NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR BEST START-UP
PROTAGONISTS OF INNOVATION VILLAGE RETAIL
Applications are open until 3rd December: the best projects related to footwear, leather goods and accessories will then be on display at the Trentino event. Alessandra Albarelli, General Manager of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, «The innovative drive of these companies is the life blood of the sector»
A village for Start-ups, companies, institutions and professionals to share the culture of innovation and create opportunities for networking and business among new contenders and established players. An important opportunity especially for small innovators who will have the chance to show their products at Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags, the most important international trade fair dedicated to footwear and accessories, which will be held in the trade fair district of Riva del Garda (Trento) from 15th to 18th January 2022. Until 3rd December applications will be open for Start-ups which innovate in the retail sector dedicated to fashion: the companies chosen will be able to display their projects with a dedicated desk at the Expo Riva Schuh Innovation Village Retail, designed and created by Blum and Retailhub with the scientific co-ordination of Alberto Mattiello. The most innovative solution selected by a jury of experts will participate in the summer edition, programmed for June 2022.
EXPO RIVA SCHUH & GARDABAGS, THE BUSINESS-LEISURE SOUL OF FASHION RETAIL
Organised for many years by Riva del Garda Fierecongressi SpA, Expo Riva Schuh represents the point of reference for the world of footwear and accessories, recognised by the greatest global production hubs as an ideal meeting platform for the main players on the international market. In the setting of Lake Garda, Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags offers a format which highlights the best features of the territory, suggesting a different way to experience business: through meetings and exchanges with a business-leisure soul. And right in the heart of the event is where Fierecongressi, in collaboration with Blum and Retail-hub, will create Expo Riva Schuh Innovation Village Retail, an exhibition area dedicated to Start-ups and innovation where the best innovation in the sector will be awarded.
«The aim is to help new entrepreneurs who contribute to innovation in the footwear sector to swiftly make contact with industrial partners capable of bringing them to market», explains Alessandra Albarelli, General Manager of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi. «For this sector the innovative drive of these companies is really its life blood, essential to keep up with the needs of a global market in constant evolution».
A VILLAGE FOR INNOVATION
The innovation project presented must reference one or more aspects of the retail system of the fashion sector, whether in the B2B or B2C fields. Innovations (products or services) can be nominated in all areas related to management, product movement, sales data analysis for strategy, creation and relationship management for B2B and B2C clients.
All Start-ups based in the European Union can take part, founded no earlier than 2016, which offer innovative solutions with applications in the fashion sector and specifically in the footwear, accessories and leatherware segments. To participate you need to fill in the form published on the event website (exporivaschuh.it) by 6pm on 3rd December 2021. By 15th December 2021 a technical commission will select finalists for the award among the Start-ups, who are called to exhibit their services and products within Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags throughout the whole event. No financial contribution is required.
In the course of the event each of the Start-up finalists will pitch and present to the jury and to the public. Each finalist will also have a guaranteed virtual display on the digital platform of the fair, as well as a dedicated article in the official magazine of the event.