Vanzi Massimo

Adjunct Professor

Massimo Vanzi is a highly experienced manager with over 38 years of experience in the semiconductor and ICT industries.

After earning his Dr. Eng. degree in electronics in 1976 from the University of Genoa (Italy) and his Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1979 from Stanford University, Massimo worked with Signetics, Innovative Silicon Technology and STMicroelectronics. In 1993 Massimo founded Accent.

As Accent CEO Massimo transformed a small startup of five engineers into the leader IC design and fabless ASIC Company in Europe and one of top 5 in the world. In 2009 Massimo leaves the CEO role in Accent, while remaining a shareholder, and starts working as advisor to SME and innovative technology startups. Since then he became shareholder and co-founder of more than 12 technology startups in Sophia Antipolis, Lousanne, Milano, Bologna, Padova, Udine, Genova, Cosenza and Torino; he is a co-founder of Genova High Tech SpA, senior advisor / mentor of more than 10 high-tech startups and SME; senior member and member of the Screening Committee of Italian Angels for Growth (IAG), the primary Italian business angel network.

He participates as a jury member to many startup contests and as an invited lecturer to several university courses on startup business. He is advisor for startup entrepreneurial model to Genoa University, has been advisor on Technology Transfer to EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne and Bologna University. He is member of the Scientific Committee of ISICT in Genoa and has been member of the Scientific Committee of the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnologies (CSEM) of Neuchatel. Currently Massimo acts as a contract professor in the “Innovation Management” course at the Economics Faculty of the University of Pavia in Italy.

Massimo is a fine art photographer (, member of the Rotary Club Monza Est and member of the Management Board of the Stanford Alumni Club of Italy.