Valentina Podda

Startup Coordinator
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Valentina is Startup Coordinator for two acceleration programmes at the ODI, Data Pitch and OpenActive

Valentina is Startup Coordinator for two acceleration programmes at the ODI: the Data Pitch accelerator which is focused on offering startups equity-free funding to tackle corporate and public sector challenges with data, and OpenActive which is focused on using open data to help people to get active.

In her previous job, Valentina worked in a co-working space in Milan as a community and event manager, helping the community of innovators to thrive. Meanwhile, during her free time, she has started mentoring several groups of entrepreneurial students, helping them shaping their business ideas into a real growing startup. Before that she enhanced the startup ecosystem in her small hometown, Cagliari, organising networking and pitching events to spread the entrepreneurial culture.

She considers herself to be in ‘permanent beta’, and believes that you never stop learning. This is probably why she has a very dynamic background, having studied computer science, then graduating in psychology and, after that – still unsatisfied – she decided to join an entrepreneurial course.

Valentina loves psychology, cycling, and she loves travelling – especially on her own.