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History

The ICT District in Piemonte

The Torino Wireless technology district was established in 2003 as an example of regional and national policy for innovation, with the objectives of supporting the growth and competitiveness of the ICT companies and fostering integration and collaboration among research, business and finance.

Since then, the Torino Wireless Foundation has been acting as a bridge between companies, research institutes and regional innovation policy makers, a facilitator of technological innovation and an instrument for the territory’s economic development.

In particular, the Foundation supported the most promising local companies in developing business strategies and research projects, boosting dialogue among research and innovation, business and finance.

In ten years Torino Wireless has
  • Met 1,000+ companies and mapped their innovation skills
  • Promoted the creation of new Venture Capital funds: Piemontech (3M €) for angel investments (targeted to start-up) and Innogest (80M €) for seed capital investments
  • Supported companies in the identification and financing of R&D projects:
    • directly (30+ Millions Euro of granted projects)
    • as a facilitator, providing 770 support services (partner search, call monitoring, call interpretation, project proposal setup) to SMEs interested in participating in regional and national calls,
  • Accompanied and supported the funding of 71 projects and 76 services through the Regional ICT Innovation Cluster for a total investment of 30+ Million €
  • Activated 4 large R&D projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) within theĀ  SmartCommunitiesTech Cluster for a total investment of 39M€
  • Supported the presentation of 69 projects on the MIUR’s Call on Smart Cities & Communities, 16 of which were funded, for a total investment of 257M€
  • Created opportunities aimed at encouraging ICT companies to meet with the demand representatives. It set up more than 1800 Business to Business meetings within the yearly event TOSM (Torino Software and Systems Meetings) and the Regional ICT Cluster events
  • Aggregated 180 ICT companies with solutions addressed to four vertical domains (smart building, mobility, tourism, agrifood)
  • coordinated, by request of the City of Turin, the development of Turin’s Smart City Master Plan (SMILE – Smart Mobility, Inclusion, Life&Health, Energy), which involved more than 350 people from 66 organizations in 6 working groups that produced 45 ideas for the Smart City.

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