Here you find a snapshot of Milan’s innovation ecosystem.

 

Be our guest, scroll the page and find a list with a brief description and link to the website of Milan’s incubators, accelerators, innovation hubs, makerspaces, fablabs and coworking spaces. Pick the ones that will help you to position at best in your Milanese business life.

INCUBATORS, ACCELERATORS AND INNOVATION HUBS

Milan has a great variety of incubators, accelerators and innovation hubs, many of which recognized internationally.

  • Polihub was awarded as the 3rd university incubator in the world in the UBI Global World Top University Business Incubator Rankings 2017 – 2018.
  • the Fashion Technology Accelerator, which in 2018 has been selected by Hatcher + as their global partner to invest in fashion technology startups.
  • The international attractiveness of the Milanese ecosystem brought Plug&Play, the biggest startups’ accelerator in the world, to open a branch in Milan.
  • Digital Magics is another relevant player since it is has created  an important national platform for innovation of “digital made in Italy”, in partnership with Talent Garden and Tamburi Investment Partners. 

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COWORKING SPACES

In the Milan startup ecosystem there are more than 60 coworking spaces. Copernico, Talent Garden and Impact Hub Milano are among the most relevant ones - in terms of size and international presence.

  • Copernico, has four co-working spaces, with more than 1,300 members and 280 companies. It offers a full-range digital ecosystem: from web marketing to training, ICT and software houses, and consultancy.
  • Talent Garden, also known as TAG, it was born in Milan and is now the largest European network of shared workspaces, with a focus on the digital and creative sector.
  • Impact Hub is the first Italian node of this network and the first centre in Italy dedicated to innovation and social entrepreneurship. Impact Hub Milan manages around 3000 square meters as well as the 650 square meters of FabriQ, the social incubator of the Municipality of Milan.
  • Cowo with 33 venues, is now the largest network of coworking spaces in Milan. 
  • The 47 US$ billion worth American coworking space company, We Work, decided to open five branches in the city. 

Check the list to learn about Coworking spaces in Milan and find the perfect location!

MAKERSPACES AND FABLABS

Makerspaces and Fablabs are common spaces where you can work together with other people to build objects of various types or carry out your new experimental project. In a Fablab you build what you want in a large shared space, using CNC milling machines, 3D printers, 3D modeling software, etc. Similarly, a Makerspace allows innovators to explore, create new things, or improve already existing projects.

With 12 Makerspaces and Fablabs, Milan ranks first in Italy and among the top ones in Europe for number of laboratories of digital fabrication

Download the list of all Makerspaces and Fablabs in the City and see which one is the closest to you!

INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES IN MILANO

The 4,700 foreign-owned businesses operating in Milan generate a turnover of about € 167.6 billion - 30% of the total generated by foreign companies in Italy - and employ around 280,000 people.

Many of these multinational companies have decided to open their country or regional headquarters in Milan and their presence is growing rapidly year over year. Life Sciences, Finance, IT, Manufacturing, Food, Design, Logistics are only some of the clusters in which multinationals are betting on the City of Milan. 

Discover the main foreign corporations that decided to set their offices in Milan.