“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
"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.
The partnership agreement Intesa for the business creation stipulated with Alma Mater and Almacube, the incubator of the University of Bologna, to create together an entrepreneurial pole 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.
Future Visions - Scientific Research and Trend Observers
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.
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.
Last updated 16 July 2021 at 12:50:00