• StartUp Day

Sustainability and culture of innovation

Now in its 10th edition, StartUp Day is transformed to define itself as an initiative of the regional innovation ecosystem, in collaboration with other universities and research centers in Emilia-Romagna.
Aimed at promoting the culture of innovation, research and youth entrepreneurship, StartUp Day Goes Green is the title chosen for this edition, which proposes a focus on the ecosystem for sustainable development, in which universities, public research organizations and private partners promote entrepreneurial ideas and projects related to the theme of ecological transition and the spread of green solutions.

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Do you thrive on innovation?

Do you want to be a key player in the future and are driven by curiosity and thirst for knowledge

Do you aspire to become a startupper?

Do you need stimulation and opportunities to develop your idea

Are you already a startupper?

Do you want to make networking the lever to grow your startup

Are you an investor or entrepreneur?

Do you want to find the right innovative enterprise for your investment

DumBO Multifunctional Urban District of Bologna

A temporary urban regeneration space where businesses, associations, institutions and citizens coexist, collaborate and contaminate. Three spaces will host the 'StartUp day goes green' event: La Baia, Spazio Bianco and La temporanea. Tre spazi ospiteranno l'evento 'Startup day goes green': La Baia, Spazio Bianco e La temporanea.

For visitors, we recommend parking at Tanari Parking Lot at Via Tanari 17, which is an 8-minute walk from DumBO.



From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dumbo's 'White Space' will host the pitches of more than 48 entrepreneurial teams presenting their innovative startup projects and ideas.
Intesa Sanpaolo, Almavicoo, Maverx Foundation, Granarolo, Legacoop Romagna, Almacube and Ecosister will award the best teams of this 10th edition of StartUp Day starting at 6 p.m.


From renewable energy to green manufacturing, from sustainable mobility to the circular economy, from smart housing to energy efficiency: there are many topics that will be discussed in the Talks hosted by Dumbo's Main Stage, which will put professors, startuppers and the business world in dialogue.
Guests of honor for the day will be Professor Stefano Mancuso, a scientist and popularizer, in a dialogue on the challenges of innovation for the future of the planet, and Francesco Oggiano, a digital journalist and partner at Will Italia, an expert on digital and social trends, who will talk about communication strategies to develop awareness about the ecological transition.

Activities and Workshops

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Lab Space will host 3D Printing and Lego workshops and the VARLab - Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory where the public can explore augmented reality through visors available to them.
Not only that: with Turtle, it will be possible to measure the sustainable impact of the event in real time through direct involvement of participants and have fun with the 'matching card' curated by Jebo.


Come to the Exhibition Area to get up close and personal with startups and spin-offs selected by the Region's universities, meet incubators and accelerators, and participate in the booths of the event's Partners: Intesa Sanpaolo, Legacoop Bologna, Bugnion and Granarolo.

StartUp Day 2024 guests

Stefano Mancuso

Scientist and popularizer, Stefano Mancuso is among the world's leading authorities engaged in studying and popularizing a new truth about plants, intelligent and sensitive creatures capable of choosing, learning and remembering.

Francesco Oggiano

Francesco Oggiano is one of the faces of Will Italia.
He edits Digital Journalism, a newsletter with a community of thousands of digital creatives.
Since September he has been host of the daily podcast Closer.

Elena Ferrero

Elena Ferrero is a startupper with a social vocation. She has a science-based university education, but strongly interdisciplinary. She has always pursued science and social issues dissemination activities out of passion, with a strong propensity for environmental activism.

Alice Pomiato (@aliceful)

Alice Pomiato, on social @aliceful is among the Top Green Influencers and Voice Ambiente in Italy, and works as a trainer on sustainability issues.

StartUp Day is an opportunity to:

- Enrich your network with startups, investors, companies and accelerators
- Find investment opportunities
- Discover how far your aptitude for innovation can take you

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