A new edition of UPIDEA! STARTUP PROGRAM is open: teams of aspiring entrepreneurs and startups of every sector have time until October 31st to answer the Call for Ideas by presenting their idea or business project to gain access to the acceleration and growth path.

The project, which was born two years ago, is promoted by the Giovani Imprenditori of the Associazioni Confindustriali of Emilia Romagna, with the aim of supporting the emergence of new businesses on the regional territory and encouraging networking and innovation. From the first edition, UpIdea! is strong of the support and expertise of LUISS ENLABS.

There are several opportunities at stake for winning startups:
  • A 5-months Acceleration Program, realized with the contribution of LUISS ENLABS at Tecnopolo of Reggio Emilia;
  • Incubation at Fondazione R.E.I.'s Certified Incubator;
  • Possibility of access a network of 8,000 companies, leaders in all industrial sectors, affiliated to the Confindustria Emilia-Romagna system, with whom to establish collaborations and partnerships;
  • Product development support through the assistance of technical partners, use of test labs, contacts and business partnerships;
  • Consultancy in marketing, business plan writing, intellectual property protection and opportunities to access public calls;
  • Free membership for one year at the territorial Association of reference with full use of associative services;
  • Visibility and presence on the site dedicated to the initiative and directly linked to the portals of the Industrial Associations of the regional territory;
  • Contacts with Venture Capitalists, Business Angels, credit institutions and enterprises.

After the call for ideas, a jury composed of regional entrepreneurs and experts will evaluate ideas and projects according to the degree of innovation, economic sustainability, quality and completeness of the team and will select the best startups that will have access to the acceleration path. Selected teams will access the first month of the acceleration path: a Boot Camp, during which startups will participate in 6 thematic seminars held by LUISS ENLABS' experts. Each selected startup will be followed by a Mentor which will support the business development and growth. The program will be concluded by an Investor Day, where the "winners" will be able to submit their business plans to investors and regional companies to close funding rounds and collaborations.

As emphasized by Enrico Giuliani, Chairman of Giovani Imprenditori Unindustria Reggio Emilia, two startups participating in the past two editions of UpIdea!, KPI6 and PlayWood, were selected for LUISS ENLABS acceleration program and got further investments.

To participate, fill in the form available on the site