ComoNExT is a Digital Innovation Hub and a startup incubator certified by the Ministry of Economic Development located within the ancient Cotton Mill Somaini in Lomazzo, restored with a clever recovery of industrial archeology.
It was founded in 2010 at the will of the Chamber of Commerce of Como, thanks also to an extraordinary contribution by Cariplo Foundation.
ComoNExT goals are basically three: attracting innovative businesses, transferring innovation to the territory and encouraging new business development by incubating startups.
We host innovative companies and startup
ComoNExT is a space for both mature companies, with well-established products, services and markets, as well as innovative startups, selected through targeted calls launched by the Chamber of Commerce or through the call named “Bando per l’innovazione” (Call for innovation). The purpose of innovation is the common denominator of all our businesses. Physical proximity among companies and the patterns of knowledge exchange implemented by the Innovation Hub, promote the development and integration of business skills and so an equivocal wealth for the growth of each of them.
Meeting request for preliminary evaluation of business idea, incubation and tutoring
ComoNExT – Innovation Hub is an incubator certified by the Ministry of Economic Development in compliance with the Italian Low n.221, 17 December 2012.
Encouraging and supporting the development of new businesses through the Enterprise Incubator is one of the main goals of ComoNExT.
The technical structure of the Innovation Hub supports the creation and growth of innovative companies offering specialized consultancy.
The incubation process takes place by participating to the incubation call “Dall’idea all’impresa” promoted by the Chamber of Commerce of Como through a voucher valid for work spaces and services at the ComoNExT Incubator.
Data and numbers
Opened in May 2010, ComoNExT has produced the following results:
• 125 tenant businesses. One third are startup
• More than 650 knowledge workers
• an area of 21,000 sm for a total of about 130 office spaces and laboratories
• 60 workstations dedicated to startup
• a network of 800 companies, links with Universities, Research Centers, Banks and Investment Funds
• more than 10million allocated to guest enterprices, through funded projects or venture capital
• a 4.0 industry demonstrator under construction
• several ongoing innovation projects involving hosted businesses
- Camera di Commercio di Como 43,36 %
- Banca Intesa SpA 13,01 %
- Credito Valtellinese 13,01 %
- Comune di Lomazzo 6,64 %
- Cassa Rurale ed Artigiana di Cantù BCC 5,95%
- Fondazione Politecnico di Milano 4,43 %
- Unindustria Como 3,51%
- BCC Brianza e Laghi 3,35%
- BCC di Lezzeno 2,17%
- Banco Desio 1,54%
- ANCE Como 0,87%
- Confartigianato Como 0.87%
- CNA Como 0.43%
- Confcommercio Como 0.43%
- MISE – MISE – Ministry of Economic Development
- INVEST IN LOMBARDY – promoted by da Regione Lombardia, Unioncamere Lombardia, Promos
University, Research centers and Science and Technology Parks:
- Politecnico di Milano
- H-Farm Italia
- LIUC – Università Carlo Cattaneo Castellanza (VA)
- Università degli Studi dell’Insubria
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
- Fondazione Alessandro Volta
- Technopark “STROGINO” (Russia)
- Zelenograd Innovative Cluster (Russia)
- Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
- IASP (International Association of Science Park and Areas of Innovation)
- APSTI (Italian Association of Science and Technology Park)
- Italia Startup
- Como Venture
- TT Venture
Inaugurated in 2010, ComoNExT – Innovation Hub is a project launched by the Como Chamber of Commerce to promote the growth and competitiveness of local businesses through a culture of innovation.
ComoNExT is located in Lomazzo, in the former cotton farm Somaini, a 19th-century cotton mill of great historical and architectural significance. The mill’s conversion highlights the determination to regenerate this industrial site and the surrounding area. A century-old historical symbol, this icon of local manufacturing development and tradition lies in the triangle formed by upper Milan, lower Varese and the Brianza district, at the heart of the development and growth of the Italian textile industry.
The restoration project has been designed by Arch. Ado Franchini, Professor of Design at Politecnico di Milano, and consists of three blocks.
The first block, counting for 12.000 sqm, hosts 70 between offices and laboratories and was completed in May 2010. The second block, hosts the business incubator and the co-working area with 88 open-space workstations and it was completed in November 2013 and brought the restored surface to 14.000,00 sqm.
The completion of the third lot led to a total coverage of approximately 21,000 sm in June 2018.