Innovation Village Retail | What is it?

A show within a show, an exhibition village open to start-ups, companies, institutions and professionals, designed to share the culture of innovation and create networking and business opportunities between emerging companies and established players: Innovation Village Retail is the project created by Riva del Garda Fierecongressi in partnership with Retail Hub, and with the scientific coordination of Alberto Mattiello, member of the Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags  Scientific Committee.

It is an important opportunity for show exhibitors and visitors, who will be the first to see innovations in the footwear and accessories sector, through the projects exhibited by start-ups and young companies in a dedicated space.

The theme explored by Innovation Village in the June 2022 and January 2023 editions will be traceability. The innovation projects at the show will cover topics related to management, product handling, sales data analysis for strategies,  the creation and management of B2B and B2C relations, product communication and transparency and the product manufacturing process.

Traceability will also be the focus of Expo Riva Show, the series of interviews, panel discussions, presentations and talks that gives players in the world of footwear, leather goods and accessories the chance to express their views,  and which will run alongside the four days of the trade show.


Innovation Village is not only an exhibition area but also an opportunity for 8 start-ups to pitch and talk about their product or service in front of the Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags public and a jury of industry experts.  The company that wins the Start-up Competition will be able to take part in the next edition of the show as an exhibitor.