Crowfunding platforms in Italy

CrowdfundingCrowdfunding is an activity collects money to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform. The initiative could be a nonprofit campaign (e.g. to raise funds for a school or social service organization), a political campaign (to support a candidate or political party), a philanthropic campaign (e.g. for emergency funds for an ill person or to produce an emerging artist), a commercial campaign (e.g. to create and sell a new product) or a financing campaign for a start-up company.(Wikipedia) In Italy there are many platform dedicated to this goal: DeRev ‎ – a platform for creating social innovation, offers a toolkit for projects (named Rivoluzioni). The platform did receive an investment of € 1,250,000 on august 2012, and the headquarter is in Naples. Siamosoci helps companies to collect money from private citizens, and enables investors groups to access information for investment. Headquarter in Mila CrowfundMe is a crowfunfìding-equity based website, enabling investors and businessmen to connect. Headquarter in Milan WeAreStarting – online platform for crowfunfìding-equity based activities related to italian market. Focused on startups,. Based in Bergamo. Smartika – Based in Milan, the platform is a social lending initiative, privies known as Zopa Italia. Boober  is a peer to peer social lending platform. Born in Netherlands, is now based in Bergamo. Produzioni dal Basso – Pdb is the oldest italian crowfunding platform, it connects investors and new ideas. Eppela – Is a general and reward based platform, founded on 2011. It collects funds mainly for art, tech, cinema, design, music, social innovation and writing projects. Kapipal – Founded on 2009, it’s a site to collect money for personal projects. Free. Starteed  – Based in Milan, the platform allows users to create an own one and to sell directly their products. COM-Unity  – Based in Modena. Owned by Banca Interprovinciale SpA, the platform funds projects in social, humanitarian, cultural and scientific fields. Prestiamoci‎ – A social lending website, Prestiamoci is online since 2009 connecting investors and entrepreneurs. Based in Ivrea. Starsup – A crowdfunding website recently created and invested by Consob, the financial italian authority

Italian Week in Albania

TiranaThe Italian System (lItalian Embassy, ICE, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Albania, Confindustria Bari e Puglia and Unioncamere BAT) schedules the “First italian week “ on May 5,6,7 in Tirana. The event has the goal to present  to italian businesses  the opportunities in the “Eagles Country”. Attendees will be presented to the folowing sectors: energy, tourism, manufacturing and agricolture. The Embassy message: “the main goal  is to present analysis about investments and business integration among operators of the two countries. The businesses will be provided inquires about a wide range of  opportunities”. The meeting will be focused on several dedicated themes. People interested to a followup of the convention may contact the address: commerciale.tirana @

10 current technologies that can change our future

genomex519_0Recensione MIT Technology raccoglie 10 tecnologie innovative 2014 che sono pietre miliari reale e creare nuovi modi potenti di utilizzare la tecnologia: Droni agricoli a buon mercato e potente, l’aiuto agricoltore per ridurre i danni delle colture, Smartphone Ultraprivate, utilizzando crittologia, evitare il controllo esterno Mappatura del cervello sta avanzando: la creazione di un modello computazionale può aiutare a capire come funziona il cervello Chip neuromorfi aiutano computer e robot per simulare, in maniera molto limitata, come funziona il cervello umano Genomica introduce modificazioni genetiche Trough un’ingegneria DNA (CRISPR), e potrebbe aiutare biomedicina a combattere malattie complesse L’uso di inchiostri a base di diversi tipi di materiali permette stampanti 3D per costruire una vasta gamma di manufatti Nuovo software per la produttività mobile semplificare il modo in cui le persone possono adottare per interagire e collaborare tramite smartphone creazione di documenti in movimento Cuffie realtà virtuale stanno diventando forti potente: per il momento sono applicati ai videogiochi, ma ben presto la tecnologia avrà applicazioni in architettura, telepresenza, CAD e anche in fobia teraphy Le recenti prototipi di robot sono in grado di funzionare attraverso terreni accidentati e irregolari; robot agili possono essere impiegati in operazioni di soccorso di emergenza e, sì, anche nelle guerre. La combinazione di dati grandi e software di intelligenza artificiale è ora possibile avere le previsioni che vengono energia solare e impianti intelligenti eolici a prezzi accessibili

NEXT – Local Workshop in Vlora District, 9 April 2014

 10168257_382963328512444_1962371295_nFoundation Partnership for Development, in full collaboration with the communication expert and with the Dean of the University “Ismail Qemali” Vlore Albania, have prepared a small business plan for good workshop implementation in this district. During these days, a meeting was held with the Dean of University, Doc. Aurela Saliaj, and it was explained the idea and the objectives of NEXT Project. As a result, when the parties encountered (PFD and university), they agreed in principle for the adoption of cooperation in the realization of the Workshop. There were completed all modalities and technicalities required for the activity.

On 09 April 2014, it was organized the workshop on the presentation of the NEXT Project. This workshop was attended by representatives of the academic sector, university professors , business community, students, Vlora chamber of commerce and industry etc.

On behalf of the University, Dean Mrs. Aurela Saliaj, welcomed participants and Foundation PfD for this initiative. She made a brief presentation of Vlora University about the innovative activities.

On behalf of PfD Foundation partner in the NEXT project, Mrs Mimoza Preku, project Manager welcomed and thanked the participants in this workshop for the bilateral collaboration. During her speech she explained the importance of NEXT project in terms of better connection between research, innovation and business sector.

The communication expert Mr. Edmond Sheshi presented in PPT NEXT project objectives and activities. During the presentation Mr. Sheshi being in the same time, member of the European network of enterprises brought his experience from EEN platform.

The Students and the participants also, being very actively during this presentation addressed many questions about NEXT project and more particularly, for the implementation of the platform on line.

NEXT – Workshop with Universities and CRTT

Marche Region has organised the first Workshop with Universities and CRTT, that took palce in Ancona on April the8th 2014, in the framework of the project NEXT.

The workshop has been opened by Patrizia Sopranzi, director of the regional department for Innovation Research and Competitivty, who presented the oppurtunities the project NEXT offers in terms of supporting Universities in establishing relations with actors in all countries of the Adriatic basin.

All Universitites present in the territory of the marche Region participated – the delagates were 18.

Besides, the event saw participation of SMEs, through the presence of staff responsible of R&D areas.

The possiiblity to be part of the Smart Innovation People Gallery has been particularly appreciated by participants; the Gallery represents indeed a suitable channel for fostering the matching of all different regional actors. With this regards, SMEs representatives have agreed on being interviewed in the frmawork of the upcoming event INNOVACTORS, that will take palce in Civitanova Marche, form 5th to 7th June 2014.

The workshop constitued the occasion of starting a dialogue with involved actors, aiming at understanding to what extent the project NEXT might give an answer to CRTT needs as well as at collecting suggestions on possible services’ improvement.

Some interesting issues/suggestions emerged. In particular, the importance of defining the priority sectors in order to facilitate the matching between demand and supply and the need of awareness raising actions throughout the regional territory for fostering SMEs participation.

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The RIS3 by European Commission

Schermata 2014-04-15 alle 17.11.16Facing a reduction of funds after the financial crisis, the EC     decided to launch the Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS 3). The strategy wants to avoid wasting resources: the EC will finance innovation approaches related to the excellences in a specific territory. To coordinate the efforts has been defined the S3 Platform where each european region can upload information about its own strategy. On the platform you can find an interactive Guide.

The platform is also opened to contribution  of non member countries, if you are interested then go here.

Here you can find the Regione Marche and Regione Puglia RIS3 Strategy

Croatia country outlook

Schermata 2014-04-15 alle 10.27.14 One of next project goals is to increase the awareness about the  assets that any territory can offer to the partnership. So, we have  cooperate to settle a Country Outlook with each partner. The sections of the outlook are: Economy and Swot Analysis,  Main economic sectors and clusters, Main data by Global  Competitiveness Index, Finance and Innovation, Stakeholder  directory. Next intention is to enhance data and information all along the project, so at the end we can present a more accurate physiognomy of each territory Here you can upload the Croatia Outlook: CO Croazia

NEXT Conference “Education, science and business-joint potentials”

MONTENEGRO, 2-4 April 2014

IM7_0166Faculty for Information sciences and Technology of University Donja Gorica and Chamber of Economy organized joint conference in Montenegro that gathered representatives of Universities, R&I Centres and SMEs.

The aim of the Conference was to introduce NEXT project to participants and potential stakeholders from relevant sectors in order to get familiar with current and future activies in the project.

First day of the Conference was held at the University Donja Gorica. On behalf of Lead partner, Marche Region, Mrs Ratka Sekulović explained the importance of NEXT project in terms of better connection between reseach, inovation and business sector. She also announced Inovation fair that will be held in the period 05-07 June in Cittanova, Marche region.

Second day of the Conference was organized in thematic round tables related to ICT, SMEs, Tourism, Energy, Agriculture and Food technology. Relevant ideas have been collected for usage of future NEXT ON LINE PLATFORM.

Last day of the Conference, participants visited Adriatic fair on tourism and ecology in Budva.


Friday 6 June, Civitanova Marche (Italy) in the framework of INNOV-ACTORS next infografica immagine tagliataMarche Region is organizing the first MATCH MAKING EVENT related to the Project NEXT. The MATCH MAKING EVENT will take place in Friday the 6th in the framework of the three day fair ‘INNOV-ACTORS: new challenges and opportunities in the European Context’ , where different institutional actors and regional stakeholders will discuss about a participated governance of research and innovation policies. The MATCH MAKING EVENT will bring together Centres for Research and Technology Transfer (CRTT) and SMEs different countries in the framework of bilateral short meetings – where the enterprises, researchers and university representatives from the Marche Region’s territory will be able to meet partner countries’ organizations, in order to initiate transnational networking and potential cooperation. The event, based on the “speed dating” format, offers the opportunity to meet in a smart and informal way, several potential partners during pre-arranged, bi-lateral face to face meeting in order to: • Get to know new research and business partners located in the Adriatic Ionian Region • Promote products and services in an international context • Indentify solutions for specific problems • Find cooperation partners for EU and National funded projects Ask you local organization (Universities, CRT, SMEs) to register by filling in Template for Collection of Interest by April the 28th and submit it! Please send your template for interest collection via email to the NEXT Info Point – Mr. Alessandro Cocca:;

Triple Helix Webinar – May 29

Triple-Helix-v1The Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations is an internationally recognized model for understanding entrepreneurship, the changing dynamics of universities, innovation and socio-economic development. Triple Helix is a model of managing interactions among universities, business and government on common projects. The webinar, organized by the Triple Helix Association in cooperation with the Surrey Business school,  will provide an introduction to the model by examining the fundamental concepts of Triple Helix, the essence of innovation and knowledge and technology transfer, the entrepreneurial behaviour that emerges within the Triple Helix model, and the critical role of institutions. The webinar will be held on May 29, 9,30-11.00 BST. By taking this webinar attendees will be able to:
  • Learn about the origin and the most recent developments of the Triple Helix (TH) model
  • Understand the TH model and how it can be applied for managing Academia-Business-Government (ABG) interactions
  • Learn about institutional practices associated with innovation systems and how to engage with institutions to ignite innovation process
  • Explore the role of institutions as intermediaries and moderating agents for Triple Helix interactions
  • Understand the role and expectations of different innovation stakeholders in the public and the private sector
  • Reflect upon current government innovation policies and the strategic response by industry and universities
  • Learn from successful cases which critical actions across the Industry-University-Government interface can boost innovation at micro and macro scale.
The key panellists are renowned academics in this field that will offer both theoretical insights and inspiring cases and examples: Prof. Henry Etzkowitz –  President of the Triple Helix Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Triple Helix Journal, Director international  Triple Helix Institute (ITHI), Palo Alto, USA, and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Prof. Mark Casson – Professor of Economics at Reading University, UK, Director of the Centre for Institutional Performance (CIP), Member of John H Dunning Centre for International Business, Centre for Economic History, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for International Business History. To learn more: