Chamber of Commerce of Bolzano

Smart&Start Italy

Smart&Start Italia is the incentive that supports the birth and growth of innovative start-ups. It finances projects of between EUR 100,000 and EUR 1.5 million.

Who can apply for funding?

  • small innovative start-ups that have been established for no more than 60 months,
  • teams of natural persons who want to set up an innovative startup in Italy, even if resident abroad, or foreign nationals in possession of a 'startup visa
  • foreign companies that undertake to establish at least one office in Italy.

The requirements that qualify a company as an "innovative startup" are set out in Article 25 of Decree-Law 179/2012. For further details on the requirements, see

The application can only be submitted online on the platform.

Further useful information is available here, including an informative webinar.

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