World Startup Fest

The leading international event for startups, scaleups and investors

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

Startup Competition

Startup District

Startup Stage

Export Stage

B2B meetings

+3.3MLN € in prizes

1,000 startups

+300 investors

Scaleup panel

The third edition of the World Startup Fest will take place within the WMF - We Make Future 2023, the international benchmark event for startups, scaleups, and investors worldwide.

An entire pavilion - of the 8 dedicated to the WMF - will host a number of events and initiatives especially designed for the world of entrepreneurship and innovation, such as one of the largest international startup competitions in Europe, a dedicated Startup District, b2b meetings with international investors - in collaboration with the ICE Agency - business matching, and open stages dedicated to startups and innovation-forward entrepreneurship.

In 2022, the event brought together 1,000+ startups from 49 countries and held b2b meetings with more than 300 investors from the UK, Israel, Turkey, France, and Spain.

Check out the open calls and upcoming events at the World Startup Fest below, and take part to the event with your startup or your innovative project!

Are you an investor? Fill out the form and get in touch with us to arrange your participation.

La mappa dell'Area Fieristica in cui un intero padiglione è dedicato al World Startup Fest

Exhibition floor and event map of the 2022 edition

Certified International Trade Fair

The main calls of the World Startup Fest

Take part in the 2023 edition

Startup Competition

The finale of the competition is coming back in June 2023, on the WMF Mainstage. 6 finalist startups from around the world will compete for the awards in front of an audience of international jurors, insiders and market players, and the whole WMF audience: only one will gain the victory. The prize pool in past editions has reached a total value of more than 3.3 million euros. Want to compete in one of the main international startup competitions in Europe? Apply now

b2b meeting with investors

World Startup Fest 2023 will be an unparalleled occasion for startups to gain visibility and get in touch with VC, investors, and delegations from foreign countries, and at the same time will be an unmatched opportunity for investors to meet innovative and highly qualified projects to foster and invest in. Stay in the loop on all the meeting opportunities by filling in the form.

Startup District

The exhibition floor where startups from all over the world will be able to showcase their projects and products to investors, incubators and leading international players, all the while collecting highly profiled leads. More than 1,000 startups from around the world have already joined the WMF in the past edition. The Startup District will grant renewed and new visibility for your startup, business, and networking opportunities, both onsite and online on the interactive platform wmf.ibrida.io. Secure your stand now.

Scaleup for Future

A dedicated space on the Mainstage for scaleups from around the world. Following on the success of past editions that featured on the Mainstage scaleups such as Roboze, Sumup, FoodPanda, PatchAI, Bidroom, Content Square, and Revolut, WMF has reopened the call. The 3 scaleups selected by the WMF innovation team will have the opportunity to present their case study through pitches and open debates within a live round table on the Festival Mainstage, both onsite and online. Don't miss this remarkable opportunity for your scaleup.

Call for investors

This year WMF welcomes the Call for investors: an opportunity for investors, venture capitals, and investment funds to access the network of WMF innovation players, and connect with the many international startups that every year attend WMF. Fill out the form to receive more details about the Call for investors.

Award - The Best Who Invest

Each year on the WMF Mainstage, realities, professionals, and personalities who have distinguished themselves in the field of digital and social innovation are acknowledged with an award. Among them, "The Bests who Invest" award will be introduced in the next edition, addressing the investors or investment funds empowering the communities and producing a collective value with their endeavor. Fill out the form on the dedicated page to nominate your reality.

Other opportunities

Book your stand

Exhibit in the international expo area of WMF 2023. Over 300 exhibitors from the digital innovation field attended in 2022. Secure your booth or your area now and score the best, high-visibility spaces of the floor.

Your branded event

Host a branded, fully customized event within the World Startup Fest: vertical calls, hackathons, competitions, and educational or networking activities. Contact us to design your event at WMF.

Call for speakers

Become a WMF Speaker and bring your unique experience to the stage of the World Startup Fest. The call for WMF 2023 speakers is officially open! In the past edition, WMF hosted 77 stages and more than 700 speakers from around the world. Become one!

Many other events scheduled

Talks on the Mainstage

Internationally renowned personalities and speakers from the field of innovation and entrepreneurship bring their unique experience and expertise to the Mainstage and other WMF stages in every edition. Among the 700+ speakers and guests in 2022 were Federico Faggin, the android Robot Sophia, Alex Wilson of Gravity Industries, who performed a preview of the astonishing Italian jet suit flight. Stay updated on the guests who will be walking the stages of the next edition!

A dedicated Startup Stage

The WMF expo area hosts several spaces dedicated to the startup world and entrepreneurship culture, for presenting one's business ideas and gaining visibility, developing new networking opportunities within the Festival's innovation ecosystem. For example, the Startup Stage, which alternates pitch sessions from selected international startups, and the Startup Showcase, which offers startups the chance to illustrate their projects and services to an audience of investors and leading players.

Entrepreneurship & export stage

An open stage entirely dedicated to tech and innovation companies, which will be hosting inspirational talks, case studies, and insightful advice for those who want to start their own entrepreneurial journey, and the Export Stage, designed to showcase and discuss internationalization scenarios open to startups.

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Some of the partners of the World Startup Fest
Companies hosting events within the World Startup Fest

Partners and investors in the Startup Competition

JUNE 15 · 16 · 17, 2023
RIMINI EXPO CENTRE
The Largest Digital Innovation Festival on the Planet

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