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ZERO is the Italian Cleantech Accelerator of the National Accelerator Network of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), launched by CDP Venture Capital Sgr - National Innovation Fund, Eni, LVenture Group and ELIS, with the support of Corporate Partners Acea, Maire Tecnimont and Microsoft .

Innovation is a cycle.
Build, advance and blaze a path and then start over. Each time, with infinite potential. 
ZERO is the starting point for any project that has a real push for renewal.
For those who are aware that a faster transformation process is needed than in the past and see technological innovation as a push to reverse the trend, with a view to sustainable development.
ZERO is committed to rebuilding collective habits on solid and lasting pillars: decarbonisation, renewable resources, intelligent waste management and circular economy.
ZERO is contributing to carbon neutrality.
ZERO is contributing to change.
ZERO is contributing to transformation.
ZERO is the meeting point between those who have a solution in mind and those who can offer tools and skills to help make it happen. 
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The Call closed on June 18th


ZERO was created to intercept startups with great business potential and a zero-impact solution for the environment. The Road to Zero shared around the world aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050: a goal to which all the technologies, products and services that contribute to the protection and maintenance of natural resources contribute. 
The future belongs to them.

5 months

€ 80k

of investment for each startup

of Acceleration Program

What we are looking for

Startup software

Working MVP

Hardware startup

Working prototype and roadmap defined for mass production

Circular economy

Solutions to maximize the efficiency of use of resources, extend the life cycle of products, minimize waste and enhance them as a new sustainable input.

Waste prevention and reduction

Solutions for the sustainable management and valorisation of waste and water, in industrial supply chains or in domestic contexts.

New sources

Solutions for the production of energy from renewable sources and for the development of sustainable energy carriers.

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Energy storage and transport

Innovative solutions and technologies for the storage of energy from renewable sources and for transport.

CO2 capture, storage and reuse

Solutions for the absorption of CO2 in carbon sinks and for its enhancement in other production processes.

Reduction of emissions

Solutions to detect and avoid methane leaks along the natural gas supply chain and for the monitoring and control of methane fugitives.

These are the verticals we are most interested in for our Accelerator.

If you have a Cleantech startup, but in a sector other than those listed above, we are still interested in learning about your project.

How the selection works

All applications will be evaluated and the best ones will present their pitch at the Selection Day.  10 of them will have access to the Program.

The Program in brief

€ 80k

Investment of up to € 80K in cash for an equity of 5 to 10%


180+ perks equal to € 2M in cloud, prototyping, SEO, marketing, customer support and payments


1 year of workstations for your team at the Eni Polo in Rome Ostiense

Open Innovation

Matching between the best startups selected with 100+ Corporates from the LVenture Group and ELIS network


5 months of Acceleration + 6 months as a Resident post Program


200+ Investors


Access to other financing channels with a view to Sustainable Development Goals


Goods, services and in-kind transactions offered by Corporate Partners

The Call closed on June 18th

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