February 10, 2020 Statistics

Incubators and accelerators in Italy: the updated statistics

According to the 2019 report of Social Innovation Monitor (SIM), there are 197 incubators and accelerators in Italy, 26 more than last year.

Over 60% of these companies are located in the north of Italy, mainly in Lombardy (26.4%), and Emilia Romagna (12.7%). 8,3% of them are located in Lazio.

Private sponsors own more than 60% of the Italian incubators and accelerators; 22% of them are public-private partnerships, whilst the remaining 15% of them are fully owned and managed by public bodies.

In 2018, the overall turnover of Italian incubators and accelerators was € 391 million (+76% compared to 2017). Few of them had revenues well above € 2 million, as the median turnover is € 350 thousand (it was € 250 thousand in 2017).

The main services provided by the Italian incubators and accelerators are: managerial support and training, office rent, support in the search of funding program, and networking.

The top four start-up accelerators according to the Startup Accelerator Ranking 2019, provided by Startup Blink, are: Digital Magics, Intesa Sanpaolo Startup Initiative, NAStartUp, Nuvolab.

The official list of the certified Italian incubators can be downloaded (in Italian) at this LINK.

If we look at the incubated start-ups, the total number of incubated and accelerated companies reached 2.816 in 2018 (+15.6% compared to 2017), representing an overall turnover of € 500 million. Also, the average funding granted to the incubated start-ups noticeably increased, from € 1.18 million € in 2017 to € 3.30 million in 2018 (+ 179%).


You can find the detailed 2018 statistics produced by Social Innovation Monitor (SIM) (in Italian) at the following link: https://www.socialinnovationmonitor.com/report-incubatori

The Startup Accelerator Ranking 2019 at the following link: https://www.startupblink.com/accelerators/italy