Special meeting on Innovative start up and entrepreneurs

12 September 2018 – Aula Magna, Polytechnic School, University of Palermo

Nowadays, innovation processes are characterized by an experimental approach, where start-ups, innovatives SMEs and large companies are experiencing new opportunities of cooperation. Open innovation culture and models are emerging, asking for new regulations and access to finance. Specialized actors as incubators, associations and foundations promoting start-ups and innovative enterprises can help in nurturing a favourable ecosystem toward an altruistic model of economy.


14:30 - Welcome to the participants
Vincenzo Di Dio - University of Palermo, Tiziana Tambosso - IEEE Italy Section Chair

14:45 - Keynote speech: Exploring the culture of Open Innovation. Towards an altruistic model of economy

Piero Formica
Winner of the Innovation Luminary Award 2017
Senior Research Fellow at the Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University, Ireland
Founder of the International Entrepreneurship Academy Network

15:15 - 1st panel: How to start, survive and grow in a rapidly changing world
Chair: Fabio Maria Montagnino - Managing Director, Consorzio ARCA, Palermo

16:15 - Coffee break and networking time

16:45 - 2nd panel: Open innovation in large companies: an opportunity for innovative Startup
Chair: Pietro Erratico - IEEE Italy Section

17:45 - 3rd panel: The rise of the solvers: towards challenge-driven startups and innovative SMEs
Chair: Umberto La Commare - President, Consorzio ARCA, Palermo


18.45 - 19:00 - Q&A