The ITAtech Platform is the first joint initiative of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and the European Investment Fund (EIF, of the EIB Group), dedicated to investing in technology transfer funds
The platform is an equity investment tool to promote, support, catalyse and accelerate the commercialisation of high-tech intellectual property and, more generally, the translation of research results into new business ideas. ITAtech was conceived by CDP, in collaboration with the EIF, from a belief that developing adequate instruments for financing innovation processes across all start-up creation and development phases, is a fundamental pillar for national competitiveness.
Public and private entities active in technology transfer, such as universities, research centres, Technology Transfer Offices (UTT), start-ups and early-stage investors. The investment targets are all projects with high technological and innovative content, with a focus on specific sectors that Italy excels in and which are of interest to the business world.
ITAtech is a highly selective and ambitious investment platform that supports Italian research excellence and wants to be an "agent for change", primarily cultural, for academic institutions.
The objectives of ITAtech can be summarised as:
CDP and the EIF decided to allocate risk capital resources of 200 million euros (100 million each) for the launch of the Platform.
ITAtech, open to the entry of potential new investors, will develop a portfolio of investment funds dedicated exclusively to technology transfer processes from universities and research centres to the market.
ITAtech has 4 funds in its portfolio:
The ITAtech platform operates in the market following different activity schemes.
The technology transfer can take place by following possible paths for exploiting the technology and mechanisms for accessing the market, including establishing start-ups and spin offs, licensing, agreements with large corporates interested in exploiting the intellectual property.
Furthermore, ITAtech operates according to the operational schemes that best fit the specific market context, in accordance with the role of promoter of technology transfer in Italy.