Global Startup Program

Cooperation with U.S. based incubators/accelerators San Francisco / Silicon Valley


The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), the governmental Agency for the promotion and
internationalization of Italian companies abroad, has been directed to organize an integrated development program named “Global Startup Program” (the “Program”) for Italian start-ups to foster new business opportunities and attract international investments.

The Global Start Up Program – 3rd Edition offers participants a period of acceleration abroad with some of the most prominent international players. The selected companies will have the opportunity to interact with local stakeholders to increase their skills for professional development and interaction with potential foreign investors, with the condition that the start-up participants undertake to maintain the know-how or resources acquired during this process in Italy for a minimum period of time. The program involves 9 focus countries worldwide and approximately 50% of the Italian startups cohort is usually assigned to different accelerator partnerships activated by the ITA network of offices in the United States

After a careful selection, ITA will select more than 100 start-ups in the following fields:
● ICT – artificial intelligence, cyber security, fintech, blockchain, big data, e-commerce, augmented and virtual reality, video games, services, infrastructures, and
telecommunication components;
● Robotics and Industry 4.0;
● Aerospace;
● Automotive – with attention to future mobility (electric and connected vehicles and related services);
● Life Sciences – medical and biotech equipment and applications;
● Smart Agriculture and Foodtech;
● Green Transition and Circular Economy – low carbon technologies, sustainable materials, renewable energies, clean technologies;
● Smart Cities and Home Automation – critical infrastructure, urban design, IoT, citizen services, digital design

The deadline for submission of bid documents is Friday April 29th, 2022, no later than 12pm PST

The offer shall be submitted to:
Italian Trade Agency – Los Angeles Office
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 350 – 90067 Los Angeles, CA – U.S.A.
Att. Ms. Alessandra Rainaldi Trade Commissioner

For any inquiry on the Global Startup Program and on the cooperation terms, please contact:
Innovation Desk – Tel. 212-470-6883, email:


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