The Emilian people are inventors, or “innovators” as they would say today.

Emilia-Romagna is the top region in Italy for the number of graduates in technical and scientific subjects and for research and development staff, while it is second (behind Lombardy) for the total number and concentration of start-ups.

So it’s no surprise that our beautiful Emilia often produces highly successful innovative businesses.

Below, EsserEmiliano has selected 10 start-ups for you.


Weevo is a web agency founded in the summer of 2012 to make web 2.0 services as environmentally sustainable as possible. Its key goals: to respect the sustainability of solutions and to improve performances by enabling environmental benefits. With this in mind, Weevo has signed a convention with the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park to launch the Wee Green project.

For every service provided, Weevo has committed to give part of its revenue to organisations in charge of defending and preserving the ecosystem. Anyone who chooses the services of this agency will receive a certificate detailing the contribution and the initiative supported, and can enhance their own website with the Wee Green logo.


The Aerodron Company was set up two years ago and grew inside a farmhouse nestled in the green countryside on the outskirts of Parma.  The Aerodron team is formed of 5 people, including a geologist and a business manager. They can produce professional low-altitude and high-precision imagery, and together they can gather data to be used to support analysis and environmental protection. For example, it could be used to measure air quality. It could also be used to keep river banks under control, to monitor the moisture level in the soil and plants’ state of health or to conduct surveys over inaccessible areas. In a nutshell, it is high technology at the service of nature. But also for the authorities, who can use drones to lower the costs of complicated operations to protect the region.


This start-up founded in Bologna by Tom Davide in 2011 creates apps for the Internet of Things. “A thing without an application is no Thing” says their website. They therefore make all the products smart of any companies who trust them, while also analysing the user data of these objects. They have over ten employees.


This company began production in 2013 with an ambitious goal: to create a new benchmark in the sector of equipment for the preparation of nuclear medicine radiopharmaceuticals. This type of medicine uses radioactive substances to treat patients. MecMurphil produces machinery for the application of nuclear medicine. Its operational headquarters are in Bologna, but its production site is in Ferrara. They have fewer than 5 employees.


The idea for Work Wide Women came from Bologna in May 2013. Work Wide Women is the first social network dedicated to professional training for women through e-learning and webinars. The team is set up between Bologna and Modena. Our team is formed of: Linda Serra, the founder and CEO, is the project manager; Alberto Barbieri deals with all the finances and strategic investments; Cecilia Pedroni deals with strategic communication and external relations; Giusy Aloe handles marketing and the sales and pricing strategy; Alessandra De LaVille is the head of the legal office; while Mara Cinquepalmi is our community manager and press officer.


Sgnam is a young­ ­start-up­ from ­Bologna­ ­which works in the field of home­ ­­­orders­­­. Through­ ­its ­web­ ­platform or mobile­ ­app (iOS and ­Android), the­ ­consumer­ ­can order­ ­­at ­home­ ­from the­ ­best­ ­restaurants­ and pizzerias­ ­in­ ­the­ ­area.

Convenience­ ­­for the­ ­consumer­­: thanks­ to the wide­ range of­ ­discounts­­­ (point­ ­collection, referrals­ ­and ­flash discounts on social­ networks­ and newsletters­­), customers­ ­can­ save ­every time they­ ­order.

Greater­ ­productivity­ ­­­for the­ ­restaurant­ ­owner: thanks­ to an app that­ ­can be ­managed in real-time­ (web, iOS and ­Android) created­ ad hoc for­ ­restaurant­ ­owners, they­ ­­can: give­ immediate­ ­feedback ­to the­ ­consumer­­, including­ ­delivery ­times­­, manage­ ­in real-time­ their own­ menu (add­ ­or­ ­remove­ unavailable­ ­products­­­­) and­ ­view­ ­their own ­account.


Founded in 2011, this company is a network of professional designers that offers companies innovative projects and design, production, communication and sales services. It supports the passion for design as a value and tool that turns ideas into functional, timeless products.


Founded in Budrio, in the province of Bologna, this company works in the healthcare sector and has created an innovative process to guarantee the personal hygiene of people needing long stays in hospital beds or suffering from serious disabilities. The system developed by Aquabuddy is quite affordable and helps avoid the expensive renovations that a family with a seriously ill person at home must carry out to refurbish the bathroom.


This is a start-up from Bologna that has launched an app to track consumers’ buying habits by analysing receipts. This mobile app allows users to earn rewards on purchases and to keep their own spending under control by taking a simple photo of their receipts. By using gamification and reward software, users are offered incentives to enter the most photos possible and are reminded to request a receipt when one is not given, thereby obtaining great discounts and promotions of real interest.


VisLab was set up in 2009 as a research laboratory at the University of Parma. In 2010, they managed to send an automatic vehicle 13,000 km from Parma to Shanghai. In 2014, starting from the university campus, the driverless car arrived in the centre of Parma. This start-up was bought by the Californian company Ambarella for $30 million. From an organisational perspective, the deal involved the complete integration of the team of 27 VisLab developers into the Ambarella research team.