WISE Case Study and Funding Opportunity


The WISE (http://www.wisebiotech.com/index.php?link=company) story is a great example of how the Nanotech Call for Start-ups (http://goo.gl/Bk0nln ) could benefit any international up and coming nanotech start-up. WISE , a nanotechnology start-up that which  develops electrodes for stimulation with the aim of treating neurological diseases (such as chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy) fabricates and commercializes exploitation of electronic, won the  Nanochallenge & Polymerchallenge 2011, the business competition organized by Veneto Nanotech and IMAST. After winning the Nanotechnology challenge, WISE it was also funded by an important German investment fund High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and it subsequently was also qualified as one of the Top 10 start-ups of the European Venture Contest 2012. An amazing journey which certainly is the result of WISE’s amazing value proposition, but certainly facilitated by the Nanotech challenge and investor road show program.


Veneto Nanotech, Nanoforce and Intesa SanPaolo will offer the same opportunity to any the nanotechnology start-up that will join and take part in this year’s programs. The nanotechnology selected startups will in fact start-ups would have the opportunity to pitch their idea, product and business plan in front of a selected audience of high profile investors. There is no cost to join and to submit your application. You can easily do so from this website http://goo.gl/Bk0nln before September the 2nd!

Details of the program are the following:

The 12 select start-ups will be invited to join a Boot Camp program organized by Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative and its partners Maverick Angels.

Following the Boot Camp, the 12 start-ups will pitch in front of investors – venture capitals, business angels, development funds, etc. – and industry players – companies and corporations embracing the open innovation paradigm to boost their development potential.

The best start-up from the pitching session will be eligible for the grand prize of the 360by360 Competition, on Friday 29th. For the first year running 360 Capital Partners, a private equity firm specialized in VC investments with a track of more than 75 backed businesses in 10 countries, has launched a competition for companies in the following sectors: digital, industrial & cleantech and medical devices. The total prize amount is 360.000 dollars.

In addition to the above, the selected teams will benefits some advantages from the following:

1.  Free registration to the NanotechItaly 2013 Conference

The 12 start-ups (up to two persons per team) will receive a code to register free of charge to the whole NanotechItaly 2013 conference. The start-ups admitted only to the poster session will pay the minimum fee of 70 € per day (through a dedicated code to be inserted on the registration link and that will be sent at the time of communication of the results). All registrations must be carried out no later than September 26th.

Participants in the audience of the session From the Lab to the Market will be able to register for free upon invitation through a special code sent by email by the organizers. This registration will allow access only to this specific session on Friday 29th.

2. Nano Stand

The 12 selected teams will be offered by the Organizers a “nano-stand” for free on Friday 29th November in the foyer of the NH Laguna Palace Conference Center, to show and display their own technologies, products or business proposals to investors and scientific and industrial partners.

3. Poster session

A specific area of the conference venue will be set up for start-ups and dedicated to their posters.