Friday, January 8, 2016

Italian SMEs and start-ups meet experts and investors in Turin

On November 9th 2015, Turin welcomed the InvestHorizon Raising Awareness Seminar and the Coaching Academy.

Both events were organized by Unioncamere, with the support of the Turin Chamber of Commerce, the I3P (Certified Incubator of the University of Turin), the Enterprise Europe Network and Europe Unlimited.
The event gave an opportunity to start-ups and innovative SMEs to become informed on the investment readiness. The aim of the Coaching Academy was to prepare entrepreneurs to match with investors and partners.

During the morning, the seminar debated on Improving Investment Horizon: New Tools and Instruments for Innovative SMEs. Special guests presented five key topics:
  • Nicoletta Marchiandi (Turin Chamber of commerce – ALPS Enterprise Europe Network) presented the EEN services for innovative companies;
  • Andrea Muti (Unioncamere) described the services of the Italian network of chambers of commerce for investment readiness;
  • William Stevens (Europe Unlimited) explained the project InvestHorizon;
  • Natascia Lai (EASME) explained the SMEs Instrument in Horizon 2020;
  • Marco Cantamessa (I3P) held the keynote speech on “Enhancing investment readiness in order to unleash SMEs' and Mid-Caps' growth potential”.

The second part of the event took place in the afternoon, where InvestHorizon’s experts organized the Coaching Academy. The experts trained participating companies on how to be prepared in meetings with international investors and business operators, explaining them techniques to use in presentations and strategies for market entry or investment plan.

The coaching academy was directly connected with the Italian Corporate Venture Forum 2015 organized by Europe Unlimited in cooperation with the Bank Intesa San Paolo and the Turin Chamber of Commerce, that took place on 10th November in Turin.

The forum assisted in matching 36 companies with 50 Italian and international venture capital and corporate investors and partners. Companies have been selected among 137 Italian companies that have presented their projects on various sectors as Healthcare, Digital, Smart System, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Cities and Smart Mobility.