This article showcases our top picks for the best Italy based Venture Capital companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Venture Capital industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Italy Venture Capital Companies
Digital Magics, listed on AIM Italia (symbol: DM), is an incubator of digital projects that provides consulting services and acceleration services to startups and enterprises, to facilitate the development of new technological businesses. Thanks to the partnership with Talent Garden and Tamburi Investment Partners, Digital Magics has created the most important national platform for innovation for DIGITAL MADE IN ITALY, by offering services for the digital transformation and “Open Innovation” to excellent enterprises, while providing support to innovative startups to create successful projects, from conception to IPO.
The incubation and acceleration services offered by Digital Magics are active in the TAG co-working campuses present throughout Italy. Complementary services include investment activities, which have produced over the years a portfolio of 48 investments in startups, scaleups and digital spinoffs with high growth rates.
Accelerated companies are flanked by Digital Magics LAB, a team of highly experienced business partners, and benefit not only from the large network of private and institutional investors that support them through “club deals”, but also from the many partner companies that support them on an industrial scale.. .
LVenture Group is a participation holding listed on Borsa Italiana operating on an international level in Venture Capital. LVenture Group invests in “fast growth companies” in the digital world and is a leader in the following fields: – Micro Seed Financing: a limited resources investment made in startups participating in the acceleration program managed by LUISS ENLABS, the startup factory; – Seed Financing: investments made in startups already in a more advanced stage, with an option for those startups that have already taken part to the acceleration program and that are in need of finacial resources in order to support their exit process.
In addition to financial resources, LVenture Group provides marketing expertise, networking and training. #investnow.
Based in Rome, Italy, Equinvest is a venture capital firm that enables retail investors to fund through its equity crowdfunding platform. It is focused on investment opportunities in high-potential companies.
Founded in 2014, Equinvest is comprised of entrepreneurs and senior managers.. .
Intesa Sanpaolo is the banking group which was formed by the merger of Banca Intesa and Sanpaolo IMI. The merger brought together two major Italian banks with shared values so as to increase their opportunities for growth, enhance service for retail customers, significantly support the development of businesses and make an important contribution to the country’s growth.
Intesa Sanpaolo is among the top banking groups in the euro zone, with a market capitalisation of 36.6 billion euro(1). Intesa Sanpaolo is the leader in Italy in all business areas (retail, corporate, and wealth management).
The Group offers its services to 11.1 million customers through a network of over 4,800 branches well distributed throughout the country with market shares no lower than 13% in most Italian regions.. .
U-Start is a professional advisory firm structuring club deals for a club of private investors. U-Start works alongside top-tier VC funds to scout and invest agnostically in digital and tech companies across Europe, Israel and the US.
U-Start aggregates high-net worth Italian and Swiss families into one of the most comprehensive VC investor club active in the European VC landscape – The U-Start Club. The U-Start Club is a leading elite group of investors with a deep passion for innovation and VC investments.
Through U-Start, U-Start Club members gain access and constant exposure to innovation globally. By being part of the U-Start Club, Family Offices and private investors can access the digital and tech space in a more holistic, strategic and conscious way, and can build up an efficient asset allocation..
META Investment is the investment platform of META Group. META Investment has invested in over 200 high-growth startups across Europe via eight venture capital funds in three countries.
META Investment is an international fund manager specialized in early stage, high-growth companies. With over 20 years of experience in fund management and running private-public financial instruments, we have successfully invested in over 200 companies.
META Investment builds customized solutions for early stage funds and has developed a unique range of public-private partnerships between business incubators & accelerators, business angels clubs, corporate ventures, regional development authorities, national governments and EU Institutions.. .
Wise Equity is management of Private Equity closed-end funds investing in small and medium sized companies. Founded in 2000 by Paolo Gambarini and Michele Semenzato, Wise SGR specializes in the management of Private Equity closed-end funds investing in small and medium sized companies, with a special focus on Italy.
Over the years, Wise SGR has achieved a unique position in Italy’s Private Equity sector thanks to its management approach that considers its role not only as a supplier of capital, but also as a solid partner with whom to develop and build-up the company in accordance with the requirements of the shareholders and the management. The Wise SGR team provides support based on a variety of experience and knowledge acquired in the fields of strategic consultancy, investment banking and company management.
The skills and know-how cover investment selection, assessment, negotiation and investment structure, as well as strategic and operating consulting services specific to the individual business. Wise SGR is owned by the management.
In June 2003, Wise received Bank of Italy authorization to operate as a Management Company for pooled savings. Wise Funds invests in Italian small and medium-sized companies whit a sales turnover ranging between €20 million and €100 million.Special attention is given to the manufacturing and services market and to the sector of goods for manufacturing processes.
Wise makes two main types of investments: Leveraged Buy Out (acquisition of majority holdings, via leverage) and Development Capital (subscriptions to increase capital stock in companies with high growth potential). The average investment size is 5-25 million euro in terms fo equity value, and 10-75 million euro in terms of Enterprise Value..
Sequitur Capital Srl
We are an independent firm focused on deep tech growth opportunities. We invest in scale-up candidates in the deep tech space in Europe and the United States and provide capital, international relations, along with industry, operating and investment expertise.
Our team combines a distinctive blend of experiences and competences – venture investment, general management, business development and technology – together with a stable presence in the United States.. .
AIFI (Italian Private Equity Venture Capital and Private Debt Association) was created in May 1986, in order to promote, develop and represent institutionally the venture capital and private equity activity in Italy. The Association is an organization composed of different entities which, throughout direct investment of their own funds or through the management and advisory of independent funds (closed-end funds) are private equity and venture capital investors with the objective of purchasing, managing and divesting in unquoted companies.
Membership has been evolving together with the growing importance of the private equity and venture capital industry. Full members matrix is quite heterogeneous, including as full members Italian and international banks and their subsidiaries, industrial and private investment companies, Italian closed-end funds, international closed-end funds advisory companies as well as public operators and financial institutions linked to the co-operative system.
Associated members are Italian and foreign associations as well as institutions and companies interested in the development of the venture capital industry in Italy.. .
A knowledge platform operating and investing in the learning sector. We build, manage and invest in the full spectrum of the Education & Edtech in Europe.
Through acquisitions, business development and operational excellence, we provide equity that makes a difference in the continuous development of Human Capital We partner with exceptional entrepreneurial teams; we require their commitment to invest into the business to further drive growth with our support. We also partner with innovative companies seeking to expand their learning capabilities.
Blue Ocean Finance
Blue Ocean Finance S.p.A is a financial consulting firm focusing on Italian startups and innovative SMEs. The company’s aim is to assist enterprises in achieving their objectives of growth by developing a tailored financial strategy, obtaining new capital and advising them during extraordinary business operations.
Funded in Rome in 2018, Blue Ocean Finance is well known for its expertise in Corporate Finance, Banking and Financial Advisory.. .
Blue Star Capital
Blue Star Capital Srl is an investment fund specialized in social impact profit operations with high future value, through direct investment or through national and international investment partners in startup and SMEs in various stages of development, from early stage to growth capital. Once the investment has been completed, through the affiliates, it acts as an Angel syndicate Consulting thanks to a professional team with strong and important managerial and financial skills in the market references.
The “one stop shop” for investment and advising at the service of our partners. .
Italeaf SpA, established in December 2010, is a holding company and a business accelerator for companies and startups in the areas of innovation and cleantech. Italeaf operates as a company builder, promoting the creation and development of industrial startups in the fields of cleantech, smart energy and technological innovation.
Italeaf has headquarters and plants in Italy at Nera Montoro (Narni), Terni, Milano and Lecce; has international offices in London and Hong Kong. The company controls TerniEnergia, listed on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange and active in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management, Greenled Industry, working in the development and production of power LED lamps for industrial energy efficiency and public lighting, WiSave in the “internet of things” field, for the development and production of thermostats and smart technologies for the remote control of electrical and heating items of buildings managed through a cloud infrastructure, and Skyrobotic, in the business development and manufacture of civil and commercial drones in mini and micro classes for the professional market..
Simest is a financial firm focused on the development and promotion of Italian enterprises abroad. Simest acquires up to 49% of the equity capital of foreign firms in countries outside the European Union, whether wholly-owned by Italian companies or set up as joint ventures with local partners.
It also provides start-up and growth capital financing as well as participating in buyouts. Geographically it invests in non-EU countries, focusing on BRIC, Americas and Middle-East.
Simest also provides Italian companies seeking to internationalize their businesses with technical assistance and advisory services. Simest is a member of the European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) and the Italian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (AIFI)..
Finlabo SIM is an investment firm which offers financial advisory, portfolio management and financial research services, using quantitative models to provide consistent positive absolute return over time. Finlabo SIM uses a set of models and proprietary software based on fundamental and technical methodologies that provide forecasts on different financial instruments, and support investment strategies aimed to achieve certain performance and risk targets.
On both tasks, Finlabo SIM stands out for the original and innovative investment approach and its independence, characteristics essential to achieve superior results over time. In summary, Finlabo SIM mission is to offer a full array of wealth management services, portfolio management and financial research through the use of the most advanced quantitative models and systems..
56CUBE is a startup incubator in the online industry based in Salerno.it aims to replicate Digital Magics’ successful model with a focus on Southern Italy. It has a close partnership with the Università degli Studi of Salerno sharing researchers, resources, facilities, and research and development activities.
The firm partners with new local entrepreneurs helping them transform their ideas with high tech content into successful businesses. 56CUBE supports employment in Southern Italy, contributes to creating youth employment and a fresh driver of economic growth.
The incubator is actively seeking new talents and founders, new funds, and investors to finance the new businesses. The two first projects to be launched by 56CUBE are You-ng, a project revolving around independent publishing directly funded by its users, and SkillMe, a digital network of freelance professionals.
The CEO is Gennaro Tesone.. .
Go Next Group
Go Next Group is a Global Advisory and Investment firm established in 2005 – www.gonextgroup.com – Go Next Group works mainly for Real Estate, Technology, Media&Entertainment, Travel&Leisure industries. Its members display a wide array of industry knowledge and operate among a global platform with selected industry partners all around the world.
The principal activities of the company are: – Investments To buy business ( majority or minority stake) and provide development capital and advisory services to support the growth – Advisory services To provide Business Advisory assistance to enhance strategic direction, market positioning, revenue generation, and growth through acquisition – International Business Development To assist companies in the professional or business services sector to create growth through successful expansion into international markets – Digital Go Next Digital is Go Next Group’s digital division, a web hothouse operating with expertise and cutting edge technology in order to provide digital platforms aiming at reshaping different sectors such as real-estate, tourism, news… .
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