The Italian Tech Tour presents the best start-ups & SMEs in Rome: 26 companies chosen out of 155 applicants from across Italy

Tech Tour today announces the 26 most innovative companies and start-ups being showcased at the 2017 Italian Tech Tour in Rome. They have been chosen to present to a group of international investors, VCs, corporate partners and business angels.

155 companies applied to present at the event, compared to 135 from the previous year with the majority of them coming from the Lazio region (28%) and surrounding areas. 19% of applications came from Lombardy, 8% came from Piedmont and 5% from Tuscany. From the selected presenting companies 35% come from Lazio, 23% from Lombardy, 8% from Piedmont, 8% from Campania and 8% from Emilia-Romagna.

The chosen start-ups and SMEs are looking for partnerships and funding and are headquartered in Italy. They are active in ICT, Life Sciences, FoodTech and Energy ranging from seed to series A, seeing EUR 3,000,000 or above in funding rounds.

The programme of the 2017 Italian Tech Tour is designed to showcase the growing venture market in Italy featuring insight from successful Italian entrepreneurs and business leaders:

  • Fabio Gallia (Cassa Depositi Prestiti) speaking about “The role of CDP to strengthen Italian tech ecosystem”
  • Carles Ferrer Roqueta (Nauta Capital) speaking about “Opportunities and challenges of the Italian ecosystem within the international technology landscape”
  • Paolo Cellini (Octo Telematics) delivering a keynote speech

Our special guest and inspiring moderator of the Italian success stories fireside chat this year is the journalist Barbara Millucci (L’Economia/Corriere della Sera)

Also featuring 3 success story entrepreneurs Paolo Cellini (Octo Telematics), Alberto Genovese ( and Silvio Pagliani (

A panel discussion on “Italy as an emerging VC market: an opportunity for international investors looking for high return” featuring Giovanni Vecchio (Euronext), Alvise Bonivento (Atlante Ventures), Fabio Mondini (Idinvest Partners) and Luca Morandi (Quadrivio SGR)

  • Ernesto Ciorra (Enel) speaking about “How a multinational company manages its start-up ecosystem”
  • Carlo Mammola (Fondo Italiano di Investimento – Tech Growth Fund) speaking about “An overview of the Italian ecosystem”

For more information please visit: Programme – 2017 Italian Tech Tour

The first Italian Tech Tour was held in 2003, and the success stories companies that have since emerged over the last 3 editions, including Expert System and Biongiorno, has prompted Tech Tour to return for a 4th time to Rome. These companies went to IPO and became multinational success stories at the time when there were fewer investment opportunities in the country. Italy today has a better ecosystem for innovation and more companies are starting to emerge, with many of the original Italian success stories actively feeding into the ecosystem and helping a new wave of companies grow. This includes the Italian Tech Tour’s own Co-President Marco Trombetti, Founder and CEO of, a leading provider of professional services online, who developed a VC fund Pi Campus, one of Rome’s fastest growing innovation hubs for new high-tech companies.

The Italian market is nascent, and there are opportunities for investors from anywhere in the world to come and be part of this Italian growth and technology scene. Pietro Strada, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Silverpeak technology investment banking, and who acts as Co-President of the Italian Tech Tour had this to say: “There is an increasing number of Italian tech companies that have the size and international footprint to be attractive for international investors. This is one of the “best kept secrets” in the tech investment ecosystem, and some smart investors have already spotted the opportunity”.

The Italian Tech Tour is proudly supported by Pictet, Orrick, Pi Campus, Octo Telematics, Omoove, Euronext, Regione Lazio, Lazio Innova, Start-upLazio!, Roma Start-up, agi Agenzia Italia and

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