Davide Dattoli and Italian Talents Honoured by Forbes

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Davide Dattoli and Italian Talents Honoured by Forbes

“Evolution is based on passion, the distinctive character of the human being”. It was May of two years ago when Davide Dattoli closed like this one of his first articles for LincMagazine. Since then, the talented entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Talent Garden S.p.A., has achieved success after success finally being included in Forbes’ legendary list of the 30 most influential under 30 talents of the Old Continent. “I would like to thank Forbes and our incredible team. Without the work of the Talent Garden team, this would not have been possible”- commented Davide on his social media profiles. A 28-year-old from Brescia, son of a restaurateur and an event organizer, he is the full manifestation of the sustainable side of the new economy. He has observed the Silicon Valley world, but chose Italy to best express his model. And he did so as a pioneer, creating “a place where all ecosystems can meet, connect and stay together”, as he explained to Forbes. An intuition that has left (and will continue to leave) a mark among the innovators of Italy, and not only there, because today Talent Garden includes 18 campuses in 6 European countries, manages 23 premises and has a team of 70 people, over 60% of whom are women. A community that recognizes itself in a way of life rather than a way of working. Moreover, as Davide recalled in his article for Linc: “Leaders of today and tomorrow should be responsible and responsive. They should be able to generate solutions based on shared values”. Reflections that our editors and our readers have always treasured, so much so that the same Sandro Catani, one of the most authoritative executive compensation consultants, in his book “Il segreto del talento: Istruzioni per l’uso” (The secret of talent: Instructions for use), thanked Linc for introducing him to the talented Dattoli.

But there are ten other world class all-Italian champions mentioned in the prestigious ranking with Davide. The fourth annual edition of 30 under 30 Europe, in fact, has “honoured” 300 young people who have had a significant impact in ten sectors: Art & Style, Entertainment, Finance, Media & Marketing, Manufacturing & Industry, Retail & eCommerce, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports & Games and Technology. In the world of art, ballet dancer Giacomo Rovero stands out for Italy: he won the New York Youth American Grand Prix at just 13 and is now the only Italian who is a member of the London Royal Ballet. Like Dattoli, he had already been selected by Forbes Italy in the 100 Under 30 list of 2018. But in Art &Style, also Giovanni Rastrelli, 28, shines. He is the CEO of EDIT Eat Drink Innovate Together, a multi-functional venue in Turin where a cafe, a bakery, a brewery, a cocktail bar, restaurants and kitchens for rent coexist. The company, which employs 70 people, has raised US$ 6 million in funding, becoming the mouthpiece for a concept where young people are the true protagonists. Starting from the founder. The 30-year-old Andrea Mongia, from Abruzzo, illustrator for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Economist stands out in the same category, while in the real estate world, Nunzio Yari Cecere (25), CEO of Cecere Management, a holding company operating in the development of energy efficient and sustainable housing, should be noted. “I have now officially joined the most exclusive club in the world for young entrepreneurs in the 2019 Manufacturing & Industry category” – Yari enthusiastically announced on Facebook. Flying to sunny Puglia, one can meet Domenico Colucci and Giangiuseppe Tateo, co-founders of Nextome, an app that allows you to “navigate indoor premises”. Domenico gave the news on social media congratulating himself with all his team and exclaiming: “Being included by Forbes among the 30 best young entrepreneurs in Europe alongside such excellent people is simply crazy!”. But someone received the coveted recognition on a special day.

Guido Zichittella
Giangiuseppe Tateo
Domenico Colucci
Arianna Fontana
Lucrezia Bisignani
Nunzio Yari Cecere

On 13 February 2018, the skater Arianna Fontana won the gold medal in the women’s 500 meters short track final at the Winter Olympic Games and exactly one year later she is among the most influential talents in the category of Sports & Games. In Manufacturing & Industry, the twenty-five-year-old Jonathan Fiorentini stands apart. Together with the Swiss David Lambelet and the Frenchman Briac Barthes, he founded hiLyte, developing an innovative battery that provides enough energy to turn on a LED light bulb and charge a mobile phone. Francesco Corea, 29, artificial intelligence expert and vice president of the asset management firm Four Trees MP of Madrid stands out in the area of Finance. He is developing a machine-learning model that will evaluate the probability of success of companies in a start-up phase. Riccardo Patriarca, also 29, ranked in the Science & Healthcare category, received congratulations from the La Sapienza University of Rome. The researcher, who has worked for Enav and Qantas, is studying the security systems of cockpits with the University of Rome, and after being honoured by Forbes he now carries high the banner of those who have chosen an academic career. Just like Guido Zichittella, graduate student at Zurich ETH. 27 years old and an innate passion for technology, Zichittella has devoted his studies to carbon dioxide emission reduction systems. “I am grateful to my family, my friends and my colleagues who have made this possible with their constant support” – he commented. Lastly, in the category of Social Entrepreneurs: Lucrezia Bisignani, twenty-seven-year-old founder of Kukua, a start-up that has the ambitious goal of defeating childhood illiteracy in African countries using smartphone games. “It’s exciting to be one of the eleven Italians on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of 2019. It’s a prestigious award for doing what I love and what matters the most to me. And it’s nice to be alongside so many other extraordinary entrepreneurs, such as Davide Dattoli, with whom we have shared dreams, complications and triumphs ever since the beginning” – tweeted Lucrezia. And she concluded: “Being a social entrepreneur means devoting one’s life to improving the life of others, using technology to reach otherwise unreachable people, but above all, it means never ever giving up!”.


Silvia Pagliuca

Silvia Pagliuca Giornalista professionista e Comunicatore pubblico, è laureata in scienze e tecnologie della comunicazione, con Master in management della comunicazione sociale, politica e istituzionale e Master in giornalismo presso il campus IULM - Mediaset. Scrive di lavoro, startup, innovazione e imprenditoria per Corriere della Sera, Corriere Imprese e Corriere del Trentino. Collabora come copywriter e consulente in comunicazione per diverse realtà pubbliche e private.