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Open Italy Elis Open Italy is the Open Innovation program that fosters dialogue and collaboration between large companies, Italian startups, young talents, innovative SMEs, research centers, university spin-offs.

Poste Italiane also joined the OPEN ITALY 2022 program this year, in its sixth edition, which sees the alliance of 60 large Italian companies created to collect and support the innovative potential of startups.

The goal of Open Italy is to identify startups and innovative SMEs that will have the opportunity to develop a project that corresponds to a specific need of the large companies that support the program.

Three main reasons led Poste Italiane to accept the challenge of co-innovation:
- the multi-corporate context that allows comparison between the main large Italian companies;
- the possibility of accessing a structured startup dealflow, divided by sector, industry and technology, allowing the involvement of different Business Units;
- the opportunity to carry out concrete experiments with startups.
Innovative individuals who want to get involved and respond to the business needs of the Corporate adhering to the program can participate in the program.
Reserved for Startups, Scaleups, Innovative SMEs, University Spin Offs and Research Centers with the following requirements:
  • Ready To Market solutions, tested on the market
  • Less than 10 million in annual turnover
  • Less than 8 years of age
  • A full time team
  • These are the main parameters for the evaluation of innovative subjects:
  • Quality / Innovativeness of the product / service offered.
  • Market readiness and scale up of the solution.
  • Validity of the Business Model.
  • Solidity and skills of the team.
  • References, funding and awards.
For 2022, the following "innovation perimeters" have been defined, areas of common interest where Corporate companies have the greatest need to invest in innovation:
1. Decarbonization & Circular Economy
2. Open Finance, Digital Payments & Smart Contracts
3. Safety Management & Digital Health
4. Urban Intelligence & New Mobility
5. Operation Excellence & Asset Management
6. Privacy & Cybersecurity
7. Digital HR & New Ways of Working
8. Customer Centricity & New Sales Channels

Within these perimeters, the Corporates have expressed their business needs and what will be the challenges of the near future, with the central objective of relaunching the country and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth.

Open Italy carried out the Call4Solutions and Call4Startup in order to select the best 80 innovative subjects, among the 500 candidates, to be presented to the Corporate, with the ultimate goal of co-creating experimental innovation projects.