Start-up: a world of ideas and innovation

Snam and Ansaldo Energia, companies controlled by CDP, invites start-ups to innovate welfare and business processes

Rome January 31, 2018

CDP is working to promote the economically vital start-up ecosystem by stimulating entrepreneurship though various initiatives such as ITAtech, the commitment to venture capital and participation in the main Italian funds that promote innovation, while supporting investee companies in the development of targeted projects.

Snam and Ansaldo Energia have promoted Call for Innovation for start-ups, inviting them to present innovative initiatives applicable to the company context.

Through its Foundation, Snam has launched the second edition of "Welfare che impresa!", a competition aimed at young social start-ups with the aim of creating optimal conditions for fostering a welfare society characterized by economic prosperity, social relations and quality of services. Competition winner Salerno-based start-up Tripmetoo set out to revolutionize users' travel experience. Active in the tourism sector, Tripmetoo offers the opportunity to build a tailor made travel experience, based on one's own passions, interests and needs. A system able to accommodate the needs of travelers and those of tourist facilities, which can communicate a service designed for each individual customer, encouraging their well-being and comfort.

Ansaldo Energia, in collaboration with Digital Magics EnergyTech, has launched Digital X Factory, the call for innovation aimed at all the innovative Italian start-ups and SMEs able to design and implement advanced technological solutions, applicable to company production processes. The Smart Track and Sentetic start-ups earned first and second place respectively, with two valuable initiatives. Smart Track has in fact presented an innovative proposal of Smart Safety, while Sentetic has created a project related to the application of predictive maintenance on industrial plants and turbines.

The two winners will be able to contribute to the creation of the Ansaldo Energia Lighthouse Plant, a plant conceived as a production system capable of evolving over time with the emerging technologies and with the results of research and innovation. Ansaldo Energia has been selected by the Smart Factory Cluster - on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development - as one of the first four Lighthouse Plant, completely based on digital technologies within the framework of the Enterprise 4.0 program.

Innovation, research and courage: these are decisive elements for embarking on a path of development, supporting projects capable of giving back to the community and companies solutions in step with the times and with the evolution of research and technology.