Our Team
We have more than 30 years of experience in startups, gained in two continents and across 5 different countries. Team members have played key roles in launching many products, with several examples of successful exits (such as Checkout Technologies) and even a NASDAQ listed IPO (Wish). StartupGym is an opportunity to learn from past experiences in Italy and beyond, and to help move the ecosystem forward and launch internationally competitive startups.
Founding Partners
Our founding team comes from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Enrico Pandian
CEO
Enrico Pandian
CEO
As a serial entrepreneur, Enrico founded, among others, prezzipazzi.com, Supermercato24 (now Everli with 100 million euros in revenues), Checkout Technologies (sold in 2020 to Standard Cognition in San Francisco) and FrescoFrigo (currently active in four countries). Enrico has gained significant experience in the IT and services sector, developing skills in E-commerce, Business Development, Digital Marketing and Online Advertising. Enrico is an active investor, with a portfolio of more than 60 companies across Europe and the USA.
Giuseppe Balzano
CFO
Giuseppe Balzano
CFO
Giuseppe holds a master's degree in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano where he specialized in Finance. From the age of 17 and during his university period he worked as a full-stack developer. He has managed teams of more than 15 people as a project manager and strategic consultant for several international companies. He also attended Berkeley University as a researcher in the field of autonomous driving. He supported the birth of three start-ups between Milan and San Francisco before working in two Family Offices as an Investment Manager in the Venture Capital (Early Stage) and Real Estate (Real Estate Development) sectors.
Tarek Fahmy
CTO
Tarek Fahmy
CTO
As a computer engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo, Tarek spent his early career working for BlackBerry, as well as Google and Facebook in Silicon Valley. He also founded his own company while in University, Tafasa, that grew to over 10 million customers. Tarek then joined Wish as one of the first employees and created and led the product organization there. He worked directly with the CEO and his team grew from just himself to over 150 people including engineers, designers, data scientists and product managers. Tarek helped take Wish to its IPO, launching on the public markets with a valuation over $11 billion. He also holds an MBA from Bologna Business School, with a specific focus on the automotive sector.
Studio Team
We have assembled a talented team that is passionate about building great products.
Giuseppe Luciano Procopio
Designer
Giuseppe Luciano Procopio
Designer
Giuseppe since the age of 16 years began to work in the graphics industry. He moved to Milan and worked in companies that allowed him to grow professionally and establish himself in the world of UX / UI, but also achieved a master's degree in Game Design at a private academy. He has worked with important national and international clients located in various parts of Europe (France, England, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary and Sweden). His goal is to make the navigation and usability of the pages simple and immediate, immersing the user in a beautiful visual experience and aesthetically consistent with the values of the brand.
Founders in Residence
Talented future leaders of our portfolio companies with vast industry experience.
Stefano Raffaglio
Founder in Residence
Stefano Raffaglio
Founder in Residence
Startup Launchers
Passionate and aspiring entrepreneurs who are at the heart of every project launch.
Dario Belloni
Startup Launcher
Dario Belloni
Startup Launcher