Deadline: May 12, 2022 00:00 CEST
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Eligibility: international startups with innovative entrepreneurial projects capable of producing a positive influence on the environment and society
Location: Rimini, Italy & online

WMF Startup Competition 2022

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.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are driving forces of economic growth and social development in today’s modern society

Aware of the key role of innovation in the development of a sustainable and inclusive future, WMF has 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.

Why apply for the WMF Startup Competition?

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 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.

Address the challenges 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

Interested in applying for the WMF Startup Competition 2022? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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