Synergetic, privately-owned holding, brings smart capital to the most innovative food tech entrepreneurs around the world.
Our goal is to play an active role in the forthcoming food tech revolution, as we strongly believe in its potential impact on future sustainability.
We add value to our portfolio by sharing our deep expertise in both terms of food tech R&D and business development.
Giampaolo is a serial entrepreneur with 30+ years of experience in the R&D, Production and Marketing of innovative ingredients for the food industry.
In '89, he founded Italiana Ingredienti, which within 10 years became one of the most profitable "small caps" in Italy (source: Sole24Ore, 1999). In '99, Chr. Hansen acquired Italiana Ingredienti and he became the CEO Italy as well as the Global Developer of functional ingredients for meat applications.
In '05, he left Chr. Hansen to launch Campus. The company was developing and producing natural functional specialty ingredients for the meat and savory industries. In '18, Firmenich acquired the company which was an already established international player counting 140 employees.
Today Giampaolo is devoting itself to its third venture, Hi-Food, an Italian developer and producer of innovative plant-based, natural and clean label functional ingredients, while investing through Synergetic – its own investment vehicle.
Synergetic invests in both Private Equity and Venture Capital, with a particular focus on food tech.
Eugenio has 5 years of experience in the Venture Capital industry, with a specific focus on the food tech sector.
In '14, he graduated at Università Cattolica and joined U-Start - the leading Italian Venture Capital club deal - as an Analyst. He then became Associate, responsible for the Analysis team, and Member of the Investment Committee. He was directly involved in 30+ deals.
In '19, he joins Synergetic to bring its Venture Capital expertise to the holding and to focus on the food tech industry - as he strongly believes on the future developments of the market.
Marco has 25+ years of experience in finance and accounting. With a focus on financial forecasting, budgeting, cash flow analysis and risk management.
In '95 he joins Bucci Spa, a Real Estate developer, as Financial Manager and became Partner 5 years later. In '14, he joins Mingori Costruzioni as CFO overseeing all aspects of company's financial risk including cash, debt, and investment management.
In '19, he joins Synergetic ready to face new challenges and to bring his financial expertise to the holding.
Sara has 7+ years of experience as Executive Assistant and PA.
After her graduating at Giambattista Bodoni HS in Business & Economics, Sara joined Campus (A company of the Firmenich Group) - Company Leader on the Savoury sector and the Meat industry - as Executive Assistant and General Secretary Manager.
Since '15 Sara has been the Executive Assistant to the CEO Mr. Giampaolo Cagnin, supporting him in all its activities and projects before in Campus and today in Synergetic.
Nicole has 6+ years of experience in Business Economy and gained specific experience in Accounting Dept.
In '16, she graduated at Università degli Studi di Parma in Business & Economics, Management & Administration and joined Studio Associato Furlotti as Accounting Assistant.
In '22, she joins Synergetic as Accounting Assistant to bring its expertise to the holding supporting the Chief Financial Officer.
An Art History graduate from Parma University, Cristian has been working in the arts field for 15+ years, wherein he has held a variety of roles that provided him with a wealth of experience.
In 2006 he founded his first art gallery - Le Stelle Arte - that focused on young emerging artists; subsequently and in order to expand his knowledge, he moved to the UK and joined international auction house Bonhams in London.
Back to Milan in 2017, he has since been working as a free-lance advisor to prominent art collectors.
With an EMBA in Art Market at IULM University, Cristian is currently Italian Representative and Modern&Contemporary Art Specialist for Lempertz, the leading auction house in Germany.
He collaborates with Synergetic since 2018, advising on the Company’s art-related activities and cultural program.
CSM Ingredients acquires Hi-Food, an innovation leader in the field of natural food-tech ingredients
CSM Ingredients, which is held by investment companies of Investindustrial, has acquired Italian ingredients firm Hi-Food.
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Ardian acquires from White Bridge Investments a majority stake in Biofarma Group
Today Ardian, a world leading private investment house, announces the acquisition from White Bridge Investments of a majority stake in Biofarma Group, a company active in the development, manufacturing and packaging of food supplements, medical devices and cosmetics.
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Chromologics Closes €6M Seed Round to Develop Vegan Food Colourants
Danish startup Chromologics has closed its seed round with €6 million (US$7.14 million), after receiving an additional €4 million (US$4.76 million) from a number of investors. The company uses precision fermentation to develop animal-free natural food colourants, and will use the funding to continue expanding its fungal biotech platform of bio-based colourants.
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Ancorotti Cosmetics Gets Investment by L-Gam
L-Gam, a Luxembourg-based investment firm backed by the princely family of Liechtenstein, said Thursday it has entered “a strategic partnership” with leading italian beauty manufacturer Ancorotti Cosmetics Srl.
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Firmenich acquires Campus, Italian innovator in protein solutions
Firmenich has acquired Italy-based Campus, an innovator in the application of natural functional ingredients for protein applications, specializing in clean label, meat and plant-based foods.
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The representative headquarters of Synergetic in Parma hosts the personal art collection of Giampaolo Cagnin, making it an ideal place for meetings and strategic planning.
c/o Villa Pallavicino Strada provinciale per Torrechiara, 14
43013 Langhirano - frazione Arola (PR) - Italia