The prizes

Discover all the prizes for the best business ideas and projects competing in Start Cup Piemonte Valle d'Aosta 2022!

For the Ideas Competition

The best business ideas will receive a prize in services, aimed at supporting the entrepreneurial team in the development of the Business Plan of the project through free support and consulting activities provided by experts from the competition organizers. The winning ideas can then become real business projects and compete for the cash prizes awarded in the second stage of the competition.

For the Business Plan Competition

Cash prizes are awarded to the best business projects (Business Plans). The award ceremony will be carried out by the Promoter Committee at the beginning of November 2022. Thanks to the endowment made available by the promoters and supporters of the initiative, as well as the support of the Piedmont Region through the European Social Fund, the new total prize fund of over €60,000 will be divided as follows:

Absolute prizes


for the 1st place


for the 2nd place


for the 3rd place

Cuneo Prize

of €7.500 for the best Business Plan that establishes the company in the Province of Cuneo, sponsored by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo.

Valle d'Aosta Prize

of €7.500 for the best Business Plan that establishes the company in the Pépinières d'Entreprises of Aosta or Pont-Saint-Martin, sponsored by Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta.

Jacobacci & Partners Prize

worth a total of 7,000 euros, to be awarded to the two best Business Plans with intellectual property features on the basis of merit - Jacobacci 150 Gold Award, worth 5,000 euros, and Jacobacci Silver Award, worth 2,000 euros - in the form of consultancy services on the protection of trademarks, models and patents, as described in Article 11.5 of the Rules, offered by Jacobacci & Partners.

Space Economy Prize

of €7,500 for the best Business Plan proposing innovative products or services based on space technologies, with both upstream and downstream applications, offered by Distretto Aerospaziale Piemonte.

City of the Future and Sustainability Prize

of €7,500, of which €4,000 in cash and €3,500 in the form of technical services, as described in Article 11.6 of the official rules, for the best Business Plan proposing innovative products and/or services linked to sustainability, offered by Fondazione LINKS.

UniCredit Start Lab Prize

for the best Business Plan on the basis of the maturity of the entrepreneurial project, the market potential, the team's skills and the innovative characteristics of the startup 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.

Participation to PNI 2022

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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 in charge of the participating teams.

The next edition of PNI will take place in L'Aquila, organized by Start Cup Abruzzo and the University of L'Aquila, at the end of November 2022.

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 the 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, defined according to the criteria expressed by the Italian regulations for innovative startups.


for the best project that offers solutions to health crises caused by the spread of virus outbreaks through innovative products/services designed to protect human health, prevention, emergency management, data and information, economic recovery and health system strengthening.

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.

Climate Change

for the best project proposing innovative solutions related to climate, biodiversity, energy, mobility, economics and technology to combat climate change.

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