A recent article in the Financial Times hailed Milan as the best place to launch a startup in Italy.
Milan has long been considered Italy’s economic centre, with many national and international organisations headquartered in the city, including the Italian Stock Exchange. With three airports, excellent access by train to Italy’s major cities, nearby Switzerland and other major European capitals in just a few hours, the city’s practical location makes it the ideal location for entrepreneurs. An inspiring network of local and international women in business in Milan are contributing to the growing start-up scene, with growing numbers of innovative mum-owned businesses in the city and surrounding Lombardy.
With so many business opportunities for mums, Italy’s biggest start-up hub is catching on, with more and more organised networking groups and coworking spaces to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship and networking for businesses of all sizes, from freelancers to small and growing mum-owned businesses.
Girls in Tech Italy is part of an international non-profit organisation promoting engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. With more than 100,000 members in 60 cities, the Milan based group organised programming courses and events for professional women and anyone with an interest in technology and startups. Ideal for exchanging home based and online business ideas for mums.
Professional Women’s Network Milan is an independent network of international, ambitious women in business in Italy seeking to create real cultural change within companies and organisations, as well as promoting the benefits of gender-balanced leadership in the workplace. Founded in 1991, they bring professional women together through networking aperitivos, useful webinars and empowering talks in the city.
Startup Grind Milano is the Milan “chapter” of a global community who meet in 100 cities around the world. The concept was founded in 2010 in the Silicon Valley and is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. They organise inspiring, useful events with international guest speakers, including the recent #SGWomen – Female Leaders, with a panel of 7 amazing female leaders in the startup community to challenge and inspire local and expat women entrepreneurs in Milan.
The Milano Design Thinking group is for those who are interested in learning more about a creative, design led approach to business (and life)! Members from all disciplines meet to exchange ideas on ways to apply innovative, forward thinking strategies to their unique ventures.
Italian Start Up Scene is an online community for anyone currently or thinking about running a startup in Italy. Entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers, developers and anyone with an interest in startups and venture capital are all welcome at their friendly events.
CoBaby at PianoC is a coworking space with on-site childcare dedicated to parents who work from home or run their own businesses to spend time within a community of like minded freelancers and local and expat mum entrepreneurs seeking a better work / life balance. QF is a contemporary space for freelancers, startups and digital nomads with a difference. Founded by two busy working mothers in Milan, the space has fantastic workspaces, a relaxation area and Qbaby – a space for little ones to be cared for just a few steps from their parents.
Talent Garden Milano is part of a network of 17 coworking spaces across Europe, with two campuses in Milan. Talent Garden Merano is strategically located in the north of Milan, in a dynamic part of the city beside the Central Railway Station. This campus has a focus on digital and tech, attracting some of the top creative entrepreneurs in the region to work alongside one another and collaborate Talent Garden Calabiana in the Porta Romana district is the largest campus of the Talent Garden network (with almost 8,500m2 of space). Housed within a former printing press factory beside the Fondazione Prada, it hosts “the Innovation School”, dedicated to post-graduate and corporate training. There is also a contemporary onsite bistro, the TAG Café. The campus hosts more than 450 coworkers each day and is a member of the Google for Entrepreneurs’ network.
Impact Hub Milan is part of an international network of beautiful coworking spaces where entrepreneurs and creative professionals can meet, access resources and identify market opportunities, ideal for busy working mothers in Milan developing online business ideas.
We Make is an innovative urban factory providing access to digital manufacturing tools to facilitate the “prototype phase” of many individual makers and small businesses. They also offer courses, workshops, co design sessions and other creative events to encourage the exchange of knowledge and allow professionals to progress in their respective fields in a warm and friendly environment. Fablab Milano is another fully equipped digital fabrication laboratory for entrepreneurs to develop their creativity, through courses, workshops, coworking, prototyping and 3D printing.
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