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ComoNExT Innovation Hub

Hub Information

Hub Name
ComoNExT Innovation Hub
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope
European

Description

Sviluppo Como - ComoNExT is a Scientific and Technological Park & Innovation Hub, which hosts 131 innovative SMEs (april 2019), among them 30% are start-ups. Sviluppo Como - ComoNExT shareholders is a public-private mix, since The Como Chamber of Commerce detains the 43% of shares. Due to this configuration, Sviluppo Como - ComoNExT acts as a no-profit body.

ComoNExT fosters the development of new enterprises through its certified business incubator. The certification is granted by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development.

For more information: https://www.comonext.it/en/the-park/

ComoNExT is a space for both mature companies, with well-established products, services and markets, as well as innovative startups, selected through targeted calls launched by the Chamber of Commerce or through the call named “Bando per l’innovazione”. The purpose to innovate is the common denominator of all our businesses. Physical proximity among companies and the patterns of knowledge exchange implemented by the Park, promote the development and integration of business skills and so an equivocal wealth for the growth of each of them.

The Park supports the creation and the growth of innovative companies offering specialized management consulting tutorship, technology transfer services and favorable technical and logistical solutions.

Since 2010, thanks to Como Chamber of Commerce, we proposed 8 calls for start-up ideas: we received 398 structured proposals aiming at entering in our incubation program. A qualified commission evaluated all of them, 120 were admitted to a private session with the commission itself, 38 have been admitted to the program. Beyond the calls we meet more than 50 people a year who presents their business idea: we give them a first orienteering, both on the idea and on public calls and financing. Our incubation program develops on specific needs of each business idea.

ComoNExT main goals are basically three: to attract innovative businesses; to transfer innovation to the territory; to encourage new business development by incubating startups.

In June 2017 ComoNExT launched the NExTInnovation ® initiative, an innovation transfer model developed by the hub to promote the awareness and to support the introduction of Digital transformation and innovation processes in enterprises, with particular attention to SMEs. This TT model gathers all the competences available in the Park and thanks to the creation of “variable setting” consultancy groups it offers technology and digital transfer opportunity to companies.

For more information: https://www.comonext.it/en/next-innovation/#cn_next_innovation

Contact Data

Coordinator (SME)
Sviluppo Como - ComoNExT spa
https://www.comonext.it/
Year Established
2010
Location
Via Cavour 2, 22074, Lomazzo (Italy)
Website
https://www.comonext.it/
Contact information
Maria Cristina Porta
porta@comonext.it
Contact information
Sara Lucca
progetti@comonext.it
+390236714058
Contact information
Elena Zaffaroni
progetti@comonext.it
+390236714058

Organisation

Organizational form
(Part of) Private organization
Turnover
1.000.000-5.000.000
Number of employees
10-25

Technologies

  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Mobility & Location based technologies
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services

Sviluppo Como - ComoNExT is a generalistic Park, hosting enterprises specialised in different areas of development.

Matching all these skills and technological specialisations, ComoNExT works in terms of Digital Innovation Hub at regional and national level, in line with the Lombardy Region S3 Strategy and the Impresa 4.0 national initiative.

At Lombardy level ComoNExT is part of the network of regional Clusters specialised in different specialisation areas like: advance manufaturing, mobility, agrifood, energy.

At national level ComoNExT is:

  • a territorial antenna for the DIH by Confindustria Lombardia.
  • part of SMACT competence center (https://www.unipd.it/smact-competence-center) - competence centers are public private partnerships promoted by the Italian Economic Development Ministry to promote digital innovation in SMEs.
  • Incubator certified by Italian Ministry for Economic Development.

In line with RIS3 strategy at regional, national and european level, ComoNExT operates in order to:

develop and implement strategies for economic and digital transformation: such es. supporting the introduction of Digital transformation and innovation processes in enterprises with particular attention to Smes; supporting new start ups which carried on new technological solutions for the market; exploiting new forms of innovation such as open innovation etc.

support the access to european, national and regional fundings (POR FESR) in order to strenght the company capacity to introduce innovation and contributing to increase their competitivesess at regional and national level.

- foster the birth and consolidation of new skills and new professional figures capable of enhaning the competitiveness of innovation system (planning with the LIUC Univesirty of a new Master for innovation called ""Next Innovation Management"").

ComoNExT is/was partner of the following EU funded projects:

  • H2020 GSA - project GIMS -nr. 776335: scope of the project is building an advanced low cost system based on GNSS, Copernicus SAR and other technologies for landslide monitoring.
  • Erasmus+ DLT4ALL: DlT4ALL aims to address the lack of European entrerpreneurs ,students, investors and incubator managers understanding of blockchain and DLT.
  • Erasmus+ - ISTART (closed 2018): develop an innovative evidence based transnational framework that will improve the knowledge and skills of academic institution to produce more market oriented DEP curricula.
  • Erasmus+ - SETUP (closed 2018): a vocational training path on enterpreneurship to fill the gab between educational system and label market.

Market and Services

Sectors

TRL Focus

  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring

Service Examples

NExT innovation

NExTInnovation ® initiative, an innovation transfer model developed by the hub to promote the awareness and to support the introduction of Digital transformation and innovation processes in enterprises, with particular attention to SMEs. This TT model gathers all the competences available in the Park and thanks to the creation of “variable setting” consultancy groups it offers technology and digital transfer opportunity to companies.

 

Client profile: SMEs

Client needs: adoption of innovative procedure / processes to meet the Industry 4.0 outline.

Provided solution to meet the needs: ComoNExT analyse the projects needs, it identifies the companies that can provide a solution (one or more company), it manages the ""variable setting"" consultancy process by employing and internal project manager. ComoNExT manages the project and delivers the innovation to the client. I.e. Innovation in textile monitoring for water management.

Incubation and mentoring

The Park supports the creation and the growth of innovative companies offering specialized management consulting tutorship, technology transfer services and favorable technical and logistical solutions.

Beyond the calls we meet more than 50 people a year who presents their business idea: we give them a first orienteering, both on the idea and on public calls and financing. Our incubation program develops on specific needs of each business idea.

 

Example:

Client profile: wannabe enterpreneurs;

Client needs: information about opening a startup, business planning;

Provided solution to meet the needs: ComoNExT provides information about the steps needed to open a comany in Italy, funding opportunities, business plan structure, orientation about business model with Business Model Canvas.

 

Client profile: startup

Client needs: help in funding the project, economics definition, networking;

Provided solution to meet the needs: ComoNExT provides help in identifing calls for proposal and helps in the submission of the project, it provides help in structuring the business plan economics, it fosters networking between the hosted startups and the SMEs in its network.

 

Project financing

ComoNExT supports SMEs and enterpreneurs in the identification of the best call of proposal to present their project idea.

ComoNExT is able to follow the process of budgeting, preparation and proposal of the project on regional, national and european calls.

 

Client profile: SMEs and startups

Client needs: funding a project on local, regional, national and european level.

Provided solution to meet the needs: ComoNExT helps the client in finding the best opportunity and it can support the client in the proposal submission (project description, budgeting, partner identification, ...) and management of the project. ComoNExT supported some startups for example in the SME1 submission.

 

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding

Customers

Number of customers annually
>50
Type of customers
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Partners

    Last updated: 04/07/19 15:44