Trentino, land of Open Innovation
October 2019

Trentino and Open Innovation 

Open innovation is a model of innovation where structured companies use external resources (startups, SMEs, universities, programmers, etc.) to create more value and better compete in the global market. This is the approach required for anyone looking forward to innovate their own company, whether it is a large corporation or a small company.

Open Innovation is one of the pillars of Smau, the main business matching platform in Italy in the fields of innovation and digital technologies for companies and local public administrations. The Innovation Awards, which are awarded at every stage of Smau events, are meant to acknowledge companies and public bodies for the results obtained by following the open philosophy, so that a virtuous process of comparison and contamination of good practices can be triggered.

One of the success stories awarded in Milan is the BIC Open Challenge programme, aiming to connect innovative micro and small enterprises in the Italian ecosystem with medium and large enterprises located in the Business Innovation Centres (B.I.C.) owned by Trentino Sviluppo, in order to find technological solutions to solve issues related to product or process innovation in the light of Open Innovation.

Both Trentino Sviluppo and TechnoAlpin took part in the Smau Milano event. TechnoAlpin, a company that designs and manufactures snow-making systems for ski resorts worldwide, in cooperation with Trentino Sviluppo, created the BIC Open Challenge 2019 initiative, an open innovation challenge, ongoing until November 18th, 2019, aiming to shape a data lake as an extension of the company's cloud platform in order to schedule artificial snow making.

Visit to find out more about the BIC OPEN CHALLENGE

Luisa Cunico, Branch Office Manager & Projects Development at TechnoAlpin, received the Smau Innovation Award 2019. On the occasion of the award ceremony, a Live Show was held dedicated to research & innovation and experiences of technological excellence, an opportunity to discuss good practices of business innovation capable of improving business performance with the integration of digital in production processes. 

TechnoAlpin and Trentino Sviluppo speeches are available on SMAU’s website.

Delivery of the Innovation Award with representatives from Trentino Sviluppo and TechnoAlpin together with the Autonomous Province of Trento, represented by the Councillor for Education, University and Culture Mirko Bisesti.