Nicola Garelli

Nicola Garelli

Nicola Garelli

Director at The Boston Consulting Group - BCG Digital Ventures

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Nicola is the co-founder and President of iStarter. He is also a Director in The Boston Consulting Group - BCG Digital Ventures. He is part of the London-based leadership team.

Nicola是iStarter的聯合創始人兼總裁。 他還是波士頓諮詢集團(BCG Digital Ventures)的董事。 他是倫敦領導班子的一員。

Nicola has a deeply rooted engineering background and experience of M&A and equity investments (private equity and principal investors, family businesses), mainly high-tech industries.

He developed a passion for innovating through venture investments and gained significant governance and board management familiarity with multiple board roles in private and public-private companies.

Prior to BCG Nicola worked as a Principal for The Boston Consulting Group (2012-2017), for Booz & Company (2009-2012), for Gruppo Gavio/Ruscalla (2005-2009) and for Ernst & Young (2003-2004).

In 2007 he started up Iccom, a company focused on designing and producing microwave-based transmitting equipment, of which he later became the controlling shareholder.

In 2011 he designed and co-founded iStarter, the investment company and business accelerator based in London aimed at advising cross-country ventures. iStarter's shareholding base is made of more than 100 succesfull entrepreneurs and managers. Nicola acts as the holding President, managing its governance and contributing to investment selection and development.

Nicola completed almost all his academic education while working full time. He holds a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, a MSc in Financial Engineering and a BSc in Telecommunication Engineering. In his research he is an active contributor in policy topics.

Nicola is a Chartered Engineer, Member of The Council for the United States and Italy in its Young Leader Program and Junior Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is also the trustee of BCG's The Future Makers program.


The Boston Consulting Group - BCG Digital Ventures

| November 2017-Present


The Boston Consulting Group

| March 2012 – October 2017 (5 Years 7 Months)

As a Principal Nicola developed a robust managerial experience as part of the leadership team managing the Mediterranean system. His main focus was on M&A and equity investments (private equity and principal investors, family businesses), mainly in high-tech industries. He spent his time divided between Milan, Rome, London and Istanbul and developed working experience in more than twenty Countries.

President (ITA, UK)

iStarter SpA, iStarter UK Ltd

| July 2012 - present (5 Years 4 Months)

iStarter is one of the top European angel-led accelerators created by 100 top managers and entrepreneurs. We help fast-growing startups to scale up internationally. Our mission is to empower emerging innovators to realize their visions. Nicola has been the founder and first Chairman of iStarter, in charge up to the end of 2014. In 2015 he became the President of the UK-based entity and remained a board member of the holding, where he took the presidential role again in 2016.


Booz & Company

| June 2009 – February 2012 (2 Years 9 Months)

Board Chairman

Iccom (Gruppo Ruscalla, Gruppo Gavio)

| August 2007 – December 2010 (3 Years 5 Months)

Group controller

Tubosider (Gruppo Ruscalla, Gruppo Gavio)

| March 2005 – January 2007 (1 Year 11 Months)


Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

| March 2003 – February 2005 (2 Years)