Open Accelerator was born within the Digital District of Reggio Emilia to promote the growth of Startups and Open Innovation projects for the development of a sustainable and technologically advanced industrial ecosystem.
Open Accelerator is the place where startups meet established companies and potential investors and prepare to enter the market.
In line with the manufacturing vocation of our territory, we focus on hardware startups that offer a physical product or phygital solution.
We offer acceleration and incubation programs and support in the search for industrial partnerships and in raising capital.
Open Accelerator supports established companies that intend to grow with innovation thanks to a range of customizable and customer-oriented services.
We encourage Open Innovation with the startups of our network, we offer Design Thinking programs, strategic innovation workshops for business teams and Acceleration tracks for SMEs.
We collaborate with companies on various levels, addressing diverse stakeholders, and organize Challenges and Calls for Ideas for targeted projects. We also support companies in the Generational Change with a specific path for the transfer of entrepreneurial skills and management of innovation processes.
WHY IN REGGIO EMILIA?
Reggio Emilia is one of the first cities in Italy for industrial and technological innovation with a manufacturing ecosystem among the most important and advanced in Europe. It is home to the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and of numerous research centers and laboratories.
Coming to Reggio Emilia means taking part in a paradigm shift in the world of industrial innovation, in the places where the historic Officine Meccaniche Reggiane were once based, today the Innovation Park is being created: a place that will host the Digital District, a meeting and collaboration hub between the academic and business worlds that will become a reference point for technological innovation in advanced manufacturing and technical and technological training, to accompany companies to face the challenges and transformations connected to Industry 4.0.
The Open Accelerator, expression of the needs of this evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, was created to enhance the innovation potential of the Reggio Emilia territory by creating connections and synergies between technological startups and consolidated companies.
PHOTO: Comune di Reggio Emilia_Progetto Santiago Calatrava
Promoted by Unindustria Reggio Emilia and Fondazione REI, Open Accelerator operates in partnership with Industrio Ventures, Italy’s first hardware accelerator.
The Young Entrepreneurs Group of Unindustria Reggio Emilia with the Upidea! Startup program project are partners of the initiative together with Iren Smart Solutions and IN-ER, regional network of incubators.
The project is created with the contribution of the Manodori Foundation and the Reggio Emilia Chamber of Commerce.
Project by Fondazione REI and its Founders:
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The project is created with the contribution of the Manodori Foundation and the Reggio Emilia Chamber of Commerce