StartUp Initiative is an international acceleration platform which selects promising high-tech startups, coaches them and connects them with financial and corporate investors.
Since its inception in 2009, the program has developed a strong track record: over 100 investment forums in 6 countries (IT, UK, US, FR, DE, IL, HK) across 9 technologies and industries (Digital & Mobile; Cleantech; Biotech & Healthcare; Nanotech & Materials; Social Ventures; Agri-Food; Fashion & Design; Automotive & Transportation; Building & Construction), matching over 1100 startups and growing companies with about 9000 investors, corporations and players of the innovation ecosystem. StartUp Initiative alumni have collectively raised over 110 M€.


What:   Identification of interesting startups, business plan analysis and initial screening
Who:   Our Innovation Managers, using a screening model shared with target investors


What:  Coaching for start-ups to fine-tune their business plan and presentation pitch.
Who:   World-class coaches including a lifelong angel investor from California and a tech M&A veteran


What:  Selection of the startups that are most ready to meet investors
Who:    Panel of experts from incubators, universities, accelerators, industry and investment funds


What:  Start-up pitches, Q&A, collection of interest manifestations from the investors
Who:   Italian and international investors (Angel Investors, Seed Capital, Venture Capital) and corporations