apply now

Acceleration program

VeniSIA's acceleration program lasts 7 seven months and includes the following phases, to support companies to identify, through an international call to action, and engage the most qualified researchers/start-uppers to carry out the sustainability innovation projects.

Phase 1:
Call & Pre-selection

From x to 30 Activities:
Scouting & Selection
Where: Online

2 month-long:
from June 1st to July 31st 2021

1 month-long:
from August 1st to 31st 2021

Phase 2:
Training & Selection

From 30 to 10 Activities:
Education:
- Business Model;
- Business Plan;
- Validation;
- MVP;
- Marketing Team;
- Fundraising.
Where: Online

1 month-long:
from August 1st to 31st 2021

Phase 3:
Pre-acceleration & Final selection

From 10 to 3 Activities:
Implemetation:
- Business Model;
- Business Plan;
- Pitch Deck.
Where: Live in Venice

1 month-long:
from September 1st to 30th 2021

3 month-long:
from October 1st to December 31st 2021

Phase 4:
Co-Innovation

3 Activities:
Helping start-ups to be ready
for the market and to improve business metrics
Where: Live in Venice

3 month-long:
from October 1st to December 31st 2021

Benefits for
start-ups

Features of the acceleration program:

  • -non-fee based program;
  • -equity free;
  • -VeniSIA's 8% success fee on possible investments in the start-up.
Call &
Pre-selection

Phase 1

Educational &
Selection

Phase 2

Pre-acceleration &
Final Selection

Phase 3

Co-Innovation

Phase 4

Masterclass & Lectures
Mentoring & Strategic Advice
Potential collaboration
with corporations
Introduction
to strategic partners
Co-working spaces
Contribution for living expenses (i.e.: housing & food)
€20k money prize for each
finalist (3 finalist)
Final Demo Day
(investment readiness)
Call & Pre-selection Phase 1
Masterclass & Lectures
Mentoring & Strategic Advice
Potential collaboration
with corporations
Introduction
to strategic partners
Co-working spaces
Contribution for living expenses
(i.e.: housing & food)
€20k money prize for
each finalist (3 finalist)
Final Demo Day
(investment readiness)
Educational & Selection Phase 2
Masterclass & Lectures
Mentoring & Strategic Advice
Potential collaboration
with corporations
Introduction
to strategic partners
Co-working spaces
Contribution for living expenses
(i.e.: housing & food)
€20k money prize for
each finalist (3 finalist)
Final Demo Day
(investment readiness)
Pre-acceleration & Final selection Phase 3
Masterclass & Lectures
Mentoring & Strategic Advice
Potential collaboration
with corporations
Introduction
to strategic partners
Co-working spaces
Contribution for living expenses
(i.e.: housing & food)
€20k money prize for
each finalist (3 finalist)
Final Demo Day
(investment readiness)
Co-Innovation Phase 4
Masterclass & Lectures
Mentoring & Strategic Advice
Potential collaboration
with corporations
Introduction
to strategic partners
Co-working spaces
Contribution for living expenses
(i.e.: housing & food)
€20k money prize for
each finalist (3 finalist)
Final Demo Day
(investment readiness)

VeniSIA’s virtuous circle of acceleration.

SDGs are an urgent call to action for people and planet, and companies are required to innovate their operative and business models through the development and test of new business ideas and technology solutions.
VeniSIA will cope with the companies’ sustainable development challenges through a virtuous circle of acceleration.

1 /

Established companies identify their main sustainable development challenges:
VeniSIA will support international and national companies to design a sustainability innovation project, with the aim to develop it.

Most qualified researchers and scale-uppers are identified, through an international call to action, and consequently engaged by VeniSIA to provide business ideas and technology solutions which can result in sustainability innovation projects.

Corporate labs and scale-ups are set off in Venice by funding companies, to carry out the sustainability innovation projects.

VCs, family offices and donors join VeniSIA and create new market spaces for successful sustainability innovation projects: VeniSIA will support the promotion of tested business ideas and technology solutions among international investors and VCs to further fund selected scale-ups and unlock their commercial opportunities.

Additional companies are attracted by the latter to cope with sustainability challenges and test in Venice ideas and solutions which can later work elsewhere in the world.

Master’s students get internships within the corporate labs: VeniSIA will support companies to select the best master’s students from (not only) Ca’ Foscari University for an internship in the corporate labs in order to support the sustainability innovation projects.

Additional independent smart workers join Venice: VeniSIA will establish and manage a community of innovators, able to attract worldwide smart workers, interested in a unique living and working experience in Venice. VeniSIA will cope with broader sustainable development challenges through the same acceleration process where start-ups are funded by donors/sponsors.

Corporate labs

Corporate labs and start-ups are set off in Venice by funding companies, to carry out the sustainability innovation projects: VeniSIA will support the match between companies and labs/start-ups and will accelerate the latter offering a range of services, including training, mentoring, project management, business model redesigning, co-working, accommodation, etc.
If you are an established company, contact VeniSIA to fund your own corporate lab: venisia@venisia.org.

Apply now. If you have any problem with the form please send the application to applications@venisia.org with all the information we ask in the form.