Innovating by networking. This is what it takes when it comes to the needs of large companies and solutions proposed by startups and small businesses, in technological areas that are crucial to industry. That was the basic idea behind the second edition of the Open Italy project, the ELIS Consortium’s "sales accelerator" which brings together over 30 major names in Italian industry.
Enel, which has made Open Innovation the cornerstone of its innovation strategy, has joined the ELIS consortium initiative, and has made its own international Innovation Hub network available. It is a network that now counts on seven hubs located in the liveliest innovation centres in the world, including Moscow, Santiago (the capital of Chile) and Silicon Valley.
On March 14th and 15th, we hosted a boot camp focused on cybersecurity technology at the Innovation Hub in Tel Aviv, Israel. The aim was to bring together Italian industry and startups that have developed cybersecurity applications for different business areas.
During the two-day event, the main companies in the ELIS Consortium—Alstom, Snam, Tim, Jabil, and STMicroelectronics—had the opportunity to directly explore and gain first-hand knowledge of the innovations developed by 13 startups specialising in cybersecurity. It was an opportunity to evaluate their ideas and to start working with those considered to be of greatest interest.
"This is the first time that an Innovation Hub has hosted such a large delegation of companies for dedicated scouting activities," stressed Fabio Tentori, Enel Innovation Hubs CEO.
At the second edition of the Open Italy project, the CEOs and innovation managers of the ELIS Consortium companies divided their business needs into five macro-areas of interest: Smart City and Smart Mobility, Industry 4.0, Customer Engagement, Smart Road and Connect Car, and Social Impact and Circular Economy. The startups which presented technology and applications which meet the needs of the companies will get the chance both to obtain a job order up to a maximum value of 200 thousand euros or more and to become partners of large companies.