Nicola Garelli

Director - The Boston Consulting Group - BCG Digital Ventures

Nicola is a Director in The Boston Consulting Group – BCG Digital Ventures, part of the London-based leadership team.

He is the co-founder and President of iStarter, an investment company and business accelerator based in London aimed at advising cross-country ventures.

Nicola has a deeply rooted engineering background and experience of M&A and equity investments and he loves innovating through venture investments.

He took multiple GM/MD/CEO roles in early stage ventures and also gained significant governance and board management familiarity with board roles in private and public-private companies.

Before joining BCG Digital Ventures he 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).

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.

Work Experience

President, iStarter

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.

Director, BCG Digital Ventures

BCG DV is focused on ideating, developing and launching disruptive digital businesses in partnership with Fortune 500 companies, often co-investing in the venture through its own investment vehicles.

Principal, Boston Consulting Group

Associate, Booz & Company


PhD, Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

MSc, Financial engineering, Polytechnic University of Turin