Based: Cape Town

Marcello is perfectly suited to bridge the gap between corporates and entrepreneurs. He moved from Austria to Silicon Valley to immerse himself into emerging trends and technologies where he worked with Detecon, part of Deutsche Telekom Group, to help global clients develop and implement innovation strategies with a focus on innovation organization, innovation management and corporate incubation. In the process, he has assisted the creation of corporate incubators and innovation programs in Europe, the middle east and Asia.

Today, Marcello is the regional manager for Africa at Seedstars World, a global competition for early stage startups in emerging Markets. Marcello manages and coordinates the activities across 15 African countries to identify the best local startups and connect them to the right investors, corporates and partners to fuel their growth. The aim of the competition is to find and scale successful businesses across emerging markets and in developed markets alike.