Grand Prix Startup and sustainability: three projects awarded by CCI France Italy

The first edition of an ambitious Grand Prix Startup, organized by the Chamber in the presence of institutions and the Franco-Italian business community, rewarded responsible innovation.

In the prestigious setting of Palazzo Mezzanotte, former historic headquarters of the Italian Stock Exchange located in Milan, the first edition of the Grand Prix Startup organized by CCI France Italy – commercial camera took place on the night of 2 December in a new way, inspired by BIG, the great annual meeting organized by BPI France.

The event brought together more than 400 people from the Franco-Italian business community, institutions, around 40 speakers from the world of innovation and sustainable development, successful startups, scale-ups, unicorns, venture capital, incubators, technology hubs and influencers.

Of the six finalist emerging startups, selected by a jury made up of companies that are members of the Chamber’s CSR club, three winners stood out as the most innovative in the Chamber’s ecosystem.

“We are particularly pleased today to give life in Milan, in a place as rich in history as the Italian Stock Exchange, to a new laboratory of ideas and projects for the future, which is being built on the basis of what we invest today in economic, human capital and intelligence at the forefront of technological innovation and sustainability”, declared Denis Delespaul, president of CCI France Italy. And to add: “In this common institutional space, Italy and France can now confront and share projects of excellence, including through award-winning startups, for the revival of the economy and the strengthening of exchanges, and not just commercial ones, between our two countries. 🇧🇷 🇧🇷

Néolithe, winner of the Startup France Italy Grand Prix

The winner is Néolithe, active in the treatment of non-recyclable waste, a French startup presented by BPI France. Second prize was won by Evogy, which offers sustainable energy solutions, and was presented by Leyton. The third winner is another Italian startup, Aquaseek, which develops water purification technologies, presented by the Michelin Development Foundation.
During the night, the public could express their preference by voting through a QR code, awarding the Special Prize to Up2You, presented by the Lactalis Group in Italy, a startup that allows companies to reduce their own carbon footprint by involving their customers and employees.

Two other startups were among the finalists: BonusX, presented by the City of Milan and Eficia, presented by Mersen.

Milan, the Italian capital of innovation

The Grand Prix Startup was attended by several institutions, all demonstrating their commitment to a more ethical and sustainable world.
Christian Masset, Ambassador of France in Italy, welcoming the Chamber’s initiative, recalled the importance of moments of sharing between the actors of the economic and institutional system. “At a time of uncertainty about the future, we need to accelerate the transition to a more efficient labor economy, combining innovation and sustainability. Italy and France share the same priorities, they can bring new projects that will help us to relaunch our economies and consolidate the close ties that already unite us”.he said.

For the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, who also sponsored the City Hall to the event, the Grand Prix Startup certainly promotes sustainable innovation, but also contributes to “strengthen Milan’s role as a factory of ideas and economic development at an international level.”

beppe sala and christian masset
The Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala and Christian Masset, Ambassador of France in Italy

From the central stage to the five thematic islands, 40 lectures followed one another during the night to the rhythm of the participation of renowned speakers, such as Alessia Cappello, advisor for economic development and labor policies, Layla Pavone, who heads the Technological Innovation and Digital Transformation Council of Municipality of Milan, or Andrea Falleni, Director of Capgemini in Italy, Enrico Resmini, CEO of CDP Venture Capital, and Barbara Lunghi, Director of Equity Primary Markets at Euronext.

And so that Milan embodies even more the Italian capital of responsible innovation, and also why not from Europe, CCI France Italy has ensured that the event now intends to be repeated every year.

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