Our Founder

Diva Tommei, Founder & Inventor of Caia

Diva is co-founder and CEO of Solenica, as well as the inventor of our flagship product Caia. Diva has a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge and attended Singularity University, a program sponsored by NASA and Google, in the 2010 Graduate Studies Program. She was nominated “Top 50 Influential Women in European Entrepreneurship” by EU-Startups and in 2017 gave her first TEDx talk in Rome on what it takes for Italian startups to become as successful as their American counterparts. She was also awarded the Young Global Innovator Award in 2017 by MIT Tech Review. Diva is a member of the Women in Aerospace association and has been elected Honorary Member of the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club.

Educator

Studied Genomic Biotechnology at La Sapienza in Rome and went on to get a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge.

Innovator

Attended Singularity University, a program sponsored by NASA and Google, in the 2010 Graduate Studies Program.

Speaker

Gave 2017 TEDx talk in Rome on what it takes for Italian startups to become as successful as their American counterparts.

Leader

Awarded the Young Global Innovator Award in 2017 by MIT Tech Review.

Diva In The News

Diva Interviewed on Live Television

 

November 17, 2017: Top Italian tech journalist Riccardo Luna interviews Diva about her startup journey on live television in one of the largest venues in Rome.

Huawei National Campaign

 

November 11, 2017: Diva is currently featured in a nationwide Huawei campaign as one of four Italian innovators who works with AI. A custom stone statue as well as billboards, posters, and online ads across Italy all feature Diva and Solenica.

Entrepreneur Podcast Feature

 

October 24, 2017: Episode 41 of Lean the F*ck Out, a podcast for women entrepreneurs, features Diva discussing what makes a hardware startup tick and what it means to reinvest in your community.

Top 50 Influential EU Women

 

October 18, 2017: Diva named one of the European Union’s top 50 most influential women in startups and VCs.

Tech Open Air Berlin 2017 Speaker

 

July 12, 2017: Diva spoke on the topic of Acing The Iceberg: What You Need To Know About Crowdfunding Hardware at one of the top European tech conferences of the year.

TEDx Tiburtino Speaker

 

March 8, 2017: Diva gives talk at premier TEDx event in the capital city of Italy on what it takes for Italian startups to become as successful as their American counterparts.

Winner of Elle Italia & Huawei Innovative Women Award

 

November 5, 2016: Winner of the Elle Italia “Donna, talento e innovazione nel mondo digitale” award. 

Select Delegate at Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

 

June 22-24, 2016: Diva was one of only two selected delegates from all of Italy at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University.

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