More About This Program
Application and Selection
- Committed to social and environmental impact with their venture
- Idea-to-early-stage ventures that are looking to raise capital in the next 6-12 months
- Based in Italy
- For-profit or non-profit
- 18 years of age or older
Here’s a bit more on location:
- If I am an entrepreneur from an adjacent to Italy. Can I apply for this Lab? If you are outside Italy you can still apply. But please know that we will prioritize entrepreneurs from Italy. But if you can make a compelling case, we might consider your application.
- Preparing to take on capital in the next 6-12 months
- Have generated sales and have paying customers for their product or service
The Investment Preparedness Lab can serve entrepreneurs in the prototype/pilot stage, the early customer traction stage, and established customer traction stage.
The Lab will feature both time in the classroom and time dedicated to working with mentors. Throughout the course of the Lab, you will have plenty of time to work and rest. Taking time to digest the material is an important piece of acceleration!
Day 1: Day 1 starts with a brief orientation and workshop in the morning, followed by an afternoon dedicated to building a strategic plan.
Day 2: Day 2 starts with two workshops designed to build the entrepreneurs’ financial skills. During the afternoon entrepreneurs will design a fundraising action plan.
Day 3: Day 3 begins with a workshop on how to build powerful relationships, followed by a pitch workshop. Then entrepreneurs will build a massive list of potential funders.
Day 4: Day four is Capital Adviser day when experts in early stage funding will attend the lab to work directly with the entrepreneurs.
Day 5: Day 5 is spent on deal negotiation, getting important due diligence materials together, and designing an action plan for the next three months.
Be a Supporter
We are looking for cashed out entrepreneurs, angel investors, corporate consultant and more generally professionals familiar with raising funds from private and institutional investors to pass on their knowledge and experience to a group of promising and most of all impactful entrepreneurs in Italy.
Click here to email Michela to discuss becoming a mentor.