Tomorrow’s companies.
Built today

Lio Factory is an investment platform building and funding financial businesses designed to endure


[from the Greek word λύω meaning «to solve, fulfill, accomplish»]
The first element of compound words used in technical terminology, meaning «solution, free, unbound».

What We Do

Lio is a place where investment rigor meets entrepreneurship

Lio Factory “greenlights” businesses through a rigorous, structured and systematic process

Business ideas selection

  • We combine the depth and patience of fundamental, long-arc investment research with the pragmatism of entrepreneurship
  • Our processes are designed to uncover opportunities that have significantly asymmetric upside with mitigated risk

Accumulated Lio expertise

  • We exclusively develop businesses in which we have solid multi-year experience
  • We only greenlight businesses where we have a concrete edge

Our team archetype

  • Win together – we are a closely bonded community aligned by a shared mission
  • Take the swing – we embody an entrepreneurial spirit, fostering innovation to explore new ideas
Our Companies

Crafting businesses that are build to last

Real Estate
Investment company focusing on direct investments in niche segments of the real estate market
Investment company that develops projects in the Italian data center market, to be developed from greenfield in partnership with hyperscalers or colocators
Investment Company developing proiects in the Italian renewables market from greenfield
Special Opportunities
Hedge Fund focusing on illiquid assets and uncovering special opportunities in corporate restructuring, bankruptcy procedures and legal claims
Artificial Intelligence
A.I. platform building and funding the next generation of industry-defining technology businesses

A place where diverse and extraordinary minds come together

Leadership Team
Francesco Marini
Founder and CEO, Lio Factory

Francesco is an investor and entrepreneur active for over a decade in the field of alternative investments with ventures ranging from real estate to distressed assets, renewable energy and nano-technologies. He is an avid art collector and a life-long horse-back rider.

CFO, Lio Factory

Aniello brings 20+ years of experience as CFO of real estate companies and funds at Deutsche Bank, Castello SGR and Invel Real Estate

Francesco Molinari
CEO, Lio Capital

Francesco brings over 20 years of real estate investing experience at Carlyle and Invel Real Estate (Head of Acquisitions for Italy).


Luca brings 15+ years of investing and company building experience at Rocket Internet, Xyence (Italy’s largest life sciences fund) and L Catterton. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Pierluigi De Luca
De Luca
Managing Director, Lio SSG

Pierluigi brings over 30 years of experience in bankruptcy proceedings and banking litigation. He has structured and approved 100+ bankruptcy applications throughout his career.

CEO, Lio Tech

Mirko brings over 15 years of experience in software design, software development and artificial intelligence. He has previous experience as Product Director of e-learning platform Docebo (TSE: DCBO, 2019 IPO).