New venture capital operators for Italy: VC funds and investment initiatives announced in 2021

2021 was a significant year for the Italian venture capital industry. For the first time in Italian history, investments into startups exceeded the threshold of € 1 billion, with unprecedented annual growth (for more details: “Investments in Italian startups reached…

The 2022-2024 Strategic Plan of CDP (Cassa Depositi e Prestiti)

In November 2021, CDP (Cassa Depositi e Prestiti), the Italian investment bank owned by the Ministry for the Economy and Finance and banking foundations supporting the innovation, growth and internationalisation of small, medium and large enterprises, approved the 2022-2024 Strategic…

Additional € 2 billion to the National Innovation Fund: an update of the government-sponsored funds managed by CDP Venture Capital

The “National Innovation Fund” (NIF, in Italian: “Fondo Nazionale Innovazione”) is the government-sponsored program created in 2019 to boost the Italian startup ecosystem. For more details on the creation of the National Innovation Fund, read: National Innovation Fund: a hope for…

Collaboration between startups and corporates: the McKinsey & Company and B Heroes research on the Italian ecosystem

Collaboration between startups and corporates - two realities with very different cultures and goals - is anything but simple: establishing a model of interaction that is effective for both sides, feasible on a large scale and sustainable over time is…