A desk 3d printer, a sensor that will measure the athletic performance of the players of the national Italian football team, an app for on-demand reservation service of luxury cars with chauffeur. These and many other innovative made in Italy ideas will find a place in the 3,000 square meters building that will house the first technological district of Milan, the Polihub.
Today, the business incubator of the Politecnico di Milano managed by Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and supported by the Milan Municipality, has been inaugurated in a ceremony attended by leading business community and start-up ecosystem representatives.
PoliHub is the 9th main incubator in Europe according to UBI Index. Since 2000, more than 5000 Ideas have been collected and over 100 innovative start-ups were supported by its programs. Today, Polihub gather 39 new small enterprises, 9 virtual incubations and 20 start-ups are currently in the evaluation process.
“Fondazione Politecnico di Milano has strongly supported the transformation of the Business Accelerator in PoliHub, firmly believing in a cutting-edge facility for the support of the best innovative startups. – Says Giampio Bracchi, president of Fondazione Politecnico and PoliHub – In a mature economy as the Italian one, the growth of GDP and of the employment is closely linked to the innovation. Thus, to support innovation projects, research, and create a bridge between business and economic environment, is part of our mission.”
PoliHub model will be applied in other technology districts: the incubator has recently opened two branches at ComoNExT and at Campus of Cremona.
“Entrepreneurs who entered our incubator – concludes Stefano Mainetti, PoliHub managing director – have an average age of 32 years and 72% of the founders are former students of the Polytechnic. Today PoliHub reflects the willingness to roll up their sleeves and begin to rebuild the transforming potential of technological innovation in a real value to society. “