Open Innovation & VC Fest

The event dedicated to investors and tech-driven VCs

13 · 14 · 15 JUNE 2024 / BOLOGNAFIERE
NUMBERS of WMF
+90
COUNTRIES
+3.000
STARTUPS and INVESTORS
+90
STAGES
+1.000
SPEAKERS
+60.000
ATTENDEES in 2023
+50
BANDS and DJS
+130
INSTITUTIONAL GUESTS
+600
EXHIBITORS

With 60.000 attendees from 89 countries, over 3.000 startups and open innovation stakeholders, B2B meetings, and over 670 exhibitors just in 2023, WMF - We Make Future is the certified International Fair of reference for the global innovation ecosystem.

Within it, multiple vertical events are held every year, designed to provide meeting spaces and accelerate business opportunities for operators in specific industries and sectors.

The upcoming edition, scheduled from June 13th to 15th, will be held for the first time in Bologna, a city globally connected, thus bringing business and networking dynamics to a level of excellence. The Open Innovation & VC Fest emerges as a vertical event designed for VCs, CVCs, accelerators, incubators, and all major players in the Open Innovation landscape.

Participating in the Open Innovation & VC Fest will allow you to position your company at the center of global innovation and immerse yourself in an environment designed to facilitate connections between stakeholders and innovative entities from around the world. Discover how to participate!

The first speakers of the next edition
Francesco Ubertini
IT
OPEN INNOVATION
President
CINECA
Fabrizio Morgera
IT
OPEN INNOVATION
Senior Investor
European Investment Bank
Gilad Rosenzweig
US
URBAN PLANNING
Executive Director
MITdesignX
Noa Segre
IT
OPEN INNOVATION
Head of Value Creation
Digital Magics
Massimo Carnelos
IT
OPEN INNOVATION
Head of Technological Innovation and Startup
MAECI
Daniele Pucci
IT
RESEARCH
Head of Artificial and Mechanical Intelligence
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Ali Gokdemir
TR
RESEARCH
Educator, Researcher & Book Author
Federico Menna
BE
OPEN INNOVATION
Chief Executive Officer
EIT Digital
Peter Kruger
IT
AGRIFOOD-TECH
President
Agrifood-Tech Italia
Enrica Sabatini
IT
OPEN INNOVATION
Co-founder
Camelot SB
Francesco Profumo
IT
RESEARCH
Professore del Politecnico di Torino
Andrea Conti
IT
OPEN INNOVATION
Ecosystem Lead South Europe - Italy
EIT Digital
Nino Cartabellotta
IT
OPEN INNOVATION
Presidente
Fondazione GIMBE
Giovanna Tranfo
IT
RESEARCH
Direttrice del Dipartimento di Medicina, Epidemiologia, Igiene del lavoro e ambientale
Inail
ESA
EU
RESEARCH

Certified International Trade Fair

The main opportunities reserved for investors

Call for Investors

Call for Investors

The opportunity for investors, VCs, Corporate Open Innovation Arms, and investment funds to access the WMF Community, the International Fair on Technological and Digital Innovation, and connect with thousands of international startups within the WMF ecosystem. You can be part of the Jury of thematic initiatives and award prizes to international startups that present the progress of their projects at WMF every year.

Open Innovation e VC Stage

Open Innovation e VC Stage

The best entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation leaders gather at WMF every year to participate in panels and round-table discussions to explore the keys to success of different international ecosystems, the latest investment trends, open innovation strategies, and the peculiarities of local entrepreneurial ecosystems. It's a unique opportunity for quality networking and to activate strategic collaborations with key players in the industry. Join us to build the future of innovation.

Impact to Business Stage

Impact to Business Stage

The search for a sustainable development model has become the main objective and driving force for most organizations and institutions worldwide.

On this stage, we compare business models, policies, and experiences characterized by their ambition and commitment to contribute to positive change in social or environmental areas.

B2B, B2C, B2G

B2B, B2C, B2G

At WMF, thousands of meetings take place every day between innovative companies, Business Angels, Corporates, Venture Capital, and delegations of international investors engaged in the world of open innovation. Organize your meetings if you don't want to miss the unique opportunity to connect with key players in the global innovation ecosystem. Join us and become part of a global community.

Startup District

Startup District

We can help you design a space in the Exhibition Area entirely dedicated to a delegation of startups from your portfolio, to exponentially increase the number of meetings, exchanges, and collaborations.

Your Event

Your Event

Do you want to organize a branded event within the World Startup Fest (vertical calls, hackathons, competitions, training and dissemination events, or networking and B2B meetings)? Among the brands that have organized their events at WMF: MiC, GoDaddy, Sole24Ore, Mediaset, Zendesk, Salesforce, European Parliament, EURid, Oplon.

Networking Activities

Networking moments are the beating heart of the event, offering opportunities to create meaningful connections. The main initiatives you can participate in are
WMF Founders & Investors Meetup

WMF Founders & Investors Meetup

An event where startups and investors can engage in constructive dialogues in a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging the exchange of ideas and the formation of future collaborations.

Speed Meeting

Speed Meeting

The innovative format of quick and direct meetings, ideal for startups seeking funding, investors looking for promising projects, or those wanting to expand their network.

Job Placement & Recruitment

Job Placement & Recruitment

Recruitment service for Digital Professions, designed to facilitate the meeting between job demand and supply! A unique opportunity to find professional profiles suitable for your company."

Are you a founder?

Join the international community of WMF

Within the WMF - International Fair and Festival on Technological and Digital Innovation - the 2024 edition of the World Startup Fest will take place: the international event of reference for innovative SMEs, startups, scaleups, and investors.
Call Startup AI 4 Future

Call Startup AI 4 Future

The competition dedicated to AI applications that define the present and future of the sector, positively impacting the environment and society.
The call is officially closed.

Global Impact Challenge

Global Impact Challenge

A competition dedicated to startups that will have the opportunity to showcase on the Mainstage how innovative solutions can contribute to changing the world we live in.
The call is officially closed.

WMF Global Startup Program

WMF Global Startup Program

An exclusive visibility opportunity for startups selected among the best internationally. Join the global community of founders who are building a shared innovation ecosystem.
The call is officially closed.

Discover all the opportunities of the World Startup Fest

Sponsor and Partner of WMF

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