In January 2024, Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags celebrates its glorious past by commemorating its 100th edition, but it also looks to the future, investing in innovation and young companies through projects such as the Innovation Village Retail, created by Riva del Garda Fierecongressi with the support of ICE (ITA – Italian Trade Agency), in collaboration with Retail Hub and the scientific coordination of Alberto Mattiello (member of the Scientific Committee of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags). Here, young companies and selected innovative start-ups will present to operators and exhibitors their products and services dedicated to the footwear, leather and fashion accessories sector, and will have the opportunity to participate in the Startup Competition, whose winner will rightfully become part of the exhibitors at the June 2024 edition of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags.  Next, here are the protagonists of this edition of Innovation Village Retail.

iF Returns

iF Returns Solution is the branded returns platform that captures data and simplifies the experience by providing returns classification and tracking technology that increases the speed of returns and eliminates customer contact, and offers analytic integrations that decide the most cost-effective logistics flow, recovering maximum value or recycling.


FINDS is a comprehensive overstock management solution designed specifically for the fashion industry that automates the processes associated with unsold inventory management, targeting outlets and external partners, including off-price retailers, NGOs, and recyclers. The platform improves circularity and efficiency and increases resale margins.

Genuine Way


Genuine Way offers SaaS solutions aimed at enabling the digital and green transition of corporate brands. Leveraging software and blockchain, it enables brands and manufacturers to become more transparent about their supply chain, production, and ESG data.

Data Boutique

Data Boutique is a web scraped data marketplace that allows brands and retailers to access raw web data-such as prices, markdowns, reviews, and store locators-at a fraction of the cost and time, without any knowledge of scraping.


Tengiva is the textile supply chain system that enables the digital future of B2B distribution, purchasing and data management. To trade shows, associations, representatives, etc., it provides a complete system for creating multi-supplier marketplaces/showrooms where customers can promote, distribute and sourcing textiles. To apparel brands and manufacturers it provides a central materials database to control, track and integrate all fabric information. To small companies, with small-scale sourcing, it provides access to digital marketplaces and showrooms with one central portal.



Web3 Customer Experience and Loyalty for Brands, Retailers and Shopping Centers that provides a Web3 Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure that enables brands and retailers to empower their mobile apps, loyalty programs and shopping centers with digital assets to increase footfall, engagement and purchase loyalty.


BEAWaRe offers a solution for the mandatory digital traceability of industrial waste, which allows its reduction and facilitates the access to the circular economy market. The software digitizes and automates waste forms. Thanks to data analysis through AI, it analyzes waste production to reduce waste and identifies possible circular economy opportunities. The software identifies production inefficiencies, provides strategies to improve performance and measures the CO2 saved and the positive impact generated through sustainable actions.