Connecting to the future: the National Innovation Award

An event dedicated to the most innovative business ideas from academic research

Ten years later, the National Innovation Award, Italy's most important and capillary business plan competition promoted by PNICube - the Italian Association of University Incubators - is back in Naples, in collaboration with Naples Federico II University and the Campania NewSteel incubator.

The Award, which is now in its 15th edition, is a competition between creatives, start-uppers and entrepreneurs, who are asked to write a business plan for an innovative idea in the fields of hi-tech, digital, environmental sustainability, health and industry.

Right now, the regional competitions are underway, which will be used to select the 65 finalist projects that will compete for the 4 sector prizes of €25,000 each up for the following categories: Industrial, Life Sciences, ICT and Cleantech&Energy.

FS Italiane, a main sponsor of the initiative, will be part of the national jury and will award the prize for the best business plan in the "Industrial" sector (innovative industrial production). With this initiative, FS Italiane confirms its commitment to research and providing genuine support to young creatives whose innovative ideas focus on multimodal and sustainable mobility.

"Encouraging the growth of talent and the development of creativity has always been a fundamental objective for FS Italiane, fully in line with its historical role in the Italian industrial and social panorama", emphasised Carlotta Ventura, Communications Director at FS Italiane. "Today, this goal is facilitated by the digital environment, which offers entirely new and challenging possibilities and scenarios. The partnership with PNICube is a valid part of the process of digitalization that the FS Italiane Group is following with conviction, as one of the enabling levers in the ambitious Business Plan brought in for the next 10 years"

The gran finale will be held on 30 November and 1 December, with a program featuring numerous events on the themes of business, innovation and culture, held alongside the awards ceremony.

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