20th of April 2018 Brokerage Event Innovat&Match 2018 | 7-8 June 2018, Bologna (Italy)

Up to 15 grants covering travel costs available to support organizations and individuals from outside Italy in their participation to the event

The regional brokerage event Innovat&Match 2018, this year at its 12° edition, will take place in Bologna on 7 and 8 June 2018, in the framework of R2B - Research to Business 2018, the l Exhibition on Industrial Research and competences for Innovation promoted by the Emilia-Romagna Region, Bologna Fiere, ASTER and Smau.


B2b meetings will focus on:

10th of January 2018 EIT RawMaterials Booster Call 2018

Deadline: 31 March 2018
Up to 60.000 euro for startups and SMEs active in the raw material sector for feasibility studies, market validation, pilot tests and growth.

19th of December 2017 #ItalyFrontiers: how to find Italian innovative SMEs and startups

A free and customized platform set up by the Italian Government dedicated to new companies focusing on innovation and internationalization

The goal of #Italyfrontiers, the Italian database of innovative SMEs and Startups, is to enhance and support the Italian excellence in terms of innovation and  competitiveness on international markets.

It is the "digital home" of startups and SMEs, open to all business realities characterized by an idea of "business 2.0".

14th of December 2017 Investor Visa for Italy

A new platform supporting foreign investments in Italy
Il programma si rivolge ai cittadini di Paesi non membri dell’Unione Europea o dello spazio Schengen che si impegnano a effettuare un investimento stabile pari ad almeno 2 milioni di euro in titoli di Stato, 1 milione di euro in quote o azioni di società di capitali costituite e operanti in Italia (500mila euro nel caso si tratti di startup innovative), oppure una donazione di almeno 1 milione di euro a sostegno di un progetto filantropico

12th of May 2017 SERN - Startup Europe Regions Network

On April 2017, ASTER S.Cons.p.A. became member of SERN, the organisation who gathers EU regions with a strong commitment to support startups
SERN focuses its activiites on the mapping and promotion of support activities to startups conducted at regional level across Europe and in mobilizing regional efforts to address relevant barriers to startups’ growth, such as harmonization of policies and regulations, access to talent and to major research infrastructures.


4,5 ml€ for a regional call to sup­port the startup and scale up of new innovative companies in Emilia-Romagna.
The call is directed to sup­port the startup and scale up of new in­no­v­a­tive, cre­ative and knowl­edge-in­ten­sive com­pa­nies and thus con­tribute to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Emilia-Romagna re­gional Smart Spe­cial­iza­tion Strat­egy (S3), that aims to re­in­force through new tech­nol­ogy in­puts the re­gional basic con­sol­i­dated clus­ters (me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, agri-food and con­struc­tion), emerg­ing and in­no­v­a­tive clus­ters (health and well­ness, cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­tries, innovation in services) and knowl­edge in­ten­sive and pro­fes­sional ser­vices. Applicants shall demonstrate that their business project will have positive impacts on these sectors.

11th of May 2017 Emilia Romagna in Silicon Valley

the Emilia-Romagna Region base in Silicon Valley to support startups in their internationalization process and in their approach to the Silicon Valley mindset.

Starting from Sept 2015, the Emilia-Romagna Region (through ASTER) set a base in Silicon Valley to support startups in their internationalization process and in their approach to the Silicon Valley mindset.

5th of April 2017 Get an office and access our network

An office in Bologna dedicated to host foreign startups

Le Serre di ASTER - a new incubator to host and support startups from Bologna and surroundings - includes an office dedicated to international mobility actions  for a period of one week to one month for startup owners or would-be entrepreneurs wishing to come at Le Serre di ASTER to setup their business in Emilia-Romagna region or in Italy.

Access is available on demand, according to the availability of the office, and may be subject to fees.