Doing business in Italy

Free of charge and confidential services to the foreign investors

Our services

Our mission is to offer a single and reliable point of reference to current and new investors seeking to set up or expand their business in Italy.

The Agency offers a wide range of tailored-made, free of charge and confidential services to foreign investors.

Pre-investment information

A comprehensive and reliable service aimed at providing the foreign company with a package of information that is essential for transforming the business idea into a practical project.

Market and businessenvironment

“Sistema Italia" (regional and national data on the social and economic context)

Target sectors

Sector opportunities and perspectives in Italy and abroad, competitive dynamics and key stakeholders

Aspects of the tax and legal system, and labour market

Main aspects of the Italian legislative system, with a focus on fiscal, tax and employment law

Incentive programme framework

General overview on investment incentives available in Italy managed by the Agency, by the European Community, and by Regions or Provinces

Italy's competitive advantages

National supply of logistic infrastructures, transport systems, competitive advantages in various areas

Project feasibility

Preliminary evaluation of the business idea: technical, financial and market feasibility, bureaucratic procedures


Business set-up

We assist foreign companies in effectively researching the best solutions to meet the project requirements, supporting them in the search for local opportunities and national partners, both in the company startup phase and in the employment plan, while constantly ensuring a collaborative and structured relationship with government bodies.

Location scouting & site visit

Research and selection of location opportunities, site visits and support during the evaluation process


Management of all relevant permits that may involve local authorities

Permits for foreign investors

Assistance with the procedures to obtain permits (Article 27 of the Consolidated Act on Immigration)

Human Resources

Maintaining relations with recruitment agencies and local placement agencies

Liaison Office with Public Administration

Cooperation network with local authorities aiming at cutting red tape and advocating policy in favour of foreign investors

Advisory and financial scouting

Support for the selection and application for available financial tools.

Foreign investors scouting (joint venture / partnership)

Requests for assistance in finding a foreign investor aimed at creating a joint venture or partnership, or directly acquiring the proposed project


After care

Invitalia follows the company very carefully, based on a tailored customer care plan.

  Assistance: constant monitoring

  Compliance with commitments: discussing the results

  A single point of contact: between all those involved in the project

  Speed: prompt responses to queries

Services for foreign businesses in crisis

  • Relation Building at local level
  • Engaging the institutional support netowork centrally, rather than relocating or closing down production
  • Assistance in managing relationships with the banking network
  • Business Intelligence Services for alternative strategic repositioning choices other than closure or relocation
  • Seeking out national and international industrial partners

After care

  • Support for expansion projects
  • Information on strategic initiatives at national and regional level
  • Assistance with market analyses
  • Networking through diplomatic networks
  • Support in relationships with suppliers
  • Surveys dedicated to settled investors
  • Recruitment, skills and training support
  • Cultural mediation
  • Initial orientation legal services for any disputes