World Startup Fest

The leading International event for startups, scaleups and investors

16th · 17th · 18th JUNE 2022 / RIMINI EXPO CENTER
Startup Competition
Startup District
Startup Stage
Export Stage
B2B Meetings
startups & investors
+800.000€ in prizes

From June 16th to 18th 2022, the WMF - the largest Digital Innovation Festival on the Planet, confirmed and relaunched, even more in this 10th edition, its role as an accelerator of innovation, culture and education for the entire international context. 

More than 300 companies and realities from all over the world found space and opportunities within the Innovation Fair at the WMF, in an Expo Area never before so large and full of events, designed to ease business matching, networking and development of new projects between Italy and abroad.

Indeed, an entire pavilion of the Rimini Expo Center hosted the events of the World Startup Fest, built around several more stages: such as the Startup Stage, the Showcase Stage, the Export Stage focusing on opportunities for startups,

thanks to the collaboration with 18 Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad, and exhibition spaces in the Startup District dedicated to Italian and foreign innovative projects, coming from more than 30 different countries. 

Also many networking and business opportunities through the B2B meetings with delegations of investors, involved thanks to the partnership with ICE - Italian Trade Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies.

Find out below the main events of this incredible World Startup Fest 2022 and join us in the next WMF 2023 edition, by getting your Full Ticket on offer at 89€ + vat only available until 22/09.

Main Events of the World Startup Fest

Startup Competition Final

The Final, co-hosted by Cosmano Lombardo - CEO of Search On Media Group - and Diletta Leotta, took place with a pitch competition on the WMF2022 Mainstage that saw the 6 finalists of the biggest International Startup Competition in Italy - selected among more than 950 applications received - competing for the prizes offered by the partners on the Jury: prizes totaling more than € 800,000.

After challenging on innovative ideas related to the themes of the 12 challenges of the Future identified by the WMF, Golee won the Jury Award and also the qualification to the Final of Disraptors Summit in Prague. Aerarium Chain, on the other hand, won the Audience prize and an exhibition booth in Prague.

B2B Meetings, Business Matching & Speed Meeting

Truly important was the collaboration with ICE, which in addition of being awarded on the Mainstage for the Be IT campaign that promotes the Made in Italy,  also attended the WMF with a delegation of important investors from UK, Israel, Turkey, France and Spain. Investors who met the startups present at the Festival in more than 200 one-to-one appointments pre-organized by the WMF team. 

Startups had indeed the great chance to get in touch with corporates, investors and delegations from foreign countries, in order to have business meetings, b2b meetings or speed meetings and connect with companies and innovative projects from all over the world.

Startup Stage

During the 3-days event, the Startup Stage program hosted the final stage of the Startup Competition, the Startup4Culture finalist awards ceremony in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture - MiC, startups from the Region2Business regional network from the WMF HUBitat project, startups from the International Roadshow Network, and also other training speeches on topics such as finance, technology and business models. 

Within the Startup Stage and the Showcase Stage, Italian and foreign startups had the opportunity to present their projects to the audience and to the investors, who chose and awarded the best one with the several prizes offered by the WMF sponsors and partners, during the dedicated ceremony on June 18th.

Export Stage

Of great relevance, also the partnership with more than 18 Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad, “called” to engage Italy's foreign partners and  reunited in presence at the WMF2022, to animate the Export Stage in a 2-days event, that offered interesting scenarios of internationalization and business opportunities in the various countries of the World, to startups and innovative companies present.

The General Secretaries of the Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad, together with delegations of institutional and business representatives attending for the occasion, held important speeches on trade agreements in the different markets, investments’ attractiontax Benefits, Hubs’ presence, Legal facilities, dedicated digital tools and many other unique hints to ease the internationalization of innovative projects.

Startup District

This Year, 300 exhibiting companies and more than 1,000 startups contributed to the planning and construction of the Future during the WMF2022.

This 2022 edition was richer than ever, with the participation of delegations of foreign investors and companies from G20 countries who came to Rimini thanks to the collaboration between WMF and ICE. Important was also the presence of Delegations from Croatia, Greece, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, Lebanon, France and many other countries, part of our WMF's international network.

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