More than 100 applications were received, but only six teams were selected to appear from 4 to 7 October at the .itCup School in Pisa, during the Internet Festival, and at the final at the Rome CNR, on 26 October.
In Rome, before an audience made up of leading national investors in the startup sector and other well-known entrepreneurs, EasyTax Assistant, Ludwig, noon.care, Pharmercure, SmarTrainingSystem (STS), Glitch Factory will be carefully scrutinized by the jury, who will decide the winner of the already classic prize SanFranciscoDreaming, the chance to fly to Silicon Valley to attend the prestigious Startup School of Mind The Bridge.
In 2017 there are two sponsors of SanFranciscoDreaming. The first is the Fondazione Denoth, non-profit making association dedicated to the memory of Professor Franco Denoth, a scientist who was director of Registro .it for a number of years, and to his son Enrico. The second sponsor is Fatture in Cloud,, one of the most well-known successful startups on the Italian scene in recent years, which won the 2014 edition of .itCup.
Prana Ventures of Milan and the Tuscan digital agency iDNA will offer the runner-up competitor a completely free high profile communication package, and also a budget to be used in further marketing activities. Last but not least, there is StartupItalia!, the main Italian magazine dedicated to startups, which also this year is media partner of the competition.