French-Italian Accelerator: first edition finished, ready for the second!

French-Italian Accelerator: first edition finished, ready for the second!

Over 100 hours of lessons and more than 400 one-to-one meetings attended by the 40 Italian and French companies participating in the programme

The initiative dedicated to training and business matching meetings to support the growth and internationalisation processes of companies in the markets of the two countries continues

Accelerate the internationalisation processes of Italian and French companies and help them to successfully launch themselves onto the markets of the two countries. These were the objectives of the first edition of the French-Italian Accelerator, the first joint programme between France and Italy that provided over 100 hours of lessons on exporting and internationalisation in the two markets and more than 400 business matching meetings attended by the 40 companies involved, active in the manufacturing and service sectors.

The one-to-one meetings allowed participating companies to seek out new opportunities, identify potential partners for possible mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, and make contact with private and institutional investors. All with the aim of growing their business on the Italian and French markets.

Given the success of the first edition, which kicked off in Paris on 15 December 2021 and ended in Milan with the final round of meetings on 13 and 14 December 2022, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), Bpifrance, ELITE (Euronext Group company) and Team France Export are now working to launch the second edition of the programme, to support the growth of companies with dedicated training sessions and increase business opportunities between companies from the two countries by scheduling bilateral meetings.

The initiative will be launched in Italy next year with a second group of Italian and French companies from strategic sectors of the two countries' economies. The programme will have similar structure, training content and activities as the first edition: six sessions, each lasting two days, to be held alternately in France and Italy. The first day of each session will be dedicated to training, while the second will focus on one-to-one meetings. In addition, companies will have the opportunity to participate in national and international business events.

In particular, the initiative involves the development of specific skills through training sessions provided by leading Italian and French business schools and the chance to tap into potential opportunities through bilateral meetings, turning them into growth opportunities, fostering and strengthening transalpine partnerships and encouraging cross-border investments.