Innovation, Call 4 Innovat extended to San Francisco

The deadline for proposing nominations has been postponed to May 5th

Still a few days to participate in the Call4Innovat of the Italian Innovation Center at Innovation, the first Italian Innovation and Culture Hub in San Francisco. The call is dedicated to the best SMEs and Italian Startups and the deadline for proposing nominations has been extended from 25 April to 5 May. Innovit reminds that within this new deadline, SMEs are called to present their solutions on frontier technologies such as Cybersecurity, Blockchain, IoT and Robotics. The organizers underline that there is no constraint, however, for startups, which will have the opportunity to present their own value proposition, regardless of a specific application area.

The most promising projects will access the two-week online orientation, training and mentorship path, at the end of which 15 Italian Startups and 15 SMEs will benefit, in June, from the in-person program, in San Francisco, at the spaces of Innovit at 710 Sansome Street. Here the Startups will participate in the Startup Bootcamp: two weeks of workshops, mentoring and networking, aimed at developing and validating the business model. At the end of the process, during the Demo Day, companies will have the opportunity to illustrate their project to a qualified audience of experts and stakeholders from the world of innovation.

SMEs, on the other hand, will have access to the Small Medium Enterprises Traction path: a week of mentorships, workshops and networking activities with some of the main players in the world of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area, in order to create business relationships, funding and contamination with one of the ecosystems that most contributes to defining the trajectories of global innovation. While the Innovit team is already working to select the projects to accompany San Francisco, in recent days the realities that distinguished themselves in the first edition of Call4Innovit have returned to Italy. They were the first to have significant overseas experience, thanks to intense training sessions and discussions with over 70 exponents of Big Tech (Google, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Bosch, Microsoft, Oracle, Tencent, Unity, Agora, Moloco and ThinkingData), venture capital from Silicon Valley, mentors and experts from prestigious universities such as Stanford University and UC Berkeley.

In particular, among the startups that have stood out for their innovative and technological nature in the medical-scientific field, Wearable Robotics and ABzero, both spin-offs of the Scuola Superiore S. Anna in Pisa. The first designs, manufactures and sells wearable robots and exoskeletons used in neurological rehabilitation, in human assistance and in the increase of human strength, while ABZero, with Smart Capsule, has created an autonomous and multimodal system for blood delivery, blood components, organs and medicines which enables medical personnel, in compliance with current regulations, to use flying drones

Lucia Lencioni, CEO of Wearable Robotics, commented on the Californian experience underlining how “the support and mentorship received are helping us to define the basis of our plan in the United States. I am sure that when we move from planning to action, the advice received will assume great importance in the process.To those involved in building policies to support innovation, I would suggest helping Italian entrepreneurs, who are among the best in the world, with subsidized or non-repayable loans, providing them with a physical location in San Francisco where you can spend the time necessary to establish yourself in a more solid and continuous manner”.

“Innovit – observed Giuseppe Tortora, CEO of ABzero – has offered us the concrete and tangible possibility of entering the US market, and the most appropriate way to approach this context. Throughout the process we have been supported by fundamental resources, which have provided the significant keys to understanding the dynamics of business in one of the most technologically advanced contexts in the country”. “The network made available by Innovit has proved to be a strategic resource for our project, offering us the opportunity to expand the business thanks to direct dialogue with financial and industrial partners of our reference industry in the USA and beyond. Furthermore, the intense and continuous comparison with the other realities participating in the program was an opportunity for growth and profitable collaboration” added the CEO.