In these past few years, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, in collaboration with local stakeholders, has created various initiatives to support the growth of the local ecosystem, experimenting with new technologies and fostering open innovation, not only through the Techstars acceleration program, but also through a close collaboration with its client companies and the Municipality.
Torino City Lab is the project the city of Turin developed to favour the technological experiments of public and private partners regarding the future of autonomous mobility, drone transport, 5G connections, and robotics. Thanks to an agreement with the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center and the Techstars Smart Mobility program, seven collaborations have been launched in the city. A couple of examples are the Wiseair start-up, which installed its sensors to monitor air quality in the urban area, and Latitude 40, which is mapping and analyzing the rooftops of Turin, in order to be able to install photovoltaic panels. Latitudo 40 is also performing a thorough analysis of the river beds and their evolution over time, while its other applications will include monitoring the boundaries of woods and identifying asbestos residues through the use of satellites.
CTE-Next, Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti (House of Emerging Technologies), is another project, a four-year one, created by the City of Turin and supported by MISE, which favours the promotion of start-ups and technology transfer to SMEs also through a physical spaces and intelligent infrastructures. In collaboration with corporate and university partners, the technological trials will take place in a super-connected environment which will favour the development of prototypes in the Smart Road, Urban Air Mobility, Industry 4.0, and Innovative Urban Services sectors. The start-ups that will take part in this challenge will be promoted by the City and will be able to benefit from public funds to support their projects.
In its new edition dated 22 September 2021, Genome Startup Ecosystem Report 2021, the international report on innovation ecosystems, published annually by the start-up, Genome consulting firm, analyzes the ecosystem of Turin, the only Italian city included in the international ranking of the report.
Finally, let us recall that two Italian companies were established in 2020: the American company, Sheeva AI based in Turin, and the German, GetHenry, in Milan. The Neapolitan Latitudo 40 was, instead, established in 2021 and has opened an office in the Incubator of the Polytechnic I3P in Turin, in order to encourage local collaborations.