Economically moving mountains in Italy

The Campus ReStartAlp® - created in partnership with Fondazione Cariplo - continues and boosts the commitment of Fondazione Edoardo Garrone towards young aspiring mountain entrepreneurs. The concept and organisation for this project is a strategic extension of the already consolidated experience of ReStartApp®; its goal is to raise awareness of the Italian highlands and disseminate a culture of developing them, offering real support for young mountain businesses across Italy. What are the key purposes of ReStartAlp® and ReStartApp®? To set up and boost a new “Italian mountain economy”; to foster cooperation and sharing good practices between Alps and Apennines, in order to develop territorial excellences, and at the same time maximise the “made in Italy” identification unit that is common to all the local production activities; to drive and foster green jobs. ReStartAlp® 


and ReStartApp® are the only temporary business incubators for young people who see their future in the opportunities provided by the Italian mountains.


What is ReStartAlp®?

ReStartAlp® is the first campus for developing business incubators and start-ups operating in the traditional production chains of the Alps, inaugurating a continuation of the action already rolled out in 2014 with the Campus ReStartApp® in the Apennines.


Who is it for?

ReStartAlp® is for young, under 35-year olds with ideas for original and sustainable business incubators and start-ups - in the fields of farming, agro-food, animal breeding, tourism and culture - who can really help to revive and promote the Alpine territory.

The partners

Aware of the strategic importance of the themes explored to assure sustainable development for the future of our country, and with the goal of making sure the project is scientifically valid and complete, we have built up a network around ReStartAlp with other significant undertakings, public and private institutions and enterprises that share our same commitment.
Partners of ReStartAlp: Fondazione Symbola (foundation for Italian quality), Università della Montagna (university promoting studies of the mountains), Associazione Italiana Alberghi Diffusi (Italian Association of multi-building hotels), CIMA Research Foundation (environmental monitoring), Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani (Italian national union of mountain towns and communities), Federbim (Italian national consortia of mountain catchment basins) and Federforeste (Italian federation of forest communities). The project is also sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, the Ministry for Economic Development, the Convention of the Alps, Regione Piemonte and the Municipality of Premia (VCO).


Instructive approach

The campus has a dual purpose: 

  • educational: participants can draw on experienced professionals and technical resources to fast-track their business ideas;
  • social: participants will experience living and being directly involved in the life of the local community of the Campus.


The programme involves four different approaches to instruction:

1. Workshop: business coaching and co-working

This course encourages and boosts entrepreneurship and self-employment, broken down into stages - business coaching, targeted guidance and co-working. The Workshop aims at correctly setting up an incubator, starting from the business model, the management of the basic tools to start up the company through to analysing the key elements of the Business Plan, and planning marketing and company organisation strategies and actions as well as feasibility studies and financial sustainability.

2. Learning: mentorship, training and specific instruction

Featuring a more traditional teaching approach, this phase involves experts, teachers and professionals. The aim is to instruct participants in the economic and production basics of the traditional work chains of the Alps, offering targeted training to suit the benchmark areas and sectors of the business ideas present on the Campus.

3. Mentorship: professionals supporting projects

Participants will have the opportunity to periodically discuss their concepts with some of the owners or professionals from Alpine businesses, whose routine experience in the field makes them qualified to make suggestions and give support to the development of the business projects. To this end, each participant will be assigned a mentor from a business (farm, breeding, tourism, artisan, land and environment protection etc.) and while on Campus they can discuss and get feedback about their business idea.

4. Experience and Case Histories: study trips and successful case histories

This module is provided for its motivational and inspirational value, and different testimonials will talk about their personal or business experience in mountain and country areas. Mentors and start-uppers of different backgrounds and specialisations will be involved to engage and stimulate participants as much as possible.

Throughout the training period, participants will therefore have the possibility of learning:


  • virtuous experiences and success stories in the field of business and growing the territory;
  • traditional and digital marketing theories and tools;
  • management techniques of rural and mountain production processes:
  • macro and micro economic trends;
  • techniques and tools to raise loans, grants and financial benefits to run their business after start-up;
  • experiences of living and working in the country and in the mountains.



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