RoboIT: in Genoa the technology transfer center at the center of the first European Robot Valley

1-06-2021 | News

The newborn RoboIT, announced by CDP Venture Capital SGR which will invest 40 million euros in the project, is the first national pole delegated to technology transfer in the field of robotics and will be inaugurated at Genoa. This subject is the result of a collaboration between the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of the Ligurian capital, the University of Naples Federico II, the University of Verona, and the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa; Pariter Partners, Leonardo, Eureka are also present in the project! Fund I - Technology Transfer, and Cysero EuVECA. "Technology Transfer represents an extraordinary opportunity for our country, where scientific research is of the highest quality and must be supported to encourage the creation of new startups and successful companies", he declared Enrico Resmini, CEO of CDP Venture Capital SGR.

RoboIT and the ecosystem

In Italy the industrial sector Robotics and Automation is constantly growing and represents excellence in the world for its centers of competence, with over 104 thousand companies (+ 10% in the last 5 years), 429 thousand employees and a turnover that in 2020 was about 5 billion euros. In the ecosystem there are over 600 startups and innovative SMEs e over 6 thousand European patents in robotics filed in the last 10 years. Among the challenges of the future, the global market expects, within five years, a growth in robotics applications, especially in the field logistics (+ 245%) and biomedical (+ 189%). Last year Festival del Futuro had interviewed Alessandra Sciutti, researcher in charge of the CONTACT unit of the Italian Institute of Technology precisely to understand the trends and potential of this sector.

The European Robot Valley. In Italy

The RoboIT Polo will operate according to a model Hub & Spoke, making economic resources and specialist skills available to researchers for the realization of a first technical and business feasibility study within the individual universities and research centers belonging to it (Spoke) and subsequently entrepreneurial acceleration services for support the emergence of new national robotics champions, at the spaces of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa.

The Polo will be built in the Valpolcevera area a few meters from the new bridge "Genoa, San Giorgio", where what is considered is taking shape the first European Robot Valley. In fact, an important urban regeneration project promoted by the Liguria Region and the Municipality of Genoa is underway in this area, which also includes the construction of a “Green Factory”, an integrated pole of research, startup development and acceleration.

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