Interview with Marco Cortinovis
They say young people spend too much time on social media, but for Marco Cortinovis and three friends from university, social networking became the inspiration for a revolutionary platform.
After completing 17 internships between them across a three year period, the foursome decided to make the process easier for students who wanted to follow in their footsteps.
Having had to jump through various hoops and spend countless hours and a huge amount of energy finding their own internships, the group decided there must be a better way, there was not, so they made one!
Bringing a youthful attitude to the concept, Marco and his friends created DailyInternship, a platform aimed at making life easier for both students looking for internships, and companies looking for interns.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
My family have been entrepreneurs for as long as I can remember (and before that). They taught me the value of hard work, of having something which is yours.
Growing up, I was used to seeing both my parents working until late, which made me realise that being an entrepreneur means sacrifice, but for a great purpose.
What did you do before?
After studying in five states, I had five different internship experiences in different fields, ranging from corporate finance to wealth management, from my family business to consulting.
I have seen and experienced the field of finance from multiple perspectives and roles, starting in wealth management in Hong Kong, continuing with corporate lending when I joined Intesa Sanpaolo CIB, I also worked for McKinsey in Milan.
What is DailyInternship?
DailyInternship is a social recruiting platform that aims to be a reference point for companies and students.
The platform offers double profiling to meet the needs of companies and students.
Companies have a tool to reach, identify and select the right resource for their needs by benefiting from employer branding tools available on the platform.
At the same time, the service offers students a virtual bulletin board of announcements, offering hundreds of new opportunities every week. The bulletin board adapts to their characteristics and helps them identify the internships most suited to their preferences.
We now have students registered from more than 800 universities and collaborations with over 100 companies around Europe.
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What makes DailyInternship different?
DailyInternship is distinguished by three elements.
Firstly, a European platform, offering internship positions across Europe, with no single-country focus.
Secondly, a matching algorithm that helps students identify the best opportunities based on experience, preferences, etc, and helps companies identify the talents they are looking for based on student profiles.
Thirdly, a social media presence. We use the potential of social networking to engage with over 60,000 students across Europe.
How Did you Come Up with the Business Idea?
DailyInternship was born from a need of the four founders. We asked ourselves a simple question:
How is it possible that there isn’t a platform that offers us a sum up of all the different internship opportunities that are currently active in Europe?
There was no answer, so we decided to launch DailyInternship.
Virginia [Bassano], Francesco [Carboni], Gianmarco [Savi] and I have gained experience in different sectors working in companies such as McKinsey, Citibank, Google and BCG. Our own internships allowed us to get to know and study the market first-hand.
The market involves 4.5 million students every year in Europe alone, and is gaining increasing importance as a first step into the world of work.
What problems do you hope to solve?
There is a missing link between students looking for an internship opportunity and companies seeking talents.
Companies waste time and budget finding the right candidate at junior level, and students are confused by the different job portals, which don’t provide a point of reference for internship seekers of all kinds.
What is the best thing about being an entrepreneur?
For me, it’s a combination of flexibility, excitement, control and responsibility. I work with my own schedule, I choose my own team, I create my own opportunities, I develop my own project the way I want to, and I stand up for what I believe in.
And the most difficult?
Being an entrepreneur can be lonely. You have to make tough decisions on your own and the work schedule can be intense and unpredictable. It’s scary to be completely responsible for the success or failure of your business
What has been your most satisfying moment in business so far?
The most satisfying moment is being recognised for what we have developed. Students write to us every day to say that DailyInternship has allowed them to find their dream internship. This is how I know that we are actually making a difference.
What is the best piece of advice you can give someone starting their own business?
Execution is the key – business ideas on their own are not enough, you need to take action and believe in your ideas to transform them into something tangible.
Start today, as soon as you can, because the best way to learn is by doing. Set goals and do everything that is in your power to reach and overcome them
How do you define success?
I describe success as having a positive impact on the lives of different people. Knowing that what you are building is not only helping you, but also helping others to live a better life.
Marco Cortinovis is the CEO of DailyInternship, the first social recruiting platform developed to bridge the gap between students and companies (find out more at https://www.dailyinternship.com/). He is currently based in Milan, Italy. He has lived in Alabama, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, and Paris amongst others.
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