Head of ESG & Start Lab Italy UniCredit
Francesca Perrone is the Head of Western Europe Start Lab & Development Programs at UniCredit. She has been responsible, among others, for the development of Start Lab and the Founders' Club. These initiatives aim at boosting innovation processes for young entrepreneurs and innovative Italian SMEs. She has worked for over ten years in the UniCredit Investment Banking. In this role, she managed stocks exchange listing and M&A transactions for Italian leading companies. She holds a Master and a PhD in Economics from the University of York, UK, along with a PhD in Environmental Economics.
Moderator: Dario Donato, Journalist Mediaset TGCOM 24
The impact of the war in Ukraine, the commodity crisis, and the pandemic have shown how it is necessary for companies in the industry to invest in technology, data analytics, but also in the evolution of the supply chain in terms of technology that can provide predictive analysis as well as timely resolutions to disruptions in the chain. The first mission of the NRP includes investments in innovation and digitization. In this context, "Transition 4.0" is also defined, consisting of a plan of incentives implemented through tax credits that will cover research and development activities but also in innovative technologies and digital skills in the private sector. What role does open innovation play in this context? How do large companies interpret these phenomena and how do they capitalize on them?
In the last 12 months we have seen the tech market lose a lot of value (Tesla -50%, Google -25%, Twitter ?...), linked on the one hand to the geopolitical situation, on the other hand to the recession (due to inflation, cost of finance, scarcer capital, decline in valuations, M&A activity, decline in availability of capital for Open Innovation).