TechCrunch Italy — An Event To Showcase Italian Startups Globally

TechCrunch is landing in Italy. Save the date: Rome, 27th September. The TechCrunch Italy Crunchup will gather some of the most recognised leaders and innovators of the technology and media industries in Italy, Europe and the U.S. to give a unique insight into the big changes and trends happening in the world right now.

We hope that this one day conference and startup showcase will propel Italy’s tech startups into the center of the debate about what’s changing in technology right now, what’s causing it and how we can harness the current economic climate to innovate and grow. We’ll be focusing on building global companies from Italy and how technology can re-engineer our economies for the better.

Co-organized with Populis, one of Europe’s leading digital media groups, we’ll bring some of the best experts together to talk about what’s next in the most spectacular venue imaginable: The Globe Theatre, Villa Borghese, Rome. A breathtaking replica of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, speaking or attending here is akin to appearing in one of the most recognized settings in theatrical history, so it’s not to be missed.

With support from Mind The Bridge Foundation, participants will meet the people behind the hottest new startups in Italy, see the new products and technologies driving the industry today, as well as hear from the influencers shaping the global trends in our sector across the world.

We want participants to be part of a conversation that will stimulate and challenge. We hope it will spark change.

Among others, we are delighted kick off our speaker list with:

Riccardo Zacconi, Founder & CEO,
Mauro del Rio, Founder of Buongiorno!
Jon Bradford, Founder, Ignite100 and Springboard
Paolo Ainio, Founder of Virgilio & Banzai
Steve Chen, Co Founder, YouTube
Luca Ascani, Co Founder, Populis
Roberto Bonanzinga, Partner, Balderton
Barbara Labate, Founder, RisparmioSuper
Mike Butcher, Editor, TechCrunch Europe

Others to be confirmed

Startup Theatre: We will be showcasing the best of the best Italian startups during the event in a totally new way. The top floor of the Globe Theatre will be transformed into a startup theatre, where each theatre box will be dedicated to one startup. To apply for a startup box please email

Please keep watch throughout the summer for further announcements and details on registration.

Rome awaits you on the 27th of September: be part of our event to inspire change.