Data-Driven Innovation: Chambers of Commerce select five start-ups to jointly develop innovative AI-based projects

Promo - published on 27 March 2024

Source: press office InfoCamere

Rome, 26 March 2024 – The first phase of the Call for Data-Driven Innovation, launched on 16 January by Unioncamere and InfoCamere and aimed at the eco-system of innovative start-ups and SMEs to exploit the Chamber system’s wealth of information and skills for the benefit of businesses, ended yesterday with the selection of five projects from the 64 presented.

The initiative – which sees the collaboration of The Doers, the Open Innovation consultancy of Digital Magics, Italy’s leading incubator for early-stage investments in digital start-ups – involves five Chambers of Commerce (Florence, Messina, Milan, Padua, and Turin) that will now work alongside the selected start-ups to develop a Proof of Content (PoC) of the winning idea and, in the event of satisfactory results, translate them into operational projects.

The ten best applications competed in front of the jury composed of representatives of the five project partner Chambers of Commerce, illustrating their idea – as usual in this type of challenge – in pitches of five minutes each. The winners of the day were AriesTech from Milan, BlueTensor from Trento, Deix again from Milan, KAPTO based in London and Ujiboo from the province of Turin.

“Artificial intelligence offers wide margins for improvement to the activities of the public administration,” emphasises Unioncamere secretary general Giuseppe Tripoli. “The objective of this initiative of the chamber system is to identify, with the help of the most innovative companies, how to evolve its range of services for businesses, profiling users, rendering customised services, and thus simplifying relations with the PA.”

“The paradigm of open innovation,” said Prof. Barbara Caputo of the Polytechnic of Turin and expert in AI, “involves investing in new companies with a high rate of innovation and then being able to benefit from the results of this innovation. With this project, a public system such as the Chambers of Commerce directly approached the start-up world to ask what it can do to help the chamber system introduce AI into its processes and services, and the response was very encouraging’.

“The path towards the digital transformation of public administration necessarily passes through a comparison with the world of Open Innovation,” said InfoCamere’s Director General, Paolo Ghezzi. “By promoting this joint initiative, InfoCamere wanted to make available to the Chamber system the experience gained so far in the use of this approach for the identification of innovative solutions for the improvement of organisational processes of the Chambers of Commerce and the enhancement of their information assets.

The Initiative

Through the use of technologies for the digitalisation and automation of processes, the initiative aims, on the one hand, to make Chamber procedures more efficient and productive, both internally and externally; on the other hand, to identify highly innovative solutions that can contribute to the improvement of the management of the Chambers of Commerce’s information assets, increasing the accuracy, timeliness, consistency and completeness of the data managed by the Chamber System (Intelligent Data Analysis & Management).

The technologies required and assessed in the selection of the best applications concerned, in the first, those in the field of Natural Language Processing (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Conversational Design, Chatbots & Virtual Assistants, Virtual testing, Robotic Process Automation). For the second type of solutions, the selection awarded Big Data Analysis technologies such as Data Governance, Data Cleansing, Data Quality Assurance, Predictive Analysis, Sentiment Analysis.

From idea to PoC

At the end of the call, a PoC Design programme will enable the winners to work together with the Chambers of Commerce, Unioncamere and InfoCamere to identify services and/or products consistent with the expectations of all stakeholders. Cooperative work will lead to the definition of the requirements for the realisation of a PoC, which will put together the technological know-how of the selected start-ups and InfoCamere. The starting point will be the already existing services and/or products, to be then adapted to meet the common needs and objectives of the stakeholders.

All details of the initiative can be viewed on the online platform HERE.


Translated by Cecilia Flaccavento
Intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites


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