Cities Challenge Italy is the first competition to reward the entrepreneurial capacity of a city and its ecosystem.

Organized in collaboration with Gen Global ItalyStartupItalia!TreeItalia StartupIbanItaliaCamp and Starboost it focuses specifically on encouraging midsized cities (50,000-250,000 inhabitants) to create an innovation-friendly environment to generate new business ideas, improve on existing ones, and attract people and capital.

Cagliari, Reggio Emilia and Cava de’ Tirreni were the winners of the three editions held so far.

5 phases

1 – Application collection

Any citizen who is interested can submit an application on behalf of their city, after registering at Cities ChallengeMETA Group, who are coordinating the contest, will then send these proposals to the mayor of the relevant city, who must submit the formal official application.

2 – Selection of finalists

After the applications have been collected, they will be evaluated by a jury of experts, which will choose the finalist cities.

3 – Public vote

For a set period of time, Italian citizens can vote for whichever city, among the finalists, they consider to be the most entrepreneurial of Italy. To vote, they must click on “Vote now” on the homepage of the contest website fill the google form.

4 – Final pitching event

Representatives of the finalist cities will make a 5-minute pitch (presenting the city) in front of a jury, with the aim of demonstrating the importance and effectiveness of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of their city.

5 – Presentation to GEC

The winner will have the opportunity to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress event and present his/her city.

The winner is chosen by making a compendium between the popular vote (20%), the submitted documentation (50%) and the final pitch (30%).

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