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Enrico Dente

Enrico Dente

MVA Director

Enrico Dente received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2015.

After a research experience at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designing Origami-inspired Robots and HMI devices using differential electromyography electrodes, he held the CTO role in a power electronics italian startup, honing his skills in R&D management, business development, and processes optimization, bringing contributions to the development of Capacitive Wireless Power Transfer technology and authoring five patents on Capacitively-Coupled Power/Data Transmission systems and innovative Automotive Infotainment architectures.

Enrico joined the Open Innovation and Venture Capital industry in Silicon Valley, bridging the gap between startups and large corporations at Plug and Play Tech Center while also pursuing additional education from Stanford University. He then moved back to Italy, where he is currently holding a role as Director at Plug and Play, and he is managing the Motor Valley Accelerator.



Moderator: Dario Donato, Journalist Mediaset TGCOM 24

The impact of the war in Ukraine, the commodity crisis, and the pandemic have shown how it is necessary for companies in the industry to invest in technology, data analytics, but also in the evolution of the supply chain in terms of technology that can provide predictive analysis as well as timely resolutions to disruptions in the chain. The first mission of the NRP includes investments in innovation and digitization. In this context, "Transition 4.0" is also defined, consisting of a plan of incentives implemented through tax credits that will cover research and development activities but also in innovative technologies and digital skills in the private sector. What role does open innovation play in this context? How do large companies interpret these phenomena and how do they capitalize on them? 

In the last 12 months we have seen the tech market lose a lot of value (Tesla -50%, Google -25%, Twitter ?...), linked on the one hand to the geopolitical situation, on the other hand to the recession (due to inflation, cost of finance, scarcer capital, decline in valuations, M&A activity, decline in availability of capital for Open Innovation). 


  • Regina Savage, Managing Director Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking Division  
  • Stefano Molino, Responsible accelerator fund - CDP Venture Capital 



  • Enrico Chiapparoli, CEO Barclays Italy, Head of Banking Italy and Central Eastern Europe Former Head of Automotive EMEA 
  • Davide Turco, co-founder & CEO Indaco Venture Partners SGR
  • Enrico Dente, MVA Director
  • Giovanni Revoltella, CEO Dbag Italia 
  • Giusy Stanziola, Start Lab & Development Programs UniCredit
  • Federico Boni, Head of IT Automobili Lamborghini