Imagine a wondrous playground that inspires, broadens your horizons, nurtures development and brings together creative minds...
- live, work and play in Matera, Italy for two weeks
- connect to entrepreneurs in the local community
- get outside your routine and be motivated by new surroundings and people
- collaborate and skill share with others
- learn some basic italian - bellisimo!
- group sailing in the Mediterranean
- enjoy authentic Italian cooking every day
We believe collaboration is crucial to global sustainability – plus, it’s a lot more fun to learn by doing and work with others who have different experiences, skill sets and ideas. We are passionate about innovation by creating a human incubator in which a group of similarly driven people can live, work and explore together.
Who doesn't want to wake up to croissants and cappuccino every day? You'll enjoy the endless sights and sounds of a 14th century Italian town, and taste the delicious local food and wine.
Apply now! Fifteen innovators will be chosen to participate in the intensive two-week program. Registration includes accommodation, breakfast, wifi, inspiration, a network, off-site activities and some lunches.
- Purposeful entrepreneurs
- Founders who believe in community
- Travelers, explorers
- People with ideas, an open mind and enthusiasm
Matera is a city that captures your imagination and your soul. Unlike any other, the Sassi (old town) in the historical centre is beautiful beyond words and has a curious personality of its own.
Within that centre is Casa Netural, a rural coworking, coliving and collaborative workspace. This will be your headquarters to work from, connect to the local community, and interact with other Startup Abroad participants. You will stay at Hotel Sassi, a five minute walk from Casa Netural, where you'll have wifi and a daily group breakfast included. The group will be facilitated by Andrea and Chelsea with Candice working on group logistics and blogging during Startup Abroad. [Get to know the team].
Everyone needs to come with a project or startup they are currently working on and be able to answer these questions:
- What are you working on?
- What do you need help with?
- What can you contribute to the group?
Well, there are plenty of reasons why you should join. The benefits are multi-fold - you will take from the experience what you put into it.
At the very least you will form a new network of contacts and experts from around the world. That is guaranteed.
Next, you can progress your project in a focused, inspired environment with the guidance and input of others who have experience, ideas and skills outside of your realm.
You will see rural Italian life at its most authentic: Matera is a city of 60,000 inhabitants, but it is a community at heart.
You can give back! Be it sharing your knowledge with other participants or meeting members of the community who need some support, there will be ample opportunity to connect with local entrepreneurs.