Italian companies presented in Mexico – from 31 March 2014 to 2 April 2014

The automotive industry, oil & gas and green technologies: these are the sectors of the outstanding Italian companies participating in the trade mission to Mexico organised by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) . From 31 March to 2 April 2014, entrepreneurs representing the best in terms of innovation, quality and technology in these industries will be in […]

Innovation in Italy: programme and materials – Rome (Italy), 16 January 2014

The conference on “Innovation in Italy” was held at the Bank of Italy’s Head Office on 16 January, 2014. Innovation is an important driver for economic growth and, as emerged in recent years of recession, can be a critical factor of success for enterprises and for an entire economic system. In view of the serious […]

Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2013. The Winners

The Canada-Italy Innovation Award, whose aim is to strengthen the ties between the two countries in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation, has had a marked success in its first year, both due to the significant number of applications received and to their high quality. The winners of the first edition of the Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2013 are: Andrea Castelletti from Politecnico of Milan for a project […]

ICE (the Italian Trade Promotion Agency) is working more closely than ever with companies

The Company Assistance Department of ICE, the Italian Trade Promotion Agency, conducts questionnaires, direct interviews, focus groups and surveys to assess the satisfaction of companies. This service, available as of this month, aims to provide assistance meeting the needs of the continually evolving world of Italian businesses. Its hallmarks are ccustomization efficiency and pragmatism, which […]

Dec 4, 2013 in Italy / Other news
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Call for the China Italy Innovation Forum

The China Italy Innovation Forum (SIEE) is the most important exchange event on innovation topics between Italy and China. The 2013 edition will be held in Beijing on 14 and 15 November 2013 and it will be inaugurated by Maria Chiara Carrozza (Italian Minister of Education, University and Research) and Wang Gang (Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic […]

Metrics of innovation: measuring the Italian gap

The paper surveys the literature on the measurement of innovation activity and evaluates the position of Italy with respect to the other major European countries. As a complex and multidimensional phenomenon, innovation has been measured from different perspectives: the environment in which firms operate, firms’ commitment, its outcome. Both traditional and new measures of innovation […]

Jun 24, 2013 in Italy
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Making in Italy – Making in the USA: Craftsmanship, Technology and Design. Innovating with Beauty

To build a bridge between the excellences of the Made in Italy brand – with its extraordinary ability to create beauty – and the technology of Silicon Valley. This is the heart of the project, “Making in Italy – Making in the USA: Craftsmanship, Technology and Design. Innovating with Beauty“, which will be held from June […]

Italian Prime Minister Letta: Trento Capital Of Italian Innovation

Prime Minister Enrico Letta inaugurated Saturday, June 1st TechPeaks, the people accelerator “Made in Trentino” which will create 100 start-ups over the span of four years. Addressing 72 young talents in the program, Letta said, “we in government are also start-uppers in the end, we have your same enthusiasm and determination.” For the President of […]

Fashion and Made in Italy: innovation and sustainability for the future craftsmanship – Firenze (Italy), May 10, 2013

The perspectives of fashion and artistic craftsmanship across the scientific research development and technological innovation, in a view of socio-economic sustainability and environmental compatibility. New incentives and opportunities for development of youth entrepreneurship, well-aware and projected towards the future, in research of new product lines and market strategies: a winning choice to maintain leadership of […]

Launch of the Italian Social Innovation Agenda

On 21st of March 2013, the Minister of Education, University and Research Francesco Profumo has presented, in a public event, the Italian path to Social Innovation Agenda. The trends, described during the meeting, include practical actions and clear objectives for public policies, new funding mechanisms linked to social impact, great measuring objectives, models of speed-up, inclusive […]

Italy’s innovation capacity on showcase in the Silicon Valley

To introduce the world to Italy’s innovation capacity, its information technology sector, and its green energy department: this is the objective of Italian Innovation Day while attending Italy 2.0 – Italy Tech Week in the Silicon Valley. Sponsored by the Consulate General and the Institute of Culture, the week brings together the Mind the Bridge […]

Call for proposals: Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2013

The Embassy of Canada in Italy is pleased to accept applications for the Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2013. This award provides funding to Italian researchers, scientists and innovation experts to travel to Canada for short visits to lay the groundwork for collaborative efforts. Mission The Canada-Italy Innovation Award aims to develop relationships initiated through networking activities […]

Made in Italy on International Jewellery Show – Hong Kong, March 5-9, 2013

Class, femininity and glamour are at the heart of the Italian jewellery exhibited in Hong Kong at the International Jewellery Show from the 5th to the 9th of March. The group of businesses, coordinated by ICE – the Italian Trade Promotion Agency – will consist of 148 companies spanning the gamut of small, medium and […]

Ferrari receives UK govt innovation in engineering award

The UK government has honored luxury Italian carmaker Ferrari with its Innovation in Engineering Award in recognition of the company’s excellence in its sector. The event, the sixth such edition, was organized by the British government and held at the Milan Stock Exchange on 25th of Jenuary. The award was presented to Ferrari’s chief engineer, […]

Maths for innovation: partnership Altran Italia – MoxOff

Altran Italia has signed a partnership with  MoxOff, spin-off by Politecnico di Milano. Another important collaboration for Altran, that exploits the value of networking and collaboration with other excellences, to meet the challenges of the market on the increasingly pervasive topic of integration between mathematical modelling  and reality. The numerical simulation supports and increasingly often […]

Report China Italy Innovation Forum

On 19 and 20 November 2012 at the Science City in Naples (Italy) the Italy-China Innovation Forum – SIEE was held, an event of technology exchange between Italian and Chinese research centers and innovative companies. Promoted by the Ministries of Education, University and Research of Italy and China, the Forum offered to innovators of the […]

Jan 4, 2013 in Italy
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Innovation bill approved. Startups will be able to raise capital through crowdfunding

The Italian Parliament has approved the Digital Agenda package, a set of laws that aim to support innovation and digitalization of Italy. A large component of the bill is dedicated to startups and venture capital. Startups will be registred at specific public registries (mantained by the local chambers of commerce) and will be able to […]

The Ghost in the Attic? The Italian National Innovation System in Historical Perspective, 1861-2011

In this paper the authors, Alessandro Nuvolari (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa) and Michelangelo Vasta (Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Siena) provide a survey of the long term evolution of the Italian “National innovation system” since the unification. First they provide a broad reconstruction of long term trends by examining a wide […]

Social Innovation and Social Enterprises: The Italian Perspective

Social Innovation, generally acknowledged as the capacity to respond to emerging needs through new forms and/or models of collaboration, represents one of the fields in which the non-profit sector has demonstrated, mainly through its entrepreneurial wing, its distinctive and not residual characteristic. On the social level, and more generally on the economic level, innovation is […]

The Internationalization of Italian SME After the Crisis: New Opportunities or New Threats?

The aim of the work is to investigate processes of internationalization followed by Italian firms, as a path of sustainable growth after the recent economic and financial crisis. However, the facets of such a process are numerous, complex and often closely related: delocalization, fragmentation of the productive process, technology and innovation transfers and globalization of […]

Oct 8, 2012 in Italy
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Italians Take Up The Torch To Ignite Their Own Tech Startup Scene

Last year, Italy’s official statistics bureau, ISTAT,produced a report on the state of the Internet in Italy. It found that in world terms, Italy was below average in terms of Internet usage. The European average is 73 percent usage by population, and Italians were hovering around the 63 percent mark. But official statistics can be cruel […]

Oct 1, 2012 in Italy

Green-Building and construction labelled equilibrium for a sustainable future

A different market approach that is the perfect synthesis between ‘for profit’ and ‘non-profit’ which, in this case, represents an interest that goes beyond the financial to encompass the environmental as well social benefits, to prove there is a sustainable future. According to the General Manager, Paolo Ronchetti, this is the hallmark of Equilibrium, a […]

Sep 28, 2012 in Italy
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Rimadesio – Innovation from A to Z with a made in Italy label

A brand name with a hint of innovation. Because technology and research are to be found not just in the product but also in the management of spaces, the relationship with clients and suppliers and in the company’s organisation. So it is that Rimadesio, a company founded in 1956 and now located in the new, twenty-one […]

Sep 27, 2012 in Italy
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Start-ups: Italy and Trentino

According to Ilsole24ore, Italy’s most important business newspaper, 2012 Italy’s economic development decree bets on start-ups. The main goals of the “economic development decree” will be: catalyse the establishment and development of innovative start-ups; the attraction of foreign investments in Italy; the implementation of the Digital Agenda; the simplification of administrative procedures; start-ups grants; paying attention […]

Sep 4, 2012 in Italy

Canada-Italy: partnership for innovation

The round table ‘Spin-off and start ups: innovation between universities, research and industry’ will take place on 2nd October in Ottawa, at Carleton University. Organized by the Embassy of Italy in collaboration with Carleton University, University of Toronto and Canada’s public policy forum, the meeting aims to promote the dialogue between the main actors in terms […]

Italian tech startup, Ploonge, got 300K euro investment to develop the social dining marketplace

Ploonge, a Milan, Italy-based social dining marketplace, has raised €300k in venture capital funding from an undisclosed fund. The company, which previously raised €30K from a business angel, intends to use the funding to rework on the product, improving its design and user experience, and afterwards starting to promote it. Founded by Alessandro Coscia and Giorgio Bertolini, […]

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination (from the TED Conference)

The Italian Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.” Download pdf

The Italy-China Centre for Design and Innovation has been inaugurated in Tianjin

On 19th of July the Italian-Chinese Centre for Design and Innovation (Cidic-TJ) has been inaugurated in Tianjin. The structure was built as a separate part of the Shanghai Centre established in April 2011 with which it shares the name and the logo. It is an Italian-Chinese exchange platform for design and innovation operating under the supervision […]

Fashion Designer Mark Goldenberg wins the first Avery Dennison Brand Innovation Award at ITS 2012

Avery Dennison announced today that fashion designer Mark Goldenberg of Israel was awarded the first Avery Dennison Brand Innovation Award for his innovative apparel branding collection at International Talent Support (ITS) in Trieste, Italy. Goldenberg was one of 11 ITS finalists chosen to create an inspiring branding solution for their fashion collection at ITS 2012 by […]

Antares Vision Receives €5M Equity Investment from Fondo Italiano di Investimento

Imago Technologies (dba Antares Vision Srl), a Castel Mella, Brescia, Italy-based company that designs, produces and installs inspection systems for the pharmaceutical sector, has received a €5m minority equity investment from Fondo Italiano di Investimento. The company intends to use the proceeds from the investment to increase its production capacity through the construction of a […]

“Innovation starts with research”, interview with P.U.P.A. Gilbert, Italian physicist

In the world of physics, Gelsomina De Stasio is known by the acronym she uses to sign her studies, P.U.P.A. Gilbert. She has won numerous awards, including the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and introduced the use of synchrotron light microscopy in biophysics. A member of the “Italian Leaders Abroad” community of Aspen […]

Jul 11, 2012 in Italy
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Italia degli Innovatori Environment & Energy: target Brazil

In 2010 the Agreement between the Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Territory and Sea and the Agency for Innovation was signed, with the aim of promoting innovative technologies in the environment and energy industries. The Rio+20  Conference for the Ministry represents an opportunity to promote new consumption patterns and new sustainable production processes, involving […]

Innovation Made in Italy protagonist in Turkey

Esimple, creative studio focused on technological innovation and specialized in developing business-oriented applications using 3D technology, has opened its branch in Ankara, Turkey.The strategic decision, taken after a careful market analysis, sees Esimple ready to open for a dynamic market as the Turkish one. Official data on Turkish market shows a GDP growth by 10% […]

“Italy and China partners in innovation”, interview to Vincenzo De Luca, Consul General in Shanghai

The Italian economic community in China is very strong, but for 2012 we aim to do more by encouraging partnerships between small and medium-sized enterprises in sectors such as the green economy, design and life sciences. This was the comment of the Consul General in Shanghai, Vincenzo De Luca, in an interview in the “Shanghai […]

Italian Cultural Heritage Minister Ornaghi: we need innovation

“Precisely in view of the positive turn in the use of our Cultural Heritage, we need to hasten our innovation processes”. The statement was made by Cultural Heritage Minister Lorenzo Ornaghi during a Conference dedicated to the Cultural Heritage of the South of Italy organized by the PA Forum currently under way at Rome’s Trade […]

Regions4Cloud – The opportunity of Cloud Computing, short opinions on the event

Opinions from “European Regions for Growth – The opportunity ofCloud Computing“, round table held in Brussels and commissioned by Microsoft in order to promote the exchange of best practices on digital innovation and Cloud Computing in the regions of Southern Europe (Spain, Italy and Portugal) and to discuss growth for PA and SMEs. The round […]

May 29, 2012 in Italy
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The innovation gap of Italy’s production system: roots and possible solutions

The lag in innovation in Italy vis-à-vis the other main industrial countries is one of the effects of the fragmentation of the production system into many small firms that have trouble bearing the high cost of R&D and taking the related risks. Such other causes as shortages in human capital for management and R&D and […]

San Marino: The technology park will attract not only Italian businesses but also those from the rest of the world

Article 8 of the last framework agreement on economic matters signed by Italy and San Marino reads: “The creation of an Italian-San Marino science and technology park is one of the first objectives of scientific collaboration by which the parties hope to start a twinning between the park itself and the main Italian science and […]

Italian agricoltural research on show in Tel Aviv

A conference that opens on May 16 in Tel Aviv and organized by the Italian embassy and the Israel-Italian Chamber of Commerce, aims at strengthening cooperation between Italy and Israel in agricultural innovation, promoting synergy between institutions and centers of excellence of the two countries. The event, which is part of AgriTech, the international agriculture […]

May 14, 2012 in Italy
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Working arrangement between two Italian Innovators

Working arrangement between two Italian Innovators partners:  Is TECH – Systemdesi​gn. “Is Tech, a company that is experiencing in Rome APA, the well-known system for the abatement of air pollution and particulate matter, and Systemdesign, specializing in research, engineering and marketing of products and services mainly in field of newtechnologies, electronics and sensors, which is developing solutions especiallydedicated to renewable energy, energy saving and environmental monitoring, haveofficially initiating their operational collaboration. ” Source and full post: Ecoseven.net Download pdf

Trentino (Italian region) is once again an innovation and research-friendly territory

On day April 18th 2012 from 10.30 am to 6 pm is announced the inauguration of EIT ICT labs Italy in Povo,Trento. “EIT ICT Labs” is a new initiative intended to turnEurope into the global leader in ICT innovation. It aims to fulfill this mission by establishing a new type of partnership between leading companies, […]

Apr 27, 2012 in Italy
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Innovation Awards for Italian banking services

The ABI, the Italian Banking Association, awarded the “Innovation Awards” at the Forum ABI Lab last 28 March. It is interesting to take a look at the prizes awarded to understand what direction you are moving banking services. Already the three categories – customers, digitization, sustainability – they say a lot, because they already understand […]

Apr 12, 2012 in Italy
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The new “Italy of Innovators” edition started its work in Beijing on the occasion of the International Technology Transfer Conference 2012

The success of the “Italy of Innovators” in China is confirmed this year too. The new “Italy of Innovators” edition started its work in Beijing on the occasion of the International Technology Transfer Conference 2012 (26 March 2012), organized by CITTC, China Italy Technology Transfer Center. In the presence of more than 1200 delegates from […]

Italian footwear conquers Kazakhstan

Stunningly high and very elegant, a true object of desire for every woman: this describes just some of the Italian footwear models that will be on display in Kazakhstan at the independent exhibition that will be held in Almaty from 11 to 13 April, organised by the ICE-Italian Trade Promotion Agency in collaboration with ANCI, […]

Apr 4, 2012 in Italy
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Cotec: annual report on Italian innovation – 2011

Italian investments in research and innovation suffered the effects of the economic crisis, but a new model of cooperation is starting to develop between enterprises, universities and research centres in our Country, and it represents a crucial factor for the future, according to Rapporto Cotec 2011 on Innovation in Italy, presented this afternoon at the […]

Apr 2, 2012 in Italy
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First Italian Social Innovation Camp to be held at the Hub Milan

SICamp is a contest that combines ideas, people and digital tools to find solutions to social and environmental challenges. The best ideas will become reality during a 48‐hour workshop to be held at The Hub Milan between 8 and June 10, 2012. SiCamp is organized by The Hub Milan in partnership with Social Innovation Camp […]

Design Innovation Competition

Business design and innovation through design is a way to answer the emerging need of innovation, coming from companies (most of them non-design driven), in order to face the current changes and the future transformations of today’s business world. Companies and institutions seeking for a change can choose from a wide range of methodologies to […]

How important is innovation for developing sustainable fashion?

How important is innovation for developing sustainable fashion? Mr.Stefano Cochis, CEO of Filature Miroglio, said in an a interwie for Bio-Fashion, that “Innovation is key and is asked by the consume. In order to grant to the sustainability a real impact it has to become a real business, not just an exercise in style. Today, a basic […]

The italian startup Mopapp raises €1.5m to make mobile app analytics sexy

Mopapp, a mobile analytics startup founded by Italian entrepreneurs, has secured €1.5 million in funding from an unconventional investor. Mopapp basically helps mobile app developers and publishers get a better understanding of how their apps are doing performance-wise (in terms of installs, sales, upgrades, in-app purchasing behavior and more) across a variety of mobile platforms, […]

Mar 5, 2012 in Italy
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From business dream to business plan: Innovation Factory scrl (Italy)

Innovation Factory scrl is the “first mile incubator” of AREA Science Park, Italy’s foremost Science and Technology Park. It welcomes future entrepreneurs interested in creating their own business plan, and cooperates with them to transform an innovative idea into a successful business. Following an initial selection process, Innovation Factory offers space and services to support […]

Italian Innovation day 2012

Italian Innovation Day is an action oriented investors’ day bringing together the best of Italian technology and innovation. It’s a half-day event that features a showcase of the best Italian technology startups, stimulates networking and partnership opportunities, and attracts entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and mentors. And – of course – some great Italian food and […]

Trento (Italy) has become a full EIT ICT Labs Node “Spreading ICT innovation in Europe”

On January 1st, 2012 Trento got the status of “Italian Node” of the European Knowledge and Innovation Community dedicated to the Information and Communication Technologies, joining the other national nodes located in Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Stockholm and Paris. Through this achievement, Trento further confirms its international status as an Italian innovation center of excellence in […]

Jan 23, 2012 in Italy
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Report: The paths of innovation in the Italian regions (2008-2009)

The report “I percorsi dell’innovazione nelle regioni italiane” (The paths of innovation in the Italian regions), made by the Agenzia per la diffusione delle tecnologie per l’innovazione in collaboration with MET – Monitoraggio Economia e Territorio S.r.l., examines the historical evolution and current state of innovation, research and development in Italy. The survey is based […]

Jan 18, 2012 in Italy
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Floriade 2012: technologies, production methods and state of the art of the horticultural sector

Floriade 2012, the International Expo that will be taking place in the Dutch city of Venlo from April to October 2012, is an invitation to experience nature not as onlookers but as informed participants. Nature as theatre. Its magic, its beauty. But also its role as the form and substance of our daily life. From […]

Report on Innovation of the Regions in Italy 2010

The Report on Innovation of the Regions in Italy 2010 (RIIR) was designed and built as a dynamic instrument to access data and indicators at the regional level that are the basis of interpretation and analysis of the Report. The objective of the Report is to facilitate, by means of dynamic representation, the display of […]

Jan 9, 2012 in Italy
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Berlin VC invests in Italian startup

Point Nine Capital has made a seed investment into Cibando, an Italian startup which operates a popular iPhone application that makes it easy to find the best restaurants in Rome, Milan, Florence and other cities in Italy. Fabio Pezzotti, one of Italy’s more successful Internet entrepreneurs and angel investors, also participated in the round. Terms […]

Jan 3, 2012 in Italy

Italian ceramic tile produsers lead the world

A business can internationalize by restricting itself to seeking out commercial channels abroad, or it can do so by becoming a player in world production. Italy’s makers of ceramic tiles have embarked resolutely on the second path. This is not a new phenomenon: Modena and Reggio Emilia, the historic capitals of tile manufacture, first began […]

Dec 30, 2011 in Italy

Italian Cosmetics Industry focuses on specialization to boost exports

Positive retail trends combined with targeted governance and a high propensity for research and specialisation are the two pillars on which the Italian cosmetics industry has based their international growth strategy in recent years – proving to be a winning formula on international markets. The industry’s success has also managed to take advantage of what […]

Dec 21, 2011 in Italy
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