Italy bets on innovative SMEs

Jun 20, 2020

Italy – Investment Incentives

May 2018 the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Economic Development launched an implementing decree which regulates the access to tax incentives for individuals and companies investing in startups and innovative SMEs. The decree was published on the Official Gazette on July 5, 2019

The provision enhances the tax incentives for investments in innovative startups and extends the incentives to all innovative SMEs.


A compass to find your way into Italian economic incentives

Navigating bureaucracy can be extremely challenging in Italy especially for foreigner entrepreneurs. Keeping this in mind, the Ministry of Economic Development together with other government agencies have put together a user-friendly handbook to provide entrepreneurs, business owners and citizens with a basic guide on the numerous incentives available in Italy. Thanks to the handbook, it is possible to find the right incentive for one’s needs (starting a business, invest in innovation, machinery, software, training etc. R&D, tax incentives and many other). The handbook is available in English and is divided into sections each dedicated to the numerous beneficiaries of the incentives. A copy can be downloaded at


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Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.

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