Our Founder

Diva Tommei, Founder & Inventor of Caia

Diva is the founder and CEO of Solenica, as well as the inventor of our flagship product Caia. Diva has a Bachelor in Biotechnology from La Sapienza and a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge. She was also part of the last class of the Master “In The Boardroom 4.0”, a course prepping women executives to take part in international and national boardrooms. Diva attended the NASA university program Singularity University in 2010, and has been an honorary member of the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club since 2013. She was nominated “Top 50 Women in European Tech” by Forbes in 2018 and has given two TEDx talks, one in Rome (2017) and one in Matera (2018). She was also awarded the Young Global Innovator Award by MIT Tech Review in 2017 and has worked with Huawei on their artificial intelligence campaign (2017) as well as with Land Rover on their sustainability campaign (2019). In 2019 Diva was awarded the Pleiade International Award in the field of Innovation and New Technologies.


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


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


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


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

Diva In The News

Pleiade International Award.


June 7, 2019: Awarded the “Pleide International Award” for Innovation & New Technologies at the Italian House of Representatives.

Speaker at TEDx Matera.

December 14, 2018: Diva speaks at TEDx Matera on “Habitat 4.0: how robotics should help us reshape our indoor environment” (video to be released)

Nominated by Forbes.

October 16, 2018: Diva is nominated by Forbes as one of the “Top 50 Women in Tech in Europe

Interview by Il Corriere.

March and April 2019: Diva’s story featured on Il Corriere and Il Corriere TV

Episode on Freeda.

14 December 2018: Freeda’s “Women Crush” episode is on Diva and her story

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.