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Harder Brexit or Referendum? What lies in the future of the UK economy and what everyone is gossiping about.

Who is going to take the lead now that Theresa May is out of the game? And how will the results of the recent European elections influence Brexit negotiations? What is clear is that with less than 6 months from the day the UK should definitely leave the EU (31st Oct, as it stands…), the future is more uncertain than ev...

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Brexit uncertainty: Who are the winners and losers?

Neither to say that the plot twists in the Brexit soap opera are becoming more insanely complicated by the day. Last week EU leaders agreed to offer the UK an extension on article 50 until 31stOctober, which Theresa May has accepted. This means still more uncertainty for businesses and for the markets in general. A gre...

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Milan Digital Week

Milan Digital Week, second edition, ended with an excellent result, with an audience of 85,000 people and over 500 appointments dedicated precisely to digital. It is an event aimed at education, culture and digital innovation, a 5-day event promoted by the Municipality of Milan, carried out by Cariplo Factory, HUBLAB a...

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Brexit – What Impact Will It Have On UK Small Businesses’ Finances?

Less than a month to go and it’s still very unclear what Brexit will look like – or even if it will really happen on 29thMarch!  In this climate of great uncertainty how are the UK small and medium-sized businesses coping? Will Brexit be a disruptive force for good or bad? And where will businesses feel its impact most...

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Fintech: 2018 analysis and 2019 forecasts

CB Insight has realized a very interesting study on Fintech market, analyzing the trend of 2018 and with some forecasts for 2019. 2018 was a very positive year for Fintech with over 39.57 billion dollars (+ 120% on the previous year), distributed over 1,700 contracts and 1,463 startups globally, and with over 50 invest...

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Crowdfunding for minibonds

The 2019 Budget Law (Italy) offers a new opportunity for operators in the sector: loans through minibonds issued by SMEs can be subscribed to web sites, exploiting crowdfunding platforms. This means that crowdfunding companies will be able to launch real debt collection campaigns, although subscription today is only po...

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Mission in Israel for companies of the South of Italy

An important news in support of companies in the South of Italy, with high technological value. As part of the South Export Plan, supporting regions of Southern Italy, the ICE Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies is organizing a mission to Tel Aviv for companies involved in...

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If plastic should disappear.

The EU is preparing to ban, from 2021, 1.9 million tons of plastic packaging, disposable cutlery and accessories from the agri-food industry and a turnover of about 4 billion. Italy is one of the leading producers of disposable cutlery and this is why companies of the sector will have to convert quickly so as not to ri...

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Individual Saving Plans: in aid of SMEs and startups

The Budget Law has introduced important news on the subject of Individual Saving Plans.In fact, the obligation for individual savings plans to invest 3% of the assets in companies listed on the AIM of the Italian Stock Exchange, the market dedicated to SMEs and also to startups, has been introduced.This would allow acc...

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I as innovation

The App4Sud contest, conceived and launched by Fpa, has been completed to identify the best apps based on the criteria of integration of digital technology with narration and user involvement, all focused on the enhancement of the territory of Southern Italy.   Which apps have been awarded?   "Studia...

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Madness in Blockchain

We have talked about the alternative uses of this incredible technology, whose application is extended to new sectors every day that passes. And they are "positive" uses, improvements on already existing procedures. It certainly does not lack that instead it makes uses much less orthodox. We quote, from an...

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The application of the Blockchain knows no limits

Blockchain: It is a technology that exploits a database distributed with peer-to-peer technology and that anyone can take from the web, thus becoming a node in the network. Extrapolated from the context in which it was born (the ICO for cryptovalute) can be used in all areas where a relationship is needed bet...

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New incentives to be listed on the Italian Stock Exchange

The Ministry of Economic Development has launched a new series of incentives for SMEs that want to be listed on the stock exchange: specifically, this is a tax credit of 50% for the expenses incurred precisely for the activities necessary for listing. This as long as the access of the PMI to the listing take...

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The decrease in bankruptcy continues

The "Observatory of bankruptcies, procedures and closures of companies" of Cerved provided some positive data, after analyzing the data for the first half of 2018. In the first half alone, bankruptcies fell by 5.7% compared to the same period of 2017. The same goes for administrative compulsory liquidati...

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The Investment Funds in pills. Ninth article.

Deepening: due diligence   This is an activity - carried out by professionals in charge - of timely analysis of the company, useful in our case to provide the investor with all the tools necessary to evaluate the company. Due diligence generally focuses on the following main aspects: - Due diligence o...

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The Investment Funds in pills. eighth article.

Deepening: the business plan   It is an essential strategic and operational tool for any company, at any moment in history. In fact, a startup draws up a business plan to clearly and comprehensively define its development path: what it intends to achieve, how and with which resource, and within which ma...

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Young people return to agriculture

There is a return to agriculture by young people, due to passion and interest in the natural environment, or even to the desire to invent a job that is not there. According to a recent Coldiretti survey, in 57% of cases today a young person would prefer to run a farm rather than work in a multinational company...

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Individual savings plans: a lot of money collected, but for whom?

Few would have bet on this maneuver, born with the intent to strengthen the savings and to channel them towards the real economy, towards Italian SMEs. Yet 19 billion euros have been collected in 18 months. Money that could really support many companies and give new impetus to an economy still in difficulty....

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What types of investors are we?

A report by Consob tries to clarify the attitude of investors to take advantage of the financial product information. The result is a photographic not very comforting: we do not know how to assess the risks associated with our investments, or specific products. We are a bit naive and even little interested in...

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The Investment Funds in pills. seventh article.

When and how a Fund disinvests   As we have seen an institutional investor partner is temporary, he enters the company's share capital with a forward investment. When and how it depends on the fund itself as well as on the company. In fact, when it depends on the company's performance: as soon...

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The Investment Funds in pills. sixth article.

What are the steps to present yourself to an investment fund?   At this point in our journey, the entrepreneur should be clear to those who wish to present himself, and for what purpose. Of course, the how is also fundamental, and here we can see which are the steps - Prepare a business plan: it is a...

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Investments follow fashion

Sooner or later the millennials had to arrive. The preferred target for a growing range of services, millennials are entering the financial investment market. Millennials have spending priorities and life aspirations that are very different from other generations: fashion, travel, wellness, but also environm...

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The future is green

Many believe it, in a near future (within twenty years) in which renewable energy can produce half of our electricity needs. Wind, photovoltaic, hydroelectric and natural gas are some of the most used sources and with better yields today. And so, while the Trump administration speaks of a massive use of fos...

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The Investment Funds in pills. fifth article.

Are the investment funds all the same?   Of course not. The funds are distinguished by legal and organizational form, by collection strategy as well as by investment. We have seen venture capital and private equity companies at the beginning of our journey, as funds that focus either on the initial stage...

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Investments in renewable energy: an evolving market

It is a recent news that the British National Infrastructure Commission has concluded a long period of internal needs analysis, arguing that nuclear power will no longer be indispensable, and that renewable energy can become a source of equal importance. The direction therefore is to build a single new nuclea...

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The Investment Funds in pills. thirth article.

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The Investment Funds in pills. Third article.

The differences compared to a traditional investment The substantial difference could easily be defined: on one hand a shareholder, who shares burdens and honors with the entrepreneur, on the other a foreign subject, who tries to limit as much as possible his risk of exposure requiring guarantees to the entre...

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The Investment Funds in pills. Second article.

Pros and cons of the investment funds   An Institutional fund that enters as an investor member in the company does so as a strategic partner, which participates in the strategic choices of the company, desires an open and loyal interview with the entrepreneur, who otherwise maintains total operational aut...

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Banca Intesa has an international look: first The Floor, now OurCrowd

News from a few months ago is the agreement between Intesa Bank and The Floor, the new Fintech incubator in Tel-Aviv. The aim of the Israeli company is to become the reference hub for the financial technology market where, in addition to the selection and mentoring of startups by the bank partners, a R & D cent...

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Investment Funds: In-depth articles. Article number 1

Private equity or venture capital. Let’s clarify These terms are often confused, if not assimilated, but they identify distinct activities and operators. Both refer to the investment activity in risk capital of a company. However, venture capital refers to the financing of new companies, the so-called st...

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Italy returns to attract foreign capital, and Milan is more than ever capital

International news have followed in recent weeks. The first one -  not surprising at all - is that Italy has returned to be in the world top ten of countries that most attract foreign investors. Behind this return, and a leap forward of three positions in 2017, Industry 4.0 appears to be:  the innovation...

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More and more companies choose minibonds

In the months of April and early May, there are several minibond subscriptions that have risen to the headlines. An instrument that is attracting the interest of companies, as an alternative to bank debt or as a means of debt diversification. Just to name a few:   The Baia Silvella Group, an Italian pla...

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Italy Ventures II: 150 million for Southern SMEs

The 2018 Stability Law established a new Private Equity fund, with an initial allocation of 150 million, managed by Invitalia Ventures, Invitalia's SGR.   This is a closed Fund with a duration of 12 years and resources from the Development and Cohesion Fund. It is expected, as happened for Italy Ventu...

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Mind, Milan Innovation District

The project was born in November 2017, two billion in value, the one presented by Lendlease, an Australian real estate giant, to convert the area used in 2015 by Expo Milano.   The project is of great interest for the city, given that in the area will arrive a stem cell research center, named Human Technop...

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New facilities for energy-intensive companies, by Rastello Group

In order to adapt the national legislation to the Guidelines of the European Union (LG) on State aid for the environment and energy 2014-2020 (Communication of the European Commission 2014 / C 200/01), the system of subsidies for companies with heavy consumption of electricity through the decree of 21 December...

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The Horizon 2020 financing opportunities for startups and SMEs, by Alessandra Lomonaco

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever program for research and innovation of the European Union. The goal is to make all citizens more innovative, discover and achieve results, transferring the great ideas from the laboratory to the market. The program was launched in 2014 with a budget of about 77 billion euros,...

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Growing minibond market

Sooner or later it had to happen. As part of the research by companies of alternative channels to banking indebtedness, the minibond instrument, which has not yet been developed with respect to its possibilities, is seeing interesting levels and rates of growth, both in Italy and in several European countries,...

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New 2 billion Fund for European companies

Its name is Amuf, Asset Management Umbrella Fund, and was set up by the Bei Group's European Investment Fund. The goal is to raise 2 billion euros in three years to invest in risk capital, private equity and venture capital in support of European SMEs.   In Italy, an interesting first entry is the one...

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Funds and business angels are focusing on Europe

The European market is becoming more and more attractive for investors. Two recent events prove it. A new 60 million venture capital fund, founded by partners Ivan Farneti and Niccolò Manzoni, will soon be active all over Europe, but its focus will be France and Italy. The specific interest in this case is...

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Fly? The air transport sector marks notable growth rates

In a conference organized by ENAV, the national institution for flight assistance, data of a research by Bain and Co were presented, which highlights a healthy sector and with very interesting growth rates.The overall impact on the economy is 70 billion, given that it considerably exceeds the revenues of the airline co...

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Financing growth. On the Italian stock exchange let’s talk about quotation and individual savings plans

At the end of February, a conference organized by Confindustria in collaboration with the Italian Stock Exchange. The theme is the listing of SMEs on the AIM Italia market. A market that grews 170% as volumes and 22% as a value in the year 2017. Less bureaucracy and more results, to summarize in a few words...

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Female entrepreneurship: a wealth for the economy

Let's start with some data. In Italy, In the three-year period 2014-2017, 32,000 female enterprises were born, and Rome ranks first for the number of women doing business. And not just women, even young people, them and their companies. In fact, 40% of women's businesses have been open after 201...

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Access to 100 million euros: facilities for startups have been defined

A few days ago a ministerial circular was published to define eligibility criteria as well as eligible expenses for the Smart & Start instrument, which was designed by Mise as a specific support for innovative startups. First of all, startups - already established - up to 5 years of age, as well as new ones,...

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The listing on the Stock Exchange: a competitive advantage

Financial stability, increased competitiveness, weighted growth. These are some of the advantages for companies that decide to face the journey towards listing. And thanks to the 2018 Italian budget law, a further one is added: tax credit on 50% of the consulting costs incurred for the listing on the stock ma...

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Reform 2018 of Guarantee Fund

After an initial trial period started in June 2017, the reform concerning the SME Guarantee Fund will be applied during 2018. This is what emerged during the conference entitled The Reform of the Guarantee Fund, organized by Assolombarda Confindustria Milano and Monza Brianza. The data of the Guarantee Fun...

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Pir or not Pir, this is the question

It's been talking about it a lot in the last few months, presented as a universal care for Italian companies and an excellent alternative for investors, but what is it really about and how does this tool work?   What's this These are investment packages whose content is 70% dedicated to Italian...

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Combine innovation: different ways, one goal

The choice between buying innovation - generally through the acquisition of emerging startups with development potential - and realizing it at home is difficult. Generally, these two approaches coexist in large companies that invest significant amounts in research and development but they do not give up scou...

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Who said that money is enough to make a start-up take off?

I wonder why all the new entrepreneurs - or almost - have the economic problem as their first problem. They are struggling to find funding in order to start their business, without having thought about what they really need, in addition to capital. So they think that failure is due to the absence of adequate...

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The Italian incubator model: it is not in step with Europe.

The Italian entrepreneurial model is typically the fragmented one, made up of small companies that struggle to compete in the international context, commanded by giants. Well, we are doing the same with the incubators, unfortunately demonstrating that we have not learned from our experiences. Just a few mo...

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Chinese acquisitions in Italy: advantages for Sme’s

The rating agency Crif Ratings carried out research on a sample of Italian companies acquired from Asia, identifying as a positive result the increase in assets and a sharp reduction in financial debt.In particular, given that Italy is now the third European country in which Chinese investments come, the research focus...

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Roll up, roll up! The hotel industry is developing at an extraordinary speed.

There’s nothing to do, everyone likes Italy, fortunately, and especially foreigners do.   After a stalemate, the Italian economy linked to tourism has begun to grow, and the same has happened in the hotel business.   In 2016 and in the first half of 2017, the number of operations throughout the penin...

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Long live start-ups, but who thinks of it to others?

We are in a very special economic phase. The crisis that now gripped the world economy since 2008 has created new very interesting spaces open to "new entrepreneurs", the so-called startuppers. This is a new generation - not always in the sense of registering - of entrepreneurs, who have understood that on on...

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Crowdfunding: the different types and modalities of presentation of a project

It is a worldwide phenomenon, which has existed for about a decade, but that has taken hold with increasing numbers only in recent years: collective financing, which with small economic support, allows anyone to participate in various projects. Let's start by making clear, on the different kind of exist...

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