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Forging the Future
through Gen A.I. Talent
PLAI is the Italian Accelerator igniting the growth of innovative Startups and
nurturing a community of talents in the Generative AI field. Our mission is to
catalyze technological advancement and creative excellence in the artificial
intelligence sector.
We believe in the transformative power of Generative AI to shape a better
future. By empowering startups with the resources, expertise, and
connections they need to thrive, we are unlocking new possibilities and
driving meaningful change.
Join PLAI and become part of a groundbreaking movement.
Together, we can build a future where Generative AI empowers solutions to
real-world challenges, transforming industries and improving lives.
2
WHO WE ARE
Accelerating Tomorrow with
Mondadori Group
At PLAI, we stand on the shoulders of a giant. With a legacy rooted in the vast
expanse of literature - spanning evocative Italian and international fiction, insightful
non-fiction, from the lyrical realm of poetry to the foundational classics, and from the
imaginative worlds of children's and young adult literature to the grandeur of art
catalogues and more - we fuel educational innovation.
We bring the wisdom of ages to every level of education, invigorating learning through
textbooks, and kindling imaginations with both paper and digital narratives, from
luxuriously bound editions to the convenience of pocketbooks.
Our literary lineage extends to a network of over 500 Mondadori bookstores that
weave through Italy's cultural fabric. As the foremost multimedia publisher, our voice
resonates across the vast digital expanse and traditional print media, leading
conversations and connecting communities.
PLAI is the convergence of historical depth and modern agility, expertise meeting
entrepreneurial spirit, where startups are catapulted into the heart of opportunity. As
Mondadori's accelerator arm, we're not just a gateway; we’re a launchpad to
educational, retail, and digital media prominence.
We're about transforming brightest ideas into impactful realities, today, for a brighter
tomorrow.
3
OUR HERITAGE
Reason Why
4
OUR HERITAGE
Understand ongoing strategic developments and trends
Positioning Mondadori Group as a Central Player in the AI
Ecosystem
Intercept market opportunities
Build the right corporate skills and attract talent
Position Mondadori as an innovation-friendly player,
capable of harnessing the benefits of Generative AI
Create or evolve business models and products
PLAI is committed to reshaping the Italian generative AI landscape by
supporting projects that stand out for their impact and scalability.
Our mission is to catalyze progress in the field of generative AI by
fostering an approach that integrates scientific rigor with
entrepreneurial vision. We believe that this unique combination is
essential for developing innovative solutions that solve real-world
challenges and harness the potential of generative AI to improve
people's lives.
Joining PLAI means entering a community that looks to the future with
determination and optimism, ready to shape tomorrow with innovative
solutions that start today.
5
ACCELERATION PROGRAM A.I. COMMUNITY
At PLAI, we transcend the traditional boundaries of an accelerator. We are
a thriving hub where the brightest minds in artificial intelligence converge,
collaborate, and inspire each other. Beyond accelerating startups, we
cultivate a rich community of AI talents, fostering an environment where
ideas flourish, partnerships form, and innovations come to life.
Through a series of curated events, engaging public talks, and meaningful
networking opportunities, PLAI members gain access to a world of
collaboration and learning. Our community is a place for sharing insights,
challenging assumptions, and pushing the boundaries of what's possible
with Generative AI.
PLAI is a dynamic ecosystem of thinkers, creators, and innovators.
Together, we're not just witnessing the future of artificial intelligence; we're
actively shaping it through every interaction, discussion, and collaboration.
WHAT WE DO
STARTUP
ACCELERATOR
6
STARTUP
ACCELERATOR
PLAI is on the lookout for startups ready to transform the education
landscape. If you're harnessing the power of Generative AI to
personalize learning experiences or create interactive and personalized
educational content, we want you. Join us to redefine education, making
it more accessible, engaging, and tailored to individual learning styles.
Education
Dive into the next generation of digital advertising and media with
Generative AI. We're seeking startups that are reimagining content
creation, personalizing user experiences, and optimizing advertising
strategies with AI. Whether you're enhancing storytelling or
revolutionizing ad tech, your vision can set new standards for
engagement and innovation in the digital realm.
New Media and Digital Advertising
PLAI invites startups to revolutionize the retail industry. From
personalizing shopping experiences to optimizing supply chains and
inventing new customer service solutions, Generative AI has the
potential to change the game. If your startup is at the forefront of
integrating AI into retail, creating seamless, efficient, and highly
personalized shopping journeys, let's shape the future of retail
together.
Retail
Calling all startups using Generative AI to disrupt the world of books
and publishing. Whether you're enhancing the way stories are told,
optimizing the publishing process, or creating personalized reading
experiences, PLAI is your platform to turn innovative ideas into reality.
Together, we can write a new narrative for the publishing industry.
Books and Publishers
7
FOCUS ON GENERATIVE A.I. AND
PLAI becomes the launchpad for your vision, providing the initial
funding to turn your idea into a tangible prototype or MVP. We'll
also work with you to refine your business model, ensuring a solid
foundation for success.
Pre-Seed
Seed
PLAI provide intensive programs designed to propel startups
forward, helping them refine their MVP, validate their market, and
gear up for subsequent investment rounds. At this pivotal juncture,
the emphasis is squarely on growth, product development, and
kickstarting sales.
STARTUP
ACCELERATOR
OUR TARGET
Pre Seed
Seed
Post Seed
Serie A
Product
/Market Fit
Scale the
GoTo Market
Strategy
Scale and
Support
Growth
8
WE ENTER IN
Problem
/Solution Fit
transparent and fair deal, with no
hidden vetoes or special rights.
€100k Equity Investment
With Dedicated workstations in a
vibrant and innovative environment
in Milan's Isola district
4 Months Program
By the Acceleration team and a
Network of Premium Managers
and Entrepreneurs
20+ hours of tailored
Mentorship
To master the skills you need to
succeed.
50+ hours of actionable
Workshop
with access to digital services, and
credits available during and after
the Program.
€10k of Tech Perks
for continued growth, scaling, and
strategic development in
subsequent stages
Up to €500k with
Follow-on Investment
9
THE DEAL
STARTUP
ACCELERATOR
Media Coverage
Leverage on PLAI’s
Ecosystem
Secure valuable media exposure
with our extensive publishing and
digital platforms.
Tap into Mondadori's vast network to
accelerate market penetration and
forge significant industry connections
THE PLAIGROUND
10
PLAIground is more than just a workplace. It's a thriving ecosystem,
purpose-built to fuel creativity, foster collaboration, and accelerate the
development of groundbreaking AI projects. It’s the place where the
future of artificial intelligence is shaped.
A state-of-the-art space where PLAIers, our talented team members, can
immerse themselves in an inspiring environment. From the modern
furnishings to the cutting-edge technology, every element is designed to
promote focus and spark inspiration.
Here, PLAIers benefit from workshops and seminars led by world-
renowned experts, who share their knowledge and inspire innovation.
Hackathons and brainstorming sessions stimulate creativity and
collaboration for the creation of groundbreaking solutions. The PLAI team
offers personalized mentorship and coaching to help PLAIers reach their
full potential.
STARTUP
ACCELERATOR
11
SAVE THE DATE
STARTUP
ACCELERATOR
Official Launch of PLAI Accelerator and Call for Startups.
May, 20th 2024
Closing the Call for Startups and starting the Selection process.
July, 30th 2024
Selection Day Event
September 2024
1st Batch Starts
October 2024
Ending 1st Batch
January 2025
Demo Day - Presenting the most promising Startups in the Generative A.I.
field to the Market
January 2025
CREATED WITH DALL-
E
Annually, our selection program scouts for the digital elite, promising startups poised for a
journey of transformation.
A.I. COMMUNTY
12
PLAI’S VIBRANT COMMUNITY
HUB
13
At PLAI, we're crafting more than an accelerator, we’re nurturing a
thriving community where passion for generative AI ignites. Our digital
channels will buzz with the exchange of ideas, fostering a collaborative
space for innovators to connect and collaborate from anywhere.
Our community is the crucible of innovation, where every idea is valued,
every partnership is nurtured, and every breakthrough begins.
Our calendar brims with meticulously curated events designed to inspire,
challenge, and equip our members. From thought-provoking talks by
industry mavens to hackathons where coders and creators unite, PLAI is
the stage for Generative AI’s most engaging acts.
PLAI is a dynamic ecosystem of thinkers, creators, and innovators.
Together, we're not just witnessing the future of artificial intelligence;
we're actively shaping it through every interaction, discussion, and
collaboration.
A.I. COMMUNITY
FUELING THE AI CONVERSATION
14
A.I. COMMUNITY
Curated Events & Talks:
Elevate your knowledge with our series of expert-led discussions and
public seminars.
Engage with a network of visionaries during our immersive networking
events, where ideas spark and connections are made.
Networking & Collaborative Ventures:
Participate in competitive and cooperative platforms that turn bold
visions into viable AI solutions.
Hackathons & Innovation Challenges:
PLAI
ECOSYSTEM
15
WORKING TOGETHER
16
PLAI ECOSYSTEM
At the core of our program is our unparalleled network of world-class allies. These industry leaders provide invaluable insights,
mentorship, and access to cutting-edge technology, helping our startups accelerate their growth and achieve their full potential.
Core Operational Allies
The #1 Startup Accelerator in Europe, Asia,
Africa & Latam, empowering innovators
since 2010.
The Incubator of Politecnico di Torino supports
the creation and development of high-tech
innovative start-ups with high growth potential.
17
PLAI ECOSYSTEM
Strategic collaboration HUB
Communication & Networking
WORKING TOGETHER
At the core of our program is our unparalleled network of world-class allies. These industry leaders provide invaluable insights,
mentorship, and access to cutting-edge technology, helping our startups accelerate their growth and achieve their full potential.
A powerhouse of visionaries, our board boasts a rich tapestry of experience, with members drawn from the
echelons of industry leadership, tech innovation, academia, and trailblazing entrepreneurial ventures
18
THE ADVISORY BOARD
PLAI ECOSYSTEM
Alessandra Antonelli
Country Leader Italy -
AWS
Guido di Fraia
Founder &
President - IULM
AI LAB
Matteo Flora
Entrepreneur &
Professor AI e SI
security – ESE
Marco Magnaghi
Managing Director -
GroupM Nexus
Paolo Merialdo
Ordinary Professor
- Roma Tre
University
Franco Spicciariello
Director Public Policy
EU MED - AWS
Chiara Russo
Co-founder &
Ex President -
Codemotion
Maurizio Romandini
VP M&A, BD &
Partnership –
Multiversity
Alceo Rapagna
CEO Italy -
Startupbootcamp
Giulio Ranucci
Head of Innovation,
Digital e CVC - ADR
Giangiacomo Olivi
Partner - Dentons
Massimo Sideri
Editorialist –
Corriere della
Sera
Paola Colombo
CDO - MFE
Advertising
Luciano Catoni
Entrepreneur
Marco Bressani
Senior Business
Advisor – PWC
BS
Paola Bonomo
Non Executive
Director - TIM
Luca La Mesa
SingularityU,
Investor, Social
Media Strategist
Paola Mogliotti
Director – I3P
Are you ready to PLAI ?
Visit us at www.plai-accelerator.com

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PLAI - Acceleration Program for Generative A.I. Startups

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  • 2. Forging the Future through Gen A.I. Talent PLAI is the Italian Accelerator igniting the growth of innovative Startups and nurturing a community of talents in the Generative AI field. Our mission is to catalyze technological advancement and creative excellence in the artificial intelligence sector. We believe in the transformative power of Generative AI to shape a better future. By empowering startups with the resources, expertise, and connections they need to thrive, we are unlocking new possibilities and driving meaningful change. Join PLAI and become part of a groundbreaking movement. Together, we can build a future where Generative AI empowers solutions to real-world challenges, transforming industries and improving lives. 2 WHO WE ARE
  • 3. Accelerating Tomorrow with Mondadori Group At PLAI, we stand on the shoulders of a giant. With a legacy rooted in the vast expanse of literature - spanning evocative Italian and international fiction, insightful non-fiction, from the lyrical realm of poetry to the foundational classics, and from the imaginative worlds of children's and young adult literature to the grandeur of art catalogues and more - we fuel educational innovation. We bring the wisdom of ages to every level of education, invigorating learning through textbooks, and kindling imaginations with both paper and digital narratives, from luxuriously bound editions to the convenience of pocketbooks. Our literary lineage extends to a network of over 500 Mondadori bookstores that weave through Italy's cultural fabric. As the foremost multimedia publisher, our voice resonates across the vast digital expanse and traditional print media, leading conversations and connecting communities. PLAI is the convergence of historical depth and modern agility, expertise meeting entrepreneurial spirit, where startups are catapulted into the heart of opportunity. As Mondadori's accelerator arm, we're not just a gateway; we’re a launchpad to educational, retail, and digital media prominence. We're about transforming brightest ideas into impactful realities, today, for a brighter tomorrow. 3 OUR HERITAGE
  • 4. Reason Why 4 OUR HERITAGE Understand ongoing strategic developments and trends Positioning Mondadori Group as a Central Player in the AI Ecosystem Intercept market opportunities Build the right corporate skills and attract talent Position Mondadori as an innovation-friendly player, capable of harnessing the benefits of Generative AI Create or evolve business models and products
  • 5. PLAI is committed to reshaping the Italian generative AI landscape by supporting projects that stand out for their impact and scalability. Our mission is to catalyze progress in the field of generative AI by fostering an approach that integrates scientific rigor with entrepreneurial vision. We believe that this unique combination is essential for developing innovative solutions that solve real-world challenges and harness the potential of generative AI to improve people's lives. Joining PLAI means entering a community that looks to the future with determination and optimism, ready to shape tomorrow with innovative solutions that start today. 5 ACCELERATION PROGRAM A.I. COMMUNITY At PLAI, we transcend the traditional boundaries of an accelerator. We are a thriving hub where the brightest minds in artificial intelligence converge, collaborate, and inspire each other. Beyond accelerating startups, we cultivate a rich community of AI talents, fostering an environment where ideas flourish, partnerships form, and innovations come to life. Through a series of curated events, engaging public talks, and meaningful networking opportunities, PLAI members gain access to a world of collaboration and learning. Our community is a place for sharing insights, challenging assumptions, and pushing the boundaries of what's possible with Generative AI. PLAI is a dynamic ecosystem of thinkers, creators, and innovators. Together, we're not just witnessing the future of artificial intelligence; we're actively shaping it through every interaction, discussion, and collaboration. WHAT WE DO
  • 7. STARTUP ACCELERATOR PLAI is on the lookout for startups ready to transform the education landscape. If you're harnessing the power of Generative AI to personalize learning experiences or create interactive and personalized educational content, we want you. Join us to redefine education, making it more accessible, engaging, and tailored to individual learning styles. Education Dive into the next generation of digital advertising and media with Generative AI. We're seeking startups that are reimagining content creation, personalizing user experiences, and optimizing advertising strategies with AI. Whether you're enhancing storytelling or revolutionizing ad tech, your vision can set new standards for engagement and innovation in the digital realm. New Media and Digital Advertising PLAI invites startups to revolutionize the retail industry. From personalizing shopping experiences to optimizing supply chains and inventing new customer service solutions, Generative AI has the potential to change the game. If your startup is at the forefront of integrating AI into retail, creating seamless, efficient, and highly personalized shopping journeys, let's shape the future of retail together. Retail Calling all startups using Generative AI to disrupt the world of books and publishing. Whether you're enhancing the way stories are told, optimizing the publishing process, or creating personalized reading experiences, PLAI is your platform to turn innovative ideas into reality. Together, we can write a new narrative for the publishing industry. Books and Publishers 7 FOCUS ON GENERATIVE A.I. AND
  • 8. PLAI becomes the launchpad for your vision, providing the initial funding to turn your idea into a tangible prototype or MVP. We'll also work with you to refine your business model, ensuring a solid foundation for success. Pre-Seed Seed PLAI provide intensive programs designed to propel startups forward, helping them refine their MVP, validate their market, and gear up for subsequent investment rounds. At this pivotal juncture, the emphasis is squarely on growth, product development, and kickstarting sales. STARTUP ACCELERATOR OUR TARGET Pre Seed Seed Post Seed Serie A Product /Market Fit Scale the GoTo Market Strategy Scale and Support Growth 8 WE ENTER IN Problem /Solution Fit
  • 9. transparent and fair deal, with no hidden vetoes or special rights. €100k Equity Investment With Dedicated workstations in a vibrant and innovative environment in Milan's Isola district 4 Months Program By the Acceleration team and a Network of Premium Managers and Entrepreneurs 20+ hours of tailored Mentorship To master the skills you need to succeed. 50+ hours of actionable Workshop with access to digital services, and credits available during and after the Program. €10k of Tech Perks for continued growth, scaling, and strategic development in subsequent stages Up to €500k with Follow-on Investment 9 THE DEAL STARTUP ACCELERATOR Media Coverage Leverage on PLAI’s Ecosystem Secure valuable media exposure with our extensive publishing and digital platforms. Tap into Mondadori's vast network to accelerate market penetration and forge significant industry connections
  • 10. THE PLAIGROUND 10 PLAIground is more than just a workplace. It's a thriving ecosystem, purpose-built to fuel creativity, foster collaboration, and accelerate the development of groundbreaking AI projects. It’s the place where the future of artificial intelligence is shaped. A state-of-the-art space where PLAIers, our talented team members, can immerse themselves in an inspiring environment. From the modern furnishings to the cutting-edge technology, every element is designed to promote focus and spark inspiration. Here, PLAIers benefit from workshops and seminars led by world- renowned experts, who share their knowledge and inspire innovation. Hackathons and brainstorming sessions stimulate creativity and collaboration for the creation of groundbreaking solutions. The PLAI team offers personalized mentorship and coaching to help PLAIers reach their full potential. STARTUP ACCELERATOR
  • 11. 11 SAVE THE DATE STARTUP ACCELERATOR Official Launch of PLAI Accelerator and Call for Startups. May, 20th 2024 Closing the Call for Startups and starting the Selection process. July, 30th 2024 Selection Day Event September 2024 1st Batch Starts October 2024 Ending 1st Batch January 2025 Demo Day - Presenting the most promising Startups in the Generative A.I. field to the Market January 2025 CREATED WITH DALL- E Annually, our selection program scouts for the digital elite, promising startups poised for a journey of transformation.
  • 13. PLAI’S VIBRANT COMMUNITY HUB 13 At PLAI, we're crafting more than an accelerator, we’re nurturing a thriving community where passion for generative AI ignites. Our digital channels will buzz with the exchange of ideas, fostering a collaborative space for innovators to connect and collaborate from anywhere. Our community is the crucible of innovation, where every idea is valued, every partnership is nurtured, and every breakthrough begins. Our calendar brims with meticulously curated events designed to inspire, challenge, and equip our members. From thought-provoking talks by industry mavens to hackathons where coders and creators unite, PLAI is the stage for Generative AI’s most engaging acts. PLAI is a dynamic ecosystem of thinkers, creators, and innovators. Together, we're not just witnessing the future of artificial intelligence; we're actively shaping it through every interaction, discussion, and collaboration. A.I. COMMUNITY
  • 14. FUELING THE AI CONVERSATION 14 A.I. COMMUNITY Curated Events & Talks: Elevate your knowledge with our series of expert-led discussions and public seminars. Engage with a network of visionaries during our immersive networking events, where ideas spark and connections are made. Networking & Collaborative Ventures: Participate in competitive and cooperative platforms that turn bold visions into viable AI solutions. Hackathons & Innovation Challenges:
  • 16. WORKING TOGETHER 16 PLAI ECOSYSTEM At the core of our program is our unparalleled network of world-class allies. These industry leaders provide invaluable insights, mentorship, and access to cutting-edge technology, helping our startups accelerate their growth and achieve their full potential. Core Operational Allies The #1 Startup Accelerator in Europe, Asia, Africa & Latam, empowering innovators since 2010. The Incubator of Politecnico di Torino supports the creation and development of high-tech innovative start-ups with high growth potential.
  • 17. 17 PLAI ECOSYSTEM Strategic collaboration HUB Communication & Networking WORKING TOGETHER At the core of our program is our unparalleled network of world-class allies. These industry leaders provide invaluable insights, mentorship, and access to cutting-edge technology, helping our startups accelerate their growth and achieve their full potential.
  • 18. A powerhouse of visionaries, our board boasts a rich tapestry of experience, with members drawn from the echelons of industry leadership, tech innovation, academia, and trailblazing entrepreneurial ventures 18 THE ADVISORY BOARD PLAI ECOSYSTEM Alessandra Antonelli Country Leader Italy - AWS Guido di Fraia Founder & President - IULM AI LAB Matteo Flora Entrepreneur & Professor AI e SI security – ESE Marco Magnaghi Managing Director - GroupM Nexus Paolo Merialdo Ordinary Professor - Roma Tre University Franco Spicciariello Director Public Policy EU MED - AWS Chiara Russo Co-founder & Ex President - Codemotion Maurizio Romandini VP M&A, BD & Partnership – Multiversity Alceo Rapagna CEO Italy - Startupbootcamp Giulio Ranucci Head of Innovation, Digital e CVC - ADR Giangiacomo Olivi Partner - Dentons Massimo Sideri Editorialist – Corriere della Sera Paola Colombo CDO - MFE Advertising Luciano Catoni Entrepreneur Marco Bressani Senior Business Advisor – PWC BS Paola Bonomo Non Executive Director - TIM Luca La Mesa SingularityU, Investor, Social Media Strategist Paola Mogliotti Director – I3P
  • 19. Are you ready to PLAI ? Visit us at www.plai-accelerator.com