The prizes

Discover all the prizes for the best business ideas and projects competing in Start Cup Piemonte Valle d'Aosta 2023!

For the Ideas Competition

The best business ideas receive prizes in services:

  1. Free support and consulting activities, aimed at supporting the entrepreneurial team in developing the Business Plan, provided by the competition's organising incubators through experts.

  2. Consultancy services on 5G aimed at feasibility studies to assess the potential added value of 5G connectivity, provided by the City of Turin's CTE NEXT project.

It will also be possible to take advantage of the free orientation and accompaniment services provided by experts from Invitalia, official partner of the Italian National Innovation Award, aimed at the submission of applications for subsidies on the agency's various incentives.

For the Business Plan Competition

Cash prizes are awarded to the best business projects, in accordance with Article 11 of the official regulations. The award ceremony will be carried out by the Promoter Committee at the beginning of November 2023. Thanks to the endowment made available by the Promoting Institutions and Supporters of the 2023 edition, over €65,000 of prize money will be provided in cash and in services:

Absolute prizes


for the 1st place


for the 2nd place


for the 3rd place

Cuneo Prize

of €10,000 for the best business project that establishes the company in the Italian Province of Cuneo, sponsored by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo.

Valle d'Aosta Prize

of €7,500 for the best business project that establishes the company in the Pépinières d'Entreprises of Aosta or Pont-Saint-Martin, sponsored by Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta.

Space Sustainability Prize

of €7,500 for the best business project proposing innovative products or services regarding the sustainability in the space and aerospace fields, sponsored by Distretto Aerospaziale Piemonte.

Social Innovation Prize

of €7,500 for the best business project within the fields of scientific research, technologic innovation, medtech, pharma, biotechnologies, agritech and food requirements aimed at social progress and better life conditions development, sponsored by Fondazione Laura & Franco Beltramo ETS.

City of the Future and Sustainability Prize

of €7,500, of which €4,000 of which in cash and €3,500 in the form of technical services, as described in Article 11.6 of the contest Rules, awarded to the best business project proposing innovative products and/or services linked to sustainability, sponsored by Fondazione LINKS. 

Jacobacci & Partners Prizes

worth a total of €7,000 to be awarded to the two best business projects with intellectual property characteristics on the basis of merit - Jacobacci 150 Gold Award, worth 5,000 euros, and Jacobacci Silver Award, worth 2,000 euros – that will be distributed in the form of consultancy services on the protection of trademarks, models and patents, as described in Article 11.5 of the contest Rules, sponsored by Jacobacci & Partners.

UniCredit Start Lab Prize

for the best business project - on the basis of its maturity, market potential, team skills and the innovative characteristics of the finalists - consisting of a mentorship session, during which it will be possible to assess the suitability of the project to be admitted to targeted content of the Start Lab programme, offered by Unicredit.

Three 5G & Emerging Tech Prizes

in services to be awarded to the best business projects regarding 5G technologies, services or products, as described in Article 11.8 of the contest Rules, within the scope of the City of Turin's CTE NEXT project.

Participation to PNI 2023

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The first 6 projects of the final ranking will gain access to the PNI. The registration fee of €1,000 per project is paid to PNI by the Organizers of Start Cup Piemonte Valle d’Aosta. Travel and accommodation expenses are not included and remain in charge of the participating teams.

The next edition of PNI will take place in Milan, Italy, at the end of November 2023, jointly organized by Università Milano-Bicocca, Politecnico di Milano, Università Bocconi and Università Statale di Milano.

The National Award for Innovation, which awards cash prizes, is the "Champions Cup" of the winning business projects of the regional Start Cups and is promoted by PNICube, the Italian Association of Incubators and Business Plan Competitions.

The regional Start Cups cover almost the entire Italian territory and involve more than 50 universities and incubators.

Special Mentions ("Cross" award category)

Equal Opportunities

for the best project of "Social enterprise in terms of equal opportunities" aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship, whose definition requires that it meets at least one of the following criteria: women-led team or social structure; team or social structure containing at least 51% of women.

Social Innovation

for the best "Social Innovation" project, regarding development and implementation of new ideas (products, services and processes) aimed at the satisfaction of social needs, new relationships or collaborations’ creation.

Open Innovation / Industrial Spin-Off

to the best project concerning innovative products and/or services coming from a joint research activity between a company and a University in Piedmont, Italy.

Green & Blue

for the best project proposing innovative solutions related to climate change, protection and enhancement of natural resources, aimed at creating economic growth and environmental protection.

Sustainable Technologies

for the business project which stands out the most for its uniqueness within the sustainable technologies field, awarded by Jacobacci & Partners.

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