Rome has the largest concentration of both private and public incubators, accelerators, and foundries in Italy.
The Roman Startup Ecosystem has grown fast in the past few years. The number of private, public and international initiatives to sustain innovative entrepreneurship in the territory is exploding.
Among the actors constituing the ecosystem, we identified:
- 20 incubators / accelerators
- 12 FabLabs
- 5 Technology Transfer Centres
- 50 Smart Working Centres
Besides, more than 20 associations and institutions with specific entrepreneurial programmes are contributing to the emergence of a Roman tech culture.
In total, 27 acceleration structures are located in the Regione Lazio, among which 20 are in Rome. These structures are currently investing or validating about 120/150 tech startups per year, most of which raise locally Seed Rounds from 300k up to 1M euros.
Some of them are generalist (BIC Lazio), others can be multisectorial (LVenture-LuissEnlabs on digital technologies), a few are specifically focused on a startup sector (Startupbootcamp FoodTech)
Deep research centres are internationally recognized for their expertise on the following fields: energy, cleantech, materials, computer sciences, aerospace & defence, telecommunications, foodtech, physics & biotech.
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Settling as a founder
There are many different forms of visas to stay in Italy. For a detailed guide, please refer to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Visa site and enter your relevant requirements.
For more information, please refer to the Ministry’s Welcome to Italy site.
For information about registering at the Registry Office, please refer to the Rome Chamber of Commerce site.
Italian Startup Policy
The Italian Government Italia Startup Visa policy attracts innovative entrepreneurs from all over the world to Italy. Since 2012, Italy has implemented a groundbreaking Startup Law to encourage the creation and development of innovative startups.
Visit the Italia Startup Visa policy website to find out more.
In the event of the incorporation of a company, a registration tax applies with regards to contributions made by share/quota holders in order to form the share capital. In the event of the contribution of real estate properties, also mortgage and cadastral taxes apply. The amount of registration tax varies according to the nature of the items contributed.
Among non-fiscal costs, it is important to consider the fees applied by the Public Notary to draw up the incorporation deeds. More info is available here.
Access to capital
Public Support – National
The Startup Act, passed by the Italian government in 2012, was the first step towards a startup policy and aimed to make the business environment more startup friendly.
With the Smart&Start program, the National Italian Government proposed new measures.
Public Support – Local
Both the Regione Lazio and the Municipality of Rome are sustaining the flourishment of the startup ecosystem in the territory.
The Regione Lazio has introduced the following tools:
- cancellation of local additional corporate tax on startups;
- grant program, doubling private investor’s pre-seeds (30k to 100k euros at the idea stage);
- VC fund matching 2.5x on private investments (up to 2.5 millions euro each);
- a small fund of funds.
At the national level, AIFI, The Italian Association of Private Equity, Venture Capital and Private Debt is the representing organization of most of venture capital funds in Italy.
Recently, many Angel Investor organizations and investment funds have emerged in the city of Rome. Among them, the more active are :
Open Innovation in Rome
Over 13,000 enterprises are locally involved in high-impact innovative business. The city of Rome hosts most of the largest national corporations investing in R&D:
Access to talent
English academic courses are also offered in every roman university. This is one of the reasons why Rome is one of the most popular destinations for international students willing to study in Italy and the world’s second most popular destination for US students studying abroad (just behind London).
Freelancers in Italy
An EU national or a permanent resident with a certificato di residenza, may become self-employed (lavoro autonomo), work freelance (libero professionista) or operate as a sole trader (imprenditore or ditta individuale) in Italy.
A Permesso di Soggiorno needs to be changed to a Permesso di soggiorno per lavoro autonomo/indipendente (how easy this may be done depends on nationality and status).
To become a freelancer you should be included in the Register of Enterprises (Registro delle Imprese) maintained by the local chamber of commerce (Camera di commercio di Roma); obtain a certificate of registration (certificato di iscrizione); register with the local tax office (intendenza di finanza); be registered for VAT (Imposta sul Valore Aggiunto, IVA).
The following Human Resource Recruitment companies are able to assist you in finding tech talent in Rome:
The following websites are able to assist you in finding tech talent in Rome by putting job posts:
Setting up your Company
The Italian Business Register provides a complete picture of the legal position of each company and is a key archive for drawing up indicators of economic and business development in each area to which it belongs. Visit The Italian Business Register to find out more information.
The Rome Chamber of Commerce
To register a new company in Rome, the Chamber of Commerce has an online portal. All applications must be submitted through this platform.
Obligations Italian companies and Italian branches of foreign enterprises are required to keep the following pieces of accounting books:
- Journal book;
- Inventory book;
- VAT registers;
- General ledger book;
- Register of fixed assets;
- Goods-in-stock book.
Italian Companies are required to maintain copies of all business related documents sent and received. For more information regarding Accounting in Rome, referring to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Report, ‘What About Italy?’ ‘Chapter 12. Accounting and tax compliance obligations’. Click here to download the Report.
Find an office in Rome
In the last few years, the roman startup ecosystem has exponentially grown regarding new types of experimentation centres and co-working spaces. At the moment, students and startups can develop their competences and work in the following structures:
- 12 FabLabs;
- 5 Technology Transfer Centres;
- More than 50 Smart Working Centres.
Business in Rome
There are several types of Congress Centers in Rome, both public and private – with different dimensions and infrastructural specificities – ready to host startup events (more info).
The largest and most exclusive conference halls in the city of Rome are:
Rome has many options for rented office and desk space for all types of needs. Here’s a selection of coworking spaces in Rome: