It all started as the dream of a Southern Italian entrepreneur who understood that today’s innovation has no boundaries of any kind and, even the most traditional companies, need to be innovative, expand into new markets and collaborate with others because you can’t work alone and be just local to survive in today’s global economy.
Therefore, the Premio Best Practices’ ultimate goal is to enable its participants to engage and involve the right partners every step of the way, from product conception through research and development, packaging, delivery, etc. uniting traditional SME’s and startups in a virtuous process of collaboration, international expansion and productivity increases.
With this in mind, Giuseppe De Nicola has grown the Premio Best Practices into a national award with an international reach. Cooperating with several organizations and private sponsors throughout Italy, this once Salerno-only initiative has become well-known and well attended throughout Italy from North to South. Adding as international partners the Lee Iacocca Foundation and Bridges to Italy, it also provides its participants with the opportunity to grow internationally. In fact, the pace of change of today’s economy is faster than ever and companies need to be ready to expand into new markets and find strategic partners and investors in the process and this is greatly facilitated with the support of BTI and the Lee Iacocca Foundation.
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Il Premio Best Practices per l’Innovazione ha l’obiettivo di promuovere l’utilità dei processi innovativi al mercato, pubblico e privato, con la modalità dello storytelling.
BRIDGES TO ITALY e’ partner del Premio Best Practices per supportare l’internazionalizzazione delle aziende partecipanti offrendo loro l’opportunita’ di collegarsi con investitori USA e partner strategici oltre che ad aderire a due iniziative americane: il GLOBAL ACCESS PROGRAM della UCLA e PortTechEXPO, manifestazione per la promozione di tecnologie GREEN di PortTechLA (organizzazione per l’innovazione fondata dalla citta’ di Los Angeles e dal Porto di Los Angeles).
L’iniziativa nasce nel 2006 in Confindustria Salerno con lo scopo di raccontare casi reali di innovazione e illustrarne i risultati per i beneficiari, favorendo la diffusione degli stessi ad un pubblico più ampio possibile e stimolando la conoscenza tra le imprese. Al premio partecipano aziende e startup che abbiamo concluso un progetto di innovazione (tecnologica, organizzativa, di prodotto, di processo, culturale, etc.) e ne possano dimostrare i benefici in modo misurabile, sia che si tratti di innovazione interna che di un progetto realizzato per un committente.
Italy has been in a crisis for a few years, for various reasons mostly related to stagnant growth resulting from political paralysis and investor fears over the mountain of debt it has piled up over the years. However, its creative human capital continues to resist and thrive even in the worst of times.
In this environment, Giuseppe de Nicola, from Confindustria Salerno, believing in Italy’s potential for recovery and growth through innovation, 7 years ago has created the Premio Best Practices of which Bridges to Italy is one of the US partners, and it facilitates US Market Entry of some of its participants through the UCLA Global Access Program.
This Premio (award) Best Practices was born with the objective of connecting traditional industry with young innovators in order to create new business opportunities and alternative business models, increase competitiveness and widen companies networks to spur partnerships between established companies and Italian innovative startups.
The blog GROUNDBREAKINGWINDS has recently interviewed the award’s founder, Giuseppe De Nicola, to learn more about his ambitious initiative which, right now, is touring Italy to gather, by its deadline on April 22nd, a wide array of companies from North to South, and have them compete for the final prize in June. Read HERE this interesting interview to understand why tomorrow’s innovation, in Italy, starts yesterday…
Task force area di libero scambio UE-USA
E’ operativa la nuova task force intersettoriale dedicata alla nascente area di libero scambio UE-USA. Alla task force è affidato il compito di valutare l’impatto commerciale dell’accordo T.T.I.P (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) e di far emergere tutte le opportunità di business per le imprese italiane. Il team è costituito da esperti di diversi settori, selezionati da H2biz tra i migliori professionisti sul mercato, tra essi e’ stata selezionata la Presidente di Bridges to Italy, Bianca Dellepiane:
Luca Bolognini - Presidente Istituto Italiano per la Privacy (Diritto)
Jacopo Avogrado di Casalvolone - S.L. Finmeccanica (Aerospazio e difesa)
Gianluca Caputi - Architetto e Yacht Designer (Nautica e shipping)
Marco Cavalli - Avvocato d’affari (Contrattualistica internazionale)
Giuseppe Coletti - Fondatore Forward Consulting (Marketing)
Pierangelo Cozzani - Fondatore Italian Commercial Agency (Elettronica)
Giuseppe D’Antonio - Amm. Delegato Circle.me (Social Media)
Bianca Dellepiane - Presidente Bridges to Italy (Affari internazionali)
Luigi De Falco – Presidente H2biz (Coordinatore task force)
Andrea Giannetto - Presidente IDA International (Affari internazionali)
Leonardo Lasala - Fondatore NDBC (Credito e finanza)
Fabrice Liautaud - Energy Manager SI.MA.V. SpA (Energia)
Giovanni Mappa - Fondatore ANOVA (Industria)
Felice Manganiello - Amm. Unico Sistema Italia Finance (Credito e finanza)
Paolo Pugni - Amm. Delegato Adwice (Consulenza Export)
Marco Raspati - Amm. Delegato Nexo Corporation (Internazionalizzazione)
Giovannella Russo - Amm. Delegato Alfalyrae (Nautica e shipping)
Michelangelo Serra - Presidente Air System (Aviazione e aerospazio)
Elena Veschi - Presidente Giovani Imp. Confindustria Perugia (Ambiente)
Luca Vitale - Amm. Delegato Immobili & Finanza (Edilizia)
Robero Zarriello - Giornalista (Editoria e media) Ufficio Stampa H2biz
According to a recent Harvard study, women bring tremendous positive impact and returns to the companies where they hold high leadership positions.
“There’s no question that women are making large strides in U.S. business and technology fields. Today’s generation of women professionals are more likely than any other to found, lead or advise a major U.S. firm. But while women continue to secure increasingly high-level leadership positions, there are still some glaring imbalances. For one, only twelve Fortune 500 companies are now headed by women. And numbers on the proportion of female tech startup founders are not any more encouraging; many high-profile incubators report that women founders receive less than 5% of their annual grant awards.
But recent research from the Harvard Business Review and others suggests something that most of us already know–firms without women in high-level leadership positions are missing out on some meaningful growth opportunities. According to the research, women that excel in business often prove to have more highly developed communication skills than their male colleagues. Women are also often more likely to take initiative and make changes to the status quo. In fact, the study showed that firms with women on their boards saw 42% higher sales returns, a 66% higher return on invested capital and a 53% higher return on equity over firms that did not.”
Marco Iusi, Business Development Coordinator at Bridges to Italy, was recently interviewed for the article “FROM IDEA TO STARTUP: THE SECRET” by the Groundbreaking Winds blog. His point of view reveals some interesting factors that can make or break the birth of a startup.
In fact, while many people theorize about what it takes to transform an idea into an actual company, Marco, by working with italian innovators who have that exact goal in mind, has found some commonalities across the board.
So, is there a secret formula to take a brilliant idea and turning it into a viable business?
Marco, in this article, illustrates the main elements which seem to help a wannabe entrepreneur in taking an idea to market. Of course, depending on the nature of the idea, the sector, the state of the economy and the entrepreneur’s personality, there can be additional variables involved, but maybe there is a not-so-secret, but often ignored, way of moving forward. READ ON…