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Innovation Challenge

Switch2Product is the programme that enhances the market value of innovative solutions, new technologies and business ideas proposed by current students and those who have graduated in the last three years, researchers, alumni and professors of the Politecnico di Milano. It offers economic resources and consulting services to support the development of innovation projects through technological validation and entrepreneurial acceleration schemes..

Also this year the initiative is open to students, graduates of the last three years, researchers, alumni and professors of the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi.

You will be supervised by our technology transfer managers, startup analysts & experts, mentors and investors.

Switch2Product will support the motivation and enhancement strategies of the participating teams. In addition to the creation of startups, S2P will encourage the activation of collaborations between the creators of inventions and the industrial world.

70 selezionati

Workshop
Idea Development & Pitch

The first 70 ideas selected will have access to the Workshop Idea Development & Pitch.
The workshop aims to enhance and structure an effective presentation of your innovation idea.
The seminar will be held by a PoliHub expert in Pitch Presentation Design.

30 finalisti

Innovation Boost Program

The 30 projects will have the opportunity to access the Innovation Boost Program, the exclusive training scheme designed to assess the technological and business potential of the proposed idea in order to define a practical and substantial development plan.
The programme will focus on business models, intellectual property, financials and pitch presentation.

The Innovation Boost Programme is conducted by PoliHub, the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and Deloitte’s Officine Innovazione.

From this year, the projects selected for the Special Programmes will have the opportunity to participate in dedicated thematic workshops.

20 Vincitori

Acceleration Program

GRANT S2P

The 20 winning projects will have access to an entrepreneurial and technological acceleration scheme for the implementation of the development plan (team consolidation, prototyping and product development, business model definition, market testing, marketing strategy, access to funding, etc.). The programme is designed and engineered specifically on the specific needs of the selected projects and provides professional support from successful entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors. It is coordinated by the mentors and tutors of PoliHub, Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and the Officine Innovazione of Deloitte Italia.

The acceleration programme also provides support in the following areas:

  • Media Coverage: support in promoting and popularising winning ideas among the Business community, Industrial partners and Investors.
  • Use of PoliHub spaces: access to common spaces and facilities at PoliHub premises for the entire duration of the acceleration process.
  • Use of all the services provided by PoliHub (communication services, support in seeking funding for your innovation, etc.).

A proportion of the winning Projects relating to the Politecnico di Milano will have access to a total prize pool of 210 thousand euros (S2P Grant prize pool) exclusively dedicated to the funding of technology development & validation activities and divided as follows:

  • Up to5 S2P Grants worth 30 thousand euros each;
  • A 60 thousand euro «Innovation 4 Covid-19» Special Prize dedicated to projects that stand out for the innovation proposed to combat the emergency and impact of Covid-19.

70 selezionati

Workshop
Idea Development & Pitch

The first 70 ideas selected will have access to the Workshop Idea Development & Pitch.
The workshop aims to enhance and structure an effective presentation of your innovation idea.
The seminar will be held by a PoliHub expert in Pitch Presentation Design.

30 finalisti

Innovation Boost Program

The 30 projects will have the opportunity to access the Innovation Boost Program, the exclusive training scheme designed to assess the technological and business potential of the proposed idea in order to define a practical and substantial development plan.
The programme will focus on business models, intellectual property, financials and pitch presentation.

The Innovation Boost Programme is conducted by PoliHub, the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and Deloitte’s Officine Innovazione.

From this year, the projects selected for the Special Programmes will have the opportunity to participate in dedicated thematic workshops.

20 Vincitori

Acceleration Program

GRANT S2P

The 20 winning projects will have access to an entrepreneurial and technological acceleration scheme for the implementation of the development plan (team consolidation, prototyping and product development, business model definition, market testing, marketing strategy, access to funding, etc.). The programme is designed and engineered specifically on the specific needs of the selected projects and provides professional support from successful entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors. It is coordinated by the mentors and tutors of PoliHub, Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and the Officine Innovazione of Deloitte Italia.

The acceleration programme also provides support in the following areas:

  • Media Coverage: support in promoting and popularising winning ideas among the Business community, Industrial partners and Investors.
  • Use of PoliHub spaces: access to common spaces and facilities at PoliHub premises for the entire duration of the acceleration process.
  • Use of all the services provided by PoliHub (communication services, support in seeking funding for your innovation, etc.).

A proportion of the winning Projects relating to the Politecnico di Milano will have access to a total prize pool of 210 thousand euros (S2P Grant prize pool) exclusively dedicated to the funding of technology development & validation activities and divided as follows:

  • Up to5 S2P Grants worth 30 thousand euros each;
  • A 60 thousand euro «Innovation 4 Covid-19» Special Prize dedicated to projects that stand out for the innovation proposed to combat the emergency and impact of Covid-19.
ACTIVITY AGENDA

30/06/2020 – Call closes

 

25/09/2020 – Evaluation and first selection of the projects

The communication will be sent by email to the team contact person.

 

02/10/2020 – Idea Development & Pitch Workshop

Workshops to enhance and structure an effective presentation of your innovation idea, in a half-day seminar, to prepare teams for Selection Days.

 

12-16/10/2020 – Selection days (pitch presentation)

The teams will present their projects before a jury made up of representatives of the Politecnico di Milano, PoliHub and Deloitte. Closed-door events.

28/10/2020 – Communication of the 30 finalist teams

The communication will be sent by email to the team contact person.

 

28-29-30/10/2020 – 4-6-5/11/2020 – Innovation Boost Programme

The programme is organised over 4 days. The work of each day is scheduled from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

16-20/11/2020 – Final Pitch before the Jury

An institutional jury will identify a maximum of 20 winning projects.

Closed-door events.

 

Early December 2020 – S2P Final and Winners Announcement 

Final presentation of the finalist ideas and announcement of the winners..
Public event.

 

From December 2020 – Tech Acceleration & Startup Programme

Access to the PoliHub acceleration programme lasting from 4 to 12 months.

 

05/2021 – Investor & Corporate Roadshow

S2P in numbers

12

EDITIONS

3

MAIN EXITS

82

ACCELERATED

33

ESTABLISHED COMPANIES

25

€ MILLION TOTAL INVESTMENTS (VC, CROWDFUNDING)

10

€ MILLION CUMULATED TURNOVER IN 2018

426

APPLICATIONS ASSESSED FROM 2016 TO 2019

2.6

€ Million GRANT VALUE AND SERVICES PROVIDED

1%Education | Governance
6%Retail | E-Commerce
9%Green | Energy
16Creative | Cultural
19%Health | Biotech
21%Communication | Transportation
28%Materials | Manufacturing
CELTIS2

CELTIS
S2P 2019

diagnose_hof

DIAGNOSE
S2P 2019

photonpath

PHOTON PATH
S2P 2018

loopus

LOOPUS
S2P 2018

phononicVibes

PHONONIC VIBES
S2P 2017

Nireos

NIREOS
S2P 2017

Sharknet

SHARKNET
S2P 2016

Musa

MUSA
S2P 2016

goliath

GOLIATH
S2P 2015

poip

POIP
S2P 2014

thingk

THINGK
S2P 2014

dsign

3DSIGN
S2P 2014

beast_tecno

BEAST TECHNOLOGIES
S2P 2013

fabtotum

FABTOTUM
S2P 2012

ginkgo

GINKGO
S2P 2011

empatica

EMPATICA
S2P 2010

Partners

Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and designers. It has always focused on teaching and research innovation, contributing to the development of the country’s economic and production system. Through its Technology Transfer Office (TTO), the university facility specialising in Intellectual Property issues, Politecnico supports lecturers, researchers and students in transferring technical-scientific knowledge from the laboratory to the industrial and market sector. The TTO staff, characterised by a wide diversification of profiles (from chemistry to physical and electronic engineering, bioengineering, architecture and industrial design) and the integration of management and legal skills, offers services aimed at maximising the opportunities for commercial exploitation of research results for the creation of future innovation.

Deloitte is one of the largest companies in professional business services, able to combine a tradition of quality with innovative methodologies and technologies. Audit, tax, consulting, risk and financial advisory services are offered by a number of companies and firms specialising in individual professional areas, all of which are separate and independent, but all part of the Deloitte network. Between Italy and Greece today Deloitte has about 5,500 professionals, who assist clients in achieving levels of excellence thanks to their trust in the high quality of the service, the multidisciplinary offer and the widespread presence at national level. Deloitte relies on the consolidated expertise of a team that deals with 360° innovation – OI – Officine Innovazione – to improve its clients’ core business and define new and unexplored business paradigms with them. Moreover, it accompanies its clients in the generation and testing of new solutions aimed at innovating services and is able to offer solutions capable of helping those who wish to create practical innovations also thanks to its multidisciplinary approach. With a network of companies in over 150 countries and regions, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality services to its clients, providing the knowledge necessary to meet the most complex business challenges. The objective of the more than 244,000 professionals working at Deloitte is to aim for excellence in the professional services provided.

PoliHub is the Innovation District & Startup Accelerator of the Politecnico di Milano managed by the Politecnico di Milano Foundation. PoliHub’s mission is to support highly innovative startups with scalable business models and to promote cross-fertilisation processes between the Academy, various startups and established innovation-oriented companies. To do this, PoliHub operates through the exchange of experiences, the sharing of knowledge, mutual interaction and dialogue between entrepreneurs, bringing together the enormous wealth of knowledge of the Politecnico di Milano and its centres of excellence, MIP, PoliDesign and Cefriel, aimed at collaboration with companies.
Founded in 2000, it was ranked third in a listing of top university incubators worldwide, according to the UBI Index 2017-2018 ranking.