The fourth edition of the initiative is now live, with a new look and a two-pronged approach: the call for ideas and the innovation Content Hub. All set against the backdrop of Sisal’s desire to play a leading role in restarting Italy’s economy by providing concrete support for young entrepreneurs and anyone with a project they believe in.
The categories eligible for this year’s edition are:
- Business resilience, or projects that aim to bolster the resilience of companies as they restart in the wake of an emergency that is having a serious impact on the country and business in general, requiring new paradigms, new social and economic models, and a reorganisation of working methods to make them smarter and more flexible.
- Collectivity, or all projects addressed to social innovation and local communities, designed to provide support and offer a concrete solution to the problems, big and small, that have an impact on people and their everyday lives.
The best project overall will be awarded a 50 thousand euro grant, while the winning idea in each of the two competing categories will receive a 30 thousand euro prize and an excellence advisory programme chosen by the winner and offered with the support of a network of Enabling Partners including: Corriere Innovazione, Osservatori Digital Innovation - Politecnico di Milano, Google, frog design, Roland Berger, Brunswick, K&L Gates, Aruba.it, Mamacrowd and Angels4Women.
The new gobeyond.info digital platform not only provides support throughout the candidacy process, but also acts as a full-fledged content hub, with the aim of offering insights for innovation that encourage a vision which engages with the present while looking ahead to the future. The partners, as well as selecting the best ideas, will also play a leading role as innovation thought leaders for their own industries.
The first three editions of GoBeyond attracted over 400 ideas from across Italy. The winner of the first call for ideas was dbGlove, a project to improve the lives of the blind and deafblind. The second was won by Wiseair, the smart vase that acts as a distributed, hyperlocal and real time air quality monitor (Social Innovation category), and Plick, the easy-to-use payment system with no IBAN, no app and no limits (Citizen Services category).
In the third edition, which was brought to a close last December, the winners were Corax, a medical device to help deal with complications from burns in children (Social category), and BionIT labs-Adam’s Hand, the first fully adaptive bionic hand (People category). In addition to its success in GoBeyond, BionIT labs-Adam’s Hand has also achieved other significant results, including a positive equity crowdfunding campaign on Mamacrowd and its participation in CES in Las Vegas as one of the top 50 Italian startups at the world’s most influential new product and technology trade show.
The Enabling Partners chosen by the winners for their advisory programme were legal firm K&L Gates for Adam’s Hand and frog design for Corax.
Read about their experiences in the success stories section of gobeyond.info.
Register from June 30 to October 31, 2020: continuous innovation, because the future is a blank slate!