WHAT are we looking for?

MITdesignX Venice seeks diverse, interdisciplinary teams  working on challenging ideas to design solutions and launch a real venture based in Venice. We are looking for ideas(*) or early stage startups dedicated to solving problems experienced in Venice as well as other coastal and historical cities. Every MDXV edition will have specific themes. In 2022, the themes were

In 2023, there may be different themes. Themes will be announced in early 2023.

(*) At MITdesignX Venice, Intellectual Property (IP) is considered the property of the individuals and/or teams. MIT and SerenDPT will not stake IP or patent claims to new ideas developed at MITdesignX Venice. 

WHO are we looking for?

EVERYONE is invited to submit an application, whether students, professionals, or community members of all backgrounds.

Teams should be composed of at least 2 people and not more than 5.

An individual cannot  apply as a single proponent and cannot apply as a member of more than one team.

Ideal candidates are ideas with a connection to Venice, or to the problems the city experiences.

HOW can you participate? 

Applications can be submitted online (in English) during the submission period. Applications are currently closed and will reopen in May 2023.

We encourage individuals and teams to attend preparatory events that are programmed before the submission deadline. 

Up to 10 top ideas will be selected to participate in the Fall program.


If selected for the fall program, in-person attendance by at least 50% of the team is mandatory to receive funding. 

Evaluation Criteria 

Applications go through a selection process that reviews ideas based on 

Up to 10 teams are selected 

Funding for Teams

MITdesignX Venice reserves all rights to make decisions on acceptable use of funds. All expenses and procurement must be acceptable to MITdesignX Venice.

SerenDPT provides a workspace for the selected teams during the on-site workshops and will offer a facilitated permanence inside the Fabbrica H3 incubator after the end of the program. 

Funding Rules and Procedures