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Launch of second Global StartUps Programme and Italy4Innovation webinar "What do UK investors look for in a start-up? Best practices for a fundable project"



Launch of second Global StartUps Programme and Italy4Innovation webinar

Today marked the launch of the second edition of the Global StartUps Programme. This accelerator programme, which has already taken the 17 participating start-ups through a series of one-to-ones with the project’s partner accelerator, The Accelerator Network, and a webinar, “Country Focus UK”, will last eight weeks and will be in virtual format.

The selected start-ups will participate in a varied programme of activities created on an ad-hoc basis by the accelerator, including workshops, mentoring sessions, one-to-ones with entrepreneurs, corporates and investors from the British tech ecosystem, and pitching sessions. They will also take part in the Accelerator Academy Session, a series of training meetings during which they can network with other international start-ups. The programme will end with a final showcase, during which the participating start-ups will be able to put to test the skills they have developed over the eight weeks.

This first day of the programme was complemented by a webinar, part of the Embassy of Italy’s Italy4Innovation series, entitled "What do UK Investors look for in a Startup? Best practices for a fundable project". The webinar was opened by Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta and the head of the Italian Trade Agency, Carlo Ferro, who welcomed the start-ups, wished them well in their endeavours, and highlighted how Italian institutions in the UK support innovative young Italian companies, helping them strengthen their technical, organisational and financial capabilities in order to take on new markets.

A panel discussion was then held, moderated by Massimo Carnelos, counsellor for economic and trade affairs at the embassy. The panellists, representing some of the most important financial bodies operating in the UK, including venture capitalists, family offices, business angels, accelerators and debt financing, were: Francesco Corea, research lead at Balderton Capital; Laura Cesenni, investment manager at Elysia Capital; Pier Paolo Mucelli, co-founder of Techitalia: Lab; Luca Colciago, former general partner at Kreos Capital; Luigi Meschini, head of Accelerator Funding Network at The Accelerator Network; and Francesco Perticari, GP at Silicon Roundabout. The panel discussion closed with a Q&A session with the audience.