TiVentures is managed by hands-on entrepreneurs
with international experience in venture-capital funded companies
in the biomedical and high-tech areas
Lorenzo is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several biomedical companies in the US and in Europe.
He has deep experience and extensive network in drug development, academic research, venture capital and strategic innovation.
Lorenzo was the founding managing director of the innovation agency of southern Switzerland (Agire) and started Agire Invest (now TiVentures). He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from University of Lausanne and was Assistant Professor at the department of Medicine of UCSD, San Diego, working in immunology and oncology.
Paolo has many years of experience in building, advising and investing in growing technology businesses.
He loves supporting founders as they build and scale their start ups.
Paolo joined Agire Invest (now TiVentures) as Managing Partner in 2011. Prior to that he founded TChip Semiconductors and NemeriX, both active in the development of integrated circuits for satellite navigation. NemeriX was acquired by Qualcomm Inc. in 2009. Paolo also recently founded Oculox
Technologies, a start-up active in the ophthalmology domain. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Microelectronics from ETH Zurich.
Martina has a strong financial and management
Martina’s unique entrepreneurial attitude and strong communications skills are essential in the operational and strategic activities of TiVenture.
She holds a Master Degree in Management and Finances at Bocconi University (Milan).
The Board of Director adds leadership and expert advice with 360 °
in growing highly successful companies
TiVenture was born in 2016 from Agire Invest, the “investment arm” of the Fondazione Agire, the Innovation Agency of Ticino Canton that started investing in early innovative companies in 2012. Dr. Lorenzo Leoni was the founding CEO of Agire and Dr. Paolo Orsatti managed its investment activities. During the next 4 years, they invested in more than 15
early-stage companies and expanded the network of private and institutional co-investors that supported the growth
of the companies.
Due to the success of these activities and to allow further expansion, in 2016 the Cantonal Bank of Ticino (BancaStato, www.bancastato.ch) created the Fondazione del Centenario and acquired 100% of Afire Invest changing the name into TiVenture. Since 2016 TiVenture operates as an independent early-stage technology investor, investing in Ticino-based companies, and collaborating with Agire, the State Government, the local Universities and contributing to the growth, diversification and innovation of the economy in the Ticino territory.
Today, TiVenture represents a success story: its companies are rapidly growing, with aggregate revenues exceeding CHF 17 Mio and a total number of employees exceeding 160 and demonstrate very well the potential for economic innovation of Ticino.
Experienced and succesful
Hands-on coaching and
Specialized in early stage
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