GoBeyond has a mission to promote the development of new Italian business ideas, facilitating the transformation of a vision into a real-world enterprise project that benefits Italy and its citizens.
The competition has two categories:
- Personal, for projects that aim to make people’s lives simpler and easier through innovation;
- Social, for ideas that offer real-world solutions to problems of any size with an impact on people and society.
Now in its third year, GoBeyond has attracted over 120 candidates in all areas of innovation, from finance, tourism and mobility to healthcare, retail and employment services. The prize-giving ceremony will be held in Milan in December.
The GoBeyond tour has had multiple opportunities for growth and discussion throughout Italy, like its attendance of DigithON and Heroes and workshops with over 500 students at the Universities of Bari, Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) and La Sapienza (Rome), engaging with young people on the subjects of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Playing an active role in the call for ideas with assessment, mentorship, training and incubation were partners: Agi, Brunswick, frog design, Google, Osservatori Digital Innovation (Digital Innovation Monitoring Units) at the Politecnico di Milano, Roland Berger, Talent Garden and K&L Gates.
The grand finale with the announcement of this year’s winners will be held on December 9 at the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan.
Over 250 ideas from across Italy were submitted to the first two editions of GoBeyond. The winner of the first edition of the call for ideas was dbGLOVE, the project by Nicholas Caporusso to improve the lives of the blind and deafblind. dbGlove is a glove for interacting with smartphones and tablets by using various existing touch-based alphabets like Molossi and Braille. This allows the blind and deafblind to use mobile devices, communicate with other people and interact with the world around them. Watch the video.
The winners of the second edition last December, which also had two categories, were 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).
Both of startups rewarded by our competition have demonstrated their competitiveness on the market for innovation, with Plick selected as one of the best Italian startups by LeVillage (a co-working space by Crédit Agricole group), while Wiseair obtained public financing through Fabriq for projects with a high social impact.
The innovation continues!