The Sella group launches a program to support open innovation in Italian companies and strengthen its presence in the seed capital sector, the funds to launch new activities. The parent company Banca Sella Holding, in fact, invests 3 million euros to accelerate through its dpixel certified incubator 60 technology startups in three years and put them in contact with companies from all production sectors to support their growth and development projects through the ‘open innovation. The aim of the program is to foster collaboration between startups and companies to improve processes, create innovative solutions and services and define alternative business models in the various reference markets.
The funds will be used by the dpixel certified incubator to carry out six acceleration programs, each of which is dedicated to a specific industrial or territorial chain. Through these programs dpixel will select, invest and support startups to perfect their business model and verify the validity of the technologies used. At the same time, the incubator will support partner companies in the process of contacting startups.
Transformation and innovation
The startups selected to participate in the program over the course of 16 weeks will receive mentoring services, the know-how necessary to refine their project and the capital necessary to develop it up to 75 thousand euros. The partner companies of the initiative, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to orient the startup scouting phase on the basis of the expressed needs and subsequently will be able to start collaborations with the selected startups. For each initiative, 10 teams will be selected that will access the program, from which 5 will be chosen who will be supported in the meeting phases and possible collaboration with partner companies.
For partner companies, therefore, the acceleration path represents an opportunity to co-develop a solution to their specific problem by accessing the best skills offered by startups. Participation in the various phases of the program, from scouting to subsequent selections, also allows you to contribute to better orienting research on areas of interest. The first of the six acceleration programs, “Retail for the Future”, opened the selection of partner companies in March and aims to identify and grow the best startups at European level in the retail sector to accelerate and support them in the development of solutions innovative technologies to be applied to corporate companies operating in this area.
“For Italian companies it has become essential to interact with startups and with the innovative solutions they offer, in order to constantly innovate and remain competitive even in complex and highly transformative periods”. said Andrew Vasko, Transformation manager of the Sella group. “The Sella group is committed to the development of an innovation ecosystem and this type of initiatives serve to support companies, in such a complex moment, helping them to identify and validate the opportunities offered by startups, before deciding to invest large resources, leveraging the flexibility and speed that represent the strengths of startups “.
«Intelligenza artificiale, big data, deep and machine learning, cloud computing, IoT, virtual reality e blockchain – hunderlined Stefano Azzalin, CEO of dpixel – these are just some of the drivers that will guide the research and selection of entrepreneurial teams. Startups will have to demonstrate not only mastery in the technological domain, but above all the ability to bring solutions capable of giving real and concrete answers to the innovation needs of companies in terms of process improvement, identification of new products and markets, distortion of the relationship with customers through alternative business models ».
According to data from the Open Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital Observatory promoted by Assolombarda, in fact, today there are more than 8000 Italian companies that are increasingly looking at the startup market, a figure that is growing so much that corporate companies represent the main source of financing. for the startups themselves. Between September 2018 and September 2020, the number of shares of corporate shareholders who invested in innovative startups increased by 83.7%. If we consider the partial data of the 2019 financial statements, filed at the time of the preparation of the Observatory by the startups and innovative SMEs, the turnover generated in 2019 was equal to 2.5 billion euros. 57% of these revenues, equal to 1.46 billion euros, is produced by innovative Startups and SMEs in the Corporate Venture Capital portfolio. Data that confirm that the innovation of consolidated companies also passes through the meeting with emerging startups with a high technological content.
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