Startup Competition

The largest Startup Competition in Italy

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

Apply for 2022

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 Project

It is widely acknowledged that Innovation and entrepreneurship are driving forces of economic growth and social development in today's modern society.

Every year WMF organizes the largest Startup Competition in Italy: an initiative that aims to combine innovation and entrepreneurship, promoting one of the most important South European initiatives to support innovative ideas, development and business creation. In you want to compete and take the opportunity to show your startup to the international world of innovation, you can already apply for 2022.

Apply now to participate in the 2022 Edition of the Startup Competition!


The opportunity

The call is dedicated to startups and businesses - made up of individuals or teams - with innovative projects or ideas. Participants will have the opportunity to increase visibility and make their project known within Italy's biggest innovative projects, presenting it to an audience made up of the major players in the digital sector, investors and experts which may decide to support the realization and growth of the business idea.

6 startups will enter the final, while other startups will be selected to enter the Startup Room 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.


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.

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Our Call

The call for the Startup Competition 2022 is open.

In the upcoming months 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 public at WMF2022 in Rimini Fiera 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.

Next Startup Competition Finale: June 2022


Apply now to participate in WMF Startup Competition 2022


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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
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