Activity 2019

Presentation of in-ER network at R2B 2019

Bologna, June 6, 2019
The in-ER network was officially presented during R2B - Research to Business 2019 by Andrea D’Amico and Sara Monesi. The objective of in-ER - to promote the regional ecosystem abroad for the creation of innovative businesses and collaboration with international interlocutors - was shared with the Emilia-Romagna Region which accompanied the network in its establishment phase. The network is made up of incubators active since 2001 and can count on particularly interesting strengths: a total area of ??13,240 sqm, of which 950 sqm dedicated to research laboratories; the startups followed to date are around 500, of which 156 in 2018, with incubation / acceleration times ranging from 6 months to 3 years. Services range from hosting and assistance to growth, to support for financing opportunities, access to the regional Mentor network, which offers startups an important added value for business development.

Meeting with the pool of investors visiting from Silicon Valley

Bologna, June 7, 2019
One of the stages of the Incoming Program organized by ART-ER for the Silicon Valley team of investor was the meeting with the in-ER network, to present the Emilia-Romagna regional system for startup support to the experts (belonging to investment funds, venture capital companies, corporate). The feedback received was positive: an ecosystem full of ideas and proposals with a high degree of innovation, which must grow as regards the solidity of the business models and the ability to present them. Among the feedback collected:

  • the setting up of districts where large companies help the growth of new startups;
  • support startups in their growth, in order to keep them well rooted in the territory;
  • strengthen product marketing skills

Study visit

3 study visits were organized to deepen the knowledge of 3 of the most interesting ecosystems of the Italian framework: Turin, Rovereto and Milan.
In Turin, the in-ER network was hosted by I3P, an international point of excellence for startups born from the Academia, and by Social Fare, an incubator with a social vocation. In Rovereto, the network had the opportunity to deepen the support scheme of the technological hub that hosts startups providing them with cutting-edge technologies for prototyping and testing, and the Industrio model, an accelerator focused on the manufacturing sector. Finally, in Milan, the network had the opportunity to visit Talent Garden, the PoliHub, another national excellence as regards startups with a high knowledge content, and with the organizations hosted within BASE, including Cariplo Factory.