Startup Initiative
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Our Value Proposition for Investors

You are an independent angel investor looking for brilliant minds to take under your wing, or maybe you manage a multimillion venture capital fund.

You have your sources and connections, but you are always on the lookout for more deals (hey, one never knows where the next Google may come from!).

Your desk is covered in business plans, but sometimes you wonder whether founders even speak your language.

For you, Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative means:


  • The best start-ups from all over the world

    Access the most promising business ideas from the global innovation market, pre-selected by a panel of technology and industry experts.

    On average, over 25% of start-ups who pitch at Arena Meetings are international.


  • A relevant deal flow source

    Tap into a steady stream of seed and early-stage investment opportunities, or pick and choose from your sectors of interest.

    Since September 2009, out of 550+ applicants, 150+ start-ups have received coaching and training and 80+ have pitched in Arena Meetings.


  • Actionable, high-quality business plans

    Receive well-structured, clear pitches tailored to the investor point of view, and easily review them online at your leisure.

    Each start-up receives 2 full days’ worth of ad-hoc business planning coaching, more if they undergo the international road show.


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