Greater Bay Area Roadshow

Closed call
Expired on 29 September 2023
Milano, IT
startup, Startup Development, Call

Target: Italian Tech Startups & Innovative SMEs

Intesa Sanpaolo and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center are organizing together with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao, Deloitte, InvestHK, and many other important local partners, an immersive four (4) day roadshow in the Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong & Shenzhen) from 13th to 18th of November 2023, a journey to support Italian Startups and Innovative SMEs to explore and capture new market opportunities in the APAC region (Asia-Pacific Region: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia & Oceania, +20 countries).

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The 2023 GBA Roadshow represents a bundle of opportunities for Tech SMEs in growth, pre-IPO and Capital Market stage, interested in both internationalization processes and Open Innovation activities.
Another goal is to provide soft-landing support into the APAC market for dynamic companies that are willing to embrace innovation and technology as key enablers to achieve growth.

Deadline to Apply is September 29th, 2023.

Click the button below to access the Registration Form:


This Roadshow is dedicated to Italian SMEs looking for:

  • new business opportunities & partnerships
  • Access to funding
  • technological development
  • soft-landing support to expand into the APAC Market

The experience offers both Open Innovation and business opportunities, creating synergies with Asian Corporates, Investors (i.e. VC, PE, Family Offices) and local Institutions.

Targeted scale-ups and SMEs with an annual turnover higher than € 500k. 


Italian Legal Entity (Headquarter or operative branch) or Dual Company Approach (R&D/Production in Italy, International Market to expand)

Growth and Establishment level (generate incomes, regularly take on new customers)

High-tech Product or Service belonging to the following sectors: 

  • Agri&Food Tech;
  • Energy;
  • Smart City/Smart Mobility;
  • PharmaTech (BioTech-HealthTech);

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) equal or higher than 7.

The below list of attributes will be considered a plus, but are not mandatory:

  • Startups/SMEs registered on the Register of Innovative Startups/SMEs belonging to Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy;
  • International Presence (distribution, export etc.);
  • B2B product or solution;
  • Interested in IPO, industrial partnerships, or fundraising;
  • Willingness to expand into the APAC* market;
  • ESG compliant solution;
  • Customer references and PoCs already developed with international counterparts;
  • International (pending) patents;

*APAC Market includes more than 20 countries in Asian & Pacific territories.

Deadline for applications: September 29th 2023 @12pm (CET).


Deadline to apply is September 29th, 2023 by filling up the Registration Form on this link on Italian Chamber of Commerce HK  website

15 MAY

GBA Roadshow Kick Off Event (Launch Event) in Turin


Closure of the Call & Starting of the Selection Phase


Communication of the outcome of the selection to all applicants. The selected companies should confirm their participation and pay the “all-inclusive” package directly to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong & Macao.


Online webinar for the Selected SMEs participating in the Roadshow, organized by ISPIC. Topic:

  • Pitching Valuation & enhancement using the best strategies and suggestions from the ISPIC international expertise;
  • Deep dive on the Tax & Financial Framework and Softlanding services in Hong Kong offered by Deloitte

Definitive List of Participants based on the payments of the all-inclusive Package for participation in the Roadshow, which must be paid directly to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong & Macao - info

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Online session for the selected SMEs participating in the Roadshow. Organized by: Intesa Sanpaolo, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, ’ Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong & Macao, Deloitte, InvestHK e Fidinam Topic: Deep dive on the Legal & Tax framework in Hong Kong & Shenzhen when you start a business there and the Incentive Schemes. Logistic details of the Roadshow.


GBA Roadshow in Hong Kong & Shenzhen