Batch per year


Startups per batch


Years of activity


Workshops and
1-to-1 meetings


Months of

Acceleration Program Value Proposition

Our mission is to develop a Silver Economy innovation hub through the direct partnership of startups, corporates, research centres and investors on a national and international level. Startups will receive financial and operational support by the acceleration program team and their partners with the scope of scaling their businesses globally.

Next Age Accelerator Program

Phase 1: As admitted to the batch


First Investment



Phase 2: After the batch (selected startups)


up to €1.8M

Follow-on funding for the second investment to top startups



Second Investment
to selected startup, per startup




up to €4.25M

Follow-on funding for the third investment to top startups.



We are looking for startups with innovative solutions who are ready to capture opportunities in the booming Silver Economy with us.







MAR 2022

Call for application opens

Selection of the 8-10 most promising startups by the selection committee

JUN 2022

Program Launch & Acceleration

The selected startups will receive a 4-month training and mentorship-driven acceleration with the full support from our corporate and scientific partners who are major players in the Silver Economy space.

OCT 2022

Demo Day & Post Program

The startups will present the traction they have achieved over the acceleration program to a wide audience of investors and corporates in order to secure additional funding, pilots and/or other open innovation initiatives.


Next Age, CDP Accelerators Fund and SOSV Follow-On Investments

Potential investment from NextAge, CDP Accelerators Fund and/or SOSV for promising startups. Startups that receive SOSV’s investment will be admitted to the SOSV Chinaccelerator Program, which is remote.



In 2021


Oldest country (65 and older) in the world

In 2021


Largest Silver Economy market in the world

In 2035


Of the total population in Italy will be age 65+


- Investment

How does NEXT AGE ACCELERATOR invest in my startup?

We invest 102,000€ in the form of a convertible security, with up to €64,000 in accelerator services. The deal is very similar to the American SAFE. It involves limited paperwork and legal fees and no upfront equity transfer. This will be happening upon raising the first qualifying round.

How does SOSV invest in my startup?

After completion of the Next Age Accelerator Program, SOSV will select CERTAIN startups and invest 150,000€ (110,000€ in cash, 40,000€ in program fee) in the form of a convertible security. The startup will then enter the SOSV Chinaccelerator Program which is remote and will continue to scale and accelerate its growth and business globally.

Do I need to accept investment terms from both NEXT AGE and SOSV to be admitted to the NEXT AGE ACCELERATION program?

Yes, startups need to accept both investment terms in order to be considered for the NEXT AGE program.

Are additional investments planned beyond initial investments?

Yes, promising startups will potentially receive follow-on investments from Next Age, CDP Accelerators Fund and our partner SOSV.

- program details


SOSV is a venture capital firm that operates early stage startup development programs. SOSV’s programs are focused on four major areas: software, hardware, biotech, and blockchain.

As of January 2022, SOSV had more than 1,200 portfolio companies and $1.2 billion in assets under management. Over the last few years, SOSV has been nominated as the:

– 3rd most active VC in the world, source Pitchbook.

– 1st in Biotech, source CB Insights.

– 1st in Healthcare Devices, source Pitchbook.

– 1st in Hardware, source Pitchbook.

SOSV’s Shanghai-based Chinaccelerator, the first program in Asia to produce a unicorn, BitMex, and Taipei-based MOX program teams will work closely with startups throughout the Next Age Acceleration program. In the coming years, China’s spending on the elderly will triple from $750 billion to $2.1 trillion, overtaking Japan where the spending has already plateaued at $900 billion. India will make a dramatic entrance into the sector with an expected surge in spending on the elderly from approximately $100 billion to almost $1 trillion. SOSV will evaluate startups after Demo Day for the opportunity to join its program in Asia, and open the doors to the Asian market for these select startups.

What is the time commitment required during the program?

We have a structured 4-month schedule made of masterclasses, meetings with our corporate and scientific partners and office hours. However, our main goal is that you and your team are laser-focused on accelerating your company while making the most out of the resources we put at your disposal. This is why we do encourage you and your team to do it at our Next Age Accelerator’s offices in Ancona.

Do we have to be in Ancona for the acceleration program?

Yes, you do. At least 2 members of the founding team will be asked to be in Ancona the first and last month of the acceleration program. The 2 months in between are designed in order for the team to be able to follow the activities remotely. The reason we require your presence on-site for at least 2 months is to build long-lasting meaningful connections to other fellow entrepreneurs, our mentors and industrial and scientific partners. Nevertheless, we do encourage you relocate to Ancona for the whole extent of the program, 4 months.

Do you provide relocation support?

Yes, we do. We can provide suggestions according to your needs. Please clearly mention you need relocation support when filling in the application form.

What language will be used during the program?

English is the official language of the program because international operator SOSV will be leading the program. You may be asked to confirm your English skills before acceptance to the program.

Does our company need to be incorporated before applying to the program?

It is recommended but not mandatory when applying. However, if your company is selected to join the acceleration program and is not yet incorporated, the startup team will be asked to incorporate as an Italian legal entity. You have 45 days from the day the investment term sheet is signed by the parties to incorporate.

- Selection Process

Can I apply if I'm not based in Italy?

Yes, you can. However, if you are selected to join the acceleration program and are not yet incorporated in Italy, the startup team will be asked to do so. You have 45 days from the day the investment term sheet is signed by the parties to incorporate.

Do you offer support for incorporation?

Yes, we do. Please clearly mention needing incorporation support when filling in the application form.

We are already in talks with other potential investors or we have just received funding from other investors. Can we still apply for the program?

Yes, you can. Should this be your case, please clearly mention it when filling in the application form. If non-confidential, tell us the investment agreement you have reached or are negotiating.

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