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.
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