The coolest tech events in Italy, both big or small, are usually held only in major cities like Milan or Rome. This doesn't encourage the growth of tech communities in smaller cities. But access to digital culture should be available everywhere, and small cities can play an important role in providing local innovators the means to get together and create. From this idea The Digital League was born.
Created in 2011 by Alessandro Di Tecco, The Digital League was an association aiming to bring the best national/international tech & digital events to Verona. By gathering people around topics such as internet culture, technology, startups & entrepreneurship, The Digital League aimed to create and develop a local digital community.
"By gathering people around topics such as internet culture, technology, startups & entrepreneurship, The Digital League aimed to create a local digital community."
In its 2 years of existence The Digital League accomplished a number of remarkable things:
In 2012 in Verona there weren't any companies whose only focus was offering young professionals & startups a place to work, for a reasonable price.
The Collective was built around this exact need, and effectively filled this void as the first authentic, state-of-the-art coworking space in Verona.
DigitalDrink was a networking event & startup showcase that gave several young companies the opportunity to pitch their product to a selected audience. Many people who met during a DigitalDrink ended up becoming business partners or found new job opportunities.
The world-renowned startup competition Startup Weekend came to Verona for the first time in 2012, and The Digital League played a major part in making it happen.
TDL's then-president, Alessandro Di Tecco, was part of the event's organizing team; moreover, TDL contributed to the event with a paid sponsorship and made The Collective available to host the nightly work sessions.
The Digital League created connections and relationships, in the form of media partnerships, with several tech conferences both in Italy and abroad.