Startup Competition

The biggest international Startup Competition

JUNE 15·16·17, 2023 / RIMINI EXPO CENTRE

+36.000
attendees in 2022
11th
edition
+300
jurors
+3.3MLN€
prize's value
+4.300
startup applications
+300
investors
6
finalists
12
challenges of the future

THE CONTEXT

The WMF, certified International Trade Fair, has been a reference for entrepreneurial culture, igniting opportunities and connections within the international innovation ecosystem, for over 10 years.

During the WMF, the annual appointment with the World Startup Fest takes place - a major event for global startups, scaleups, and investors, which in the past edition registered more than 36,000 attendees and more than 1,300 startups and investors from 49 countries.

Among the many events, the largest International Startup Competition in Southern Europe, now in its 11th edition, witnesses every year the engagement of leading international players from the entrepreneurship and innovation fields.

The final of the Startup Competition will be held on the Mainstage during WMF 2023, scheduled for June 15, 16, and 17, and will be streamed worldwide.

Fill out the form below and submit your startup to the competition! The call closes on April 2, 2023.

OPPORTUNITIES

Startups will have the opportunity of great visibility and raise awareness on their project within the largest international competitions for innovative projects in Southern Europe, presenting their reality to an audience of major players in the digital sector, investors, entrepreneurs, and experts in the innovation, an audience who may actually decide to support the growth of a great business idea.

From the call for the Startup Competition, 6 startups will be selected to enter the Final on the Mainstage, and another 36 startups will be given a chance to take the Startup Stage, to present their pitch to the audience in attendance, and to representatives of major incubators and accelerators.

In addition, startups selected from the call will have the opportunity to access the following:

  • to all the other World Startup Fest events, including B2B meetings with international investors;

  • to the Startup District, the exhibition area dedicated to startups from around the world;

  • to the WMF International Roadshow, the international project that connects startups and investors from all over the world;

  • to the WMF's global network, with the possibility of being involved in related initiatives all year round.

Winners of previous editions include TOMMI, Friendz, PatchAI, FitPrime, Isaac, Yape, light science, FlowPay, Recornea, and MyLeg, as well as Golee and AerariumChain thetwo winning projects of the WMF2022 Startup Competition. The total value of prizes to date has been more than 3.3 million euros, with more than 4,300 startups applying.

THE CALL: HOW IT WORKS

Once the call is closed, and the candidates evaluated, the Festival's Innovation Team will announce the 6 startup finalists that will have the opportunity to present their pitch to the jury and the attendees on the Mainstage of WMF2023 (Rimini Expo Centre and Online, from June 15th to 17th). Each team will have 3 minutes to present the key elements of their business idea. The jury of investors, incubators, and big players will then have another 2 minutes to ask further questions. A round of votes at the end - both from the jury and the public - will then announce the winners.

Read the instructions

SELECTION CRITERIA

The call is dedicated to startups and businesses - made up of individuals or teams - with innovative projects or ideas regarding the digital/technological sector. Innovative projects aimed at generating a positive impact on territories and society will be considered with particular interest.Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Skills of the team, knowledge of the sector, the feasibility of the project;

  • The development stage of the product/service;

  • Degree of innovation and its defensibility;

  • Positioning in relation to competitors;

  • Consistency with market and customers’ needs and potential outreach;

  • The business potential of the idea;

  • Completeness of the documentation presented.

THE ELEVATOR PITCH

THE 12 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 innovatively:
  • Future of Cities & Communities

  • Future of Health

  • Future of Work

  • Future of Culture & Travel

  • Future of Food & Agriculture

  • Future of Learning & Education

  • Future of Retail & Customer Experience

  • Future of Marketing

  • Future of Media & Entertainment

  • Future of Sports & Events

  • Future of Finance & Insurance

  • Future of Life On Planet Earth

During the application, startups can also indicate if and in what measure they adhere to the ESG policies (Environmental, Social, Governance) as well as the impact generated by their innovative project on 1 or many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals indicated by the UN 2030 Agenda.

It will be possible to clarify the compliance to ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) criteria as well as the impact generated by the innovative project on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the UN 2030 Agenda.

Timeline
Oct. 12
2022
Opening
April 2
2023
Closing day
June 15-17
2023
Final on the Mainstage

Want to take part in the WMF Startup Competition?

Fill out the form below to apply to the 2023 edition: your submission will be reviewed by our innovation team.

TEAM PROPOSER

COMPANY

PROJECT

DOCUMENTATION

Attention: other formats will not be received correctly
(executive summary, business plan, one pager. Pdf, ppt, pptx, doc, docx only - max 10mb)

Partner and Investors of the Startup Competition

The Jury of WMF 2022

Michele Lia

Michele Lia

Portofolio Manager - B-heroes
Alessandro Santorelli

Alessandro Santorelli

Project Manager - H Farm
Negar Mokkaram

Negar Mokkaram

Business Analyst & Startup Scouting - I3P
Gabriele Ronchini

Gabriele Ronchini

Founder & Managing Director - Digital Magics
Andrea Orlando

Andrea Orlando

Managing Partner - Startup Wise Guys Italy
Jonathan Clarke

Jonathan Clarke

Startup Program Leader - OVHcloud
Daniele Alberti

Daniele Alberti

Serial entrepreneur - StarBoost 
Anna Amati

Anna Amati

Co-Founder & General Partner - EUREKA! Venture
Roberto Giuliani

Roberto Giuliani

Incubator Manager - LazioInnova
Alberto Carrai

Alberto Carrai

Chief Internetional Business Developement - Able Tech
Massimo Ciaglia

Massimo Ciaglia

CEO - Grownnectia
Donata Folesani

Donata Folesani

Responsabile dell'Unità Finanza per l'innovazione - ART-ER
Giorgio Guidi

Giorgio Guidi

Founder & CEO - The Hive CoWorking & Incubator
Alberto Giusti

Alberto Giusti

Entrepreneur & Strategy Consultant - Guanxi
Alessio Cioni

Alessio Cioni

Vice CEO PBZ - Intesa Sanpaolo group / Vice President - Italian Croatian chamber of commerce
Enrico Poli

Enrico Poli

Director - Zanichelli Venture
Lorenzo Ferrara

Lorenzo Ferrara

President & Coordinator - Business Angels Network "BAN Firenze"
Giusy Stanziola

Giusy Stanziola

Vice President - Unicredit Start Lab | Founders* Club
Anna Testa

Anna Testa

Product Sales Specialist Digitalization Italy - CISCO
Adib Mouchanan

Adib Mouchanan

Responsabile Partner - HubSpot in Italia
Massimiliano Montefusco

Massimiliano Montefusco

General Manager - RDS
Andrea Dal Piaz

Andrea Dal Piaz

Responsabile - Dock3 - The Starup Lab
Danila Zammitti

Danila Zammitti

Open innovation program manager - Cariplo Factory
Davide Turco

Davide Turco

Managing Director - Indaco Venture Partners SGR
Sebastian Caputo

Sebastian Caputo

Project Manager & CEO - 012Factory
Emanuele Caronia

Emanuele Caronia

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor - Exelab
Francesco De Grazia

Francesco De Grazia

Service Manager - FoolFarm
Alessandro Asaro

Alessandro Asaro

Head of Communication and Digital Marketing - PoliHub
Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen

Senior Deal Flow Manager - LVENTURE
Silvia Cozzi

Silvia Cozzi

Program Manager - G-Factor, Fondazione Golinelli
Laura Loprieno

Laura Loprieno

CEO - Dynamo
Francesco Di Blasio

Francesco Di Blasio

Deal Flow Manager - BIZPLACE
Loris Lanzellotti

Loris Lanzellotti

CEO - Enrtrepreniston
Jacopo Paoletti

Jacopo Paoletti

Co-Founder & General Manager - CreationDose
Lorenzo D'Amelio

Lorenzo D'Amelio

Founder - D-Group
Matteo Frattini

Matteo Frattini

Senior Analyst - Indaco Venture Partners
Vittorio Cavani

Vittorio Cavani

Partner and Board Member - NextUp
Sabrina Ricci

Sabrina Ricci

AI Ecosystem Manager Φ-lab - ESA
Luca Ruggeri

Luca Ruggeri

Consigliere e responsabile dell'Open Innovation Club - Associazione Roma Startup
Denis Vittorio Truccone

Denis Vittorio Truccone

Innovation Manager - UnipolSai
Enrico Zanotti

Enrico Zanotti

Direttore del Comitato Tecnico Scientifico - San Marino Innovation
Lorenzo Zatini

Lorenzo Zatini

Ecosystem Marketing Manager - Qonto
Giovanni Strocchi

Giovanni Strocchi

Senior screening committee member - IAG
Michele Giordani

Michele Giordani

Managing Partner & Founder - Gellify
Leonardo Saroni

Leonardo Saroni

Operational Partner - Prana Ventures
Silvia Costantino

Silvia Costantino

Program Analyst & Operations - B4I Bocconi for Innovation
Giovanni De Caro

Giovanni De Caro

Strategic and financial advisor - Volano Group
Massimo Canducci

Massimo Canducci

Chief Innovation Officer - Engineering
Enzo Rimedio

Enzo Rimedio

Digital PR Manager - Digital Coach
Andrea Parmeggiani

Andrea Parmeggiani

Direttore - Fondazione Rei , Tech Up Accelerator
Davide Filiaggi

Davide Filiaggi

Operations Manager Hubble Acceleration Program - Nana Bianca
Vittoria San Pietro

Vittoria San Pietro

Responsabile Innovazione Startup Mug - Emill Banca Credito Cooperativo
Andrea Solimene

Andrea Solimene

CEO & CoFounder - Seedble
Alberico Tremigliozzi

Alberico Tremigliozzi

Founder & CEO - Re2N
Rinaldo Canzi

Rinaldo Canzi

Investment Manager - Fondazione Social Venture GDA
Maria Laura Di Carlo

Maria Laura Di Carlo

Innovation and Start up Advisor - Le Village
Fabio Carrera

Fabio Carrera

CEO - SerenDPT - H3
Emanuele Zingale

Emanuele Zingale

Head of TIM open innovation program
Lambros Kaoudis

Lambros Kaoudis

Business finance consultant - INTERFINANCE
Francesca Picasso

Francesca Picasso

Project Manager of Football Data Analyst course - Wylab
Giorgio Ciron

Giorgio Ciron

Direttore - Innovup
Paolo Ottaviani

Paolo Ottaviani

Innovation Broker - Almacube
Federico Davini

Federico Davini

Partner e investment board - A11 Venture
Luigi Bergamasco

Luigi Bergamasco

Chief Tecnology Officer - Oplon
Matteo Leonardi

Matteo Leonardi

Senior investment analyst - IAG
Peter Kruger

Peter Kruger

Presidente - AgriFood Italia
Selvaggia Fagioli

Selvaggia Fagioli

Business Angel - A4W
Silvia Lanfrancotti

Silvia Lanfrancotti

Business Angel - A4W
Luca Sellari Franceschini

Luca Sellari Franceschini

Onboarding Manager - Crowdfundme
Francesco Paolo Russo

Francesco Paolo Russo

General Manager - ANGI
Federico Smanio

Federico Smanio

CEO - Wylab | Program Director - WeSportUp
Jacopo Drudi

Jacopo Drudi

Investment Manager - United Ventures
Pasquale Brancaccio

Pasquale Brancaccio

General Manager - Incubatore Campano
Piero Ingrosso

Piero Ingrosso

VP - AlmaVicoo | Head of Innovation and Communication - Legacoop Bologna
Michele Castorina

Michele Castorina

ESA
Camila Tellez

Camila Tellez

Operations Manager - Motor Valley Accelerator

Watch the winning pitches

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Golee, jury's prize winner

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Aerariumchain public's prize winner

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The Finale of Startup Competition

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Yape public's prize winner

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All the pitches of the finale at WMF Online

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Ventur public's prize winner

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PatchAI™ jury's prize winner

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Fitprime jury's and public's prize winner

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Watly jury's prize winner

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Tommi wins the Aruba prize at WMF 2017

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Just Knock is the winner of the WMF 16 Startup Competition

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Friendz is the winner of the WMF 2015 Startup Competition

Moments from the Startup Competiton