Innovation Italy

InnovationItaly.it is the platform where Italy's most innovative companies meet the opportunities for internationalization.
ITA's goal is to help grow companies' business through a privileged access to strategic markets and qualified investors.

In collaboration with Volvo Financial Services (VFS) based in Greensboro, North Carolina, we’re looking for early and growth-stage startups to join a 10-week
programme of accelerated integration. You will get the opportunity to trial your products and solutions at scale, network with industry experts, receive
mentorship from senior leaders at VFS and access investment from VFS and L Marks.

VFS finances 200,000 vehicles in 48 countries around the world - don’t miss out on the opportunity to trial your technology at scale.

VFS iLabX is an unparalleled opportunity for your startup to access innovation opportunities working in collaboration with VFS over 10 weeks. With a direct line to senior VFS stakeholders who will unlock trial and pilot opportunities, your startup will be able to validate the commercial impact of your product or solution on the VSF business. Insights from your VFS mentors and subject-matter experts will be instrumental in helping your startup to grow. iLabX’s location in Greensboro, North Carolina
will fuel your geographical growth. What is more, participating businesses will be eligible to receive investment from both VFS and L Marks.

Applications are open from 16th October until 2nd December
2018. We’ll need to ask you some questions about your product
and your business, you can start the application process at:
vfsilabx.com. If you need more information or have questions
about applying, you can schedule a call with an L Marks Startup
Scout via scouting@lmarks.com who will be happy to help.
Once applications close, we’ll evaluate the submissions with VFS
and invite up to 25 teams to pitch for a place on iLabX. The Pitch
Day will be on 9th January 2019 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
We’ll select five startups to join the 10-week collaboration
program which starts on 11th February 2019. Key program events
will take place at the VFS HQ in Greensboro. At the end of the
program the selected startups will present their progress and
proposals for a long-term partnership with VSF at the Demo Day
on 24th April.

Source: L Marks  https://lmarks.com/



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A number of Italian makers along with the Italian Institute for Technology will be showcased on May 18-20, 2018 at the country’s Pavilion at the 13th edition of Maker Faire Bay Area, at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California. The makers cover a wide gamut of offerings ranging from robots to wearables, from food technologies to the Internet of Things and to 3-D printing. Their intent is to forge new partnerships and promote their products and services with participants and visitors.

The Italian Government sponsors the country’s Pavilion through the Italian Trade Agency which will provide support and assistance to its Italian exhibitors. The Italian Trade Agency Site dedicated to this initiative and where one can find all information on this year’s Italian participants is www.makersitalia.com.

“We are very excited to be part of Maker Faire Bay Area 2018, an initiative truly inspired by out of the box thinking. Our esteemed makers reflect in their innovative products and services those changes taking place in the world of manufacturing today”,  says Marco Saladini, Trade Commissioner of the Italian Trade Agency’s Chicago Office. “The basic paradigm is moving to a new approach, where three traditionally distinct phases collapse into one, combining design, production and sale all on site of the actual retail point. Italian makers are at the forefront of this process and we strongly believe that international exposure will help them to grow and prosper. We”, concludes Saladini, “are definitely aware of the historical significance of this new avant-garde and of its business potential, therefore we will continue to support its efforts to establish new ties with US counterparts.”

Maker Faire Bay Area is comprised of five principal areas, emphasizing electronics, 3-D printing and advanced manufacturing, robotics, education and scientific research. The 2017 edition saw over 125,000 visitors and over 1,200 maker entries. Offices in Rome and Chicago have coordinated the Italian Trade Agency’s participation at the US Faire of 12 Italian Makers along with the organizers of the Maker Faire Rome, Innova Camera. One of the exhibitors, the Italian Institute of Technology, will demonstrate its robot, called R1 - Your Personal Humanoid, to visitors at the Pavilion.

In 2017, the Agency took part at the World Maker Faire in New York where it organized and featured 15 leading Italian makers within the official Country Pavilion. The area was awarded “Best Pavilion” by the editors of Make: magazine. Following the event in New York, the Agency’s Chicago Office organized the official US delegation to Maker Faire Rome 2017. Many of the 16 US delegates conducted presentations to Faire attendees in addition to directly exhibiting at the event, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

For more information please contact
Bart Pascoli - Project Coordinator - ITA Chicago - T: 312-670-4360 - E-m: chicago@ice.it

MS - 18-MAY-2018

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May 2018: To nurture India’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ecosystem, which is reportedly at a nascent stage, Google partnered with NITI Aayog to work on a range of initiatives, which includes training and incubating Indian startups focused on AI.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech had highlighted that technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Iintelligence and others are the technologies of the future and Niti Aayog will establish a national programme to conduct research and development in these areas.

In the domain of Artificial Intelligence, NITI Aayog has been developing India’s national strategy on AI and is also reportedly in the advanced stages of creating the National Data and Analytics platform. The portal will be a shared India-specific blockchain infrastructure, aimed at making India a global leader on AI research, with focus on adopting AI to address problems faced in developing countries.

Earlier in April, Google conducted a four-day mentorship bootcamp in India for startups focused on AI and ML. In March this year, the global tech giant launched an AI learning platform 'Learn with Google AI', which provides ways to learn core Machine Learning (ML) concepts, develop and apply ML to real-world problems.


The program will work on various initiatives, which includes conducting training programs, providing research grants, and mentoring AI startups, among others.


The NITI Aayog-Google partnership is an extension of the efforts taken by both parties to foster India’s AI and ML ecosystem. The tie-up came into effect via a Statement of Intent (SoI) signed by Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog and Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and South East Asia, Google on May 07, 2018.

Commenting on the alliance, NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant added, “NITI's partnership with Google will unlock massive training initiatives, support startups and encourage AI research through PhD scholarships, all of which contributes to the larger idea of a technologically-empowered New India.”


Initiatives to transform the AI ecosystem


To deliver on the promise of developing AI in India, the NITI Aayog and Google partnership will work on a range of initiatives, which includes conducting training programmes, aimed at sensitising policymakers and government functionaries about relevant AI tools, and how it can used for effective governance.

Rajan Anandan, Vice President at Google - India and South East Asia, said, “AI will help tackle huge challenges like healthcare, environmental protection, and other social and developmental problems, while also spur innovation for businesses and developers.”

NITI Aayog and Google will organise an AI/ML hackathon that will be focused on solving challenges in India’s key sectors like agriculture, education, healthcare, financial inclusion, transportation/mobility and more.

Amitabh Kant further added, "Artificial Intelligence is going to disrupt the way business is done and India, in particular, is uniquely poised in utilising AI to innovate for social and inclusive good. India is embracing future technologies such as machine learning and AI to augment its capacity in healthcare, improve outcomes in education, develop innovative governance systems for our citizens and improve overall economic productivity of the nation.”

In terms of research and education, the programme will provide grants and scholarships to researchers, scholars and university faculty conducting cutting edge research in the field of AI/ML in India. Further, Google will also bring its online training courses on AI to students, graduates and engineers to numerous cities across India, in the form of study groups and developer-run courses including Google’s Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC).

For the startup ecosystem, Google will train and incubate Indian AI/ML startups in an accelerator programme, where the entrepreneurs will be mentored by Google for better leveraging the power of AI in their respective businesses.

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About Innovation Summit 2018:

Artificial intelligence and machine learning has become one of the hottest topics in business. An army of startups has been funded to pursue the commercial opportunities, whilst the bosses of big companies increasingly look to implement AI strategies at scale. This has encouraged hopes of massive efficiency gains as machines learn to get ever better in their crunching of increasing volumes of data to understand what works. Yet at the same time, there have also been darker predictions, from machines taking all the jobs once done by humans (Bill Gates even wants to tax robots to slow down this shift) to possible existential threats to humanity.
Executives urgently need to develop a strategy to make their firm into a truly intelligent company. That means breaking through what now seems to be Peak Hype around AI to get to the still considerable reality.

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Microsoft is the latest company eyeing up London's hot shot startups with a $20m (£14.3m) investment in a new space in Shoreditch, opening today.

Reactor will host the Silicon Valley tech giant's accelerator for scale-ups, along with a space for events such as hackathons to help grow the capital's startup ecosystem.

"This is a long term investment in Britain," said Microsoft managing director for startups and scale-up programme in the UK, Warwick Hill.

"It's a good thing for UK business and to help them go global. London is the epicentre in the UK. It's a good investment for us pre and post-Brexit."

It's just the latest of several new tech spaces to pop up in the city, but Hill said it was the involvement of clients such as Vodafone, Rolls Royce and Kingfisher which will make it stand out against others that have just a single corporate backer.

London is the the first Reactor space in Europe after locations in New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Microsoft is planning to open one in Sydney and is also considering launching further spaces in Europe.

"There are plans to look at Berlin, and obviously France is a big pull with Station F [startup space]," said Hill.

It's also a play to get smaller companies using Microsoft, particularly its cloud services, an area in which it is competing with Amazon and Google.

The capital is the third largest target country for its cloud business and alos has a large developer community.

More info in THE REACTOR website.


Source: http://www.cityam.com/281000/microsoft-opens-shoreditch-startup-space-reactor




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