Innovation and research

Support for innovation and research

“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

Partnerships and collaborations for growth

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:


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.

Some examples

The Enterprise Creation Agreement stipulated with Alma Mater and Almacube, the incubator of the University of Bologna, to create together an entrepreneurial center that enhances the ideas born within the university: one of them is the StudENT for Africa project, which aims to develop new sustainable business ideas in Africa.

The creation of the second Innovation Hub at the Polytechnic of Bari designed to trigger concrete synergies between the university, companies and the territory, for research on innovative entrepreneurship.



Scientific research and trend analysis – an eye on the future

We know that supporting scientific research enables men and women to become modern visionaries who develop and build knowledge that can profoundly change our perspective of ourselves and our surroundings.
We also believe that observing current dynamics allows us to anticipate the risks and future opportunities of a phenomenon, thus enabling us to prepare for such phenomena by adopting the necessary strategies and tools to deal with them.


University ranking systems

University ranking systems are one of the most important ways in which the reputation of a country is assessed. Rankings represent a general summary of a country’s capacity to invest in human resources, knowledge, quality, and in the desire or ability to anticipate and manage change, scientific, economic, and social innovations. All of these elements greatly influential on the reputation of a country.

In short, analysing the university system gives an idea of what a country aspires to be - not just how it is right now. Its reputation is therefore a guiding factor on how the international community and its citizens judge the future of Italy.   

QS World University Rankings 2021

The most important university ranking in the world. Ranks globally competitive universities based on indices related to the resources used for teaching, the quality of research, graduate employability and internationality, which is assessed based on the proportion of foreign students and staff present at an institution.