Match-ER

Regione Emilia-Romagna

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

ACTORS

THEMES

MATCHING
OPPORTUNITIES

INTERNATIONAL OPEN
INNOVATION PROGRAM

MATCHER is the International Open Innovation program based in Emilia-Romagna region that aims at supporting local companies to address specific business challenges by creating strategic matches with other actors of the international innovation ecosystem, in particular start-ups and scale-ups.

The third edition has involved three types of actors: 11 selected companies from the Emilia-Romagna region, national and international start-ups and scale-ups and all the actors from the Italian and international innovation ecosystem.

The third edition addressed challenges regarding Human Centric Innovation and they were grouped into three thematic clusters:

PROCESS OPTIMIZATION,
AUTOMATION & CUSTOMER CENTRICITY

TRAINING TOOLS
AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING

WORKPLACE COMMUNITY,
WELLBEING AND INCLUSION

MATCHER HUMAN CENTRIC INNOVATION IN A NUTSHELL

200 + Participants

26 Countries

170+ Business meetings

85+ Hours of matchmaking

3 KEY EVENTS

The program has been composed by three key points:

MATCH.POINT – the International matching program dedicated to the 11 selected companies based in Emilia-Romagna and to the admitted 104 start-ups/scale-ups with the goal of addressing the companies’ challenges. Companies and start-ups/scale-ups had about 2 months and half to match, connect and find opportunities to co-create solutions around shared business needs.

BIG.MATCH and FINAL.MATCH – the closing moments of MATCHER, where further matches, as well as networking with the national and international innovation community, took place.

TIMELINE

PRE-CALL

April – July 2022

Corporates have been interviewed to prioritize their objectives and needs around innovation, strategy, and future-proof solutions during a workshop and 1to1 calls

INTERNATIONAL ROADSHOW

July – November 2022

International Roadshow to scout startups from all over the world operated in the four fields of the Human Centric Innovation topic

CALL IS OPEN

July 19th, 2022

Startups admitted to the program had to meet two criteria: high-level fit with corporate partner challenges and candidate maturity (min. TRL of 4)

STARTUP/SCALEUP PREPARATION

September 1st, 2022

Startups have been supported by professional consultants to be prepared to meet the Corporate partners through virtual learning and 1to1 meetings

MATCH.POINT

Starting September 13th, 2022

Corporate partners and startups matchmaking meetings to build and create win-win relationships aiming to improve their business following the Human Centric Innovation thematic

BIG.MATCH + FINAL.MATCH

November 28th and 29th, 2022

An Open Innovation event was opened to innovative companies, startups, research labs and international guests, that were invited to give inspirational speeches

PROCESS OPTIMIZATION,
AUTOMATION
& CUSTOMER CENTRICITY

• People flow monitoring and real-time data visualization
• Visualization tools for customizing products
• Autonomous and collaborative solutions for product handling and moving
• Visual platforms to enable product design by the customer
• Solutions to prevent car accidents related to smartphone use

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TRAINING TOOLS
AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING


• Training tools for work safety
• Automated software to support workers with complex problem solving
• Training solutions for the installation of mechanical components
• Innovative training tools to make tasks more accessible

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WORKPLACE COMMUNITY, WELLBEING AND INCLUSION


• Solutions to spread corporate culture
• Solutions to boost engagement in hybrid spaces
• Recruiting tools to guarantee diversity, equity & inclusion
• Wellbeing lifestyle data collection solutions

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ADVANTAGES FOR APPLICANTS

Access to corporates

Get in touch with multinationals that are keen to innovate and ready to collaborate with startups

Network opportunity

Expand your network, meet innovative corporates ready to disrupt the industry, create new business opportunities!

Internationalization

Making a deal with a multinational corporate opens up new international market opportunities

CORPORATE PARTNERS

MAIN ORGANIZERS

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