KIC EIT Raw Materials


Strengthening Incubation Methods and Processes for EIT Raw Materials

SIMP's goal is to share methodologies and best practices with partner European incubators within EIT Raw Materials for the support of ideas and innovative companies in the commodities sector. It is a great opportunity to present the Trentino system of support to new businesses, industries and research organizations across Europe and be an active part in strategic projects in the field of raw materials.

European projects


Future INternet Open Data EXpansion

HIT participates to this project as a business training provider, and open data training to SMEs in Trentino, through a partnership with the Bruno Kessler Foundation and Trento Engineering. The FINODEX (Future INternet Open Data Expansion) project is an accelerator of companies that provides free funding and professional services to companies interested in pursuing innovation projects in connection with two aspects: 1) the technology platform FIWARE, and 2) open data. FIWARE is a technology platform that has been developed by large companies working in the sector since 2011 with funding provided by the European Commission. This platform provides developers with a set of technologies that facilitate the creation of new applications and software services. Open data are not protected by copyright, and are therefore accessible to all, and can also be used for commercial purposes (for example to develop technologies and services). Open data is the "Fuel" of FIWARE.

The project provides funds to SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs (up to € 170,000 per project - more than 100 ideas financed in Europe) and free services for businesses. In total there are over 4 million euro up for grabs granted by European funds, in addition to free training services for the winners.

Companies that have have benefited from this European initiative in the Trentino startup ecosystem are OpenMove (100,000 €), Ecogriddy (50,000 €), Diabetes Lab (10,000 €) and KissMyBike (50,000 €).


Start-up summer schools on ICT for young aspiring entrepreneurs

Startify7 is a project designed to train young entrepreneurs in the ICT field and to identify approaches and training formats which aim to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation. During the two-year project 7 summer academies will be implemented for young people between 18 and 30. The summer academies in 2015 were as follows: Sheffield Summer Academy (theme: Digital Healthcare); Trento Summer Academy (theme: Cyber ecurity); Nuremberg Summer Academy (theme: Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things). For 2016: Almeria Summer Academy (theme: Industrial Simulations); Thessaloniki Summer Academy (theme: Games); Katowice Summer Academy (theme: Next Generation Enterprise Information Systems); Enschede Summer Academy (Theme: Social and enterprise networks)

At the end of each year the best business projects will have the opportunity to participate in a boot-camp held in Brussels, where they will have the chance to gain deeper insight in the issues of business development, and to meet important international investors. At the end of the project  best practices in entrepreneurial education will be identified for young people in the ICT sector.


Supporting Internet of Things Activities on Innovation Ecosystems

In the context of IoT EPI (ICT 30), the objective of the UNIFY-IoT project is to stimulate collaboration between SMEs and ICT startups and research and development consortia that develop IoT (Internet of Things) platforms. "Internet of Things" refers to the set of technologies that give intelligence to objects, causing them to communicate with people or with other machines, providing new interactions and information with respect to the environment in which these objects are located. Among other possible applications, monitoring of air quality, the use of sensors to promote intelligent mobility, monitoring of areas subject to flooding, power control of municipal buildings (smart building), the intelligent management of street lighting (smart lighting), and much more. This type of technology makes it possible, with limited costs, for useful data to be intelligible for various purposes and fields. Through the UNIFY-IoT project, HIT offers to students and professionals in the IT field in Trentino the opportunity to be an integral part of this European initiative acting as a contact point between SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs interested in the use of these platforms: the project highlights funding opportunities, and offers online training on the use of IoT platforms.

European Innovation Partnership - Smart Cities & Communities

Management of the Market Place of the EIP on Smart Cities & Communities

The aim of the project is to manage the Stakeholders Platform that supports the operations of the European Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities (European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities). The stakeholder platform is a collaborative online tool that allows partners (representatives of industry, research centers, cities and public institutions across Europe) to cooperate in order to promote good practices in terms of energy efficiency, quality of life and sustainability and identification of concrete innovative solutions and the sharing of knowledge between European cities. The platform supports the work of partners, organized in thematic groups: The Action Clusters (Business Models, Finance and Procurement; Citizen Focus; Integrated Infrastructures & Processes; Policy & Regulations / Integrated Planning; Sustainable Districts and Built Environment; Sustainable Urban Mobility). Each Action Cluster defines work plans, and promotes initiatives and workshops to achieve the objectives of the Partnership. HIT has to coordinate the Action Cluster "Citizen Focus", whose central theme is the involvement of citizens in the development of solutions for intelligent cities.


Systemic standardisation approach to empower smart cities and communities

A smart city is such if it is able to integrate physical, digital and social systems to guarantee its citizens a sustainable future. Increasingly sophisticated technological solutions are being put in place to meet the various needs of the city. However, given their inherent complexity and variety, it’s necessary to adopt a systemic approach.
The ESPRESSO project (Standardisation Systemic Approach to Empower Smart Cities and Communities) focuses on developing an approach to smart cities based on open standards. ESPRESSO will mainly lead to the development of a platform and of a series of provider and processing data, for the benefit of companies, which will be able to integrate them with workflows and already existing processes, in order to optimize them and create opportunities for the innovation of products and services. On the basis of a detailed collection of requirements carried out in close collaboration with the city, standardization organizations, administrative bodies and the private industry, ESPRESSO identifies open standards to meet the requirements and ensure the interoperability between the different sources of data and the platform. The approach adopted in the ESPRESSO project promotes the development of an open market, avoiding exclusive and proprietary solutions, resulting in benefits for all European cities that adopt this approach.


To increase the impact of the Smart Specialisation Strategy implementation within Alpine Space Area

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The S3-4AlpClusters aims to better implement smart specialization strategies (S3) through clusters in order to gain sustainable and inclusive growth, generating critical mass. The Smart Specialisation concept is a lever of EU Cohesion Policy and has been applied by several EU regions. However, not many experiences of implementing S3 in clusters exist yet. Implementation tools must be developed to fully benefit SMEs. Hence, the S3-4AlpClusters objectives are to improve framework conditions for innovation induced by clusters and SMEs and to create new jobs. The main outputs of the project are: a joint transnational cluster action plan and S3 stress test analysis of advanced, convergence and less advanced regions for agenda setting, an S3-based innovation model adapted to regional clusters, and better framework conditions for companies through tested innovation model and services.The project will last 30 months, from 11/01/2016 to 04/30/2019, with a global budget of €2.521.964, including 1.929.500 from the ERDF programme.


International projects

IEEE Smart Cities

In a globailzed and urbanized world, the future is in smart cities. 

In 2014, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world's leading organization in the field of electronic engineering, has selected the city of Trento as one of the 10 "smartest" cities of the world candidate to participate in the IEEE Smart Cities initiative. This initiative aims to identify 10 cities as a model of excellence in the field of Smart Cities. Experts will provide support to the selected cities on behalf of the IEEE to promote their development as smart cities. To date, only two other cities have been selected worldwide: Wuxi (China) and Guadalajara (Mexico). Each city must develop a project in a specific area and Trento has chosen the theme "quality of life." With the support of the University of Trento, HIT and IEEE Italy, the project will focus on the active involvement of citizens, thanks to technologies based on open and big data and will apply to different strategic sectors of smart cities: eGovernment, Healthcare, Energy Efficiency, Integrated Mobility and Tourism. 

IEEE Smart Cities Initative in Trento