Milan is connected to another four cities across Europe through the Welcome project. These cities are: Berlin, Dublin, Madrid and Salamanca. The organisations that ensure this connection are: Dpixel, Mind the Bridge, Codemotion, Starteed.

Milan has the best environment in Italy for Startups.

Percentage of Italian total:

  • 22% of Innovative Startups.
  • 34% of Funded Startups.
  • 53% of Institutional Investors.
  • 35% of Crowdfunding Platforms.
  • 21% of Incubators and Accelerators.
  • 13% of Science and Technology Parks.
  • 31% of Coworking spaces.
  • 17% of Fablabs.
  • 35% of Startup Competitions.
  • 24% of Hackatons.
  • 13% of Empowerment programs.
  • 15% of Call for tenders.

Milan is the capital of fashion and design, headquarters of the major international corporations are there, represents the main financial center in Italy with presence of 5 universities and with strong attention to open innovation and digital manufacturing.

Our partners:


One of the most relevant Italian venture capital firm specialized in acceleration, seed/early stage funding and innovation consulting, Advisor of the Digital Investments SCA SICAR – Seed Fund. In 2012 DPIXEL, launched Barcamper®, an innovative program for startups aimed at scouting web entrepreneurs all over Italy.


Seed venture capital: €9M fund focused on seed stage digital and ICT startups investments; 18 investments, over €8M in outside capital in portfolio companies; 4 exits completed.

Acceleration and consulting: 150 scouting sessions made; 280 teams coached; 20 startup competitions organized; €7M investment in outside capital generated for 30 startups.

Mind the bridge:

Is a non-profit organization bridging the world through entrepreneurship education for startups, corporates and investors to succeed in global markets. MTB’ educational programs provide exposure to the most experienced, entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world — Silicon Valley.


Educational Programs: the MTB Startup School provides high level education and graduates 100+ entrepreneurs per year.

Matchmaking events: appointed by the European Commission to lead Startup Europe Partnership, MTB has already organized 4 Matching events (meetings between corporates and startups) in Europe to facilitate strategic partnerships as well as exit opportunities.

-Events to showcase the best startups: MTB successfully organized 50+ events in Italy and Silicon Valley to showcase the best startups to the community of investors and corporates.


Is the hub connecting the next big technologies with code lovers and developers. We hold the biggest Italian conference tailored to tech developers and one of the bigger in Europe, with a network of more than 30 thousand developers.


More than 10 hackathons delivered in last 2 years.

More than 7000 attendees in 4 events across Europe in 2014.

More than 100 tech-communities in 4 countries.

More than 5000 kids attended their labs @Makerfaire Rome14.


Is a technology enabler that develops solutions in the market of crowdfunding and co-creation. Founded in 2011 as the first crowdfunding platform royalty-based in Europe, Starteed is now able to provide customized infrastructures for those who want to adopt financial models more effective and transparent.


Crowdfunding projects: +10’000 donations; +800’000 euro transaction ; +150 projects founded.

Extended network: Founder and member of both the Italian Crowdfunding Network and the European Crowdfunding Network.

Cross-sectorial experience: Gained building Educational Platforms, Civic Crowdfunding Platforms, Equity /Reward/Donation CF Platforms.

If you want to participate in events involving  Milan or the other four cities, please contact either the Coordinator of Welcome, or the four partners in Milan.

Coordinator Contact Info

Name: Emilio Corchado

Project: Welcome



Phone: +34 630 736 755