February 22, 2021
The inaugural year of the Innovability® School officially began on February 18.
As previously reported, the project is fostered by ASviS (the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development) and on which we collaborate with Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia (through Uniser), Fondazione Lars Magnus Ericsson, and RUS (the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development).
The School recognizes the important role of start-ups in responsibly addressing the challenges of sustainability, and is aimed above all at those that have the development, production, and marketing of innovative products with a high technological value as their main corporate purpose, in order to implement a cultural change.
The course will address the issues of sustainable development from an applicative perspective, through real cases and good practices. It will also study various topics related to sustainable development, circular economy and digital innovation in particular. These will be treated with a systemic approach, in order to highlight their connection with the entrepreneurial challenges to fully integrate sustainability into the business model.
Educational activities will take place in hybrid form, in compliance with the current health emergency. The training course, which is divided into four phases (based on individual learning, webinars, theoretical lessons, seminars, and group work), will be supplemented by the active participation of academics, and representatives of institutions, companies, and organizations. A tutoring and mentorship program will also be available to support start-ups, according to their needs.
The launch of the webinars kicked off with a round table that saw the participation of Ernesto Ciorra, General Manager at Enel Foundation and Director of Innovability® at Enel; Giulio Lo Iacono, Manager of Transversal Activities at ASviS; Cesare Avenia, President of Fondazione Lars Magnus Ericsson; Ginevra Lombardi, Professor of Economics at the University of Florence; Athanassia Athanassiou, Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology, and Patrizia Lombardi, RUS President. This was followed by a keynote address by Professor Alberto Di Minin from Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa.
Enel Foundation and ASviS already collaborated on the launch of the Siena Advanced School on Sustainable Development in 2018, a partnership that was renewed for the school’s advanced edition, which began in September 2020.