COBO Accelerator - Creative Cultural Industries

As a partner of the CTE COBO project – Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti del Comune di Bologna, Almacube collaborates with Creative Hub Bologna to launch the acceleration program for startups operating in the cultural and creative industries.


COBO ACCELERATOR – ICC aims to foster the implementation of innovations that can integrate technology, creativity and culture. It is intended to support the application of emerging technologies in cultural arts fields such as visual and performing arts, literature, music, cinema, gaming, architecture and design, fashion,crafts, cultural heritage, tourism and urban reactivation, publishing, learning, communication and new media.


The initiative is funded by the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy with FSC 2014-2020 funds, under the “Supporto alle Tecnologie Emergenti del Piano per la diffusione della Banda Larga” program – promoted by the Metropolitan City of Bologna.


Why this program?

Selected startups will embark on an acceleration journey from June to December 2024.
During the program, participants will have the opportunity to consolidate their business by building the foundation to create scalable solutions in the world of Cultural and Creative Industries.

Participation in the program is free and equity-free.

You will have the chance to receive financial support of €62,500 to cover expenses related to startup development.

Training workshops covering the most relevant topics for your startup, including business design, market validation, fundraising, business development, and more.

Coaching, specialized consulting and one-on-one mentoring with industry experts to face specific challenges.

The opportunity to expand your B2B network and share best practices through networking events with companies, investors and founders.

The unique chance to take part in the final Demo Day event by presenting your startup in front of investors, companies and industry experts.

Requirements and admission

We are looking for startups:

    • that develop solutions for creative cultural industries that are enabled and/or portable and/or are based on 5G technologies, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, Internet of Things, Edge-Cloud computing, High Performance Computing, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality


    • established for no more than 5 years


    • with legal or operational headquarters in Italy


    • based abroad are also eligible as long as they commit to opening an operational headquarters in Italy within one month of the approval of the ranking list