“Our commitment to promoting an innovative eco-system is a fundamental element in the growth and support of the country's economy. Indeed, innovation is an increasingly central factor in the development of Italian companies. Countries that focus on innovation generate higher GDP growth.”  


Carlo Messina - CEO and Managing Director of Intesa Sanpaolo

Future Visions - Talent Development and Support for Research and Cutting-Edge Technologies

With the enhancement of talent and support for research, we intend to contribute to narrowing the gap between innovation and the skills needed for the economic and social development of the country. 
Our commitment to the enhancement of talent is realized through the promotion of partnerships and initiatives aimed at accompanying deserving students towards the world of work.

Support for scientific research

Scientific research allows men and women to be modern visionaries who develop and build knowledge that profoundly changes their vision of things and of themselves.
Scientific research is one of the main resources that allow a country to be competitive internationally. Supporting it, working in synergy with universities and research centers, means generating a culture of knowledge and innovating for the benefit of the entire economic system and employment. It also means enhancing our young researchers and giving substance to their expectations and hopes.

Future Visions - Partnerships and synergies for growth, innovation and transformation of the world of work

Competence Center

"Advanced technology, a strong focus on partnerships with companies and universities, and far-reaching synergy between resources: if the country can build a system around the Competence Centres, Intesa Sanpaolo wants to be a part of that!"

The Competence Centres are highly specialist public or private partnerships based around Industry 4.0 principles. They provide guidance and training to companies as well as support to project implementation. These projects span themes of innovation, industrial research, and experimental development in new products, processes, or services, using advanced technology.
By teaming up with Competence Centres, Intesa Sanpaolo is pushing to accelerate the technology transfer models that SMEs need to transition towards Industry 4.0. In addition to funding, we participate through training initiatives and tools.
The bank is an active partner in the economic system and the world of academia, with the University and School Relations department coordinating contact with partner universities. In Italy, there are eight currently active Competence Centres or that are soon to be launched. Intesa Sanpaolo partners with the following centres Bi-Rex e Smact.


Support for Business Creation

Fielding synergic actions and initiatives to support the development of the business ideas of students, recent graduates, researchers and academics; promoting development activities for start-ups, innovative spin-offs in the territorial ecosystem and corporate open innovation projects. These are the purposes of many partnerships created with Italian universities in support of innovation and research.

Future Visions - Observatories and Trends

To contribute with support and concrete proposals to the development of areas and sectors considered strategic for the social and economic growth of the country.
Participate in study and analysis activities in order to grasp future changes in current signs. To bring its expertise to accompany researchers in understanding and connecting phenomena to seize new opportunities and new ideas in the sectors and areas of interest. These are the aims of many partnerships established with many academic observatories. 

Ranking - the evaluation of the university system

The evaluation of the university system is one of the most relevant elements that impact on the reputation of a country. The presence of qualified and excellent universities stimulates new ideas, new opportunities for young people and for the reference territories and contributes to the social, economic and cultural development of the country. Universities - together with schools and companies - are the driving force for change, innovation and training of people and constitute the fulcrum of the territorial network of subjects that produce knowledge and create jobs.
The ranking is a synthetic judgment on a university that includes its ability to invest in the value of human resources, in the quality of the educational offer, in the governance of scientific, economic and social innovations. All highly reputational elements. The analysis of the university sector gives the figure of what a country wants to be and significantly guides the judgment on the future by its citizens and the international community.
Supporting the academic world in its path of modernization allows us to give back to the community part of the value created together, which is not limited only to the economic aspects but above all concerns the aspects more directly linked to people.