Paolo Borella

Paolo Borella



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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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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