Startup Competition

The biggest international Startup Competition in Italy

16 · 17 · 18 JUNE 2022 / RIMINI EXPO CENTRE & ONLINE

Apply for 2023

OUR NUMBERS

  • +3.300 startup applications
  • +200 investors
  • + 2MLN€ value of prizes
  • 9th  edition
  • +500 partners
  • +21.000 participants in 2019

Some partners and Investors

Amazon AWS
Dock3
Peekaboo Vision
Vittoria Hub
OVH Cloud
UniCredit Start Lab
Startup Wise Guys
Giordano dell'Amore
Milano Investment Partners
Infinity
NTTdata
ANGI
Carrefour
Qonto
Two Hundred
Prana Ventures
Zanichelli Venture
dPixel
Digital Magics
Cariplo Factory
LVenture Group
LUISS ENLABS
TIM #Wcap
Nana Bianca
Pelliconi
boostheroes
H-Farm
Codemotion
IBAN
I3P
IAG
Seedble
ARXivar
The Hive
Engenereeing
Macnil Gruppo Zucchetti
Angel Partner Group
StarBoost
Guanxi
DOT - Digital On Things
Smartangle
ART-ER
San Marino Innovation
Connectia
Gruppo Sapio
Almacube
Nuvolab
Back to Work
Plug and Play
Crowdfundme
Eterna Capital
AB Innovation Consulting
Indaco Venture
United Ventures
Zhepiro Investement
Exelab
Lazio Innova
OpenSeed
PoliHub
G2 Startups
Bp Cube
SeedUp
Geosmart Campus
ComoNexT
Growth Capital
Astra Incubator

The Initiative

Innovation and entrepreneurship are driving forces of economic growth and social development in today's modern society. 

The WMF, for the tenth year in a row, combines innovation and entrepreneurship, in one of the most important south european initiative to support innovative ideas development and business creation: the WMF Startup Competition.

Aware of the key role of innovation in the development of a sustainable and inclusive future, WMF has, in fact, been creating growth opportunities for startups for over 10 years and has been working to spread an innovative entrepreneurial culture, fostering the development of an ecosystem of innovation - the Innovation Valley - also capable of generating a flow of opportunities between Italy and the world.

If you want to compete and take the opportunity to show your startup to the international world of innovation, you can now apply to the 2023 edition. Call for 2022 in closed.


The opportunity

Candidates will have the unique opportunity to increase visibility and present their projects in front of 24,000 attendees, including some of the most recognized corporation executives, investors, sector experts and innovation ecosystem stakeholders, that can support the implementation and the development of their business ideas.

6 startups will join the final, while other 36 startups will be selected to enter the Startup Stage and thus present their idea to the public and to the representatives of major incubators and accelerators.

Among the winners of the previous editions are TOMMI, Friendz, JustKnock, FitPrime, Ventur, PatchAI, Yape, Isaac, lightScience and Flowpay, as well as Recornea and MyLeg the winning projects of the 2021 Startup Competition. The overall value of the prizes offered was over 2 million euros, for a total of more than 3,300 startup candidates during the previous editions.


Our Call

The call for the Startup Competition 2022 is now closed. You can apply for the next edition.

The call is dedicated to startups and businesses - made up of individuals or teams - with innovative projects or ideas. Once the call is closed, and the canidates valuated, the Festival's Innovation Team will announce the 6 startup finalists that will have the opportunity to present their pitch to the jury and the attendees at WMF2022 in Rimini Expo Centre and Online from june 16th to 18th. Each team will have 3 minutes to present the key elements of their idea. The jury will then have another 2 minutes to ask further questions. Voting and announcing the winning startups will follow, at the end.

> Read the instructions


Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:
  • Skills of the team, knowledge of the sector, feasibility of the project;
  • Development stage of the product/service;
  • Degree of innovation and its defensibility;
  • Positioning in relation to competitors;
  • Consistency with market and customers’ needs and potential outreach;
  • Business potential of the idea;
  • Completeness of the documentation presented.

The 12 Challenge of the Future

The WMF encourages and supports the development of innovative entrepreneurial projects also capable of producing a positive influence on the environment and society.
For this reason, the WMF Startup Competition gives the opportunities to the applying startups to indicate specific challenges of the future that they are preparing to tackle in an innovative way:

  • Cities & Communities
  • Health
  • Work
  • Culture & Travel
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Learning & Education
  • Retail & Customer Experience
  • Marketing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Sports & Events
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Life On Planet Earth
  • Others chellenges

During the application, startups can also indicate if and in what measure they adhere to the ESG policies (Environmental, Social, Governance) as well as the impact generated by their innovative project on 1 ore many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals indicated by the UN 2030 Agenda.


The Elevator Pitch

The ‘elevator pitch’ is a brief presentation where you describe your business venture in a nutshell. A solid elevator pitch needs to convey the business idea in a concise manner, so as to attract the audience's attention quickly.

> Download support material

Apply now to present your startup at the 2023 edition of WMF - We Make Future

Timeline


12/05
2022
Call
Closing
30/05
2022
Finalists
announcement
16-18/06
2022
Final on the Mainstage
Would you like to compete in the biggest international startup competition in Italy?
Apply now for the 2023 edition by filling the form: your submission will be analyzed by our innovation team

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Goal 1 - Zero poverty
Goal 2 - Zero Hunger
Goal 3 - good health and well-being
Goal 4 - Quality education
Goal 5 - Gender equality
Goal 6 - Clean water and sanitation
Goal 7 - Affordable and clean energy
Goal 8 - Decent work and economic growth
Goal 9 - Industry, innovation, infrastructure
Goal 10 - Reduced inequalities
Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12 - Responsible consumption and production
Goal 13 - Climate action
Goal 14 - Life below water
Goal 15 - Life on land
Goal 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
Goal 17 - Partnership for the goals
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Social - entreprenurial activities which have social impact
Governance - Governance responsibility of your company
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Next Startup Competition Finale: June 2022



Some members of the jury of Startup Competition


Mariano Spalletti
Mariano Spalletti

Country Manager Italy Qonto

Roberto Giuliani
Roberto Giuliani

Incubator Manager ​​​​​​- LazioInnova

Paola Santilli
Paola Santilli

Relationship Manager - Crowdfundme

Michele Lia
Michele Lia

Business Analyst - Boost Heroes

Vanessa D'Ambrosio
Vanessa D'Ambrosio

Coordinator of the Presidency Office - San Marino Innovation

Matteo Confalonieri
Matteo Confalonieri

Senior Associate - Milano Investment Partner

Marco Dall'Olio
Marco Dall'Olio

Digital Marketing Manager - Mediaset

Alessio Cioni
Alessio Cioni

Vice CEO PBZ - Intesa Sanpaolo group & Vice president of Italian Croatian chamber of commerce

Matteo Frattini
Matteo Frattini

Investment team - Indaco SGR

Frane Šesnić
Frane Šesnić

Director of ZICER - Zagreb innovation center

Federico Rastelli
Federico Rastelli

Investment Analyst - Siamosoci & Mamacrowd

Mario Vražić
Mario Vražić

Ph.D.- Vice Dean - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Gianluca Trentin
Gianluca Trentin

Account & Community Manager - Plug And Play

Giacomo Venezia
Giacomo Venezia

Business Developer - Almacube Bologna

Davide Barra
Davide Barra

Program Director - Hubble Accelerator Program - Nana Bianca

Massimo Avvisati
Massimo Avvisati

Head of EdTech R&D - Codemotion

Guido Fabbri
Guido Fabbri

Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer del Geosmartcampus

Giulio Montoli
Giulio Montoli

Head of the Acceleration Program - LVenture 

Lorenzo Triboli
Lorenzo Triboli

Associate Cross Border Growth Capital

Giulia Giovannini
Giulia Giovannini

Investment Manager - United Ventures

Marco Meoni
Marco Meoni

Senior Analyst Cross Border Growth Capital

Flavia Levi
Flavia Levi

Venture Analyst - Plug and Play

Vincenzo Elifani
Vincenzo Elifani

Investor Lego Ventures and Co-Founder Astra Incubator

Andrea Censoni
Andrea Censoni

Associate & deal flow manager - Dpixel

Alessandro Santorelli
Alessandro Santorelli

Project Manager - H Farm

Giorgio Scarpelli
Giorgio Scarpelli

Chief Technology Officer & Innovation - NTT DATA Italia

Alessandro Giovinazzo
Alessandro Giovinazzo

Project Manager - Cariplo Factory

Mattia Mrvosevic
Mattia Mrvosevic

Founding Partner & Co-Chief Investment Officer - Eterna Capital

Danilo Vulpio
Danilo Vulpio

Healthcare Innovation Manager - Gruppo Sapio

Edoardo Reggiani
Edoardo Reggiani

Head of Business Development & Innovation - BacktoWork

Lorenzo Ferrara
Lorenzo Ferrara

President & coordinator -  Business Angels "BAN Firenze"

Giusy Stanziola
Giusy Stanziola

Vice President - WEU Start Lab & Development Programs 

Negar Mokarram
Negar Mokarram

Business Analyst & Startup Scouting I3P

Andrea dal Piaz
Andrea dal Piaz

Dock3 - The Startup Lab

Emanuele Caronia
Emanuele Caronia

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor Exelab

Damir Brčić
Damir Brčić

Head of IT and Common affairs department at Split-Dalmatia County and Head of ICT County project

Federico Leonardi
Federico Leonardi

Business Developer Backtowork

Pietro Pogliani
Pietro Pogliani

Investment Manager 200 Crowd

Adib Mouchanan
Adib Mouchanan

Head of Partners HubSpot Italy

<p>Jonathan Clarke</p>

Jonathan Clarke

Startup Program Leader OVHcloud

Daniele Alberti
Daniele Alberti

StarBoost - Serial entrepreneur

Anna Amati
Anna Amati

VP META Group

Alessandro Basile
Alessandro Basile

Regional Partener FasterCapital

Massimo Canducci
Massimo Canducci

Chief Innovation Officer Engineering

Alberto Carrai
Alberto Carrai

Chief International Business Development, Able Tech

Massimo Ciaglia
Massimo Ciaglia

CEO - Grownnectia

Gianluca Ciminata
Gianluca Ciminata

Founder & CEO Digital on things Company

Mariarita Costanza
Mariarita Costanza

Technical Director Macnil Gruppo Zucchetti

Giovanni De Caro
Giovanni De Caro

Founder - Zephiro investments

<em>Enrico Deluchi</em>
Enrico Deluchi

General Manager - PoliHub

Filippo Forni 
Filippo Forni 

Head of Innovation - Confindustria Emilia Area Centro

Matteo Giovannetti
Matteo Giovannetti

Business Consultant I3P

Alberto Giusti
Alberto Giusti

Entrepreneur & Strategy Consultant at Guanxi

Giorgio Guidi
Giorgio Guidi

Founder & Ceo The Hive CoWorking & Incubator

Adriano La Vopa
Adriano La Vopa

Founder Smartangle

Marco Lotito
Marco Lotito

Accelerator Leader TIM #Wcap

Matteo Mingardi
Matteo Mingardi

Innovation Manager Pelliconi

Stefano Molino
Stefano Molino

Co-head Innogest's digital practice

Massimiliano Montefusco
Massimiliano Montefusco

General Manager RDS 100% Grandi Successi

Giancarlo Orsini
Giancarlo Orsini

Chief International Business Development - Able Tech

Gabriele Ronchini
Gabriele Ronchini

Founder and Managing Director Digital Magics

Giovanni Strocchi
Giovanni Strocchi

Angel Investor IAG

Anna Testa
Anna Testa

Product Sales Specialist Digitalization Italy CISCO

Giovanni Tufani
Giovanni Tufani

Co-Founder e CFO Seedble

Andrea Orlando
Andrea Orlando

Managing Partner Startup Wise Guys Italy

Diletta Leotta and Cosmano Lombardo -  co hosts of the Startup Competition Finale at WMF2020
Winner of Startup Competition at WMF2020 - november edition
Some of the finalists of the Startup Competition - WMF2020 november
WMF Startup District on interactive platform ibrida.io
Official Jury of the Startup Competition Finale - WMF2020 november edition
WMF2020 - november edition Virtual Expo Area presented on the Mainstage
Startup Competition Finale at WMF2020 - november
The jury of the Online Startup Competition
The winners of Startup Competition 2019
The winners of Startup Competition 2019
Elevator Pitch
Startup Special Prize
16 - 17 -18 JUNE 2022 /
Rimini Fiera&Online

The Digital and Social Innovation Festival


Startup Competition
call closes may 12th






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