Terra Next - Third edition: the accelerator dedicated to the bioeconomy

Closed call
Expired on 8 March 2024
Napoli, IT
Innovation Center, Open Innovation, Innovation, startup

Terra Next is the acceleration program for startups and innovative SMEs operating in the bioeconomy sector. It is designed on a 3-year time axis and every year an acceleration path is launched in order to select up to a maximum of 10 startups. The innovative startups and SMEs sought in this third call operate in the sectors of Integrated Nutraceuticals, Circular & Bio-Materials and Regenerative Agriculture.

Interested companies will have to apply by March 8, 2024.

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At the end of the application phase, the Terra Next evaluation commission will select up to 10 innovative startups and SMEs that will access the acceleration program, benefiting from an initial investment and a 3-month course based in Naples, at the Naples Campus San Giovanni a Teduccio of the Federico II University, during which they will have the opportunity to grow through mentorship, training, networking and frontal in-depth moments dedicated to the consolidation of the value proposition and the business model, the technical validation and prototyping of the solutions, go-to-market support and fundraising.

The accelerator has so far received 263 Italian and international applications in the first two editions and has selected 15 startups in which it has already invested a total of 1.5 million euros, through acceleration tickets.

Terra Next is the result of the initiative of CDP Venture Capital and is part of the CDP National Accelerator Network - sees the participation of Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center as co-creator and promoter and the support of Cariplo Factory, which operationally manages the program.

The accelerator, which benefits from the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security, involves the corporate partners Pastificio Garofalo (core partner), Gruppo Getra, Gruppo Nestlé and Novamont, who provide their contribution in terms of know-how, assets and network for the development of startups, and the companies Aristea, Nolanplastica, Selepack and Tecno, members of Terra Next.

The program also involves the involvement of scientific partners, such as the Federico II University of Naples, the Campania Digital Innovation Hub, the SPRING Italian Circular Bioeconomy Cluster, the Materias deep tech innovation center, the S.R.M. study center. - Studies and Research for the South.

Thanks to the collaboration of these partners, the selected startups will be able to create synergies with industrial entities in the bioeconomy sector, already an excellence of Made in Italy.



  • solutions for the study of soils and the improvement of its quality
  • tools for improving crops both from a software/hardware perspective (UAV or terrestrial drones) and via biotech technologies
  • solutions for the valorisation of waste and waste from a circular perspective


  • new formulation methods and innovative matrices
  • innovative foods and products for the well-being of people, children and animals
  • targeted and personalized medical foods (food as medicine)


  • innovative solutions for primary and secondary packaging
  • solutions aimed at improving the recyclability of materials and technologies for the creation of new bio-materials
  • circular solutions for industrial applications and advanced biomaterials obtained from the valorisation of waste and biomass


16 JANUARY - 08 MACH2024
01/16- 03/08

Candidate collection


Startup Selection


Selection Day


Acceleration Program Kick-off


Demo Day