February 1st, 2017

Innovation for Change

Following the success from last year ( https://youtu.be/vgCHuxnees0 ), the project  “Innovation for Change” kicked off today at CERN in Geneva. The project is promoted by Scuola di Alta Formazione al Management of Turin, Politecnico di Torino and IdeaSquare, a dedicated facility for experimental innovation at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The project involves 50 young MBA fellows from SAFM and PhD from Politecnico di Torino, with scientific or engineering backgrounds, who will be working together for the next five months in Geneva and Turin, split into several groups, but with a common goal: to apply the most advanced technologies in facing global social challenges, in particular around the themes of “Food & Health”.

Eight new startup projects will originate from the intensive work of the next months, each of which is capable of competing in the market with an innovative product or service that respond to global societal challenges and that match the needs of industrial groups or global organizations. The teams will be supported by Alumni SAFM who are entrepreneurs or work in big industrial groups, along with the scientists of CERN and researchers of Politecnico di Torino who will help find advanced tech tools and solutions to create prototypes for these startup projects that are ready for market entry and development. 

Big industrial companies and global organizations are also collaborating with the teams by selecting relevant social challenges guiding them through a joint effort to find viable innovative solutions: the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Associazione Italiana Ulcere Cutanee, Casillo Group, ENEL, ENI and Humanitas.

At the end of the project, scheduled for end June 2017, the teams will share the outcome of their work with a group of companies, entrepreneurs and investors, in a public pitch and expo also attended by the heads of the founding institutions.

Published on: 01/02/2017