UniCredit Start Lab was set up to support young entrepeneurs, innovation and new technologies

About us

Start Lab is UniCredit's business platform dedicated to Italian startups and innovative SMEs operating in a wide range of sectors.

The initiative - articulated in several activities and services - aims to assist Italian startups and innovative SMEs, supporting their growth and the development of strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders of the industry.

Successful business projects, selected annually from hundreds of applications, benefit from dedicated support in the expansion of their network and in the identification of investors and Corporate counterparts, while gaining access to mentoring initiatives, advanced management training activities and ad hoc banking services.



UniCredit Start Lab evolved from "Il Talento delle Idee" the acceleration program launched in 2009, conceived to actively support innovative business ideas and young entrepreneurs.



Why UniCredit?


UniCredit is a pan-European Commercial Bank with a unique service offering in Italy, Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. 


We are a leading commercial bank with an extensive network spread across 13 European markets and serving more than 15 million customers.

Our purpose is to empower communities to progress, delivering the best-in-class for all stakeholders, unlocking the potential of our clients and our people across Europe.



We can count on a multi-sector and international pool of thousands of clients, professionals, and institutional entities, to strengthen your network and create business opportunities.


We foster direct contact between startups and our network, combining innovation and experience to facilitate the development of industrial, technological, and commercial partnerships, as well as strategic collaborations among counterparts.



We qualify as a reliable partner to help our startups reaching impactful goals, while fostering long-term and sustainable growth.


Our extensive knowledge of the innovation ecosystem, combined with an in-depth understanding of key industries dynamics allow us to structure customized growth opportunities, supporting the founder teams through the different stages of companies' growth.



We are committed to sustain innovation in its many facets and encourage the development of purpose-driven businesses.


We work to implement a new way of banking by investing in the development of cutting-edge solutions that might create long-term value for our communities and promote the transition towards sustainable technologies.