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sustainability in action

avanzi – sostenibilità per azioni is an independent company based in Milan, Italy.

Since 1997 we have been promoting sustainability through social innovation.

Our mission is to design and develop innovative solutions for sustainability and facilitate their implementation through initiatives, projects and new ventures.

We take action through 5 business areas, all based at Avanzi coworking.


Advising for sustainable change


Urban regeneration and local development


Incubation, acceleration, impact


Venture capital for social impact


Communication, creativity, events

avanzi coworking

So much more than a work place


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We support companies, third sector organisations and financial institutions to develop strategies, policies and projects contributing to the sustainable development goals set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda and to measure their impacts.

We offer our clients support in innovation and change processes with the objective to generate economic, social and environmental impact with an integrated, sustainable and long-term approach.


Our goal is to generate innovation and sustainability in urban policies. Our areas of research and action are: urban regeneration, repurposing of spaces, innovation and sustainability, housing and learning communities.

Our activities are addressing the actors of urban policies: public administrations, non-profit entities, enablers and city makers. We co-design and co-develop, and often take the lead in multi-faceted project partnerships.

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We support individuals and organisations in scaling up their ideas into sustainable, high-value and socially impactful businesses.

We do it through designing and managing incubation programmes, coaching ideas and startups, transforming them into sustainable business models; offering customised support to needs analysis, validating business models and creating networks and partnerships; delivering specialised management consultancy to accelerate companies and connecting them with the world of impact finance.


We are an investment vehicle that promotes the development and growth of innovative SMEs and start-ups whit a mission to generate a positive social, environmental and cultural impact on the community.

We mainly invest with equity or quasi-equity, mostly focusing on enterprises which are registered and run operational offices in Italy, but with the possibility of investing in operational targets in other EU countries. Our core focus is on first and second-stage enterprises, on pre-seed, seed and first-stage investments.



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We are the voice of Avanzi, embodying the soul of Sustainability in Action.

We imagine, write, design and create podcasts, videos, illustrations and animations. We design and produce magazines, including both writing, art direction and graphic development. We build integrated communication plans and create user-friendly platforms with a tailored approach for each project, and adapting tools to the needs of our clients.

We listen, watch and share the stories that shape Avanzi’s world, giving it a voice.


So much more than a work place. Avanzi Coworking is located in via Ampère 61 / A in Milan, inside a renovated historic factory in the heart of Città Studi.

Born as a district for sustainable innovation, Avanzi Coworking is a space dedicated to the collaboration and sharing of experiences and skills, promoting professional inclusion and networking. Covering more than 1000sqm with about 120 workstations for small businesses, freelancers and startups, Avanzi coworking is a large and bright space with meeting rooms and an adjacent café (Upcycle).


Avanzi is a constantly evolving reality: we consider ourself as an archipelago of like-minded islands and bridges that connect the organisations we strive to create with our actions.

We predict and promptly respond to changes and trends in the world of social and business innovation. We are a think tank that works across disciplines and different areas of expertise. We work in a collective dimension, promoting an ever-growing network of partners and projects. Our aim is to chart new directions. These are our islands:

how we work

Observing and listening

We always consider the needs and interests of all stakeholders to find the right path to bring about change, even in the most complex situations


We work with and for anyone who shows a genuine interest in change. We do not judge one’s intentions, but nor do we engage in mere window-dressing

Thinking and researching

Every project is a challenge to show that change is possible even where everything seems to be carved in stone. Customisation is our hallmark.


We are convinced that experimentation can produce great projects and that moving forward by trial and error is the right way to work


We collaborate with the most qualified research centres and leading universities in italy and in Europe


Our team consists of roughly 30 experts and as many employees in subsidiaries or partners companies. We are stronger together than we could ever be alone

contact us

Via Ampère 61/a – 20131 Milano
Città Studi – MM2 Piola
info@avanzi.org | +39 02305160

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