7. Telecom Italia
Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars winner offers a diverse range of programmes for creating new products
Telecom Italia (TI) has a very well structured ecosystem of support for digital start-ups.
Through an excellent range of events and programmes, it nurtures early-stage business, from incubation and acceleration to acquisition and investment.
As well as four accelerators, in Italy, with a team of mentors and with tailored tools – e.g. a dedicated fast track suppliers process – it also promotes start-ups internally, to other parts of the company, and externally, to partners and clients.
For example, Pedius, a communication system, which helps deaf and hard-of-hearing people to make phones calls, has helped TI launch the first Italian call centre for deaf people.
Image courtesy of SVC2UK CEO Summit 2015.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644104.