The Startupbootcamp Mentor Spotlight is a series of interviews profiling inspiring stories from our extended network of mentors at Startupbootcamp FoodTech Rome. Today, the spotlight is focused on our mentor Giulio Montoli.
Half Japanese and half Italian, Giulio is Head of the Acceleration Program of LVenture Group. He is in charge of selecting high-potential startups, boosting their growth through the Acceleration Program and supporting them in their fundraising.
M: “So, Giulio, what brings you to Startupbootcamp FoodTech? Why did you choose to join Startupbootcamp FoodTech as a mentor?”
As I am always looking for new investment and collaboration opportunities for LVenture Group, I regard being a mentor at Startupbootcamp FoodTech as an opportunity for both access to a high quality deal flow and networking with awesome people coming from all over the world, sharing the common goal of disrupting the current state of art of the food industry and much more.
I believe that the exchange of ideas with many founders and innovators brings a serendipity and always opens up your mind to problems, opportunities and trends that you never thought could exist. This is a tremendous opportunity for every market analyst in the venture capital industry willing to improve his knowledge and set of skills.
M: “The second alumni cohort has been recently selected, how could you be value-added for these teams?”
Simple solutions for complex problems is my motto: every startup has its own set of problems and my job is to find a smart, efficient and lean solution with them.To date, I’ve actively supported the growth of more than 50 startups from their MVP to the first official release of their product. Ranging from hardware startups, to marketplaces, passing through B2B SaaS solutions, B2C or C2C, but also delivery startups, software for enterprises or even VR… just name a sector where a startup can operate and I’ve been getting my hands dirty there! :)Personally, I don’t have a specific vertical industry of reference, but B2B startups are probably the best suit for me as it easier and quicker to see the value-added you can bring with a good lead or feedback. Unconventionally for someone who started as an Analyst, I have also some competence in managing a Hardware project to deliver results in a short timeframe, something that can be tricky in the industry.
M: “As the Head of LVenture accelerator and expert of innovation, how do you see the future of food tech?”
I believe that the food tech industry has a bright future in the next 5-10 years. We are facing global challenges that will foster the creation of new solutions, both from a production and logistics standpoint. While the application of data science and food hacks might not change the look of what we eat, it will definitely transform what’s behind our daily meal. Recent data state that undernourishment has constantly declined all over the world in the past 2 decades, and yet, it is not enough: this decline has also come with great costs in terms of sustainability. Thus, the disruption of the food industry is not only expected but it is required.