INCREDIBOL! (Bologna’s Creative Innovation) is a project started in 2010 to promote creative and cultural activities in the Emilia-Romagna region.

The INCREDIBOL! project is coordinated by the Municipality of Bologna and supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region in conjunction with public and private players and includes:

– a recurrent call to promote the creation of start-ups in the creative and cultural sector  

– a recurrent call  to foster the internationalization of regional creative companies 

– a consulting desk service (upon appointment only)

– premises and venues owned by the Municipality of Bologna and given on gratuitous loan to cultural entities and creative professionals 

– info and opportunities published on the official website  www.incredibol.net, on the Facebook page and under the “creative” section of  www.emiliaromagnastartup.it

– organization of free workshops, public meetings, networking and b2b events, etc

– special and pilot projects and participation in European projects, networks and international activities about ICC

Moreover the project is based on a regional public/private network offering guidance, training, ad-hoc consulting services according to the needs of the winners of the call.

The ICC sector plays a more and more important role in our area, not only in terms of economic development and job creation, but also in terms of social innovation, urban rehabilitation and life quality improvement. Emilia-Romagna Region acknowledged its importance by including this development strategy within the broader ‘smart specialization strategy’ 2014-2020, known as “S3”, underscoring its partially still unleashed potential and launching new policies and supporting actions.


2011, special prize for young cultural policies “Cultura di Gestione” Federculture

2013, best Italian project of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards within the category Improving the Business Environment 

2014, Culture For Cities and Regions, network EUROCITIES, Good practice 

2015, ETF European Training Foundation Good Practice

2017, URBACT Good Practice

2018, one of the 4 projects that led Bologna to win the international Engaged Cities Award promoted by Cities of Service, the international network created by Bloomberg Philanthropies (here the Blueprint about Incredibol!)

2019, International Award for ‘United Cities and Local Government – MEXICO CITY – Culture 21’ Good Practice

Progetto INCREDIBOL! – L’INnovazione CREativa DI BOLogna
Comune di Bologna
Settore Cultura e Creatività
Piazza Maggiore 6, 40124, Bologna
051 2195667 – 4386 – 4056 – 4638