After abandoning in his final year of high school his dream of practicing a professional sport due to various injuries, he began to focus on his studies, becoming the first in his family to attend university and graduate. Meanwhile, from the age of 15 and until his transfer to Paris, he worked as a metalworker with his father, as well as spending his holidays and free time working as a sports manager in resorts and cruise ships, while volunteering as a 118 rescuer.
Discovering at a later stage his passion for studying, Carlalberto Guglielminotti studied in France, Italy, Israel, and the United States: as a lawyer first, then in philosophy and finally in economics and management.
He received in 2005 a first law degree magna cum laude in France from the University Paris V, a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the University of Turin in 2007 and in 2012 a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the SDA Bocconi School of Management. He also specialized in philosophy in Israel at Haifa University (2005), in New York at the European School of Economics (2007) and most recently at Stanford University (2020).
He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2020, Ambassador of Theodora Foundation and General Secretary of the Ciolina Foundation.
Carlalberto is also a member of the Board of the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), and Chairman of the Board of the Advisory Company of 360 Capital Partners.
In October 2013, he was appointed the CEO of Electro Power Systems (EPS), to manage Chapter 11 of what was, at that time, a research center and a spin-off of the Polytechnic University of Turin.
In May 2014, after spearheading in record time the complex financial restructuring of the research center, Mr. Guglielminotti launched a new start-up, using an innovative technology which had been developed in 2005 for the telecommunications sector, and redirected its target application to the energy markets.
Less than one year later, in April 2015, he was leading the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the company, listing EPS on the Paris stock exchange with a market capitalization of €55 million. EPS had then quickly grown to become an industrial player in renewable energy storage technologies and electric mobility.
Eight months later, in December 2015, Mr. Guglielminotti launched a capital increase and funded the acquisition of a spin-off of the Polytechnic University of Milan to complete the company’s technological portfolio.
Two years later, in January 2018, ENGIE, the global energy leader with over
60 billion in revenues and active in over 70 countries, acquired a majority stake of Engie EPS and launched a tender offer worth over 100% of the capital of Engie EPS for an Enterprise Value of
Today, 60.5% of Engie EPS is controlled by ENGIE and Eps is still listed on the Euronext regulated market in Paris. It maintains all research and development functions and production activities in Italy.
In less than 6 years, Mr. Guglielminotti raised over
€100 million in equity and debt capital, and transformed Engie EPS into a global player with about
700 MWh online and under development and production ongoing for over
50,000 EV chargers – with the aim of increasing sustainable access to energy through energy storage and e-mobility technologies.
For his accomplishments in the industrial sector, commitment to the promotion of positive change through technology, and for his achievements in bolstering the use of renewable energy around the world, in March 2020 Mr. Guglielminotti has been recognized as a
Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Prior to the Engie EPS venture, Mr. Guglielminotti was an entrepreneur and investor mainly focused on the technology, industrial and digital sectors, with a strong expertise in start-ups, growing-stage companies and turnarounds.
In 2011, he was appointed Operating Partner at
360 Capital Partners, one of the largest venture capital firms in Europe with €400 million of assets under management, and charged with the development of cleantech and digital portfolio companies. He later became Chairman of the Advisory Company of the fund, a role he still maintains today.
Before joining 360 Capital Partners, Mr. Guglielminotti co-founded two successful technology startups. In 2009, he co-founded
Blackshape Aircraft which was acquired by an investment group specialized in aerospace and electronics. Blackshape developed the highest-performing ultra-light aircraft in the world, entirely made of carbon fiber. In 2011, he co-founded Restopolis, now called
TheFork, a TripAdvisor company dedicated to online restaurant-reservations, with more than 14 million visits and 20,000 partners across Europe.
Previously, he spent four years at Linklaters specializing in structured finance, with a secondment in investment banking at The Royal Bank of Scotland, during which time he also became a qualified lawyer enrolled with the Milan bar.
▹ Prima Industrie, Board of Directors and Strategy Committee
▹ Stanford University, Strategies for Sustainability
▹ Theodora Foundation, Ambassador
▹ European Investment Bank, Innovation Award
▹ EPS (Electro Power Systems), CEO appointment
▹ TheFork (formerly Restopolis), co-founder
▹ European School of Economics, New York, summer program
▹ University of Turin, JD degree summa cum laude
▹ Haifa University, Israel, Philosophy
▹ University Paris Descartes, LL.B degree magna cum laude
In parallel with his entrepreneurial career, Carlalberto Guglielminotti regularly lectures at Europe’s leading polytechnics and business schools being also a Board member of the Institute for International Policy Studies (ISPI).
He was also appointed in 2019 Ambassador for the Theodora Onlus Foundation, which since 1995 has the goal of bringing moments of play, listening and smiles to children hospitalized, taking care of their “healthy part”, with the special visits of their Doctor Dreams, professional artists, hired and specifically trained to operate in pediatric hospital wards of high complexity.
From 2020 he also plays the role of Secretary General for the Ciolina Foundation, born at one hundred and fifty years after the birth of the painter Giovanni Battista Ciolina, great-grandfather of his wife Claudia. The Ciolina Foundation aims to promote on the Italian territory the artistic and cultural heritage of Italian divisionism and post-impressionism as well as the Vigezzo Valley, a heritage that Giovanni Battista Ciolina has made known and appreciated throughout Europe, including two Brera Triennials, a Venice Biennale and the Brussels World Expoin 1910.