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Rome Startup Week's

Startup and Scaleup


Join 2777 years of innovation with your startup!


Our packages are designed to generate value for talented entrepreneurs raising companies in their idea, early and growth stages, and come with free tickets. But there is more…

What you get:

Criteria to access

To qualify for our Startup Program and join us FOR FREE, your company must be between idea to seed stage funding, i.e. self-funded or at your first formal round of external funding up until pre-Series A (or a Grand Total of 2M raised).

Scaleups: If you have already raised a Series A, or more than 2M in equity, you are eligible only for commercial booths in the Innovation Village.

Your Startup


1. Application approved

Congratulations! Your application has been accepted! Keep an eye out for updates from our program manager on next steps and upcoming milestones.

2. Onboarding

Filling in your profile is the best way to increase your visibility at RSW. Complete your onboarding form early to be first on the list for investors to review.

3. Choose your adventure

You can enhance your time onsite by applying for our pitch battles, adding a product demo showcase to your package, or joining our meetups onsite.

4. Prepare for onsite

Confirm your pod allocation and make sure it’s set up to make an impression. We know that our side events are a key focus for investors, so make sure you sign up early

5. Join our open office hours

Want to start networking before you get onsite? Join our virtual open office hours to break the ice and kick off conversations early.

6. Join us at Rome Startup Week

We can’t wait to welcome you onsite! Look out for highlighted sessions and our top recommended side events for founders.

The Gladiator Challenge

RSW’s own Pitch Battle

Once submitted the application, the judges will evaluate applications on the categories team, market, product, traction & wow effect.

The 2024 Gladiator Challenge champions will win:

  • One startup pod at RSW 2025
  • Press coverage for the winning startup
  • Additional press coverage for the shortlisted startups
  • More rewards are coming