Alexander Piutti is an impact-oriented serial founder, angel investor and innovation coach. Alex loves two things: Innovation and working closely with ambitious and creative minds. This has led Alex to build several technology and impact companies, including Global Venture Partners, Overture (sold to Yahoo! for $1.6 billion), GameGenetics, SirPlus, Rehago,
and most recently SPRK.global.
A cancer misdiagnosis in 2014 as a defining and personal moment in his life, and the birth of his first child in 2015, gave him the impetus to use his experience as an entrepreneur and startup founder to create a more just and sustainable world. Since then, Alex has been committed to solving the world's unsolved problem of food supply chain inefficiencies, it’s
overproduction as a result, and ultimately preventing food waste.
Alex works extensively with founders and innovators to build technology-driven impact businesses and make a social and sustainable difference. He has worked as a coach with
Samsung, Volkswagen, Deutsche Post/DHL, Daimler, Alba and Deutsche Bahn, as well as the City of Berlin and the United Nations, helping these companies define and implement their innovation and public good strategies.
Alex grew up and went to school in Meerbusch, Germany, and in Asia. After graduating from high school in Hong Kong, he studied Electrical Engineering with the specialization in Automation at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany (BA) and International Studies at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (MA). He completed his MBA at the Wharton School of Business, focusing on "Entrepreneurship". Alex lives in Berlin with his wife and two small children.
Berlin-based impact startup SPRK.global GmbH (SPRK) operates a global B2B food
exchange, to eliminate food waste in the supply chain and drive down climate damage as a result. This is achieved in close cooperation with supply chain actors through a demand-driven and rapid redistribution or processing of surplus and perfectly edible food.
The long-term mission is to increase supply chain efficiency and significantly reduce food overproduction in order to conserve valuable resources and significantly reduce CO2 emissions. SPRK relies on a unique technology using artificial intelligence. This connects the participants in the supply chain, with systematic consideration of
processing companies and public welfare organizations as buyers.
SPRK’s goal can be achieved through efficient match-making of food supply and food surplus with demand, using an AI-driven trading and distribution platform.
10% of greenhouse gases are emitted due to the problem of food waste alone: worldwide, 2.5 billion tons of food end up in the garbage every year, including 12 million tons in Germany alone.