Luciano Miotto Startup Companies Award announced the winners of the 2023 edition: Artificial Intelligence at the heart of innovative projects and new record number of applications

New record number of applications: 86 from all over Italy, of which 24 from the Veneto region; 39 entrepreneurial projects and 47 start-ups took part in this edition The first prize was won by 'Weabios', a spinoff of the University of Pisa; second place for the Milan-based 'Talentware'; bronze medal for the Turin-based start-up 'Plastiz'. Arzanya from Padua wins the Special Award for Female Entrepreneurship.


Events - published on 27 March 2024


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Treviso, 22 March 2024 – A record number of applications, coming from all over Italy, for the “Luciano Miotto Start Up Company Award“, an initiative conceived by t2i – Trasferimento Tecnologico e Innovazione, a consortium company owned by the Chambers of Commerce of Treviso-Belluno|Dolomites, Verona and Venice-Rovigo, set up with the aim of promoting digitalisation and Italian innovation, encouraging the connection between start-ups, research centres and companies.

Supported by Imesa Spa, with the technical partnership of the Invitalia System and Confindustria Veneto Est, the 2023-2024 edition was the most attended ever, registering as many as 86 applications from the entire national territory (24 from Veneto region), of which 39 entrepreneurial projects and 47 innovative start-ups, concerning different business areas and technological-digital, product and market innovations, with reference to multiple sectors, including: Hi-tech&Digital, innovative business services, social innovation and circular economy, technologies and innovation for internationalisation, environmental, economic and social sustainability and Green economy.

Proclaimed by Alessia Miotto, vice-president of Imesa Spa and daughter of Luciano Miotto, the visionary entrepreneur who died prematurely in the summer of 2018, after whom the Prize is named, the winners were announced this morning during the event “Innovation, sustainability and incentives the future for start-ups” – as part of the Confindustria Veneto Est Sustainability Week -, which was also attended by Mario Pozza, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites and Unioncamere del Veneto, Roberto Santolamazza, General Manager of t2i, Fabio Comi, Investment Analyst at Invitalia, and Renzo Chervatin, Head of Development of Northeast Territories at Unicredit.

“The Chamber of Commerce has always been an advocate and supporter of the Luciano Miotto award, through its participant, excellence in technology and innovation systems, t2i,” said Mario Pozza, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites. “I remember the great man and entrepreneur Luciano Miotto and this award, which has evolved and improved over time, is a fitting recognition of his memory. I hope, that the Luciano Miotto Prize, now of national importance, can inspire young people to stay in Italy to contribute to innovation and technology in our country”.

The winner of the competition was Weabios, a spin-off from the University of Pisa, which aims to solve the problem of poor posture thanks to its Revelar – a smart textile device that monitors the body’s position in real time via artificial intelligence, combating chronic back pain – thus redefining sitting into a smart wellness experience that can improve quality of life. The team thus won a cash prize worth EUR 4,000 and a one-year free home incubation contract at the t2i Certified Incubator.

Finishing in second place was Milan-based Talentware, a company founded in 2023 with the aim of helping companies grow their employees in line with corporate objectives. Using its AI-based platform and a method that identifies and objectifies skills, Talentware automatically suggests career paths and upskilling and reskilling opportunities for each employee to fill identified gaps and increase talent retention in the company. On the third step of the podium was the innovative start-up Plastiz from Turin, which transforms plastic waste into 100% recycled and recyclable surfaces – creating a viable alternative to the use of virgin or unsustainable raw materials – and into design and architecture projects. Two cash prizes (EUR 2,500 for Talentware and EUR 1,000 for Plastiz) went to the two projects, both associated with a meeting dedicated to needs assessment, digitisation and business model development/review.

New this year, the Special Female Startup Award established to valorise female entrepreneurial excellence and awarded to young companies whose founding nucleus is at least 60% female. Among the 26 nominations received, the winner of the award – and the prize money of €1,000, presented by Stefania Zattarin, General Manager of 2 Seta srl and member of the General Council of Confindustria Veneto Est – was Arzanya from Padua. Through its ‘drug discovery’ platform supported by Artificial Intelligence, it aims to make the drug discovery process more efficient and sustainable, offering biocompatible and cost-effective solutions for identifying new-generation drugs quickly and safely.

The four finalist applications also won an orientation and accompaniment service offered by the Invitalia System, to apply for the incentives managed by the Agency.

“We are really proud that the Startup d’Impresa Award is growing year by year and gathering more and more adhesions from all over Italy,” says t2i General Manager Roberto Santolamazza. “In this edition, the fil rouge of the projects and business ideas presented was artificial intelligence: several teams made extensive use of this advanced technology, highlighting its availability in the present and its infinite transformative possibilities. What emerges is its enormous potential in solving concrete challenges and realising hitherto impossible services: this is a great positive message with respect to this technology, which is often only referred to for its potential risks, which, admittedly, exist, but are to be considered as components of the project, as also indicated by the very recent ‘AI Act’ released by the European Commission. We would like to thank all the participants in the competition and the technical partners of this edition, the Invitalia System and Confindustria Veneto Est, for their valuable support’.

Below is a summary of the 3 finalist teams and the winner of the Special Female Entrepreneurship Award:

FIRST PLACE: WEABIOS (PISA)

Team: Lucia Arcarisi

RUNNER-UP: TALENTWARE (MILAN)

Team: Andrea Raimondo, Giacomo Marchiori, Ismet Balihodzic

THIRD PLACE: PLASTIZ (TURIN)

Team: Gian Luca Beruto

SPECIAL FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD: ARZANYA (PADUA)

Team: Mariavittoria Cacace, Alessandro Angelini, Ylenia Mazzocato, Sara Linciano, Zhanna Romanyuk

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