Centro Promozione Start-up


Direttore del Centro 

Prof. Francesco Lurati


Francesco Lurati is a professor of corporate communication at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society of USI Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He pursues research in the field of corporate communication, in particular, in the areas of organizational identity and corporate reputation. He has published in the Journal of Business Research, Strategic Organization, Corporate Reputation Review, Corporate Communications: an International Journal, International Journal of Strategic Communication and Journal of Public Relations Research. He is the academic director of the MS program in Corporate Communication. Educated as an economist, he received his doctoral degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He has also held positions in the public and private sectors, and regularly does consulting in the field of communication management.

Direttore dell'Incubatore

Dr. Alcide Barberis 


Alcide Barberis is a biotech entrepreneur and manager with over 20 years of management experience in the biotechnology industry and scientific experience in the private and public research sectors. He is currently CEO & Director of Mabylon AG and was previously CEO & President of Humabs BioMed, now a subsidiary of VIR Biotechnology.

His career includes entrepreneurial start-ups (co-founder of ESBATech AG and Oncalis AG), executive management, R&D management and business development. Dr. Barberis has been a member of the Board of Directors of ESBATech and is currently a member of the Board of EffRx Pharmaceuticals, in addition to being the owner of LCID Consulting LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Zürich.

Senior Project Manager e Coach

Ing. Umberto Bondi


Umberto Bondi received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano  and subsequently, after a previous industrial work experience as Product Manager, an Executive Master in Information Technology (Electronic Design Automation Area) from CEFRIEL (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) in 1999. From 2000 to 2017 he has been the Program Manager of the ALaRI institute (embedded systems design) Faculty of informatics at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). He has authored or co-authored a number of papers and a patent in embedded systems field. From 2007 to 2012  he was Technology Transfer consultant for USI within the project. He actively participated to a number of national and international projects, also as project or work-package co-ordinator. Since March 2004 he belongs to the managing staff of the University Incubator. Since 2014 Umberto is  part of the organization of the local start-up challenge: from 2014 to 2017, StartCup Ticino , since 2018 BoldBrain 

Persona di Contatto SUPSI

Prof. Giambattista Ravano


Giambattista Ravano has been member of the Board of Directors and President of private IT Company and Logistics Marine Companies, active at international level as well software projects consultant/leader. Professor for software engineering, database and information systems at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). Former Director of the Department Innovative Technologies of SUPSI.  Actually Director for Research and Knowledge Transfer at SUPSI and member of the Board of Directors. Former member of the Swiss Scientific Council.  Actually Vice President of the Swiss Accreditation Council. Founder and past President of AGIRE Foundation, organization from Cantone Ticino Government in charge of coordination of public funding and activities to foster innovation in start-up and existing companies.

Gestione del Centro, formazione ed eventi

Francesco Meli


Francesco Meli completed his university studies at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne where he obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in management. During his university studies he specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation management. He worked at SUPSI on innovation management, business and entrepreneurship. He loves the startups ‘scene and energy that characterizes it. He collaborates with some startups. At the CP start-Up he deals with center management, startups support, training and events.

Ufficio, Amministrazione e Comunicazione

Ing. Tran Que Dung


Tran Que Dung began her university studies in September 1992 and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Physics from the university "Science University", Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in  1997. In 1998 she enrolled at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, and obtained a second Master Degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2004. In the meantime, she won the scholarship of Università Svizzera italiana of Lugano (USI), where she obtained a Master of Engineering in Embedded System Design-AlaRI in July 2003. Until 2016 she was involved in the organizational structure of the Advanced Learning Institute of USI (ALaRI).


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