Innovation

Nurturing talents

Developing young people and their talent is the key to the country's growth. This is why Telecom Italia has created a new model of collaboration with universities that puts the development of talent at its heart. This new way of doing research involves the creation of joint laboratories for the industrial transfer of innovation (Joint Open Labs, or JOLs) and programmes to support young people, such as Working Capital and Changemakers.

Developing young people

Objective: To promote young talent in Italy

Project: New initiatives on the employment market relating to training and entry into the company, such as higher education internships, master's degrees and research doctorates

Results

Italy (since 2001)

  • Over 330 higher education internships granted for final-year engineering and economics students. 
  • Over 100 research doctorate scholarships financed.
  • Over 70 bright new graduates supported in studying for four second-level professional master's degrees.
  • Over 80 young people recruited on permanent contracts to innovative areas in 2013, in both the high tech and business sectors, such as Technology/Open Access, Strategy & Innovation and Business.
  • New graduates were enrolled on a two-year induction course, followed by a third year of tailor-made development activities.
  • Over 100 undergraduates and new graduates enrolled on company training programmes such as thesis courses or internships.

Brazil

  • 120 talented young people selected for the programme "Internships without Frontiers" (Estágio sem Fronteiras).
  • 16 promising new graduates taken on in strategic areas of the business.
  • 2,134 senior managers recruited in 2013.

 

New partnership between industry and universities

Objective: To accelerate industrial transfer and generate shared solutions between the world of research and business.

Project: Creating a new way of doing research using Joint Open Labs (JOLs) for the industrial transfer of innovation.

Results

Joint Open Labs (JOLs)

  • 5 universities involved in the first phase
  • Over 350 young people, of whom 200 are working in the company's areas of innovation
  • Interdisciplinary teams focusing on universities areas of excellence
  • "Open" reasearch at international level in collaboration with organisations such as the European Institute of Technology and MIT
  • Investment of 13 milion euros (2012-2015)
  • Field testing relating to the company's areas of interest and in which universities have expertise, generating knock-on effects locally and encouraging university startups

 

Support to startups

Objective: To foster new talents in Italy, and assist with the creation of new companies, particularly web and technology firms.

Projects: Creating incubation programmes that offer know-how, financial resources and visibility through two initiatives: Working Capital and Changemakers for Expo Milan 2015

Results

Working Capital - the results (since 2009)

  • 109 grants
  • 15 accelerated startups and 19 incubated and financed startups
  • 36 pre-incubated startups
  • 25,000 euros available for each startup
  • 4 accelerator centres: Milan, Rome, Catania and Bologna
  • Working Capital 2014: forty 25,000-euro business grants will be awarded across the 40 accelerator programmes in the four centres in Italy
  • In 2014 Telecom Italia launched the Seed Investment Program, with a grant of 4.5 million euros over the next three years for investment in the options or equity of innovative startups.
  • Working Capital will also have a crowdfunding platform for ideas, projects and companies to receive financing from the community. These initiatives are in addition to the tools launched in 2013, such as Albo Veloce, which today includes more than 90 startups, and the Innovation Basket of 1 million euros, which provides crucial support to the growth and development of new entrepreneurial ideas.

Changemakers for Expo Milano 2015

  • 10 new ideas chosen from over 1,500 participants from 21 countries
  • 8 weeks of intensive incubation with professionals from various sectors
  • Many projects are achieving international visibility