Manolo Abrignani

Manolo Abrignani is co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Qurami, the first mobile time management platform. In 2013 Qurami was awarded the UK Trade and Investment Springboard Prize, an international entrepreneurial challenge for start-ups.

During his BA in International Business he founded “Chimp co.” (then named Studio Brutus), the most important interactive design studio in Italy focused on Adobe Flash action scripting and generative graphics. He was responsible for working with clients such as Mazda USA, Boeing, and ESPN at the age of 22, successfully overcoming the “dot com” crisis, and taking part in the very earliest days of mobile gaming in 2004, representing Italy at the E3 in Los Angeles.

He has a track record of business relations with many different figures such as prime ministers, international delegations, public and private investors and C-Level decision makers. In January 2016 his company Qurami was the only Italian start-up to be visited in their HQ by Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri. This visit led to a meeting with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.

Convinced that deal-making is as much about narration as negotiation, he attained a Certificate in Storytelling and Creative Writing at Scuola Holden in Turin, where today he leads the “Start-up Storytelling” course. He’s been a mentor of the Start-up Weekend circuit several times.