Here’s how Manageritalia’s magazine Dirigente tells the story of Desamanera through an interview with mentor Donatello Aspromonte and our Antonino Italiano:
«Donatello Aspromonte, manager selected by Manageritalia, for his activity of mentoring, chose to support several companies in the Central-North Italian regions.
How is your experience? Do you have any suggestions for an evolution of the managerial mentoring service?
«It went very well. Depending on the specific needs expressed by the entrepreneurs I followed, we have developed together specific mentorship paths aimed at giving timely answers to specific requests: from the design and implementation of advanced management control systems to the resolution of various financial problems, from the redefinition of business models to financial support for the implementation of strategies for the internationalization of activities.
With some of the entrepreneurs I followed, a strong relationship of trust has been created and we continue to work together, even after the end of the mentorship process Probably, the possibility of anticipating the mentorship intervention in the very early stages of the startup’s activity could further increase its effectiveness».
In a period of disqualified “disintermediation of intermediate bodies”, does it consider this form of intermediation that its union, Manageritalia, has exercised in favor of its members?
«Sure! I have been in Manageritalia for several years and I must say that the services provided and the activities developed, especially in recent years, are increasingly high added value for the members».
Antonino Italiano, entrepreneur, General Director of Desamanera, one of the companies funded by Invitalia through the measure Smart&Start Italia who benefited from the mentorship service offered by Donatello Aspromonte.
Desamanera is a company from Rovigo that deals with additive manufacturing (3D printing) of large dimensions, made with minerals and exclusively natural binders. Desamanera also deals with the aesthetics and performance surface characterization, both for works produced with their technologies and for objects produced with other technologies and other materials, using artisan processes that derive from ancient Italian knowledge, reviewed and developed.
Technologies and minerals for production have been developed internally, in collaboration with Italian and international universities and research centers.
How do you evaluate the managerial support offered to your company by our associate?
«I approached the mentorship offered by the Smart&Start project with the sufficiency of those used to receive, and therefore to evaluate, an “almost obligatory” service and for free: ineffective, disappointing and wasting time. Fortunately then, right from the first phone contacts, I felt a different way of leading the coaching, confirmed by the following meetings in which Donatello Aspromonte wanted first and foremost to understand our potentials and needs and, on these, organized an effective mentorship program, that I consider very useful, engaging, adequate and profitable. I hope, and I will do everything to make it happen, to be able to use again its support».