Eni is putting out a call for Italian start-ups to launch new digitalization projects.
CallForGrowth is an Eni project operated in partnership with growITup, an open innovation platform that supports major companies in continuously forming new partnerships with start-ups. Over 120 Italian start-ups responded to the call for ideas launched last 21st November 2018, by proposing digital projects relating to interactive manuals, health and personal safety, as well as services and technologies for the “service station of the future”. The submitted ideas were screened in the first half of January by the Digital Team together with the heads of the various business functions having a direct interest in the fields concerned by the CallForGrowth. This resulted in the formation of an initial pool of start-ups that will attend the Selection Day event which is taking place the next 1st March at the Cariplo Factory in Via Bergognone in Milan.
Over 70 managers from several business areas and departments of Eni will take part in the Selection Day to assist to the projects’ pitch presentations and evaluate and select the three start-ups that will be admitted to the “Engage” phase. The latter will involve the winning teams to develop a Proof of Concept (PoC) of their respective ideas over a period of three months, with the support and collaboration of the Eni team.
Retail, health and interactive digital operating manuals are the three main fields covered by the initiative. The proposals will be evaluated on innovativeness, the value creation potential for Eni and the experience of both the team and the start-up in question.
We set out on the path of digital transformation several decades ago – a long time before the industry as a whole started talking about it – processing a large quantity of data gave us a huge competitive advantage. Eni's digital transformation is therefore a story of the integration of people, skills, technology and IT. With more than 150 digitalization projects in progress across all areas of the business – and the launch of HPC4, the most powerful industrial computing system in the world, in early 2018 – this process is currently going through a crucial phase and today includes open innovation. This call for ideas offers the company the opportunity to expand its range of digital innovation projects and provides tangible development opportunities to the most promising Italian start-ups.
In the long term, digital transformation forms part of a wider process of evolution that will see Eni becoming even more integrated in its processes, increasingly able to pair emerging digital skills with traditional technical skills, open to innovation in its collaborations with cutting-edge, hi-tech start-ups, more efficient in its operational and work processes and increasingly attractive to young talented individuals.