Italy is ready to accelerate to New York. That’s what Claudio Vaccarella and Christian Marchesi, founders of VejoPark, said today visiting LUISSENLABS. They discussed with Luigi Capello, LUISSENLABS founder, a new form of incubator that could be implemented in partnership.

 

Italy is ready to accelerate to New York. That’s what Claudio Vaccarella and Christian Marchesi, founders of VejoPark, said today visiting LUISSENLABS. They discussed with Luigi Capello, LUISSENLABS founder, a new form of incubator that could be implemented in partnership.

Here’s the idea: a double-acceleration program. Startups that raise first round of investments in Rome would have the opportunity to move to New York for the next five months.

Many of our startups are ready for New York – says Capello – and I am enthusiastic about this double-acceleration program idea. We will work to make it real as soon as possible”.

We asked to Vaccarella where the idea comes from. Here’s his answer: “When we founded HyperTV we tried to do fund raising in the United States. But we came back home without money. You can’t do follow-up or anything like this in New York if you don’t have a reputation there. You first have to build a reputation in Italy. Then you have to do the same in the States. That’s why we thought about the double acceleration program. Half in Rome, half in New York. At the end of the second stage startups should be ready to pitch their projects to American investors”.

Moving to USA is a springboard for any startup that wants to scale the globe. But, why going to New York and not to California? “New York is an ideal place for the media market thanks to its networks – explain Vaccarella – Los Angeles is a good place too but is farther and the communication with Italy is more difficult because of the time zone. That’s why we set HyperTV headquarter in New York”.