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  • Paolo Marenco

    Here we are  to select students from San Marino University , manager and startupper from San Marino country to attend  the Silicon Valley Study Tour 2019. The selection will be made according the discussion here and your  Linkedin profile within  March 2019.  Valentina Barelli, SVST 2018 Alumna, IED Grad,  and Andrea Censi, SVST 2015  manager and entrepreneur are our best Mentors in San Marino Area.

    The next Tour will be the first for Students researchers managers and entrepreneurs.

    After years of distinct Tours we understood that mixing the age and experience of attendees is a great value for all.

    We’ll promote this Tour together with San Marino Area partners .

    The goal is multiply the SVST 2018 effects that we can synthetise as follow:

    1- 37 attendees students in Italian Universities coming from 8 different countries, with 16 female the largest number ever.

    2 – Three month  interships  each after the SVST for 3 Business students from Trento University- Stefania Tibiletti-  in Cloud4wi ,  and Piemonte Orientale University, two guys in A3-Cube

    3- Mix  students with managers and professionals attending together the Tour, to extend the effect seen in August 2018 among  Generale Francesco Vestito, Head of Cyber Security task of Ministero della Difesa and Captain Giuseppe Cannatà- the minds and arm of Cyber Range in progress in Chiavari (GE).

    4- A book ” Tra Italia e Silicon Valley. I migranti tech dal 2000 al 2018″ written by 60 Italians in Silicon Valley to tell their story. The book will be given before the Tour to the attendees  of SVST 2019, as an unique information base.

    Are you a student or a manager entrepreneur based in San Marino area interested to join the SVST 2019 Tour?

    introduce yourself here!

    We are happy to lauch this discussion Forum with the report written by Pavia University student Lara Princivalle, great attendee of SVST 2015, now working in Trento.

    Finally  what the attendee Fabio Vantaggiato Business Grad of Milano Bicocca University kept from the experience.

    Mikael Distante

    Hi everyone!

    I am Mikael, I am almost 23 years old, I live in Rimini and I study Management Engineering at the University of San Marino.

    Since I was a child, I’ve always been very attracted from USA ed in particular California: I’ve been playing basketball since I was 4 – now I am a player for Bellaria Basketball – and thanks to my love for the game, in 2015 I went to Arizona for a month at a basketball camp. I had an incredible experience and I really enjoyed American culture. The following year, the organization invited me to the camp as assistant coach, so I went to AZ for another month, during which I visited Las Vegas, Laguna Beach and Disneyland.

    I have always worked part time since I was 16 as journalist and social media manager, I have a lot of experience about communication – I am also the presenter for a local TV show – and I like to be with kids: I teach basketball in schools in the mornings and at the afternoon in two teams.

    This is the fourth year for me at the University of San Marino, and I studied a lot about Economics, Productions, Start-Up, and also about the ways to support their life using Private Equity Funds, Risk Capital, Venture Capital and so on. Some of the subjects I studied are: Engineering for Economics, Business Management, Production Management, Lean Management, Risk Management, Finance for Innovation, Methods for an Optimal Management, Industrial Systems and Statistics, in addition to the characteristics subjects of Engineering such as Analysis, Chemistry and Physics.

    In December I graduated in Management Engineering: for my thesis, with mentors Professor Massimo Merlino and Professor Angelo Deiana, named ‘Prospettive Locali di Investimento di un Fondo per le PMI 4.0′, I worked in collaboration with the Private Equity Fund ‘Innovative MadeInItaly Fund 4.0’, a Scudo Investimenti SG’s Fund, a subsidiary company of Banca di Credito Industriale Sammarinese. I made a research about 20 local PMI and their investment perspectives, but in the first part I dealt with innovative themes such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Internet of Things, 3D Print, Augmented and Virtual Reality and so on…

    I read about the most innovative companies in the world, obviously American ones, and when I found out about the Silicon Valley Study Tour I thought it was just the right thing to me. I think we can learn a lot from what the Americans are doing in Silicon Valley, and I would be very very happy to get the opportunity to take part to the tour. Hopefully I will get the chance to spend more time in California to study and to live in USA!!

    Here are the links to:

    • my thesis:
    • my LinkedIn profile:

    Can’t wait to know more about this project and to talk on this forum!



    Daniel Romano

    Hi fellows!

    My name is Daniel and I will be the moderator of this forum dedicated to you 🙂 This forum is where the selection for the Silicon Valley Study Tour 2019 happens –>little tip: give your best!

    But let me briefly introduce myself, so that you can learn a little bit about me! You already know my name (Daniel), I’m 26 years old and I live in Milan! I got a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree at Politecnico of Milano in a Design school, which means that I’ve been a designer for several years! But after that, as I started to study Economics, Business and Finance in University of Milano-Bicocca one year ago, I redeemed myself from being a designer (joking obviously 😉 design is great!). As a matter of fact, being that kind of rascal that loves numbers, data, analysis and formulas, that’s where I started to add the business skills to my profile. In particular, I deeply fell in love with the world of startups, and that’s what I do everyday; right now I’m working on two different startup projects with two different teams, in both of them as a part of the founding team (role in business obviously, and, oh God, design when needed) and I also have a part-time job in a startup incubator in Milan.

    Of course I took park in the Silicon Valley Study Tour 2018 last august as a partecipant, and now I’m on the other side as you can see 😉 But this is the first and last time I speak about myself in this forum! Now it’s your turn to introduce yourself, tell everyone something about you and start to discuss about the tech and innovation topics you are interested in the most! The selections for the 2019 participants as you know, will be based on your activity on this forum so keep it simplebe creative and interact with one another.

    I’m gonna start the dance asking you–> Have you heard about the 45-million euros (divided in three year, 15 millions each year) investment fund the actual italian government has intended for the research on AI, blockchain and IoT and their possible uses to improve the Country? What do you think about the topic? Along with that, it has been created by the MISE a national commision made of 30 experts about AI and blockchain to conduct these studies: here are the experts, according to this StartupItalia article. Let us know what you think about this! Obviously, after that, don’t stick only to this, share with us your other interests about tech and innovation in general!

    Take care,


    Ps. I was really curious about your thesis as you posted the link! but unfortunately it doesn’t work (it says the folder “PROSPETTIVE DI INVESTIMENTO” doesn’t exist). Hope it’s not my mistake

    Paolo Marenco

    Hi Mik I’ll be in San Marino January 31!

    can we meet?

    contact me  , I can also meet in the afternoon you other students and professors!

    Lorenzo Daidone

    Hi everybody!

    I’m Lorenzo Daidone, I attended the Silicon Valley Study Tour this summer. This experience changed my life and my career.
    I would like to share with you my crowdfunding story. When I was selected to partecipate in the experience I was really excited but I wasn’t able to pay it…but in the end I went to California!

    For many of you the crowdfunding way could be a good opportunity.

    How did I do? Find out more at:

    Mikael Distante

    Hi Daniel and Lorenzo, nice to meet you!


    I had a meeting with Paolo in San Marino and it was really interesting: I think that this project is an amazing opportunity to me.


    Thanks Lorenzo for sharing with me your story about crowdfunding: I am more or less in the same situation, so your video is very useful to me.


    Yes I heard about the fund for improving AI, Blockchain and IoT, and I think that every euro invested in the new technology is well spent. It is obvious that innovation will deeply change our lives, and I believe that the time is now!!

    When 5G will be ready, the limits for the application of technology will be pushed a lot further, and I think that Italy has the possibility to play a very important role in this new era, but to achieve this goal, it is fundamental a good investment activity. I believe that <b>technology will help us to live better</b>: for example, by using cars driven by AI to prevent accidents and deaths, or by helping and support any kind of worker.

    To me, Silicon Valley is the center of this 4.0 revolution, and I think that there is a lot to understand and to learn from all of those companies which are at the top level of hi-tech, so I think it will be an amazing opportunity to take part to the tour.


    About my thesis, I don’t know why it does not work, I can see it by copy and paste the link in my browser: if you want, I can send you an email 😉


    See you soon!!





    Daniel Romano

    Hi Mikael,

    great to hear again from you. I think that 45 millions (divided in three years, 15 millions each year) is a very small amount of money for a serious research on those topics, especially if you compare that amount to the other big funds intended for other purposes (es. basic income, in italian known as reddito di cittadinanza, but I don’t want to go in this topic at all). And that is the real point: 45 millions sounds like a big number to our ears, but as soon as you compare it with the scale of the government, it suddenly appears to be crumbs, and that gives us the idea of what are the priorities of the government. Probably still better than nothing though.


    Social topics are so important, but if you look at this document, the DESI Index, it’s clear that Italy is still not so advanced when it comes to technology, in fact it is at the bottom of the ranking in many cases (full document here). What do you think about this? Did you expect this ranking? Maybe we should look up more at facts and data rather than “imagine” things that are not the way we figure them to be (just because we like that thought)?


    Let me know!


    Andrea Censi

    Ciao Ragazzi

    Paolo and I registered an interesting interview about our Silicon Valley Tour at San Marino Republic TV last week. If you are interested, you can see it at

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    Please, let us know you opinion or leave us your feedback.


    Mikael Distante

    Hello Daniel,

    Sorry if i don’t answer quickly but I am so full I could not breathe til today, Yesterday I had an exam and I had to study a lot, but luckily I reached a good mark, moreover I had work to do such as news reporter, speaker and basketball coach, in addition to my basketball trainings and games. And tomorrow I am going to start again to study because I have a deadline at 1st march for a project for another exam, otherwise it will slide to 17th april.

    But now I am here!  😀


    Our digital performance is not good at all: we are at the bottom in Europe, but our technology index is more or less the same as the Chinese’s one. I think that the Italian situation can be a great opportunity to growth, because by using new technology we can push our economy to a higher level. Of course, our government is not smart, but this is a chronic problem, and luckily this never stopped us. The point to me is finding private investors brave and farsighted enough to support the fundamental and incoming digital revolution: this will turn off in huge benefits for the companies and the consumers, and for investors too.

    We need to enlarge and to make people, business owners and managers know that 4.0 is the way, and the more they will invest their resources in this, the much they will get.


    Let me know what do you think 😉


    Daniel Romano

    Hi Mikael!

    Nice to see you again! You should focus on what really matters to you, and leave out all the rest 🙂

    About the investor and fundings thing you said, when it comes to big numbers, there are always things like banks or big companies behind the great investors (like Kauffman Foundation, Sequoia or similar ones), so it’s actually more complex than it seems, and I discovered it myself not much time ago! Anyway, we’ll see what’s gonna happen; in the meanwhile let’s give our best 😉

    I recently saw this interesting article about Tesla‘s adventures, what do you think about that? Is there any company you’re particularly passionate about and follow?

    See you!


    Paolo Marenco

    Hei all, @Mikael, come on April 17th…spread the word among friends!



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