about Blum

Innovation and Communication

We believe that the world, businesses, and organizations have a great need to innovate, and that communication is an extraordinary tool for doing it well.

Evolving networks

We are part of an innovation network made up of companies, trade associations, research centers, technology transfer enablers, and public administrators. An evolving network in which we build partnerships that aim to create shared benefits.


We are a company committed to spreading values and practices of inclusivity, sustainability, and well-being for those we work with.

our team
We are a multidisciplinary team with specific expertise in the fields of communications, event organization, public relations, and business networking
Luca Barbieri
Founding partner

Journalist and co-founder of Blum, entrepreneur, innovation enthusiast. Professor of Journalism at the University of Padua, and in the Specialization Degree in Open Innovation Management. Worked for over 10 years at RCS, contributing to the creation of Corriere Innovazione. Author of books on innovation and corporate communication, and consultant for companies and institutions operating in the field of research and technology transfer.

Domenico Lanzilotta
Founding partner

Journalist and co-founder of Blum, with several years of experience in print media. Has worked with organizations to help them leverage their communication to stimulate business for over ten years. Through training and research, he accompanies professionals and companies to improve themselves through communication strategies and practices that generate tangible results.

Francesca Ponzecchi
Founding partner

PR professional and co-founder of Blum, with over twenty years of experience in planning and executing networking events and strategies. Worked for ten years in the marketing division of RCS. Passionate about innovation, she contributed to the creation of Corriere Innovazione. She believes in the value of relationships and synergies to develop sustainable businesses.

Massimiliano Cortivo
General manager

Journalist, at Blum he coordinates all company activities and carries out strategic consultancy work. Supervises communication strategies and manages media relations at national and international level. For thirteen years an editor for the Corriere del Veneto (RCS). Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature.

Mara Scotto
PR & Lead generation strategist

Project Manager, coordinates projects and events and develops new business matching opportunities. For over ten years she was a product manager of the Campania and Puglia editions of the Corriere del Mezzogiorno (RCS). Degree in Humanities.

Silvia Pagliuca
Content strategist

Journalist, coordinates cross-media editorial projects and carries out media advising for companies. Writes about innovation, work and sustainability for newspapers and magazines in the relevant fields. A graduate in communication, with a specialization in Social, Political and Institutional Communication Management, and in Journalism.

Roberto Rafaschieri
Content strategist

Corporate communication consultant, journalist and facilitator. At Blum since 2021, he coordinates the design of positioning strategies and editorial planning during the start-up phase of projects, and creates multimedia content. Works as a consultant for companies and professionals for inclusive communication and digital accessibility. Holds a degree in Philosophy.

Carola Bravin
Social media strategist

Consultant and facilitator, at Blum creates editorial plans for social media in support of corporate communication strategies, coordinating content production. Has experience in social media management in the retail sector.  She develops workshops and seminars for companies and organizations in the field of Diversity & Inclusion. Holds a degree in Communication.

media relations
Enrico Albertini
Head of media relations

Journalist, at Blum since 2014, coordinates media relations activities. Has worked with numerous newspapers, including Il Mattino di Padova and Corriere del Veneto (RCS). Is also the spokesman for the rector of the University of Padua. Holds a degree in Communication, with a specialization in Journalism.

Valeria Costa
Media relations specialist

Press officer and communicator. Manages relations with national and international media, designing and executing communication strategies. Has worked for numerous important companies in the fashion, automotive and financial sectors and collaborated with relevant marketing and communication agencies. Graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures, with a specialization in Corporate Communication.

Stefano Campolo
Content & MR specialist

Journalist with over twenty-five years of experience in political communication at the local, national, and community levels. Has been a contributor to the Italian channel of SBS in Australia. His articles and investigations have been published in Avvenimenti, Il Fatto Quotidiano, and The Australian. Manages the blog Partodomani and writes for Gli Stati Generali and Eunews.

Viola Contursi
Content & MR specialist

Journalist and communicator, specializing in media relations, press office management, and communication strategies. An expert in economic policy, legislative and institutional processes, she has worked for 15 years in Parliament as a reporter for news agencies and online newspapers. She has also coordinated the press office of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Degree in Historical Sciences, with a specialization in Journalism.

Giulio Todescan
Head of content

Journalist, at Blum since 2015, coordinates content production activities and carries out consultancy, press office tasks and media relations. For ten years a freelance contributor to numerous publications, such as Corriere del Veneto (RCS). He is among the promoters of the “Working Title Film Festival” and has directed two documentaries. Degree in Communication.

Andrea Fasulo
Content & MR specialist

Journalist and copywriter, works on content production and media relations. Worked in the field of cultural heritage, contributed as a freelance to numerous publications, including Il Sole 24 Ore, and gained experience in media relations as a freelance and working for communication agencies. Degree in Contemporary History.

Caterina Longo
Content & MR specialist

Communicator and copywriter, creates, elaborates and coordinates cross-media editorial projects and carries out press office tasks and media relations. Has extensive experience as a press officer in the contemporary art field. Has a degree in Modern Literature and a qualification in Economics and Management of Museums and Cultural Services.

Roberta Voltan
Content & MR specialist

Journalist, has worked as an editor for a local newspaper and has collaborated with multiple publications, mainly in the fields of economy and innovation. For over 10 years, has been responsible for media relations for companies, startups, trade associations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. She has also specialized in conceiving and managing events related to corporate training. Degree in Communication.

Alessandro Di Stefano
Content specialist

Freelance journalist, expert in innovation, startups and tech, carries out contents, news and social communication. Since 2018 editor at StartupItalia. Experience in environmental journalism: editor at Rivista BC and social media manager and editor at FIAB. Degree in History with a specialization in Journalism.

Giulia Cimpanelli
Content specialist

Journalist, carries out communication consulting, content creation and social media management. Expert in innovation, startups and economy, is a contributor of the newspaper La Repubblica, primarily with the Affari&Finanza insert. Has been a contributor of Corriere della Sera for ten years, mainly on L’Economia and Corriere Innovazione. Has written for numerous titles: Startupitalia, Millionaire, Donna Moderna, TTG Italia, Glamour, Myself, Iodonna and others.

Riccardo Saporiti
Content specialist

Data journalist, specializing in technology, science, healthcare, and, in general, any phenomenon that can be represented with numerical values. He writes and visualizes data for publications such as Wired, InfoData-Il Sole24Ore, and VareseNews. Has worked on data-driven investigations such as “Vaccini d’Italia” (Vaccines of Italy) and “Pazienti dimenticati” (Forgotten Patients). Collaborates as a producer in organizing events like Wired Next Fest and Glocal, the journalism festival in Varese.

Chiara Caobelli
Content specialist

Communicator and copywriter, deals with press office and media relations activities, creates content and news. She writes about innovation, sport, culture and always has an eye on social issues. Has a degree in Communication and a specialization in Publishing.

Nicola Maioli
Events & operations manager

Communication consultant specialized in graphic design. Since 1999 has been involved in communication projects developing online and offline tools as well as organizing events. He collaborated on the launch of local projects and products of RCS and worked for 20 years with Fondazione Città della Speranza. Executive master in Public relations.

Erika Zaniolo

At Blum since 2019, mainly looks after the administrative aspects of the company and provides secretarial support to the newsroom and event organisers. Worked for twelve years in a travel agency in Padua. Diploma in Accountancy.

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