Nobel Peace Prize Winner Yunus and 50 young entrepreneurs on a Frecciaross train from Milan to Naples

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Fondazione ItaliaCamp pick up the reins for the eighth edition of the Social Enterprise World Forum in Milan

Rome, 4 July 2015

Nobel Peace Prize winner and economist Muhammad Yunus journeyed Italy from Milan to Naples on a Frecciarossa train on a travelling storytelling itinerary regarding social enterprise.

He was joined on a reserved Trenitalia Business coach by around fifty young entrepreneurs, all of whom enjoyed this extraordinary opportunity organised by Fondazione ItaliaCamp in collaboration with Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane
In fact, start-uppers and researchers took advantage of this journey to develop ideas and communicate and discuss the social economy topics launched by the Social Enterprise World Forum, which ended in Milan yesterday.

The Frecciarossa train departed from Milan Central station at 10am and arrived at Naples at 2.15pm on schedule and stopped at Rome at 12.55pm to allow Fondazione ItaliaCamp President Federico Florà and Gruppo FS Italiane Transport Company CEO Vincenzo Soprano to play host.

On arriving in Naples, Professor Muhammed Yumus made a brief speech at the Feltrinelli Express Store in the station to highlight that, “Countries generally work like a locomotive pulling a train. Micro-credit, however, ensures that each carriage is independent. If you detach them from the locomotive, they can continue to run alone because every person is a creative engine.”

President of Fondazione ItaliaCamp Fedrico Florà pointed out that, “The journey with Muhammed Yunus as part of the Social Enterprise World Forum 2015 is not just a trip, but an itinerary in which you realise the value each and every one of us makes to supporting change. This initiative derives from on-going communication with the large enterprises that are members of our Foundation, such as Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, with which we experiment advanced models of social innovation based on cooperation and contamination between profit and non-profit organisations.”

According to Trenitalia CEO Vincenzo Soprano, “We at Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane were particularly pleased to host Nobel Prize winner Yunus on one of our trains, as this confirmed the attention paid by Trenitalia and the entire Group to mobility and those fighting to unite peoples”.

This was a unique experience for the young social entrepreneurs who warmly welcomed the Bengali Nobel Prize winner from his arrival until he reached the Feltrinelli Store in Naples, showing special appreciation for the initiative by Fondazione ItaliaCamp and di Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane that proved to be such a success.