MILAN, Jul 2 (Class Editori) – Six Italian start-ups active in fashion & tech retail will be soon competing for new sponsors in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, on July 8th-12th, hoping to use the new funds to scale up their business.
The Startit.Asia 2019 event – organized by Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo through the Innovation Center, and with the support of its HUB subsidiary in Hong Kong – aims at creating new business opportunities and at boosting technological development for Italy’s best emerging realities in such a strategic market as China.
In doing this, Intesa’s Innovation Center wants to provide Italian tech companies with scouting, training, networking and showcasing opportunities for them to present their activities and solutions to Chinese/Asian investors and market operators. After all, the region including the Great Bay Area and Hong Kong is turning into one of the most advanced ecosystems in the world – boasting the highest luxury & fashion concentration globally – and finding chances to come into contact with it is instrumental to the conclusion of commercial and financial deals for any business reality.
Before departure, all start-ups running for the scale-up opportunity will be taking part in a training led by Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center in Milan, on July 4th. After that, they will be leaving Italy for China, where their schedule will be rather busy with meetings with local investors and commercial partners.
According to the program, on July 9th the participants will meet a selection of local venture investors in Hong Kong, performing a few fast-paced pitching sessions and receiving real-time feedback. Then, on the evening of July 10th, a round table on Circular Economy & Fashion Tech will be hosting some of the most important stakeholders of the innovative ecosystem and of major institutions.
Following the six lucky start-ups taking part in the initiative.
CLICKFASHION (https://www.1clickfashion.com/landing-negozi) is a unique, geo-localized POS, e-commerce and “retail technologies” platform connecting physical retail outlets to the online world of stores, brands, influencers, customers and wholesalers through its suite of collaborative tools and modules. Its CEO is Paolo Pedrazzi (email@example.com).
ACBC (http://www.acbc.com) was born on social medias, launched with a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and has managed to develop an innovative technology that creates a modular, customizable shoes. The company’s modular footwear technology consists in a patented nylon spiral zip system with a Mycron controlled spiral path that ensures universal interchangeability between different soles and skins. You can choose among three different styles of soles, each one coming in black or white and designed to offer a different look and function; and between up to eighty different skins. Led by Gio Giacobbe (firstname.lastname@example.org), ACBC is opening 30 new shops in Asia. They have already created some Capsule collections with Moschino and Armani.
ARTEMEST (https://artemest.com) Marco Credendino (email@example.com) and Ignazio Assenza (firstname.lastname@example.org) created the leading online marketplace connecting buyers to the world’s best luxury design products.
ELIGO (http://eligomilano.com/en/) is a Global Community of Sartorialists on a marketplace, founded by Giuseppe Catella (email@example.com), that offers a lot of tools to the sartorialist to start the business and enables customers meeting a sartorialist whenever and wherever they need.
QBIT (https://www.qbittech.com/) Mattia Crespi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Valentina Dalla Libera (email@example.com) created virtual and augmented reality solutions for retail and e-commerce in 3D. The start-up signed a business development contract with Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, granting the bank a success fee for each closed deal.
TARÌ (https://www.tariruraldesign.com/), founded by Ezio Lauricella (firstname.lastname@example.org) and inspired by both tradition and innovation, Tarì Rural Design presents a collection of unique, trendy bags, targeting the young market of under 30 accessories' lovers. Lauricella, founder of La Sicilia 2.0, is appreciated today in the world of international fashion for some of the most innovative brands of the moment.
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