Unioncamere and InfoCamere launch call aimed at startups and SMEs “Data-Driven Innovation: Chambers of Commerce and Startups Together for a Digital Italy” to accelerate innovation in the Chamber System


Economy - published on 17 January 2024


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Source: press office Unioncamere

Rome, Jan. 16, 2024 – Enhancing the information assets and skills of the chamber system, adopting Open Innovation as a reference model, to support the digital transformation of the PA and businesses. These are the assumptions of the project promoted by Unioncamere and InfoCamere, which – with the collaboration of The Doers, the Open Innovation consulting firm of Digital Magics, Italy’s leading incubator in early-stage investments in digital startups – has kicked off a systemic “Open Innovation” path that today lands at the launch of the Call “Data-Driven Innovation: Chambers of Commerce and Startups Together for a Digital Italy” directed to the world of Italian startups and innovative SMEs.

At the center of the project, which sees the first phase of experimentation in five Chambers of Commerce (Florence, Messina, Milan, Padua, Turin) is the definition of two strategic themes for the chamber system (so-called “Challenge”), aimed at the selection and implementation of experimentations to be carried out on each Chamber and that, in a second phase of the initiative, may evolve into operational projects.

Preliminary activities were conducted between July and October, with the identification of the needs of the stakeholders involved (Chambers of Commerce and businesses), the definition of the two thematic areas on which the “Challenges” among applicants will take place, and the setup of the tools necessary for the call, starting with the online platform for collecting applications (https://challenge.infocamere.it/).

The Call is aimed at all startups that are able to provide technologies for the digitization and automation of processes, with the aim of making both internal chamber procedures more efficient and productive, and those that also have external implications (Internal process automation) and/or solutions with a high degree of innovation that can contribute to improving the management of information assets, increasing the accuracy, timeliness, consistency and completeness of the data managed by the Chamber System (Intelligent Data Analysis & Management).

In this context, NLP (Natural Language Processing) technologies are sought in the first case: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Conversational Design, Chatbots & Virtual Assistants, Virtual testing, RPA (Robotic Process Automation). For the second type of solutions, Big Data Analysis technologies are sought: Data Governance, Data Cleansing, Data Quality Assurance, Predictive Analysis, Sentiment Analysis.

After the call closes, scheduled for Feb. 19, 2024, an “Innovation Day” will be held during which the best selected startups will have the opportunity to present themselves in front of the chamber system’s stakeholder contacts, as well as industry experts, to illustrate their projects. Each startup will have 5 minutes to present its product/service and 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience.

At the outcome of the call, a Co-design program will allow 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. The cooperative work will lead to the concrete finalization of the design of products and/or services of the start-ups/SMEs that excelled during the Innovation day. The starting point will be the selected existing services and/or products, and then come to the adaptation of the same, through the Co-design phase, to the objectives of the stakeholders.

How to participate in the call and all details regarding the initiative can be viewed and downloaded in the online platform: https://challenge.infocamere.it/

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