NanotechItaly 2013


SkipsoLabs is excited to announce the launch of a unique opportunity for nanotechnology start-ups looking for funding: Nanotech Italy Call for Startups

From the Lab to the Market is a unique coaching and fund-raising fast-track opportunity for nanotechnology entrepreneurs that will take place during the NanotechItaly2013 conference. The event From the Lab to the Market is dedicated to start-ups in the field of nanotechnology and aims at presenting new companies with business ideas in nanotechnology to a wide audience of experts, companies, investors and VCs in order to facilitate the matching of supply and demand of nanotechnology.

It is co organized by Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative and the Nanoforce project. The Start-Up Initiative is an international acceleration platform developed by Italy’s leading bank Intesa Sanpaolo. The program selects promising high-tech start-ups, coaches them and connects them with financial and corporate investors.  Since its inception in 2009, it has developed a strong track record: 55 investment forums in 6 countries across 5 technologies, matching over 370 start-ups and growing companies with thousands of investors, corporations and players of the innovation ecosystem. The Start-Up Initiative Alumni have raised over 30M€ in equity, awards and grants, and 5 of them reached an exit.The Nanoforce project aims to foster the innovative nanotechnology sector networks across Central Europe regions by bringing together public and private organizations (enterprises, research centres, venture capitalists and public institutions) to carry out collaborative and interdisciplinary researches on nanomaterials and to turn the most promising laboratory results into innovative industrial applications.

 Best start-uppers will pitch in front of investors – venture capitals, business angels, development funds, etc.- and industry players – companies and corporations embracing the open innovation paradigm to boost their development potential.

New entrepreneurs, start-uppers, researchers and scientists with a business idea are invited to submit their proposals by filling in the online form here available, the deadline is 2nd of September.

The whole event is spread over 4 days, with a first phase of training of Intesa SanPaolo followed by the pitching in front of investors:

·       Tuesday 26th of November: Boot Camp day 1.

·       Wednesday 27th of November: Boot Camp day 2.

·       Thursday 28th of November: 1to1 meeting to prepare Friday pitch.

·       Friday 29th of November: From the Lab to the Market presentation in front of the an audience of industrial and financial investors.


European Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2011 – Live Now!

by Carlo Soresina (Co-founder, Skipso)

I would like to draw your attention to the European Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2011 – an international business plan competition aimed at identifying and supporting the best, most innovative nanotechnology and polymers startups around the world.

The competition is organised by Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy’s largest bank), Veneto Nanotech (the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology) and IMAST (the Campania-based Technological District on Polymeric and Composite materials).

Skipso Solutions is the technology platform supporting this great initiative.


Each challenge offers the chance to win a 300,000 cash and services award.In addition, for all the shortlisted startups there is the opportunity to take part in a unique end-to-end program that will include the following:
  • Access to an international Investor Roadshow covering European and worldwide locations such as Milan, London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, San Francisco
  • Widespread media coverage
  • Mentoring services
  • Access to a wide network of partners (business incubators, software corporations, science parks, business coaches) providing key services and resources

The competition is free to join and entries can be submitted by registering on the challenge website. More information on eligibility, selection criteria and submission guidelines are available on the site.

Please note that the deadline for registration is September 23rd  and for submission, September 26th 2011.

I would be most grateful if you could forward this to anyone you think might be interested in participating.