Giardino delle imprese

Informal school of entrepreneurial culture that nurtures young people's individual talents and aptness to challenge themselves and implement their ideas.

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The Project

Fondazione Golinelli proposes Giardino delle Imprese, an informal school of entrepreneurial culture that enhances young people's talents and fosters their enterprising attitude. A path to stimulate curiosity, creativity and passion, offering concrete opportunities to be challenged and to implement their business ideas

The project goes beyond the traditional entrepreneurial training provided by the Italian school system and offers a high-profile structured path: successful entrepreneurs and exponents of the academic world accompany the students with training, project work and practical activities aimed at concrete experimentation and the initial development process of an original business idea.

The project comprises two locations: Bologna (6th edition) and Florence (2nd edition). In Bologna, 234 students and students from over 40 Italian upper secondary schools have already participated in the project; in Florence, the initiative is in its first edition and has involved 60 students. It is promoted by Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.

Participation is complimentary thanks to the funds set forth by the Trust Eureka, commissioned by Fondazione Golinelli.

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The project is divided into 4 main phases: a training phase introducing entrepreneurial culture; a project development phase; the awarding of the most deserving projects; a subsequent training course, mentorship, and guidance for further development of the business ideas proposed by the winning projects.


The programme is dedicated to third and fourth year secondary school students from all over Italy. Up to 60 students will be selected.

In particular, the school is geared towards enterprising young people that are curious and enjoy working in groups.

All participants will be able to access the Giardino delle Imprese Community - ICARO.


The course is organized in collaboration with numerous institutional and scientific partners including the Municipality of Bologna, H-Farm, Unindustria Bologna, the Emilia-Romagna Regional School Office, the University of Bologna, Gruppo Emiliano Romagnolo dei Cavalieri del Lavoro, CMCC, Future Food Institute, FabLab Bologna, Programmabol.

For the Florentine edition, Fondazione Golinelli collaborates with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and the Tuscany Regional School Office.