Category Archives: Startups

HBS Club of Italy supports the Italian startup companies

startup-sign-3Harvard Business School Club of Italy is an association that consists of former students from Harvard Business School in Italy. The Club, chaired by Flavio Valeri – Chief Country Officer Italy of Deutsche Bank, is a professional network aimed to develop the dialogue on economic, social, political and cultural topics through high standing keynote speakers speeches.

The Association has just launched a new initiative, titled Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Italy, coordinated by Peter Peligra – Member of HBS Club of Italy, that puts in contact the Italian members of the Club with new Italian business activities. This initiative promotes meetings with some of the main relevant start-ups companies and venture capital in Italy, in order to promote a national network to support the development of these new Smes.

Italian startup incubator H-FARM was guest of the first meeting, held on February 2nd at the Headquarters of Deutsche Bank based in Milan (via Turati). During the meeting, were introduced six start up companies from different industries: Antlos, Competitoor, Faberest, Hopstock, PonyU, DrinkOut.

Wellness Accelerator Program 2016

startup-sign-9After two successful editions, the third Wellness Accelerator Program powered by Technogym in collaboration with us of H-FARM, is now starting. The program, starting in April 2016, aims to scout and invest in the 5 best startups operating in the that operates in the wellness and health sectors, in order to jump-start innovative projects that will reinvent and improve the wellness industry.

Some of the key themes of this new call for ideas are Predictive Analytics and Big Data, mobile and web Healthcare solutions, fitness and wellness solutions based on virtual and augmented reality. Every selected team will develop its project in our campus, supported by mentors and experts and will receive a €15K cash investment from Technogym, as well as acceleration services such as mentoring and networking activities, room and board, working spaces, exclusive events, technical and professionals services: a true “all inclusive” acceleration program.

Does your startup is working to improve people’s wellbeing and promote a healthy lifestyle? Apply by March 15!

Apple Opening Europe’s First iOS App Development Center in Italy

Apple® announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps for the world’s most innovative and vibrant app ecosystem.

The iOS App Development Center, to be located at a partner institution in Naples, will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community. In addition, Apple will work with partners around Italy who deliver developer training to complement this curriculum and create additional opportunities for students. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The phenomenal success of the App Store is one of the driving forces behind the more than 1.4 million jobs Apple has created in Europe and presents unlimited opportunities for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the continent.”

Apple is a powerful engine of growth across Europe and the company’s ecosystem now supports more than 1.4 million jobs, including 1.2 million attributable to the community of app creators, software engineers and entrepreneurs building apps for iOS, as well as non-IT jobs supported directly and indirectly through the app economy.*

The unprecedented growth of the App Store® has helped developers in Europe earn over €10.2 billion from selling their apps around the world.

In Italy, over 75,000 jobs are attributable to the App Store and the developer community is vibrant. IK Multimedia launched its first app in 2009 and since then has had over 25 million downloads. Musement, launched in 2013, is now available in seven languages and 300 cities across 50 countries, making it easy for people to book travel and excursions on the go.

Roberto Macina, CEO and founder of Qurami, said: “Apple’s continued innovation inspires us to create the best mobile experiences and make our customers’ lives just a little bit easier. Apple’s app ecosystem is the anchor for our business, and developing across Apple’s operating systems has enabled us to easily and quickly bring the Qurami experience to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users.”

Thousands of companies are expanding because of their work with Apple, which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities large and small across Europe. Milan-based Laboratorio Elettrofisico makes some of the most sophisticated magnetization equipment in the world and their technology enables some of the industry-leading magnetic features found in Apple products. Apple also works with Europe’s leading manufacturers of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, which create tiny components that power some of the incredible sensor and audio technologies found in iOS devices.

*Job creation estimate based on research by Dr. Michael Mandel, Progressive Policy Institute. “App Economy Jobs in Europe,” January 21, 2016.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.


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