Gianni Pittella, was elected on Sunday by a landslide as the most voted European candidate fof the Italian Democratic Party in Southern Italy, and the second most voted of his party throughout Italy. It was September 2011 when Gianni Pittella came to the headquarters of Bridges to Italy in Calabria, to meet Domenico Quaglio, President of Bridges to Italy-Italia.
At that time he was EU Parliament's Vice President and the purpose of his visit to Bridges to Italy was to determine whether there are conditions for a fruitful collaboration with this new Italy-Usa association which aims at supporting the activities of the Southern Italian startup firms and ensuring their visibility and market growth both in Italy and the United States. After a brief presentation, Mr. Quaglio explained the mission and the recent activities carried out by Bridges to Italy, such as the competition for young entrepreneurs "Brains in Motion Award" (CERVELLI IN MOVIMENTO) which, in contrast to the phenomenon of the so-called brain drain, seeks to help innovative ideas of young Southern Italian researchers get exposure to Angel investors and potential business partners in both sides of the Atlantic . In the Fall the international jury, chaired by Sandra Savaglio, world-famous Calabrian Astrophysicist, will select the winner who will have the opportunity to spend 10 days in Los Angeles, hosted by Bridges to Italy. During this time, the winner will present his business idea to Tech Coast Angels, the largest organization of angel investors in the United States. Other popular initiative from the illustrious guest's prospective was the Calabrian visit of Mike Napoli, Chairman of Tech Coast Angels. In fact, Mr. Napoli played a fundamental mentoring role for the young entrepreneurs participating at the "Brains in Motion Award".
Mr. Pittella listened with interest to the presentation and expressed appreciation for the value of a project that wants to help reviving Southern Italy's competitiveness through the growth of its innovative sectors.