Italian good news: Talent Garden acquires a European business school, doubles its size and appoints Irene Boni as CEO
- WTI Magazine #146 Dec 18, 2021
Talent Garden turns 10 and doubles. And becomes the biggest player in digital education in Europe. Those gardens of talent where you can work together, train and connect, born in Brescia (Lombardy) in 2011 and arrived in many parts of Europe, increasingly focus on digital education.
And today they announce the acquisition of one of the largest European business schools specializing in digital: Hyper Island. A new phase of growth opens for Talent Garden, with training becoming more and more its core business. The team doubles, reaching 250 employees.
The forecasts? € 50 million revenues expected in 2022, 20,000 professionals from large companies trained per year, 5,000 students placed in the job market with a 98% placement rate and more than 4,500 startups and digital innovators supported.
And to manage this new phase of growth comes new governance. The good news? The new CEO of Talent Garden is a woman: Irene Boni. Davide Dattoli becomes the President and Lorenzo Maternini the Vice President.
Irene, with a degree in Political Economy and a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University, began her career in Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Co. From 2010 to 2019 in YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group reaching the position of Co-General Manager of the group after an internal career in roles of increasing responsibility.
With the acquisition, Talent Garden becomes the most important reference player for EduTech in Europe. The goal: to offer to the widest possible number of people the opportunity to acquire and update the necessary digital skills. Courses for students and professionals (B2C): skilling for students and professionals. Reskilling from 45 and up. For companies (B2B): skilling and reskilling. For B2G: professional courses subsidized by the government (TAG is already collaborating with the Danish government that for the first time has "married" the project of a training school in English).
The digital education market is worth € 5 billion in Europe alone and is one of the fastest growing sectors.
Davide Dattoli, 31, is considered one of the most influential 30-year-olds in Europe. He created Talent Garden with Lorenzo Maternini from scratch. The company was born in Brescia on December 1, 2011, when it wasn't easy to explain even the concept of co-working.
The first time Dattoli went to City Hall to explain his project, he was told, "We don't want a community center." Today, he has opened 23 campuses in eight countries. The son of entrepreneurs, with a high school diploma, he enrolled in the Faculty of Economics and Business, which he later left to create his first company dealing with digital marketing. He told our readers in an interview: "Fail fast, think big and work as a system".