The Program

Our program offers the chosen startups comprehensive support, working alongside teams at all stages of the business life-cycle with specific initiatives; it is a Business Platform for the very best inovative projects.

 

Since 2009, we have supported over 350 startups through our dedicated team of professional experts.

Who we work with

We operate across multiple industries and we welcome all highly innovative startups founded in the last five years, as well as highly innovative business projects in more traditional sectors. 

 

innovative made in italy

Agrifood, fashion & design, nanotechnology, robotics, mechanics, tourism

clean tech

Renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, waste treatment

digital

Cloud computing, mobile apps, B2B services & platform, hardware, Fintech, IoT

life science

Biotech, pharma, medical devices, digital health care, assistive technologies


Our process

We start by assessing your business project and then help the selected startups to grow, offering initiatives and grants to drive the businesses forward.

PHASE 1: ASSESSMENT

We look at:

  1. the team involved
  2. the level of innovation in the project
  3. the target market
  4. key business and financial forecasts
to understand if your idea has business potential and to give you the opportunity to join our accelerator program.
You can submit your business ideas for consideration at any time via our dedicated portal: send your Business Plan to Unicredit Start Lab
PHASE 2: SELECTION

Together with a group of industry experts, entrepreneurs and professionals from UniCredit's network, we select which business projects will be accepted onto our accelerator and the recipients of the cash grants.

We select 10 startups to focus on for each technology category.

PHASE 3: JOINING THE PROGRAM

The chosen startups receive 12 months of support from a dedicated UniCredit team, with specific initiatives to help drive their growth.

PHASE 4: FEEDBACK

The selected startups receive ongoing feedback from the UniCredit team and the experts, mentors, entrepreneurs and potential investors they connect with, to help refine their business project and accelerate its development.


What does the program offer?

Assessment

One-to-one meetings with the UniCredit Start Lab team to discuss the project

Mentoring

Expert mentors from our network are specifically assigned to help you with key decisions.

The right bank for you

Selected startups receive:

  • Grants of €10,000
  • Banking support from our Relationship Managers and tailored products

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OUR BACKGROUND

We have been working actively with the innovation ecosystem since 2009, selecting more than 250 projects for assistance from a team of dedicated professionals, including our own relationship managers and a network of Italian and international experts.
OUR TRACK RECORD
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