Dario is an expert in mentoring entrepreneurs and startups to scale up their business through international acceleration programs, and in helping researchers to exploit their research results and bridge the gap to market. He currently works for META Group, an international investment group, where he manages several international projects focused on fostering the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, acts as advisor for the European Commission, and he was in charge of the overall project management of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2015. Previoulsy, he was involved into The Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, an end-to-end international acceleration and investor matching platform for high-tech startups, focused on 5 key clusters: ICT & Mobile, Cleantech, Biotech & Healthcare, Nanotech & Materials, and Social Ventures. Dario holds a Master Degree in Innovation Management from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and is completing a PhD at the University of Pisa, focusing on development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Southern Europe.