Andrea Di Camillo was born in Biella (Piedmont, important textile district at the time) in 1970. Di Camillo started his career at the 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 to 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 in the Cir Group (led by De Bendetti) for one year, where he was in charge of the company’s technological investments. He went on sabbatical, travelling around the world. In 2004 he co-founded Banzai (listed at Milano Stock Exchange in 2015, now E-Price) with Paolo Ainio (formerly founder of Matrix Virgilio). He was Co-CEO of the company until 2010.
In years 2011 and 2012 Di Camillo 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, Di Camillo founded P101 SGR, a venture capital fund management company, which currently manages 3 funds, over 200 million Euros of assets, over 40 investments in some of the most successful Italian and non-Italian innovation companies, including Tannico, Cortilia, MusixMatch, Deporvillage, Milkman and Musement.
Among the goals of P101 is that of financially contributing to the creation of industrial companies that – having the proper resources and culture – can compete in a constantly changing landscape, also from a geographical perspective, thanks to their technology and human capital. Some of the companies that are, today, in P101’s portfolio, have a significant turnover (> 100M), considerable profitability, and employ several thousand people in Italy and Europe at a consolidated level.