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Finapp has invented a new way to measure water!

Finapp uses cosmic rays, freely present in nature, to measure water in soil and snow, deep, over large areas, continuously, contactless

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innovative start-up

Finapp has invented a new way of measuring water! And it has done so starting in the Department of Nuclear Physics at the University of Padua, in 2018. The original idea of using the neutron detector to measure water content dates back to the autumn of 2016. Since then, step by step, the idea has taken shape, becoming first a project, then a prototype and, finally, a company.

The growth

In the last 18 months the company has grown from 3 to 20 employees and plans to add another 10 people in 2024. Finapp currently operates two production units in Italy and plans two openings abroad in the next 12 months.

After an initial investment of EUR 200,000 by Progress Tech Transfer obtained in 2020, Finapp received an additional EUR 1.2 million in equity from:

  • Crédit Agricole Italia
  • Tech4Planet (a national technology transfer hub on environmental sustainability set up on the initiative of CDP Venture Capital)
  • Progress Tech Transfer Fund (a fund promoted by MITO Technology and aimed at enhancing technologies in the field of sustainability)

In June 2023, Finapp won the EIC Accelerator tender of the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) with a grant of over EUR 2 million.


StartCup Veneto 2017: first place in the Cleantech & Energy category.

National Innovation Award 2017

Seed & Chips, May 2018, Milan: among the world’s top 60 strartups in the agritech category and among the top 4 for sustainable water use.

Philip Morris Italy ‘BeLeaf 2022’ programme.

EIC Accelerator – March 2023 call from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) with a grant of over EUR 2 million.

“AI/ML solutions for Climate Change Innovation Factory”, un concorso lanciato in occasione dell’AI for Good Global Summit 2023 da ITU, AIEA, FAO, dalla United Nations Educational e UNESCO.

Delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Conference – United Arab Emirates 2023, COP28, with presentation within the event Crowdsourcing AI Solutions for Climate Change.

Golden Leaf Award for Innovation at Fieragricola 2024.


Finapp is an ISO UNI EN 9001 – 2015 certified company
Certificate number 50 100 16926 dated March 2023