Marco Palmieri starts his career in IT while still an engineering student and at the age of twenty he founds Mediacom, a company specializing in optical and computer systems applied to process controls. In 1987 he starts Piquadro and, after ten years’ production on behalf of prestigious Italian brands, he decides to dedicate himself to leatherware by creating the Piquadro brand and launching it on the Italian market. In 2007 he oversees the placement of Piquadro shares on the Italian Stock Exchange, where they are still listed. In 2016 he signs the acquisition of the Florentine leather goods brand The Bridge, creating a Group of around 100 million euros in turnover. Marco Palmieri’s great sensitivity for the discovery of new talents drives him to create in 2005 Piqubo S.p.A, an investment company that is mainly involved in financing new entrepreneurial activities. With the same purpose, in 2017 Palmieri launches Piquadro MyStartup Funding Program, an open innovation project which promotes innovation and enterprise by rewarding the best business ideas in the area of technology applied to the luggage and fashion accessories industry and rewards the best business idea with 100,000 euros and an acceleration path in Silicon Valley. With that same goal of discovering and giving voice to new, different and untapped talents, in 2009 Marco Palmieri founds the Fondazione Famiglia Palmieri (Palmieri Family Foundation) with the goal of continuing his family’s philanthropic activity, valuing the diversity of people affected by Down’s syndrome. Marco Palmieri is 52 years old, is married to Beatrice and has two children: Tommaso, 18 and Andrea, 14.