World Startup Fest

The leading international event for startups, scaleups and investors

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
Startup Competition, Startup District, Startup Stage, B2B Meetings

Inside the WMF - International Trade Fair and Festival on Tech 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.

In 2023, the World Startup Fest welcomed over 3,000 innovation stakeholders from 89 countries. In this new edition, the opportunities to meet a global community, committed to shaping the future of innovation, will be even greater.

During the World Startup Fest, you will indeed have access to a wide range of events and initiatives designed to connect the best of global innovation and to offer founders and investors continuous opportunities for B2B meetings, networking, growth, and visibility.

Discover below the possibilities reserved for startups and investors and the events scheduled at the World Startup Fest 2024!

The main events of the World Startup Fest

This year at the WMF, the final of the Startup Competition will be held, which has gathered applications from all over the world. The six finalist startups will compete on the Mainstage, indicating which of the 12 Challenges of the Future identified by WMF they are addressing.

The Expo Area of the WMF hosts the Startup District: the exhibition area dedicated to Italian and international startups. Inside, there are companies from over 90 countries, international delegations, and dedicated showcases.

Founders will have the opportunity to participate in B2B meetings with investors and Italian and international delegations.

The educational stages of the World Startup Fest 2024

AI for Future

The AI for Future stage, part of the WMF's AI Global Summit event and sponsored by Globant, will offer talks on the application and future of artificial intelligence by leading Italian and international experts in the field. 
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.
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Innovation Showcase

This stage, powered by SAP on the 13th of June, showcases products and services presented by startups, SMEs, and companies offering innovative solutions to corporate needs and, generally, the market.
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Google Innovations

The stage presents the latest trends and innovations in the Google ecosystem. Featuring international speakers and experts in the field, we will explore the dynamics of YouTube, Analytics, Performance Max, and GitHub/Scripts to harness the full potential of Google platforms for your digital success.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.

AI Marketing

The AI Marketing stage, part of WMF's AI Global Summit and sponsored by Get Response, offers talks on the application of marketing in the field of artificial intelligence and insights on AI from top Italian and international industry experts.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.
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Future of Open Innovation & VC

Embark on a journey to explore the characteristics of a global community of innovators committed to co-designing inclusive prosperity and a better future. Through immersion in diverse ecosystems and approaches, participants will gain valuable insights into the dynamics of open innovation and collaboration on a global scale. Together, we will cultivate a community of changemakers dedicated to shaping a more equitable and sustainable world for generations to come

Masterclass

The WMF proposes a Masterclass dedicated to the deepening of some hot topics for the AI & Digital-Tech sector through which it will be possible to understand the strategic use of Artificial Intelligence. The Masterclass will last two hours, in which it will be possible to relate with some of the leading experts in the field and are intended for a maximum of 25 people, to ensure the best possible interaction with the speakers.

Prophets of AI

In this stage, speeches and interventions by some of the most respected international experts in Artificial Intelligence will alternate.

Thanks to the partnership between Search On Media Group and WMF with Prophets of AI - a leading American entity for connecting with experts in the AI field - this stage will feature brilliant minds who have made significant contributions to the advancement of artificial intelligence, robotics, and consciousness fields, coming from diverse backgrounds such as computer science, art, finance, and informatics.

E-Commerce

The stage,  within the E-commerce Fest and sponsored by Connecteed, is dedicated to the main strategies for optimizing online sales: the biggest innovations in the world of digital marketing and the most interesting integrations will be presented by leading industry profiles.
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Advertising

The stage, powered by SMConnect, is the ideal place to discover new trends and best practices in digital advertising. Industry experts will provide insightful insights into the latest technologies and tools to help companies optimize their advertising campaigns and increase their ROI.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.
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Brand

The stage hosts prominent speakers that will offer their insights into the world of branding: through informative and vertical interventions, the strategic role of brands in the digital age, their relationship with consumers, impact on the social context, vertical platforms, communities, and much more will be thoroughly explored.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.

SEO

On this stage, powered by SM CONNECT, industry experts will address the most technical and advanced areas of SEO. Presentations and case studies will delve into tools and strategies that continuously shape the entire digital sector.
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Social Media Strategies

The stage, powered by SMStrategies, offers informative speeches dedicated to fundamental strategies for measuring and optimizing performance on social media. You will delve into the most effective techniques to maximize the impact of your online activities, optimizing your social media presence to achieve your business goals.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.
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Mainstage

This is the biggest stage of the WMF that brings together all the themes of the Festival, where tech experts and innovators share their ideas and visions.

Inspirational talks, interviews, and debates will take place on the Mainstage to explore the latest technological developments and different aspects of innovation and its ethical, social and economic implications.

Not only creative insights and reflections on the Future but also moments of show and entertainment with concerts, live performances, the Startup Competition Final and award ceremonies with the WMF Awards. 

Please note: The program is constantly being updated and times may change.

Tech Policies and Communities

This stage is part of GovTech Summit: the event on innovation in global policies, a meeting point to explore the synergies between technology, governance, and innovation.
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WorkTech Policies

This stage is part of the GovTech Summit: the event on innovation in global policies, a meeting point to explore the synergies between technology, governance, and innovation.
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Book Presentation

The stage, part of the Book Fair at WMF, is dedicated to talks, book presentations, and interviews on the major developments in the publishing sector. Authors will discuss topics related to digital, sustainability, innovation, and social impact.

Italy, EU and Global Diplomacy

This stage is part of the GovTech Summit: the event on innovation in global policies, a meeting point to explore the synergies between technology, governance, and innovation.
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AI Tools & Services

In this stage, speakers will examine how the corporate use of artificial intelligence can automate processes and improve overall performance

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Influencer Marketing

The stage, powered by SMStrategies, explores the world of digital influencers, delving into winning strategies for collaborating with influencers and identifying the best partnership opportunities, as well as creating engaging content that captures the attention of the target audience.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.
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Content Creators

The stage, part of WMF's Creators Fest, is where the world of Content Creators comes to life with interviews, sketches, panels, talks, and meetings with the protagonists of the content creation world and their communities.


Edutech

The Edutech Stage provides a comprehensive overview of the latest frontiers in educational technology. Through a series of engaging and informative speeches, industry experts will explore the potentials, challenges, and innovative applications that are transforming the way we learn and teach

Startup Stage

Every year at the WMF, all the players in the innovation ecosystem come together: meet the founders of the selected startups, who will be able to present their project to an international audience of potential investors, partners and media, and join the WMF's international network, thus accelerating the opportunities for success.

Ethics & AI

The stage dedicated to Ethics and Artificial Intelligence explores the latest trends, innovative applications, and future perspectives in the field of AI and ethics. Experts from around the world converge to discuss the ethical challenges and opportunities offered by AI, promoting collaboration and innovation, presenting a crossroads of ideas and perspectives that shape the future of ethics and AI in the digital age.

Work, HR & Digital Skills

The stage dedicated to the world of work delves into the challenges and opportunities in the realm of human resources and digital skills. Experts and HR managers from various national and international backgrounds will share valuable insights on emerging trends and possible future scenarios in the workplace context.

Climate Change

On this stage, researchers, consultants, and non-profit organizations will take turns presenting the state of the art and the major implications of climate change, focusing on existing solutions and key trends at both national and global levels

Digital Tools & Services

Xrs, chatbots, NLP, and many other revolutionary technologies will be at the heart of our speakers' interventions in this internship, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and chatbots, and how companies can use them to improve customer experience and engagement.

All talks within the room are branded.

Data Analytics

The stage, sponsored by Exelab, is dedicated to web data measurement, collection, and analysis processes aimed at optimizing their utilization. The speeches will examine the new tools in the field and the latest trends to improve campaign reporting.
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Knowledge Share

Voices and testimonies of innovation will take center stage at the Open Stage by Netval and Knowledge Share at WMF! On June 14th, 2024, get ready to dive into deep tech and technology transfer.

Not only will Netval and KS be present as partners, with an Expo Area featuring 40 of the most promising startups from the KS 2.0 platform and the national innovation landscape, but they will also bring best practices and industry professional viewpoints!

We'll delve into deep tech topics with a focus on the world of Start-Ups and Technology Transfer. But it won't be just theory: on stage, authoritative experts and pioneers will share experiences and concrete examples of the disruptive potential of deep tech in shaping our future.

Netval and Knowledge Share are not just present; they are the engines driving this extraordinary journey into innovation. Join us as we transform the event into an unforgettable experience, creating deep connections and opening the doors to a world of possibilities.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this revolution: mark June 14th on your calendars and get ready to be transported to the forefront of global innovation.

Come discover the future with us at the Open Stage by Netval and Knowledge Share at WMF.

For more information about Associazione Netval: Who We Are - Netval

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Marketing Automation

The stage offers a series of presentations by various speakers on the topic of Marketing Automation, aimed at illustrating how it transforms the way companies interact with their customers, enabling personalized and timely communication.

This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.

Social Inclusion

During this stage, we will discuss with experts, academics, and activists how to promote the growth of a more inclusive environment by eliminating structural prejudices and recognizing, instead, the true value of diversity.

Augmented & Virtual Reality

The stage, featuring prominent international speakers in the field, will explore the latest trends, innovative applications and future prospects of Augmented and Virtual Reality, delving into how these technologies are transforming industries such as gaming, education, design and more. 


Tech 4 Business

On this stage the speakers will examine how companies can leverage recent technological developments to improve operations, efficiency and innovation.

All talks within the room are branded

Generative AI

The proposed stage, sponsored by Telematic International University Uninettuno, provides the opportunity to immerse oneself, through various speeches, in the world of Generative AI, a rapidly growing field that combines artificial intelligence and creativity.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.
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Future of Entrepreneurship

In this stage you will be inspired by stories of entrepreneurial successes, by the efficient and creative use of today's digital tools, and by visions of the future!
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WMF Off

The stage hosts round tables, debates, and the Festival's community coming together to discuss topics that have always been close to the heart of WMF. Discussions will therefore alternate between newsletters, new digital scenarios, and trends in the technology sector.


Digital Commerce & Marketing Services

In this stage, speakers will discuss strategies and tools to help companies succeed in e-commerce, including tips for increasing sales, optimizing user experience, and using effective marketing techniques.

All speeches within the room are branded

Digital Strategy

The stage will offer case studies and working models, marketing and communication with informative and vertical talks to develop successful digital strategies and explore the most effective planning to tackle the challenges of the contemporary market.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.

Machine Learning

The stage offers insightful and focused talks on the latest trends in computer programming. Participants will have the opportunity to delve deep into the vast universe of software development, gaining essential skills to tackle complex challenges and craft innovative solutions.

Human Rights

The stage explores, with the participation of leading international speakers, the crucial issues that define the global human rights agenda. We will delve into current issues, new challenges and best practices for promoting and defending human rights around the world, providing a global and interdisciplinary perspective on a critically important topic.

Content Marketing

In this stage, industry experts will discuss strategy and creativity. A place where the brightest minds converge to share ideas and inspire innovation.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.

Sustainability & Tech

The stage offers, through interventions by various international and non-international speakers, insights into the theme of sustainability and technology. Participants will focus on how technological innovation can currently drive the transition towards a more sustainable world.


AI for Health

The AI for Health stage, powered by the GIMBE Foundation, offers a unique opportunity to explore the application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. You will be involved in the study of best practices and winning strategies for using artificial intelligence to improve people's health and well-being.
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Tech for No Profit

The stage dedicated to the Third Sector: non-profit organizations, institutions, volunteers, and experts offer informative speeches on the latest innovations and trends aimed at promoting actions to support a more equitable and inclusive society.

TikTok

This stage, sponsored by TikTok Italy, explores the creative and technical dynamics of the platform. Training sessions, case studies and best practices to better elaborate strategies on TikTok.
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UX & UI

The UX & UI stage, powered by Architecta, will immerse you in the world of user experience and user interface. Those who follow this stage will have the opportunity to explore and deepen best practices for designing engaging and intuitive digital experiences.
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Impact to Business

The program of this open stage will help you understand how to co-design a sustainable, inclusive and scalable model of prosperity and increase the positive impact of initiatives born to respond locally to global challenges on your community and the environment around you.

Coding Front-end

The Frontend Coding stage offers in-depth and focused talks on the latest trends and practices in frontend development. Here, participants will have the opportunity to explore key aspects of user interface design and implementation in detail, gaining essential skills to tackle complex challenges and develop innovative, cutting-edge solutions.

Back-End & Cloud

The stage provides comprehensive and targeted discussions on the latest trends and strategies in backend development and cloud computing. Attendees will delve deep into crucial aspects of server-side programming and cloud infrastructure, acquiring vital skills to address intricate challenges and engineer innovative solutions tailored to modern computing environments.

E-Sports & Gaming

This stage hosts discussions on the present and future of the gaming and eSports business

Tourism

The stage provides training sessions on innovations in the tourism sector and digital integrations to optimize offerings in an international market

Cybersecurity

On this stage, experts address the increasingly fundamental topic of Cybersecurity with informative and specialized speeches.

Space Economy

On this stage, there will be talks dedicated to the opportunities and challenges in the space economy. Here, industry experts and innovators will share ideas and strategies to maximize the commercial and technological potential of space and discuss the future of the sector.

Video Marketing

On this stage,  the world of video marketing will be explored through expert interventions that explain how to use videos to promote a product, a service, or an idea, increasing engagement and involving the target audience.
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Environmental Transformation

This stage is part of the GovTech Summit: the event on innovation in global policies, a meeting point to explore the synergies between technology, governance, and innovation.
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Calls and initiatives dedicated to startups

Startup Competition

Startup Competition

Get ready to experience the excitement of the most coveted startup competition: the top 6 startups will compete to win the audience award, the jury award, and the attention of investors during the Final scheduled for June 14th on the Mainstage.

Call Startup AI 4 Future

Call Startup AI 4 Future

The competition dedicated to AI applications that define the present and future of the industry, positively impacting the environment and society. The Final phase will take place on June 14th on the Mainstage, the main stage of the WMF. The selected startups will also be at the AI Festival 2025!

Global Impact Challenge

Global Impact Challenge

A competition dedicated to startups aiming to make a positive impact on the 12 Challenges of the Future identified by the WMF. The Challenge final will take place on the Mainstage on June 15th, where we will see how innovative solutions can change the world we live in.

Scale up for Future

Scale up for Future

Three scaleups selected by the WMF Innovation Team will present their case studies on the Mainstage. Each scaleup will describe its business model and have the opportunity to connect with the extensive network of startups, investors, and stakeholders of the WMF. The Final will take place on the Mainstage on June 13th.

WMF Global Startup Program

WMF Global Startup Program

An exclusive visibility opportunity for selected startups, allowing them to present their projects to an international audience of potential investors, partners, and media, and join the WMF international network, thereby accelerating opportunities for success.

Targeted Networking Sessions & Lead Generation Opportunities

At WMF, every encounter can turn into a successful partnership, a fruitful investment, or the beginning of a strategic collaboration. Join us and become part of a global community. Participate in networking sessions designed to facilitate meaningful connections. Here you will find the ideal context to expand your network and find resources and partners.
The main opportunities you can participate in at WMF 2024 are:
WMF Founders & Investors Meetup

WMF Founders & Investors Meetup

An event where startups and investors can engage in constructive dialogue in a relaxed atmosphere, fostering the exchange of ideas and the birth of future collaborations.

Speed Meeting

Speed Meeting

An innovative format for rapid and direct meetings, ideal for startups seeking funding, investors scouting promising projects, or expanding their network.

Job Placement & Recruitment

Job Placement & Recruitment

A recruitment service tailored for digital professions, designed to facilitate the meeting between job demand and supply. A unique opportunity to find professional profiles suitable for your company.

Dedicated Stages

The World Startup Fest is a platform to share ideas, learn from others' experiences, and discover the latest trends in the world of innovation.
Participate in sessions and discussions with key players in programs dedicated to startups and open innovation stakeholders.
Startup Stage

Startup Stage

On this stage, hundreds of founders from top startups will come together to present the progress of their projects and illustrate how each one is contributing to creating a global innovation ecosystem.

Open Innovation e VC Stage

Open Innovation e VC Stage

Every year, the best entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation leaders gather at the WMF to participate in panels and round-table discussions to explore the keys to success of various 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 industry players. Join us to build the future of innovation.

Impact to Business Stage

Impact to Business Stage

The pursuit of a sustainable development model has become the primary 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 contributing to positive change in social or environmental areas.

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