Periodically we run incubation, acceleration and experimentation initiatives and programmes to support new entrepreneurial projects.

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The Italian accelerator in the National CDP Network devoted to the port innovation sector and the blue economy.

The programme aims to strengthen the relationship between startups, corporate stakeholders and the public administration, contributing to the creation of a value chain in the blue economy, an approach that places innovation in the centre of processes, governance and results. Launched by CDP Venture Capital SGR in partnership with the Port Authorities of the Ionian Sea – Port of Taranto, Faros is managed by a|cube, the accelerator and incubator that works with businesses with a high social and environmental impact.

Who it addresses

Startups working in port innovation, the blue economy, blue growth and the ocean industry wishing to implement processes, products and services according to a sustainable approach.

Applications are open until 16 June 2024.



Applications are open until 16 June 2024

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Closed calls

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Eni Joule for Entrepreneurship - In 2008 Eni set up the Eni Award to reward and promote research and technological innovation in the energy and environment fields. Starting from 2021, through Joule, the company has launched a further prize to foster the application, enhancement and transfer of technologies in the energy transition field, helping to develop a sustainable innovation ecosystem. The “Eni Joule for Entrepreneurship” prize was born with the aim of promoting innovative and sustainable entrepreneurship in the field of decarbonisation of processes and products, the circular economy, the fight against climate change, in order to contribute to the energy transition and foster the country’s socio-economic development.

Who it addresses

The call is open to teams, university spin-offs, startups, that have developed or are developing innovative business projects that are sustainable not only in economic but also environmental and social terms, with high technological value. The three selected winners will be awarded a prize by the President of the Italian Republic during the Eni Award ceremony held in Rome.

The call closed on March 22, 2024.


ORA! Academy is a training programme that provides the basic tools for managing collaborative processes between corporations and startups. The eight-week course alternates theory with practical sessions. The Global Open Innovation Mastery explores the key themes of open innovation: from the venture client model, through the innovation ecosystem, design thinking, the innovation lab model, corporate innovation, to venture capital and the lean startup approach. The practical phase, Venture Client Lab, involves direct collaboration with the corporate members of the project.

Who it is aimed at

The programme is aimed at young graduates in Business Administration, Management and Engineering with a strong passion for the world of innovation and sustainability projects. 

The call closed on February 23, 2024.


The call, launched by the Lazio Region through Lazio Innova, aims to identify innovative solutions to support the ecological and digital transition. This strategic tool sets out to increase the competitive performance of the regional economy, fostering the creation and growth of new businesses.

Who it addresses

Startups, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and spin-offs, informal teams (not established or under establishment) consisting of at least three physical persons aged at least 18 with a secondary school diploma.

The call closed on December 21, 2023.

The Call4Innovationis part of the Basilicata Open LAB programme and aims to identify and support innovative and sustainable business projects in the fields of energy, agriculture, construction and mobility that can be tested and developed in the Basilicata region. In particular, co-innovation activities will be carried out with Lucanian companies and teams of innovators from across Italy, as well as the implementation of innovative business projects presented by Lucanian companies. The call has been developed by Joule in cooperation with PoliHub, the Innovation Park & Startup Accelerator of Milan Polytechnic, and with the support of the ELIS Consortium.

Who it is aimed at

The call is open to teams of innovators (startups, spin-offs and entrepreneurial teams of individuals, students and researchers) from across Italy who are able to pilot their solutions in Basilicata in cooperation with local companies.  Companies from Lucania can also apply if they are open to working with teams of innovators from across Italy, are based in Basilicata and have innovative projects for the development of their business.

The call closed on December 15, 2023

Encubator is the entrepreneurial accelerator programme that supports startups with technology solutions that accelerate the energy transition to a carbon free model, making cities and the way people and goods move more sustainable. The aim is to reduce waste and move towards a circular economy model that respects human, animal and plant life. The programme is promoted by the Chamber of Commerce of Milan Monza Brianza Lodi and Milan Polytechnic.

Who it is aimed at

The call is open to Italian, European and international early-stage startups, whether established or not, and university spin-offs or those from Italian, European and international research centres.

The call closed on November 13, 2023.

The sustainability innovation accelerator based in Venice and focusing on the development of business ideas and technological solutions for tackling climate change and other environmental challenges.

VeniSIA is an acronym for Venice Sustainability Innovation Accelerator, its mission is to accelerate corporate labs and startups working to achieve environmental SDGs and at the same time develop their market potential using disruptive technologies and strategic innovation. The ultimate aim is not to set up an accelerator in Venice but to make Venice and accelerator.

Who it addresses

VeniSIA attracts institutions, businesses and individuals sharing the belief that this is the ideal context for offering ideas and solutions for valid sustainable development challenges in Venice’s fragile and unique environmental ecosystem, but at the same time scalable solutions that can be of benefit to the whole planet.

This is the Italian Cleantech Accelerator in the National Accelerator Network of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), launched by CDP Venture Capital Sgr - National Innovation Fund, Eni, LVenture Group and ELIS, and supported by Corporate Partners Acea, Maire Tecnimont, Microsoft and Vodafone. It was founded to identify startups with huge business potential and a solution with zero environmental impact. Road to Zero aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050: a goal that all technologies, products and services aiming to protect and maintain natural resources contribute to.

The selected startups will have the opportunity to adopt the ESG impact measuring methodology with the support of Joule, Elis Innovation Hub and the start-up Open Impact.

Who it addresses

ZERO targets software startups with operating MVPs and hardware startups with operating prototypes and defined roadmaps. The acceleration programme is hosted in the Gazometro area in Roma Ostiense.

The WomenX Impact Startup Competition is one of the main events supporting female entrepreneurship. It was set up to offer startups founded by women or which have at least one woman on the board a unique experience of growth and dialogue, extending and consolidating their network and coming into contact with a panel of sector experts.

Who it addresses

The programme is open to all startups founded by a woman or which have at least one woman on the Board; all established businesses with a product or service already being marketed or which will be marketed in the coming 6 months; all startups falling into at least one of the following categories: Lifestyle (Fashiontech-Traveltech-Foodtech-Designtech-Influencer Marketing); Sustainable & Circular; Education; Health & Fitness; Fintech & Insurtech.