7 startups, €280,000 of funding and one project, Encubator, which was created to reward the innovation of businesses that focus on sustainable development.
The winning businesses, from Italy and abroad (with the usual quota of Politecnico alumni), were announced on 11 January 2023, from among as many as 168 applications submitted from across the world by university spinoffs and early-stage startups capable of providing solutions to the biggest challenges in the fields of Climate Tech and sustainability, to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-free model of development , to make urban environments and transport more sustainable and to reduce waste, moving towards a circular economy model.
The task of selecting the best projects for the first edition of Encubator fell to a jury made up of representatives from the Politecnico di Milano, PoliHub, the Chamber of Commerce and each of the programme's partners and sponsors, in addition to various experts from the worlds of industry, venture capital and intellectual property protection.
“Every day we hear worrying news about the climate crisis but few people are proposing solutions. We have decided set to work in order to find them. Almost 170 startups have responded to our appeal with practical solutions. The seven winners were adjudged to be the best prepared to implement them. With this first edition of Encubator, we are embarking on a journey of identifying the brightest people who are capable of creating the technologies needed to fight the climate crisis,”
remarked PoliHub CEO Enrico Deluchi.
The Milan, Monza and Brianza Chamber of Commerce has awarded grants to:
A grant from BCC Milano, an Encubator Partner, has been awarded to ReHouseit, a startup which is remodelling the nature of spaces by adapting materials and advanced technologies in the construction sector, while H2go Technology, a startup that manufactures solid oxide fuel cells to facilitate an energy transition led by hydrogen, has received a grant from Innovatec, another Encubator Partner.
In addition to receiving a €40,000 grant, the winning businesses will participate in a 4-month acceleration programme organised by PoliHub to support their technological growth and the validation of their business structure, while they will also have access to a network of companies, founders, mentors, subject matter experts and investors from the worlds of business, energy and the circular economy.
“Vision, talent and technology are essential ingredients for the green transition. The winners of the first edition of Encubator have risen to the challenge of sustainable and technological innovation that focuses not only on the environmental impact, but also the economic and social consequences. This programme could provide practical, cutting-edge solutions to the challenges of Climate Tech and sustainability, promoting a circular development model”
added Donatella Sciuto, Rector of the Politecnico di Milano.