Whether you are looking for a dynamic place to begin or continue your technology-based company, seeking a dream career or searching for a strong investment opportunity , you’ll find all of this and more at Friuli Innovazione
Friuli Innovazione was set up in 1999 by the University of Udine, the Udine Industrial Association, the Fiat Research Centre, Agemont, the Pordenone Industrial Association and the CRUP Foundation. Later on, we attracted support from other local partners who have endorsed and developed a shared strategy and objectives in innovation and technology transfer. In 2004, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Authority made a major contribution to the initiative by appointing Friuli Innovazione to launch and manage the Luigi Danieli Science and Technology Park at Udine. The ideal space for turning ideas into projects and research into products.
1999 – our efforts contributed to the launch of the Region’s first academic spin-off company.
2001 – we took part in Sister, the regional project for the creation of a permanent system supporting technology transfer.
2002 – we joined the Campus One project for training recent graduates. In the same year, we collaborated with the University of Udine and Labiotest srl to launch LOD, the Laboratory of Dynamic Olfactometry, the first joint university-industry laboratory specialising in UNI EN 13725:2004-compliant odour measurement, characterisation and control; subsequently, we set up CRISP, the Centre for Process Pollution and Development specialising in environmental management and assessment.
2004 – the Science and Technology Park opened; we launched a new technology transfer project for Friulprint srl that would lead in 2006 to the completion of an innovative phytopurification plant.
2005 – a crucial year for Friuli Innovazione which saw the launch of Techno Seed, the Region’s first enterprise incubator specialising in the creation of high-technology ICT (Information and Communication Technology) enterprises; we were the only Italian partner in the interregional Corinna (Cooperation of Regions for Innovation) project to promote the collaboration of the border regions of Slovenia, Austria and Hungary in technological innovation; we hosted the Park’s first resident and launched the services of Spazio Impresa for businesses, public bodies, researchers and young graduates. We quickly became a new interlocutor for the propagation of technological innovation and enterprise culture in the Region.
2006 – the Institute of Applied Genomics was set up with the University of Udine and four researchers as partners; the Laboratory of Metallurgy, Surface Technologies and Advanced Materials is opened; we took part in the ICT Education Centre financed by the Regional Authority to develop and enhance technical higher education and training opportunities in ICT. We took part in the InnovarèImpresa project funded by the European Social Fund to promote innovation in SMEs by introducing research and innovation-oriented skills.
2007 – we received the Quality Award for our Techno Seed and Corinna projects within “Challenges - From Good Practice to Good Administration”, the national territorial promotion and development initiative sponsored by Forum PA and the Department for the Development of Territorial Economies of the Prime Minister’s Office. Friuli Innovazione and Techno Seed joined Achieve, the European umbrella network for more than twenty of the best ICT enterprise incubators. Also in 2007, we took part in Domotica FVG, a project that brings the Region’s four science and technology parks together for the first time, promoting the collaboration of industry and research in the development of new models and prototypes for domotics. We set up Techno Growth, an enterprise accelerator serving small and micro hi-tech enterprises seeking to boost growth. The initiative generated a new project to develop a centre of excellence for virtual prototyping and testing technology. We started our activities in the wood sector by proposing European and Regional projects. We also took part in the European IMPROVE project, implemented to support SMEs in innovation management. We designed and completed this first presentation in addition to many other ambitious new initiatives.
2008 – we got by Rina Spa the compliance certificate of environmental management system and management system for safety in accordance with international standards OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004. We promoted the establishment of APRE Regional Committee that brings together regional members of APRE to share the dissemination activities of financing opportunities offered by the European research programs. We joined the Euroffice network (EOS) becoming part of a network with European and international value. We launched new projects to support business start-up: the IN-FVG regional project, which aims to identify potential business ideas highly innovative and to support their development in Friuli Venezia Giulia region, and the Exe Prize - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs European project which aims to organize exchange activities between young or would-be entrepreneurs and successful entrepreneurs of all EU member states. We also launched the Interreg IV Italy – Austria Tri ICT project that promotes cross-border cooperation between companies based in Friuli Venezia Giulia and Carinthia that operate in the ICT sector.
2009 – we took part in the establishment of the Cluster of Digital Technologies (DITEDI), officially born on February 12, 2009, playing a major role in the organizational phase. The Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia assigned to Friuli Innovazione the role of coordinator of the regional Science and Technology Parks working group whose task is to harmonize and improve the effectiveness of interventions to support the competitiveness of the regional territory. We joined the new edition (2009-2011) of the project POLO formativo ICT, financed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region to develop and expand the supply of higher and technical training in the ICT sector. We took part in the second phase of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs European project achieving the approval of Exe More project (2010-2011). We gave further impetus to the Park upgrade project acquiring a new lot of land that extends the total area to about 65,000 square meters. In the same year we started the executive planning phase.
2010 – Sergio Cecotti is the new President of Friuli Innovazione. It has been completed the "Coll@borative strategies and value creation" project that has investigated the organizational dynamics of some regional companies and their level of utilization of Web 2.0 collaborative technologies. We launched the "staff exchange" program with the Research & Development Park of Ontario University (Canada) hosting in our Science and Technology Park its project manager. We participated, in partnership with companies, universities and other research centers, in the POR FESR 2007-2013 regional calls for the financing of industrial research projects in the fields of shipbuilding and yachting, home automation and molecular biomedicine, obtaining the approval for 6 new projects that we launched by the end of 2010. It has been increased the collaboration between companies and the Laboratory of Metallurgy, Surface Technologies and Advanced Materials also thanks to the signing of agreements and framework agreements to develop together research and analysis activities. It has been completed the process of work allocation for the Park upgrade with the award of the contract for the construction of 3 new buildings that should be completed in 2012.