Applications are open for the Global StartUp Program, the second edition of the announcement thatICE - Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation organize to find the best startups and innovative SMEs with scalable services, products and technologies also on international markets.
Within the next June 10 you can submit your question on official site, where the ban in which it is explained that the 150 selected realities they will have access to "an acceleration process abroad through the involvement of international accelerators, selected by the ICE Agency, which will host the selected startups for a period of approximately 8 weeks".
From robotics to life sciences, all sectors admitted
Among the requirements to apply for the second edition of the Global StartUp Program is the technology sector in which you operate. Those envisaged by the call are ICT, Robotics and Industry 4.0, Aerospace, Automotive, Life Sciences, Smart agriculture and foodtech, Circular Economy, Smart cities and Domotics. With the partners selected by ICE you will be able to access an acceleration path abroad in one of the ten countries focus of the Global Start Up Program: Argentina, China, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Japan, India, Israel, United Kingdom, United States of America.
The Global Startup Program also requires a site in English, a period of activity of no more than five years and a turnover of at least 100 thousand euros ascertained from the last approved financial statements. During the application phase, startups and SMEs will be able to enter up to a maximum of three geographical preferences, i.e. foreign countries where they would like to enhance their business. Once the selection phase is over, ICE will cover the travel costs, the stay abroad and the acceleration route.
For those who win, it is forbidden to transfer the headquarters abroad
Among the decisive factors to be selected, the announcement lists some: it starts from the evaluation of the company's internationalization project and from the presence of a Founder during the entire acceleration process abroad; Finally, the call also requires the startup's commitment "not to transfer the company or its intellectual property rights abroad in the 24 months following the completion of the acceleration phase abroad".
There will be one to evaluate all the applications commission composed of one representative from the Farnesina, one from Mise, one from the Ministry of Technological and Digital Innovation, one from the National Innovation Fund and two representatives from the ICE.
Alessandro Di Stefano