AlmaCube

9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Institution Projects; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020

Almacube is the incubator and innovative hub of the University of Bologna and Confindustria Emilia Area Centro. We aim to foster the economic growth of the region through innovation and by the creation of new businesses. Furthermore, AlmaCube focusses on successful collaborations with established companies, and on facilitating the education of new generations towards a more entrepreneurial approach.


Established in 1999, Almacube is a non-profit Ltd and is an incubator certified by the Ministry of Economic Development. Since 2017 it has been renovated in its structure. Its activities are divided into: support for research spin-offs, support for startups and support for mature companies through open innovation and venture clienting services.

  • Univeristy Spin-off Unit: transform the best technological and research projects of the University into companies. The 17 incubated spin-offs obtain easy access to the University facilities, laboratories and know-how of our community, as well as the entire network of Confindustria Emilia Area Centro.
  • Startup Unit: Every year, about 300 ideas are nominated for StartUp Day, the event organized by the University of Bologna and Almacube to promote the growth of youth entrepreneurship that hosts more than 2500 participants. The 30 selected startups enter the incubation program, which begins with a period of training. Afterwards, 10-15 projects are selected and supported by Almacube staff and mentors for 10 weeks. The best startups enter the final phase, during which they are financially supported with 25k € of funding and services, in order to get ready to present them to investors, during the next edition of StartUp Day.
  • Corporate Unit: 40 students and recent graduates of the University of Bologna work in multidisciplinary teams, to face innovation challenges of companies with which Almacube collaborates. The programmes are part of international networks of universities and research centres such as Stanford and CERN, involving more than 20 universities worldwide.