The event dedicated to innovation and the discovery of the ‘Italian Tech Unicorn’ hosted in that iconic ‘forge of ideas’ represented by the OGR in Turin, took place on 29 and 30 September.

In this very intense two days, startuppers, investors, institutions, companies and media pooled ideas, opportunities, perspectives, to write together the most important and indispensable agenda: that of change.

LIFTT obviously could not miss this appointment, where Made in Italy breaks out of the stereotypes and becomes something totally new only for those who do not know, or do not remember, that innovation has always been part of this country’s DNA.

Maria Cristina Odasso, our Head of Business Analysis, took part in the panel on mobility, illustrating LIFTT’s investments in the sector. This is an industry that is constantly evolving, where the automotive world in the last 10 years has become increasingly indistinguishable from the energy and digital worlds. Thousands of companies, and thousands of start-ups, are working on this convergence, developing technologies for sustainable mobility that have and will have an increasing weight in LIFTT’s portfolio.

It was then our President Stefano Buono who spoke at the award ceremony of the IMSA 2022 Prize, organised by PNICube, in collaboration with I3P – Innovative companies Incubator of Politecnico di Torino, to reward the achievements of hi-tech start-ups and where he spoke about the growth paths of Italian start-ups and their prospects.

Our President then presented his latest ‘creature’: newcleo, in the LIFTT portfolio since its founding, which was created to develop clean and safe nuclear energy, an intuition of his that, once again, was ahead of its time and impassioned those present, in a debate based on scientific evidence and far removed from prejudices, where it was emphasised that nuclear energy is a clean and unlimited source of energy that sooner or later cannot be ignored. And current events suggest that the ‘sooner’ is much closer than the ‘later’. Nuclear technology can also represent an opportunity for many Italian start-ups, because it is a complex system that requires engineering know-how, know-how that is historically connected to the research in this field carried out in Italy.