Andrea Di Camillo was born in 1970 in Biella (in the region of Piedmont, which was an important textile district at the time). Andrea started his career at Olivetti Group, working specifically at Italia Online first, and then directly with Elserino Piol (the Italian VC “patron”) and Oliver Novick, who oversaw the innovation area of the entire Olivetti Group. Di Camillo took part in the launch of the first Italian Venture Capital Fund, Kiwi 1: among other investments, he led the ones in Yoox, Venere, and Vitaminic (also co-founding the latter, which was the first Italian online music platform, and was then listed at the Italian Stock Exchange).
Di Camillo then worked at Cir Group (led by Carlo De Benedetti), where he was in charge of the group’s tech investments. He then went on sabbatical, travelling around the world until 2003. In 2004, he co-founded Banzai (listed at Milano Stock Exchange in 2015,) where he was Co-CEO of the company until 2010.
In 2011 and 2012 Andrea took part to the workings of a task force at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, collaborating with Secretary Corrado Passera. This activity resulted in the Restart Italia report, which contains some of the current measures to support innovation, venture capital, and new entrepreneurship in Italy.
In the same year, Andrea started P101 SGR, a venture capital fund management company, which currently manages 3 funds and is launching a new one for a total of 500 million Euros of assets. P101 SGR has a team of 20+ professionals, making it one of the largest players in Italy and Southern Europe.
Through the years, P101 has completed more than 100 investments in 47 companies and supported some of the most successful Italian and non-Italian innovation companies, including Tannico, Cortilia, MusixMatch, Deporvillage, Milkman, and Musement. P101 portfolio companies currently generates an aggregated turnover of around 1 billion Euros and employ over 2,500 people in Italy and Europe.
Among the goals of P101 is that of financially contributing to the creation of industrial companies that can compete in a constantly changing landscape and that embrace and apply the whole set of ESG principles.