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Paolo Borella



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Research interests

Paolo has a long experience in startup and innovation: he is Co-founder of Vertical, an Open Innovation company making businesses better by adding startups to the equation. Paolo has been involved in business acceleration and startups for several years; as Director of AppCampus at the Aalto University-Microsoft-Nokia program with a 21M€ fund, as Advisor (TechMinsk, Energyspin), Mentor (Startup Bootcamp, Startup Sauna), and running a 7 million people, 10M USD/year online community as a Vice President at Fox Mobile Distribution in Germany.  

Earlier Paolo spent 12 years at Nokia developing his Go To Market & Business Development Skills across the world, spending five years in Singapore, living in +1- countries and visiting +60 ones. Earlier in his career, he developed his Change Management and Process Improvement skills with General Electric in Italy and USA HQs. 

He has co-written a few papers on innovation & ecosystem development (Tekes Vigo report) and enjoys moderating panels and mentor Startups at events.  

Paolo has a degree in Management and Production Engineering from University Politecnico di Milano, with a passion for helping create new business and develop existing ones. 

Education/Academic qualification

Polytechnic University of Milan

1 Aug 19841 Feb 1993

Award Date: 1 Feb 1993

External positions

Advisor, TechMinsk Accelerator

1 Aug 2019 → …

Vice President, Fox Mobile Group (FMG)

1 Jun 201931 Dec 2019

Advisor, Energy Spin

1 May 201731 Dec 2018


1 Aug 2016 → …

Co-founder & Board Member, Vertical

1 Feb 2015 → …

Mentor, Startupbootcamp

1 Aug 201331 Dec 2019

Advisor, UBI Global

1 Apr 201331 Dec 2017

Director, AppCampus Accelerator, Aalto University

1 May 201231 Mar 2016

Advisor, MusicSense

1 Jan 201231 Dec 2018

Advisor, GoalShouter Srl

1 Jan 2011 → …

Coach, Startup Sauna

1 Sep 201031 Dec 2019

Director, Nokia Oyj

1 Oct 199631 May 2019


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  • Startup accelerators and the role of TEKES

    Halme, K., Salminen, K., Wiikeri, J., Rouvinen, P., Kotiranta, A., Pajarinen, M., Barge, B., Walker, A., Miller, C., Borella, P. & Autio, E., 2018, TEKES. 117 p. (Tekesin katsaus).

    Research output: Book/ReportReport

    Open Access
  • Startup accelerators: entrepreneurial match makers

    Bhatli, D., Borella, P., Jelassi, T. & Saillant, N., 2015, Ideas in Marketing, Finding the New and Polishing the Old: Proceedings of the 2013 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference. Kubacki, K. (ed.). Springer

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter or book articleGeneral public

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