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

A4W
ANGI
Roma Startup
Bocconi for Innovation
boostheroes
Creationdose
Crowdfundme
Engineering
Entrepreniston
IAG
Indaco Venture
Lazio Innova
Guanxi
Le Village
Giordano dell'Amore
Nana Bianca
NextUp
Oplon
PoliHub
Prana Ventures
Qonto
Seedble
Re2n
United Ventures
Volano
A11 Venture
AgriFoodTech Italia
Emil Banca MUG
Gellify
Wylab
ESA - European Space Agency
Digital Coach
Motor Valley Accelerator
Dock3
Amazon AWS
Incubatore Campano
Peekaboo Vision
Vittoria Hub
OVH Cloud
UniCredit Start Lab
Startup Wise Guys
Milano Investment Partners
Infinity
NTTdata
Carrefour
Two Hundred
Zanichelli Venture
dPixel
Digital Magics
Cariplo Factory
LVenture Group
LUISS ENLABS
TIM #Wcap
H-Farm
IBAN
I3P
The Hive
Engenereeing
StarBoost
Smartangle
ART-ER
San Marino Innovation
Connectia
Gruppo Sapio
Almacube
Nuvolab
Back to Work
Plug and Play
Eterna Capital
AB Innovation Consulting
United Ventures
Zhepiro Investement
Exelab
OpenSeed
G2 Startups
Bp Cube
SeedUp
Geosmart Campus
ComoNexT
Growth Capital
Astra Incubator
HubSpot
Dynamo
Startup Gym
Fondazione Rei
Confindustria Emilia
Archeide Lux
012Factory
FoolFarm
BIZPLACE
D-Group
Tech Up Accelerator
Serendpt
UnipolSai

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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Next Startup Competition Finale: June 2022



Some members of the jury of Startup Competition


<div>Luca Ruggeri</div>
Luca Ruggeri

Consigliere e responsabile dell'Open Innovation Club - Associazione Roma Startup

<div>Giovanni Strocchi</div>
Giovanni Strocchi

Senior screening committee member - IAG

<div>Denis Vittorio Truccone</div>
Denis Vittorio Truccone

Innovation Manager - UnipolSai

<div>Leonardo Saroni</div>
Leonardo Saroni

Operational Partner - Prana Ventures

<div>Silvia Costantino</div>
Silvia Costantino

Program Analyst & Operations - B4I Bocconi for Innovation

<div>Enzo Rimedio</div>
Enzo Rimedio

Digital PR Manager - Digital Coach

<div>Michele Giordani</div>
Michele Giordani

Managing Partner & Founder - Gellify

<div>Enrico Zanotti</div>
Enrico Zanotti

Direttore del Comitato Tecnico Scientifico - San Marino Innovation

<div>Giovanni De Caro</div>
Giovanni De Caro

Strategic and financial advisor - Volano Group

<div>Lorenzo Zatini</div>
Lorenzo Zatini

Ecosystem Marketing Manager - Qonto

<div>Sabrina Ricci</div>
Sabrina Ricci

AI Ecosystem ManagerΦ-lab - ESA

<div>Massimo Canducci</div>
Massimo Canducci

Chief Innovation Officer - Engineering

<div>Andrea Parmeggiani</div>
Andrea Parmeggiani

Direttore - Fondazione Rei, Tech Up Accelerator

<div>Davide Filiaggi</div>
Davide Filiaggi

Operations Manager Hubble Acceleration Program - Nana Bianca

<div>Rinaldo Canzi</div>
Rinaldo Canzi

Investment Manager - Fondazione Social Venture GDA

<div>Maria Laura Di Carlo</div>
Maria Laura Di Carlo

Innovation and Start up Advisor - Le Village

<div>Andrea Solimene</div>
Andrea Solimene

CEO & CoFounder - Seedble

<div>Vittoria San Pietro</div>
Vittoria San Pietro

Responsabile Innovazione Startup Mug - Emill Banca Credito Cooperativo

<div>Emanuele Zingale</div>
Emanuele Zingale

Head of TIM open innovation program

<div>Alberico Tremigliozzi</div>
Alberico Tremigliozzi

Founder & CEO - Re2N

<div>Lambros Kaoudis</div>
Lambros Kaoudis

Business finance consultant - INTERFINANCE

<div>Francesca Picasso</div>
Francesca Picasso

Project Manager del corso Football Data Analyst - Wylab

<div>Luigi Bergamasco</div>
Luigi Bergamasco

Chief Tecnology Officer - Oplon

<div>Giorgio Ciron</div>
Giorgio Ciron

Direttore - Innovup

<div>Fabio Carrera</div>
Fabio Carrera

CEO - SerenDPT - H3

<div>Paolo Ottaviani</div>
Paolo Ottaviani

Innovation Broker - Almacube

<div>Peter Kruger</div>
Peter Kruger

Presidente - AgriFood Italia

<div>Francesco Paolo Russo</div>
Francesco Paolo Russo

Direttore Generale - ANGI

<div>Francesco Davini</div>
Francesco Davini

Partner e investment board - A11 Venture

<div>Matteo Leonardi</div>
Matteo Leonardi

Senior investment analyst - IAG

<div>Pasquale Brancaccio</div>
Pasquale Brancaccio

Direttore Generale - Incubatore Campano

<div>Luca Sellari Franceschini</div>
Luca Sellari Franceschini

Onboarding Manager - Crowdfundme

<div>Federico Smanio</div>
Federico Smanio

CEO - Wylab | Program Director - WeSportUp

<div>Piero Ingrosso</div>
Piero Ingrosso

VP- AlmaVicoo | Head of Innovation and Communication - Legacoop Bologna

<div>Jacopo Drudi</div>
Jacopo Drudi

Investment Manager - United Ventures

<div>Silvia Lanfrancotti</div>
Silvia Lanfrancotti

Business Angel - A4W

<div>Camilla Tellez</div>
Camilla Tellez

Operations Manager - Motor Valley Accelerator

<div>Selvaggia Fagioli</div>
Selvaggia Fagioli

Business Angel - A4W

<div>Michele Castorina</div>
Michele Castorina

ESA

<div>Andrea Parmeggiani</div>
Andrea Parmeggiani

Direttore - Fondazione Rei, Tech Up Accelerator

<div>Vittoria San Pietro</div>
Vittoria San Pietro

Responsabile Innovazione Startup Mug - Emill Banca Credito Cooperativo

<div>Davide Filiaggi</div>
Davide Filiaggi

Operations Manager Hubble Acceleration Program - Nana Bianca

<div>Rinaldo Canzi</div>
Rinaldo Canzi

Investment Manager - Fondazione Social Venture GDA

<div>Andrea Solimene</div>
Andrea Solimene

CEO & CoFounder - Seedble

<div>Alberico Tremigliozzi</div>
Alberico Tremigliozzi

Founder & CEO - Re2N

<div>Maria Laura Di Carlo</div>
Maria Laura Di Carlo

Innovation and Start up Advisor - Le Village

<div>Massimo Canducci</div>
Massimo Canducci

Chief Innovation Officer - Engineering

<div>Piero Ingrosso</div>
Piero Ingrosso

VP- AlmaVicoo | Head of Innovation and Communication - Legacoop Bologna

<div>Michele Castorina</div>
Michele Castorina

ESA

<div>Camilla Tellez</div>
Camilla Tellez

Operations Manager - Motor Valley Accelerator

<div>Pasquale Brancaccio</div>
Pasquale Brancaccio

Direttore Generale - Incubatore Campano

<div>Francesco Davini</div>
Francesco Davini

Partner e investment board - A11 Venture

<div>Francesca Picasso</div>
Francesca Picasso

Project Manager del corso Football Data Analyst - Wylab

<div>Silvia Lanfrancotti</div>
Silvia Lanfrancotti

Business Angel - A4W

<div>Selvaggia Fagioli</div>
Selvaggia Fagioli

Business Angel - A4W

<div>Emanuele Zingale</div>
Emanuele Zingale

Head of TIM open innovation program

<div>Lambros Kaoudis</div>
Lambros Kaoudis

Business finance consultant - INTERFINANCE

<div>Peter Kruger</div>
Peter Kruger

Presidente - AgriFood Italia

<div>Paolo Ottaviani</div>
Paolo Ottaviani

Innovation Broker - Almacube

<div>Fabio Carrera</div>
Fabio Carrera

CEO - SerenDPT - H3

<div>Matteo Leonardi</div>
Matteo Leonardi

Senior investment analyst - IAG

<div>Luca Sellari Franceschini</div>
Luca Sellari Franceschini

Onboarding Manager - Crowdfundme

<div>Giorgio Ciron</div>
Giorgio Ciron

Direttore - Innovup

<div>Francesco Paolo Russo</div>
Francesco Paolo Russo

Direttore Generale - ANGI

<div>Federico Smanio</div>
Federico Smanio

CEO - Wylab | Program Director - WeSportUp

<div>Luigi Bergamasco</div>
Luigi Bergamasco

Chief Tecnology Officer - Oplon

<div>Jacopo Drudi</div>
Jacopo Drudi

Investment Manager - United Ventures

Daniele Alberti
Daniele Alberti

Serial entrepreneur - StarBoost 

Anna Amati
Anna Amati

Co-founder & General Partner - EUREKA! Venture

Alessandro Asaro
Alessandro Asaro

Head of Communication and Digital Marketing - PoliHub

Luigi Bergamasco
Luigi Bergamasco

Chief Tecnology Officer - Oplon

Pasquale Brancaccio
Pasquale Brancaccio

General Manager - Incubatore Campano

Massimo Canducci
Massimo Canducci

Chief Innovation Officer - Engineering

Rinaldo Canzi
Rinaldo Canzi

Investment Manager - Fondazione Social Venture GDA

Sebastian Caputo
Sebastian Caputo

Project manager and CEO - 012Factory

Emanuele Caronia
Emanuele Caronia

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor - Exelab

Alberto Carrai
Alberto Carrai

Chief International Business Development - Able Tech

Fabio Carrera
Fabio Carrera

CEO - SerenDPT - H3

Lavinia Carrese
Lavinia Carrese

ESG Report Referent - BIZPLACE

Michele Castorina
Michele Castorina

ESA

Vittorio Cavani
Vittorio Cavani

Partner and Board Member - NextUp

Massimo Ciaglia
Massimo Ciaglia

CEO - Grownnectia

Alessio Cioni
Alessio Cioni

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

Giorgio Ciron
Giorgio Ciron

Direttore - Innovup

Jonathan Clarke
Jonathan Clarke

Startup Program Leader - OVHcloud

Silvia Costantino
Silvia Costantino

Program Analyst & Operations - B4I Bocconi for Innovation

Silvia Cozzi
Silvia Cozzi

Program Manager - G-Factor , Fondazione Golinelli

Lorenzo D'Amelio
Lorenzo D'Amelio

Founder - D-Group

Andrea Dal Piaz
Andrea Dal Piaz

Dock3 - The Startup Lab

Federico Davini
Federico Davini

Partner e investment board - A11 Venture

Giovanni De Caro
Giovanni De Caro

Strategic and financial advisor - Volano Group

Francesco De Grazia
Francesco De Grazia

Service Manager - FoolFarm

Francesco Di Blasio
Francesco Di Blasio

Deal Flow Manager - BIZPLACE

Maria Laura Di Carlo
Maria Laura Di Carlo

Innovation and Start up Advisor - Le Village

Jacopo Drudi
Jacopo Drudi

Investment Manager - United Ventures

Selvaggia Fagioli
Selvaggia Fagioli

Business Angel - A4W

Lorenzo Ferrara
Lorenzo Ferrara

President & Coordinator - Business Angels Network "BAN Firenze"

Davide Filiaggi
Davide Filiaggi

Operations Manager Hubble Acceleration Program - Nana Bianca

Donata Folesani
Donata Folesani

Responsabile dell’Unità Finanza per l'innovazione - ART-ER

Filippo Forni
Filippo Forni

Head of Innovation - Confindustria Emilia Area Centro

Matteo Frattini
Matteo Frattini

Senior Analyst - Indaco Venture Partners

Michele Giordani
Michele Giordani

Managing Partner & Founder - Gellify

Matteo Giovannetti
Matteo Giovannetti

Business Consultant - I3P

Roberto Giuliani
Roberto Giuliani

Incubator Manager ​​​​​​- LazioInnova

Alberto Giusti
Alberto Giusti

Entrepreneur & Strategy Consultant - Guanxi

Giorgio Guidi
Giorgio Guidi

Founder & Ceo - The Hive CoWorking & Incubator

Piero Ingrosso
Piero Ingrosso

VP - AlmaVicoo | Head of Innovation and Communication - Legacoop Bologna

Lambros Kaoudis
Lambros Kaoudis

Business finance consultant - INTERFINANCE

Silvia Lanfrancotti
Silvia Lanfrancotti

Business Angel - A4W

Loris Lanzellotti
Loris Lanzellotti

CEO - Enrtrepreniston

Eric Larsen
Eric Larsen

Senior Deal Flow Manager - LVENTURE

Matteo Leonardi
Matteo Leonardi

Senior investment analyst - IAG

Flavia Levi
Flavia Levi

Venture Analyst - Plug And Play

Michele Lia
Michele Lia

Portofolio Manager - B-heroes

Laura Loprieno
Laura Loprieno

CEO - Dynamo

Negar Mokarram
Negar Mokarram

Business Analyst & Startup Scouting - I3P

Massimiliano Montefusco
Massimiliano Montefusco

General Manager - RDS 

Adib Mouchanan
Adib Mouchanan

Head of Partners - HubSpot Italy

Andrea Orlando
Andrea Orlando

Managing Partner - Startup Wise Guys Italy

Paolo Ottaviani
Paolo Ottaviani

Innovation Broker - Almacube

Jacopo Paoletti
Jacopo Paoletti

Co-Founder & General Manager - CreationDose

Andrea Parmeggiani
Andrea Parmeggiani

Direttore - Fondazione Rei , Tech Up Accelerator

Francesca Picasso
Francesca Picasso

Project Manager of Football Data Analyst course - Wylab

Enrico Poli
Enrico Poli

Director - Zanichelli Venture

Sabrina Ricci
Sabrina Ricci

AI Ecosystem Manager Φ-lab - ESA

Enzo Rimedio
Enzo Rimedio

Digital PR Manager - Digital Coach

Gabriele Ronchini
Gabriele Ronchini

Founder and Managing Director - Digital Magics

Luca Ruggeri
Luca Ruggeri

Consigliere e responsabile dell'Open Innovation Club - Associazione Roma Startup

Francesco Paolo Russo
Francesco Paolo Russo

General Manager - ANGI

Vittoria San Pietro
Vittoria San Pietro

Responsabile Innovazione Startup Mug - Emill Banca Credito Cooperativo

Alessandro Santorelli
Alessandro Santorelli

Project Manager - H Farm

Leonardo Saroni
Leonardo Saroni

Operational Partner - Prana Ventures

Luca Sellari Franceschini
Luca Sellari Franceschini

Onboarding Manager - Crowdfundme

Federico Smanio
Federico Smanio

CEO - Wylab | Program Director - WeSportUp

Andrea Solimene
Andrea Solimene

CEO & CoFounder - Seedble

Giusy Stanziola
Giusy Stanziola

Vice President - Unicredit Start Lab | Founders* Club

Giovanni Strocchi
Giovanni Strocchi

Senior screening committee member - IAG

Camila Tellez
Camila Tellez

Operations Manager - Motor Valley Accelerator

Anna Testa
Anna Testa

Product Sales Specialist Digitalization Italy - CISCO 

Alberico Tremigliozzi
Alberico Tremigliozzi

Founder & CEO - Re2N

Denis Vittorio Truccone
Denis Vittorio Truccone

Innovation Manager - UnipolSai

Giovanni Tufani
Giovanni Tufani

Co-Founder e CFO - Seedble

Davide Turco
Davide Turco

Managing Director - Indaco Venture Partners SGR

Salvatore Viola
Salvatore Viola

Business Developer - Dynamo

Danila Zammitti
Danila Zammitti

Open innovation program manager - Cariplo Factory

Enrico Zanotti
Enrico Zanotti

Direttore del Comitato Tecnico Scientifico - San Marino Innovation

Lorenzo Zatini
Lorenzo Zatini

Ecosystem Marketing Manager - Qonto

Emanuele Zingale
Emanuele Zingale

Head of TIM open innovation program

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
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