The call closes on 30th September 2019 and it is dedicated to digital startups ready to anticipate the market’s new trends: selected participants will spend 5 months in the innovation Hubs of Rome and Milan.
LUISS EnLabs kicked off its second annual call: the startup accelerator owned by LVenture Group, born from a joint venture with LUISS University, started the selection for the winter batch of its Acceleration Program, starting in December.
With a success rate of 80% (in terms of investments collected by those startups that have successfully completed the latest batches of the Program) and an internationally established methodology – as recently recognized by the Global Finance Magazine, which has included LUISS EnLabs in the ranking of the 25th “World’s Best Financial Innovation Labs 2019” – the Accelerator managed by LVenture Group is ready to transform the most promising early-stage digital startups into the businesses of the future.
All the selected startups will receive up to 160K euros by LVenture Group, a holding company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange and one of the main European VC operators, which has already supported the growth of over 60 startups that have globally collected over 60 million euro of investments (14 millions invested directly by the company and 46 millions by co-investors).
“Our Acceleration Program provides our startups with a real market validation, making them able to produce solid results in just 5 months. It is a challenging path, which allows teams directly into the LVenture Group ecosystem, talents, Universities, investors and corporates clash and contaminate everyday, generating great opportunities for growth. We are looking for teams willing to intercept new market trends and we are ready to actively support them. It’s a unique opportunity in the Italian and European innovation scene” says Augusto Coppola, Managing Director at LUISS EnLabs.
THE PROGRAM – The Acceleration Program lasts 5 months under the guidance of a team of experts from LUISS EnLabs and LVenture Group. The selected startups will exploit a network of over 50 advisors to support the development of their product, business model, technology, communication, marketing, legal assistance and fundraising activities. Great perks and discounts will be also available for all participants (cloud credits, support in SEO prototyping, facilitations and e-payments) for 1.5 million euros worth.
REQUIREMENTS – In order to attend the LUISS EnLabs Acceleration Program, startups must provide competitive solutions in emerging market sectors, with a working product prototype or a validated idea (Minimum Viable Product) and a team willing to move to Rome or Milan to work on the project full time, showing different skills, in particular those necessary for technological development. The selection is open to all digital startups, especially those dedicated to corporate welfare, cybersecurity, software for businesses, fintech, retail, Industry 4.0, health and wellness, Urban Tech, capable of using new technologies such as AR / VR, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, blockchain.
LOCATION – The selected startups will attend the Acceleration Program in the LVenture Group and LUISS EnLabs Hub at Termini Station in Rome or in the Milan venue at the Milano LUISS Hub, in a work space adaptable to every operational need and with hundreds of events, a source of constant inspiration and networking opportunities for innovators.
APPLICATIONS– Applications for the Acceleration Program must be submitted online by accessing accelerationluissenlabs.lventuregroup.com. Startups can also book a slot for a one-to-one meeting with the LUISS EnLabs Acceleration mentors, who are always ready to counsel new innovative projects during the application process, by writing an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.