Fashion Technology Accelerator Milan is a management consulting firm, providing business acceleration to startups and young enterprises operating at the intersection between the industries of fashion and technology.
Our particular and strong focus on Fashion & Technology enables us to offer tailored advisory, industry-specific services, valuable business development insights and opportunities with potential partners and customers.
Fashion Technology Accelerator Milan is part of an international network. In 2012, the first FTA office was opened in Redwood City in the heart of Silicon Valley, founded by a group of fashion and technology entrepreneurs with 25 years of experience in the industry. In 2013, after a year of rapid growth, FTA decided to expand globally, setting up two additional offices, in Milan and Seoul respectively.
Fashion Technology Accelerator Milan collaborates closely with FTA Silicon Valley. This enables us to bring in international expertise regarding investments, fundraising, and technology, while collaboration with FTA Seoul provides expertise in accessing emerging markets. Being highly industry-specific and having an international reach, FTA provides the best acceleration consulting for fashion tech startups, assisting our clients in all aspects of achieving growth and valorization of their companies.
Paolo has been a member of the boards of investment companies, banks, and fund management companies. A former Executive Manager of important Italian banks, including Banco di Napoli and Banco di Sicilia, in addition to CEO of Diners Club Europe, Paolo is the Founder and CEO of Captha, which provides training in the banking and financing sector, and Novenero, a corporate finance advisory company. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Siena.
Former Gucci Board member. Advisor and investor in fashion and technology start-ups. Executive at Gucci, Fiat, and PA Consulting Group in New York, Turin and London. Enrico holds an MBA from the University of Stirling in Scotland (UK) and a PhD in Business Science from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, in England (UK)
Giusy has 6+ years experience in the investment and startups area. She has been Investment Manager at Italian Angels for Growth, business angels network with 14M€ invested. Previously, she was innovation specialist at in Intesa Sanpaolo bank, running a program which supports business development of high tech start-ups. Earlier, she has spent several months in the United States working first as Researcher at the Kauffman Foundation then at the Mind the Bridge Foundation as coordinator of the incubation program in San Francisco. She has also been involved in consultancy projects to develop entrepreneurial ecosystem in different countries.
Marco has a pluriennal experience managing different projects in operations management and data analysis, especially regarding B2B-oriented production companies. Before this experience, he was the project manager of Start Cup Milano Lombardia, one of the leading Italian business plan competitions. He is also a co-founder of Activators Pavia, an association of tech and business enthusiasts promoting innovation at all levels
Francesco has 10+ years of experience in sales and marketing, focusing especially on sportswear and streetwear. He is the founder and Senior Digital Strategist of the web lifestyle project strettoblaster.com and has been the Managing Director of the Italian branch of Marc Ecko for 6 years. He has also worked as Country Manager for New Era Cap, and for Nike’s branding activities.
After studying Humanities, Simone got involved in the web industry by analyzing the issues of digital communication and web marketing in Shortock, a portal dedicated to film festivals. In 2012, Simone completed a Masters in “Social Media Marketing & Web Communication” at the IULM University of Milan. Since 2010, he has been working on web communication at Captha and IFAF, two brands active in training in the economic and financial field.