Elis OPEN ITALY, scouting in Boston

Published on Tuesday, 23 July 2019

The Elis OPEN ITALY programme, an alliance created to support and bring together the Italian innovation system, will head to Boston on 5-6 November when Enel will host a bootcamp at the Innovation Hub inaugurated in May of this year. ELIS will coordinate the activities of the bootcamp, which will give the consortium members the chance to carry out an international scouting mission in one of the world’s leading innovation ecosystems.

The announcement was made during Demoday OPEN ITALY on 16 July, the special event held in the Milan office of Cassa depositi e prestiti and organised in conjunction with Italia Startup, the Italian startup association. The latter also presented a selection of some of the best startup and scaleups.

 

Fabio Tentori, Head of Enel Innovation Hubs, said that the bootcamp will be “an important opportunity for Enel to share its international scouting network. Last year, thanks to ELIS, we hosted several consortium members at our Enel Innovation Hub in Tel Aviv, scouting Israeli cyber security and startups: several collaborations between Italian companies and Israeli startups developed as a result. This year, we are also expecting to see new opportunities being created, perhaps in partnership with various consortium companies and American startups.”

“We are here at Cassa depositi e prestiti today to broaden our horizons. We are certain that the strength of working together produces real value: we help share experiences between various Innovation Managers in order to complete realistic projects capable of generating impact,” added Luciano De Propris, OPEN ITALY Program Manager. “This year we will be in Boston with Enel, an international experience for the ELIS community and one that should provide a competitive edge, thanks also to the presence of the young talents who are the driving force of the ELIS Consortium.”

Giovanni De Lisi, Vice President of Italia Startup, stated that the ELIS Consortium OPEN ITALY project, created in 2017 and now celebrating its third edition, “makes real innovation because it brings the startups and scaleups into the ‘real world’ where they can make contacts and seal contracts with Italian corporates. Cassa depositi e prestiti is working with the Government to develop the Fondo Nazionale Innovazione (National Innovation Fund) that we hope will be launched soon. This is what the Italian ecosystem needs today: a joint public and private effort to help hothouse the most interesting ideas being cultivated in our country.”

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