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Next Innovation® 2018-07-19T14:53:16+00:00

 The context

Italian SMEs have so far represented a model of efficiency and flexibility that has enabled them to face the hard challenges of an increasing global competition.
Today the real challenges are represented by the capability to innovate and by the digital transformation. This last involves every department in the enterprise processes (i.e. relationship with suppliers, design and production, sales and after sales, marketing and communication, delivery).
The need to innovate products and services is strictly related to the knowledge of new technologies, the way to gather and manage huge amounts of data, the capability to integrate machines, processes, and people.

 What is NExTInnovation®?

NExT Innovation® is the way ComoNexT facilitates the introduction of digital transformation and innovation processes in enterprises, so to let them be competitive and scalable.
ComoNExT Innovation Hub involves more than 120 companies committed to innovation, who usually work to innovate products and processes for their customers.
NExTInnovation® is the exclusive “Innovation Transfer” model developed by ComoNExT. It specifically gathers all the competences available in the Park and thanks to the creation of “variable setting” consultancy groups it offers technology and digital transfer opportunities to companies.

 The NExTInnovation® Scope of Action

NExTInnovation® consulting activities are related to the issues of digital transformation and Industry 4.0 (or, as we would like to say Enterprise 4.0). Each area of expertise can be imagined like a daisy petal, accessible by the company that wants to receive ComoNExT’s consulting services.
The petals that make up a Daisy are the central elements of NExTInnovation®, making the “Daisy Model®“.
The four major categories within which the skills of our Innovation HUB are developed are:

USE OF DATA, CONNECTIVITY
IoT technologies, connected machines, sensor networks, both private and public, allow us to collect huge amounts of data that are essential for enterprise growth and to share them with partners, collaborators, suppliers, and customers.
In this skill block are the following petals:
Big Data, Open Data, IoT, M2M, Cloud

DATA ANALISYS
Once you have collected the data, you should also know how to analyze and use it to improve productivity, accelerate the creation of new products, and improve relationships with customers and suppliers in order to support business decisions.
In this skill block are the following petals:
Data Analisys, Machine Learning, BOT

FROM DIGITAL TO REAL
For manufacturing companies, of course, it is not enough to just have data, to understand its scope, and the interface of machines; it may also be necessary to switch from digital to the physical development of new products (prototyping), their automatic display, manipulation, and the testing of new materials.
In this skill block are the following petals:
Additive (3D Printing), Robotics, New Materials, Nanotechnologies, Virtual Reality

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
New digital technologies, besides supporting production, allows is to rethink the enterprise communication with its collaborators, suppliers, customers, and anyone else who is important to its growth.
In this skill block are the following petals:
Digital Media Communication, Customer Experience, Social Media Communication, Virtual Reality

CROSS COMPETENCES
Processes of transformation and change inside the company are not supported only by specific technologies or by targeted interventions on a single process; often it is a matter of rethinking the organization, the business model, the overall protection of the data flow, of reviewing the software for management (ERP) or for production (MES), of bringing portions of their relational business on Mobile Apps or of rethinking the use of energy or the sustainability of the company’s environmental footprint.
Cyber ​​Security, Green Efficiency, App & SW Development, Project Organization & Innovation

 Inovation Rampup, how to access to NExT Innovation®

Innovation Rampup is a routemap dedicated to external companies, which helps them to be more confident with the themes of Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0.
At now, the participation to the Rampup for companies settled in the province of Como is facilitated by the Voucher of the Chamber of Commerce of Como and the entrepreneurial Associations that adhere to the NExTInnovation® project.
Innovation Rampup develops in three steps:

  1. THE WORLD IS CHANGED
    The first step consists on a 4 half days journey in ComoNExT, where entrepreneurs and their management (up to 8 people) are guided through innovative business, business games, front lessons, and real cases of digital dynamics which drive innovation in companies. It is a training course.
  2. MY WORLD IS CHANGED
    The second step lasts about 6 half days; ComoNExT’s consulting team visits the company who participated to the first step  to collect information on all business departments (i.e. design, procurement, production, sales, logistics, aftersales) to analyse products, processes, and methods adopted by the company. At the end of the path ComoNExT presents a Macro Assessment report to highlight the company’s strengths and weaknesses related to Digital and 4.0 Business Aptitude.  Moreover, it suggests which actions could be taken to foster innovation, to comply with Industry 4.0 and to be more competitive. It is a consulting path.
  3. NOW I CHANGE
    According to the Macro Assessment report  produced at the end of step 2, the company may decide to follow one or more suggestions, even using skills available at ComoNExT.

VOUCHER HELPING YOU TO CONTINUE INNOVATION RAMPUP
The Chamber of Commerce of Como and the Associations of the category (Unindustria Como, Confartigianato Como, CNA Lario-Brianza), make available to the associated companies a voucher in cash which covers up to 50% of the costs necessary to access the Digital / Industry transformation path 4.0 for the first two steps.  Contact us for more information.

 Innovation Trekking

An innovation path

Innovation Trekking is a one-day tour guided side by side by ComoNExT within some of the leading companies of innovative excellence at the Hub.
Companies and innovative startups open their doors to visitors, show the object of their innovations and tell about their commitment and their creativity to support the constant tension in innovating products, processes and services.
More than 125 innovative companies are present at ComoNExT and this makes every Trekking customizable.
Participants will be divided into groups of about 15 people.
Each stage of the Innovation Trekking lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

Examples of Innovation Trekking

The Grafene and its Factory
Discovering the most innovative material of the moment, a visit to Directa Plus and the largest graphene factory in Europe.

In space with microsatellites
Leafspace: they design and build microantances able to optimize the reception of the signals coming from the new generation microsatellites.

Predictive maintenance
WebRatio and the world of Connected, Smart and 4.0. How machines can communicate with each other, collect data, learn and predict the time of their maintenance.

The sky in a room
Coelux: physics that replicate sunlight in enclosed spaces. Quality of life in the home, work, public and healthcare environments.

6-axis 3D printing
Caracol additive printing with anthropomorphic robots. Print with resins, clay, and other materials, without problems of size and shape.

Biorepair silk
Silk Biomaterials microfilms the noble silk protein, treats and weaves it into an organic substrate for cell proliferation and the regeneration of vessels and tissues.

Talk with a robot software
Ennova Research, new frontiers of digital marketing and Engagement: Chatbot and NLP (Natural Language Processing). Sophisticated learning algorithms and Artificial Intelligence with which software systems learn to interact with humans and communicate through Instant Messaging or Social Network.

Big Data Analisys
Fluxedo and the analysis of Big Data. Instant analysis of millions of online posts as a tool for market analysis.

 Industry Call

Industry Call is a tool for soliciting, scouting, selecting and adopting technological innovation dedicated to SMEs, developed by ComoNExT – Innovation Hub considering the experience gained over more than ten editions of Calls for scouting of innovative ideas managed since 2010.

This tool is particularly effective because it allows the promoting company absolute personalization in compliance with the rigorous selection model set by ComoNExT.

The dissemination phase of the notice edited by the ComoNExT communication team in line with that of the Company enhances the image of the company itself, adding to the communication tools already in use and allowing access to channels dedicated in particular to technological innovation, to startups, to contests at least at the national level.

The Industry Call is therefore configured both as a marketing tool and as a tool to encourage innovation in the Company.

ComoNExT in accordance with the PMI drafts, divulges and manages the Call in the agreed times and ways, taking charge of the timely administration of the assessment phases, the structuring of a document archive, the drafting and proposition to the client of confidentiality agreements where requested by the candidates.

Through the Industry Call, one or more of the submitted applications will be selected, which will benefit from the support of both the SME and ComoNExT for the development of innovation in line with the needs of the SME itself.

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