Smart & Start
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Smart&Start Italia is a government-funded scheme that encourages new businesses in the digital economy and the development of results from the research system.

Smart&Start Italia supports three main types of innovative start-up:

  • those that have a high-tech, innovative business idea
  • those that develop products, services or solutions in the digital economy
  • those that exploit commercial opportunities resulting from research.

The support consists of an interest-free loan to cover capital investment and operating costs related to starting the business. Start-ups based in the South of Italy or in the areas affected by the L'Aquila earthquake (Cratere Sismico Aquilano) can also take advantage of a grant.

Very new start-ups, set up in the last 12 months, are supported with technical and managerial mentoring.