The main purpose of the Ecapital Culture – Adriatic Start-up School project is the economic development of cultural tourism in the Adriatic–Ionian Macro Region, throughout the creativity and resourcefulness of young people who want to set up a business.

The project ECAPITAL CULTURE – Adriatic Start up School takes inspiration from ECAPITAL – Business Plan Competition, which since 17 years promotes the creation of innovative enterprises in the Marche region (Italy), involving young university students in the launch of business projects. More than 100 enterprises were born thanks to this project, involving more than 500 young workers.

Ecapital Culture is a training path oriented to the development of innovative start-up working in the cultural tourism field and aimed to enhance the cultural heritage of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region. The primary objective of the project is to create the conditions so that the young people, making use of their skills and their creativity, can achieve their own business idea. The project represents a real opportunity to develop the economy of this area and to increase professional employment with start-up creation.

The third edition of the project, promoted and financed by the Marche Foundation, Marche Region, Marche Chamber of Commerce, Marche Polytechnic University and the Municipality of Ancona, is a great opportunity for young future entrepreneurs, who will have the opportunity to attend the School in Ancona for 2 months (from the 6th of May 2019 to the 28th of June 2019); enrolment in the School (for all students) and permanence in Ancona (for non-Marche students) will be totally free, thanks to the scholarships made available by the Marche Foundation and the project partners.

The call for ideas is addressed to 20 young people, especially from the 8 countries of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region (including Adriatic Regions in Italy and excluding people coming from the Marche region in Italy, who will be object of a different dedicated Call).

The Calls will be open from the 15th of January 2019 to the 17th of March 2019 while the training will take place at the Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona from 6th of May to 28th of June 2019.

The selected candidates will attend a 8-weeks training course, aimed at developing the skills for the realization of a Business Plan in the cultural field and the creation of a start-up for the enhancement of the cultural heritage of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro Region area. The training course includes lectures, workshops, case histories and studios on the following areas: development and implementation of the business plan, enhancement techniques for a start-up project, cultural planning and launching a start-up. Tutors will be available to participants on a daily basis to support the development of their business idea, search for data and information and the planning process. For all participants assistance in identifying potential financial partners for the realization of the business projects is also provided.

For detailed information on how to apply check the website and read carefully the presentation brochure attached.