Venture Capital, Corporate Venture Capital & Private Equity plays a vital role in the funding of startups, scaleups and SME’s in Milan.
Venture capital is a form of financing by venture capital firms for startups, scaleups and SME’s. Venture capital usually comes from high net worth individuals and financial institutions that pool together partnerships and investments.
Corporate venture capital is a form of venture capital conducted by non-financial firms, by corporates which invest in selected targeted startups. The investments are usually not only financial interests, yet are more so strategic goals in developing new or complementary businesses within which the startup is active.
Private equity is made up of funds and investors that invest in private companies and buyouts of public companies. The capital usually funds new technologies, make acquisitions and increase business capital.
Milan has a large variety of Venture Capital, Corporate Venture Capital & Private Equity, examples of Venture Capital Firms include 360 Capital Partners, Innogest, P101, Quadrivio, United Ventures and Vertis.
For a detailed guide of Venture Capital, Corporate Venture Capital & Private Equity in Milan, please refer to the source: Investors in Milan, a Practical Startup Ecosystem Guide – By Adam Bregu.
AIFI is the Italian Private Equity, Venture Capital and Private Debt Association in Italy. It promotes, develops and represents the majority of private equity, venture capital and private debt firms in Italy.
Consob (Commissione Nazionale per la societa e la borsa) is the public authority organization that is responsible for regulating the Italian financial markets.
The startup accelerators and incubators placed in Milan play a vital role in the startup ecosystem of Milan and its development. Startup incubators and accelerators within Milan fuel the startup ecosystem by investing skillsets, time, contacts and office space. Some provide investment to develop Italian and international startups.
Milan has a large variety of Incubators & Accelerators; examples include Alimenta2Talent, Digital Magics, FabriQ, Fashion Technology Accelerator, growITup, Impact Hub, Nuvolab, Polihub, SpeedMiUp, TIM#WCAP and Unicredit StartLab.
For a detailed guide of Incubators & Accelerators in Milan, please refer to the source: The Practical Startup Ecosystem Guide in Milan: Incubators & Accelerators – By Adam Bregu.
There are a variety of banks in Italy provide regular loans to SME’s. This can also be the bank where you have your regular bank account. For information about active banks in Italy, please refer to the Association of Italian Banks (In Italian Only).
Examples of some of the largest banks in Milan include:
Angel investors invest in very early stage startups or entrepreneurs. Often angel investors are high net worth individuals and are usually amongst the startup founders’ family or friends. They provide money to support the development of the business in return for equity. Angel investors usually use their own money, yet the money may come from a business entity or investment fund. In the startup ecosystem of Milan angel investors play a vital role in the very early stage development of startups, with their investment. Angel networks are groups of angel investors which usually pool capital together. Angel networks in Milan play an important role, as they enable large pools of capital and provide varied professional expertise and skillsets which can strongly develop startups and SMEs.
For a detailed guide of Angel Investors & Angel Networks, please refer to the source: Investors in Milan, a Practical Startup Ecosystem Guide – Adam Bregu.
Business Angels Europe (BAE) is The European Confederation for angel investing. Italian Business Angels Network Association (IBAN) is a member of BAE.
Italian Business Angels Network Association (IBAN) is a business angel association in Italy that supports and develops angel investing in Italy.
Crowdfunding is the use of capital from a large number of people online to finance a startup. Crowdfunding has the potential to develop large amounts of capital for the development of a new startup. A crowdfunding online platform enables people to place their startup projects online and enables people to invest online on the website. Equity based is the most popular form of financing of startups as it enables startups to raise money and gives investors the opportunity to earn equity.
Crowdfunding has gained a lot of popularity in recent years in Milan as a source of investment for startups. As a result, there is a wide variety of crowdfunding platforms available in Milan and the rest of Italy.
For a detailed guide of Crowdfunding opportunities in Milan, please refer to the source Investors in Milan, a Practical Startup Ecosystem Guide – By Adam Bregu.
Consob (Commisione Nazionale per la societa e la borsa) is the public authority organization that is responsible for regulating the Italian financial markets. It regulates crowdfunding websites in Italy.
Competitions, Contests & Showcases are options for the financing of startups within the startup ecosystem of Milan. Competitions, contests and showcases enable startups to compete for funding for the development and growth of their startups. Showcases are events in which people showcase their startups to investors.
Milan has a large variety of Competitions, Contests & Showcases, examples of major websites to find and be updated about Competitions, Contests & Showcases include Digital District Milano, Startup Digest by Techstars, Startupbusiness Events and StartupItalia! Eventi.
For a detailed guide of Competitions, Contests & Showcases, please refer to the source: Investors in Milan, a Practical Startup Ecosystem Guide – By Adam Bregu.
Source: Adam Bregu, A model to enable the analysis, mapping, understanding and development of a city’s startup ecosystem. Practial application of the model on the startup ecosystem of Milan, 2017.