The Financial Times, in partnership with Il Sole 24 Ore, brought together Italian entrepreneurs for the FTxMade in Italy Challenge 2022 from 9-13 May. The ‘hackathon’ was the first regional FT Talent challenge and the first edition of a global competition about solving real business and strategic challenges.

The 100 participants, selected from over 1,500 applications, were given access to expert masterclasses and talks about navigating the business world and approaching entrepreneurship, delivered by panels of experts from Financial Times and Il Sole 24 Ore. On the final day of the challenge, participants pitched their ideas in front of an audience of professionals as well as FT and Il Sole 24 Ore journalists and board members.

The challenge was hosted in collaboration with our partners Cisco, Illimity Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Technacy and Egea - who each set one of the topics for the challenge. Participants covered topics including connectviity, banking and sustainability.

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About FT Talent 

The FT Talent Challenge is a series of international events. FT Talent selects the most innovative and diverse individuals from thousands of international applicants for a multiple-day challenge experience, giving them a chance to understand and challenge the existing ecosystem and benefit from FT and partner expert insights alongside invited guests. The challenge helps foster new creative thinking, develop potential solutions to strategic business issues and stimulate disruption within the business ecosystem.

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of 1.2 million, more than one million of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.