2022 proved to be a particularly interesting year for Italian startups, which recorded over 2 billion euros in investments, almost double the previous year.

A goal reached thanks above all to foreign investors, who finally seem to have trusted Italian talent. In a difficult period due to the delicate geopolitical context, the energy crisis and the increase in costs, startups have proved to be the engine of the country's economic growth, capable of attracting capital and showing growth potential for the coming years. An encouraging scenario, although in comparison with other European countries it is clear that there is still a long way to go.

However, the ecosystem is very dynamic, thanks to the activity of international accelerators that have brought capital but above all knowledge and skills into the Italian reality.
Thus we find 50 Italian startups present at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, the most important global event for technology companies, which is scheduled from 5 to 8 January. In fact, all the excellent sectors of Italian technology are present. A large part works in the field of artificial intelligence: production of synthetic data, traceability of solid waste, creation of creative content for the web, collection and analysis of sports data.

The global situation

The Italian numbers certainly cannot compete with those of the top three major startup ecosystems in the world: the United States, China and India. The latter recorded a decline in investments in 2022 after the previous year's record, when it reached a whopping $49 billion in funding. China, on the other hand, boasts 26% of the world's unicorns, i.e. startups valued at more than a billion dollars. Data for the first half of 2022 indicated 662 unicorns for the United States, placing them at the top of the rankings. Globally there were more than 1200

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