Idee Vincenti is a Lottomatica initiative realized in 2018 in partnership with Polihub, the university incubator of the Politecnico di Milano and some prestigious Italian universities with which we want to contribute to the innovation of cultural heritage focusing on talent, technology and entrepreneurship.
The Italian cultural heritage is enormous, as is the creative capacity of Italians. This set of goods and talents has not yet expressed its full potential both in terms of enhancing existing assets and innovation.
Idee Vincenti is a free Call4Ideas open to all: students, aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups, non-profit organizations and associations or in general who are able to propose innovative entrepreneurial projects that integrate and use technologies such as virtual and / or augmented reality, blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and / or other technologies aimed at favoring the use, protection and enhancement of Italian cultural heritage.
The call Idee Vincenti answered in hundreds: at the end of the projects consistent with the goal of the initiative were 82 boys, coming from all over Italy. Among these, 10 finalists were selected: after three training days at the end of October, which proved to be invaluable for the work of perfecting the business idea with the mentoring of a Polihub mentor, the 10 finalist teams returned to the Scientific Committee, which took into account the technical feasibility and potential of the project but also its social impact and ability to meet the needs of the public and private market of cultural heritage through the use of latest generation technologies. Particular attention was paid to the variety, quality and motivation of the team.
The 5 winning projects were then accelerated: a 6-month program in PoliHub that saw the teams engaged both in the classroom and in working groups with mentors to identify the value of their projects and develop an adequate model of business. Bringing digital technologies into the world of cultural heritage is undoubtedly essential for enhancing Italy's artistic and territorial heritage, but it is not an immediate process. The passion and motivation in the teams are not lacking. Mentoring mentors will soon be able to better define the priorities and actions needed to go to market. For the 5 winning projects the acceleration offered by the mentors of Polihub is therefore an important opportunity to be able to bring their idea to the market through targeted meetings with investors, public institutions, foundations that may be interested in sponsoring projects, encouraging their adoption and ensuring its economic sustainability.