Social Enterprises – Accounting And Fiscal Aspects

Social Enterprises – Accounting And Fiscal Aspects

Gianni Mario Colombo, associate of Cahill Caizzone, has recently published the e-book “Social enterprises – Accounting and fiscal aspects” on the Italian Third Sector reform and its impact on fiscal and accounting aspects of nonprofit organizations.

One of our associates, the chartered accountant Gianni Mario Colombo, has written with Maurizio Setti the e-book “Social enterprises – Accounting and fiscal aspects – With respect to the legislative decree n. 112/2017 and the legislative decree n. 95/2018” (Le imprese sociali- Aspetti contabili e fiscali – Aggiornato con il D. Lgs. N. 112/2017 e il D. Lgs. N. 95/2018).

The e-book, available on the WKI shop, explores the Italian Third Sector reform, which is now entering into its operational phase pushed by the recent legislation decrees, the n. 112/2017 and the n. 95/2018.

The book also assesses the impact of this reform on the fiscal and accounting aspects of the Italian nonprofit organizations.

The main topics of this e-book are:

  • Accountability of the social enterprise;
  • Financial statements and social report;
  • Taxation of the social enterprise for the purposes of direct taxes;
  • Comparison with recent and similar social legislation: start up with a social vocation and benefit society;
  • Extraordinary operations of management of social enterprises.

E-book details:

  • Title: “Social enterprises. Accounting and fiscal aspects – with respect to the legislative decree n. 112/2017 and the legislative decree n. 95/2018”
  • Authors: Colombo Gianni Mario, Setti Maurizio
  • Publishing house: IPSOA
  • Year: 2018
  • Price: € 19,90
    Available on WKI.
Interview With Simone Sangiorgi, Founder of Kippy

Interview With Simone Sangiorgi, Founder of Kippy

Cahill Caizzone & Associates chats with Simone Sangiorgi, founder and CEO of Kippy, on how to create and develop a successful startup and overcome the challenges and difficulties of expanding abroad.

A recent study on the global pet care market conducted by Market Research Future (MRFR) shows that this market has observed impressive growth over the years and is projected to capture a steady CAGR of 4.1% over the forecast period of 2017 – 2023.

High demand for pet products, grooming & boarding services and global rise in the adoption of pets are some of the major factors estimated to drive the market.

This is the market where Kippy operates. Kippy is a GPS tracker that is able to track the position of an animal through its geolocalised system, which communicates the animals position anywhere.

Kippy, which can be used on smartphone, tablet and computer, also monitors and records the vitals of your pet. It can also calculate the activity of the pet (including the rest, the play and the run) and his/her energy consumption, based on the pet’s weight, size and breed.

The device, placed in the pets’ neck, has more coverage than bluetooth, has unlimited reach and it works even if your animal is a thousand km away. It is also suitable for cats: in fact, this device can be used for every pet with a weight of more than 5 kg.

In today’s feature in our series of interviews with startup founders and entrepreneurs who managed to make their business international, we chat with Simone Sangiorgi, founder and CEO of Kippy.

Read how a simple device became so important, how they grew their startup at such an impressive rate, what strategies choose to follow to spread their business internationally and how they dealt with the difficulty of expanding in other countries and markets.


Questions for Simone Sangiorgi

1. How did you come up with the idea of Kippy and how did you progress from the idea to the product?
2. Could you give us a quick intro to your services and business model, and some overview on your customer base?
3. When did you start thinking about expanding internationally?
4. How did you plan your expansion in other markets? Did you get any institutional support on this?
5. What difficulties did you experience while expanding your business abroad? What were the top issues you had to overcome?
6. Did you have to set up offices abroad? If so, how did you pick the location?
7. How do you deal with the differences in the corporate tax regimes in your country and other countries?
8. How is the GDPR impacting on your business?
9. How do you approach your clients abroad, and is your sales strategy different than in your country?
10. Would you have any tips for startups looking to expand internationally?


#1. How did you come up with the idea of Kippy and how did you progress from the idea to the product?

We started in 2013 with an online AB test between a concept product for kids tracking vs a pet tracker. People in Germany and Italy were really interested in the pet one so we started to develop our first product, Kippy FINDER, a GPS tracker stand alone that we launched in September 2014.

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Copyright: @Kippy

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#2. Could you give us a quick intro to your services and business model, and some overview on your customer base?

Actually we sell three different service packages: monthly payment 7.99 per month, yearly payment 59.99, in advance, and two years 99.99, in advance. Our business model is focused on subscriptions and we are going to launch our first uptake service which will be a pet-insurance.

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#3. When did you start thinking about expanding internationally?

We started to sell Kippy all over Europe really soon through pet stores, through ecommerce and finally thanks to the partnership with Vodafone global.

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#4. How did you plan your expansion in other markets? Did you get any institutional support on this?

We have planned to access the US market in 2019, we didn’t have any institutional support on this.

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#5. What difficulties did you experience while expanding your business abroad? What were the top issues you had to overcome?

Managing  a lot of different languages and cultures needs an extra effort for a start up but it is also a really exciting experience. For Kippy, the top issue is the Italian fundraising ecosystem that is underdeveloped especially for scale up companies.

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Copyright: @Kippy

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#6. Did you have to set up offices abroad? If so, how did you pick the location?

We don’t have any office abroad at this moment but we consider the UK or US after the next investment round.

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#7. How do you deal with the differences in the corporate tax regimes in your country and other countries?

Fortunately in UE countries there is the “intra” which is a really good facilitation.

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#8. How is the GDPR impacting on your business?

It’s only another unuseful cost of bureaucracy.

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#9. How do you approach your clients abroad, and is your sales strategy different than in your country?

We don’t have different sales strategies except for retail distribution. It’s a matter of staff, it would be better to  follow the old method “act global think local”, but unfortunately it is not a lean approach.

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#10. Would you have any tips for startups looking to expand internationally?

Pay attention to translations, don’t use low budget translation services, as a bad translation will strongly affect your traction in foreign countries.

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We thank Simone for the time he dedicated to the interview and for his answers, a source of interest and motivation for young entrepreneurs.

Want to read more? Check out our series of interviews with startup founders and entrepreneurs who managed to internationalize their business.

Irish Small Firms To Gather At Business Connect 2019

Irish Small Firms To Gather At Business Connect 2019

It was announced today that the 2019 Small Firms Association’s Business Connect event will take place on Thursday, 7 February 2019 in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4.  

Article by Robert McHugh on the BusinessWorld.ie
 
At the event, delegates will hear from experts such as Ibec CEO Danny McCoy on the impact of Brexit on small businesses, as well as larger companies such as Abbott on their successful cooperation models with their smaller counterparts. Kingsley Aikins, founder and CEO of The Networking Institute, will speak on the right pitch and how to unlock that deal. 
 
Now in its second year, Business Connect is a marketplace event designed to give delegates a window into the decision making and purchasing processes of Ireland’s leading companies. 
 
Along with informal networking between large and small firms, the 2019 edition of the event will see the introduction of pre-booked facilitated networking sessions between delegates and purchasing decision makers in large organisations. This networking will match purchasers and decision makers in large Irish and Multi-National companies who are actively searching for small firms to provide them with goods and services.
 
The finalists of the SFA National Small Business Awards will exhibit at the event along with awards sponsors and partners. Business Connect 2019 runs from 8am to 3pm with facilitated networking sessions from 2pm-3pm. The event is compered by journalist Richard Curran.
 
Commenting on the 2019 Business Connect event, Chairperson of the Small Firms Association, Sue O’Neill said, “We are really excited about our second Business Connect event. As well as best in class speakers and case studies to help small firms better equip themselves to win contracts and work with large customers, our new facilitated networking sessions will pair suppliers with large companies who are actively seeking their services.”

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