Casual clothes, hi-tech devices constantly at hand and, above all, everyone busy networking. This is a snapshot of the young innovators who from 2 to 4 October attended the South Summit 2019 in Madrid, one of the most important international events for young companies whose business is innovation.
Now in its sixth edition, the South Summit is a networking platform that brings together the key players in the entrepreneurial world. Here the most interesting technological startups and the finest talent southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Latin America has to offer come face to face with experienced investors and the world’s largest companies, on the hunt for innovation.
It was an event our Enel Innovation Hubs networks couldn’t miss. Indeed, Fabio Tentori, Head of Enel Innovation Hubs, was one of the speakers on the panel entitled “Rights and Wrongs? Collaboration is the name of the game!”
The South Summit in Madrid was also attended by Fernando Sandoval, manager of the Innovation Hub Europe, which is based in the Spanish capital. Commenting on the event to the publication ABC Economia, Sandoval pointed out that it has changed in recent years. At first startups were not mentioned a great deal, or when they were discussed it was more in terms of marketing than the startups themselves. Large companies have now realised that they can learn from these innovators and together they can create development and growth opportunities.
In this spirit our group has made radical changes in its approach to innovation, creating a global network of Enel Innovation Hubs, spaces where it’s possible to meet and identify young companies with advanced technological solutions that can support work in our lines of business through industrial partnerships.
It is an open approach where the partnership between startups and large companies creates value and development for both, and where collaboration is the key.