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Scientific entrepreneurship


Researchers willing to consider alternatives to traditional science career path in academia or industry can find direct hands-on information regarding scientific entrepreneurship opportunities available in the country, funding programmes and Visa or Residence permit dedicated programmes to attract and retain talend researchers interested in creating their own business in the hosting country.

Along with that, also PhD candidates, Early-stage researchers, Experienced Researchers interested in undertaking an entrepreneurial career are invited to explore this topic by browsing the Career development section in the European portal, in order to get a general overview of what scientific entrepreneurship is about, to be guided into the valorization of the research results through the self assessment tool (5-steps) and to get a better understanding of an “entrepreneurial” vocabulary. EURAXESS Centres may support researchers in understanding whether their research results or invention might be ready or appropriate to get out of the lab into the market.


The Italian Government offers two dedicated programmes to innovative entrepreneurs to attract and retain them from all over the world willing to set up an innovative company in Italy. The programmes, which are part of the Italian Startup Act, are supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

Italia Startup Hub programme is dedicated to Non Eu citizens already settled in Italy willing to keep staying in the national territory in order to launch their own innovative business there.

Application are open at any time through:

Direct application - how to convert the residence permit of stay to the startup entrepreneur status

Through certified incubator - how to convert the residence permit of stay to the startup entrepreneur status if already supported by a certified incubator

For more information about the programmes, the application process as well as the documents required, please visit the website

Contact: Italia Startup Visa Committee

Information and applications 

+39 06 47052503





Disclaimer - This is a pilot activity involving 5 EURAXESS members countries (Italy, Spain, Greece, Hungary and Israel) that has been developed within a specific work package of EURAXESS TOP IV “Open EURAXESS – To strengthen the effectiveness and optimize the services of all partners in an innovative and open EURAXESS Network – EURAXESS TOP IV” (Grant Agreement no. 786133) aiming at supporting the EURAXESS community to have the necessary know-how and tools to develop new services oriented to a better connection between academia and industry.