Enabling Innovation in the Green and Blue Economies

What’s Startup10?

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) has funded a program called Startup10, aimed at promoting food security and youth employment in 10 Italian cooperation partner countries. CIHEAM Bari will oversee the program’s implementation over two years starting from October 2023.

Are you a Startup in the Blue or Green economy sectors?
You will benefit from

Coaching Program

Seven selected startups will undergo a six-month coaching program.

Open Innovation Program

The opportunity for one startup to collaborate for an extended three-month period with an Italian company.

Financial Support

€5,000 worth of vouchers for one startup to advance their growth.

Join us in empowering Green and Blue startups in the Mediterranean and Africa Region

  1. Applications must include the name of your startup company and details of team members and their roles.

Is this program for you?

To be considered for the Startup10 program, your startup or company must:

Legal Registration

Be formally registered for at least one year in the country of operation.

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Innovation and Feasibility

  • Demonstrate innovation & feasibility in the green or blue economy sector.

Market Sales

  • Have active sales in the market.

Key Dates

Deadline to Apply

May 11 2024

Selection Commitee

20 May 2024

Results Dissemination

23 May 2024

Coaching Period

6 months

Haven’t Applied Yet?

Submit your application before the deadline: May 11, 2024, 23:59 CET.

Meet The Coaches

Selected startups in the STARTUP10 Program will benefit from dedicated coaching support throughout their journey

Dany Frenn

Quality Management & Certification│ Project Management │ Consulting

Melanie Kadi

Program Officer - ACIE


Reda Helbawi

Programs Manager - ACIE

Romy Massaad

Programs Officer - ACIE

Meet The Startups

Seven startups will benifit from a coaching program which will span for 6 months.


About the Program

Launched in October 2023, the project aims to promote food security and youth employment in 10 partner countries of Italian cooperation (Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Uganda) through the strengthening of business incubators to encourage the development of local startups that present innovative solutions in the green and blue economy sectors with a focus on digitalisation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligible sectors?

Sustainable management of natural resources / Sustainable agriculture / Smart farming / Crop protection & fertilizers / Biotech / Livestock & poultry / Farming & robotics / Innovative food products / Valorization of neglected and underutilized crops (NUS) / Novel farming systems / Post harvest / Farm to consumer / Recycling and waste management / Irrigation & water management / Sustainable fisheries / Aquaculture / Sustainable tourism / Renewable energy, energy efficiency / Sustainable transport / Sustainable building / Sustainable diet education / ICT

How does the selection process work?
  • The selection process involves evaluating applications based on criteria such as innovation, feasibility, and active sales of the project in the market. Shortlisted startups will be invited to participate in a coaching program and pitch their entrepreneurial projects to a jury for final selection.
Can individuals apply, or does it have to be a company?

Applications must be submitted in the name of a formally registered company. Personal applications will not be accepted.

What is the commitment expected from participants in the training and coaching program?

Any absence corresponding to 25% of the total time of participation in the training and coaching program will not allow participation in the pitch.