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Gianluca Mazzi
Gianluca Mazzi

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Partecipa anche tu all’innovazione!

We are Innovation Manager

With the decree signed by the Ministry of Economic Development, the names of innovation managers in Italy have been disclosed that is the qualified managers to whom companies can refer to obtain advice aimed at supporting the processes of technological and digital transformation through enabling technologies provided for by the Business Plan 4.0. These are incentives (up to 40,000 euros) that companies or professionals can exploit with companies that have this figure inside them.

At EDALAB, we are excited to announce that one of our engineers has qualified as an Innovation Manager. Walter Vendraminetto has, in fact, obtained the certification thanks to many years of experience gained in various sectors including software and cloud development, fog and quantum computing, development of human-machine interfaces, development of IoT systems, rapid prototyping of hardware and development of embedded systems. However we are equipping ourselves to be able to obtain the qualification of other members as well as we have several people who meet all the requirements.

We have always considered fundamental the technological transfer of skills linked to the realization of innovative project, for this reason when we interface with our customers we promote knowledge and know-how favoring their transfer.

The strong synergy with the IT department of the University of Verona and in particular with ESD laboratory, it allows us to be a groudbreaking company and to use the most modern technologies on the market. We have always invested in future generations and in their formation, also and above all, with a view to a digital revolution that starts and puts the person at the center. We are also concerned to translate academic knowledge into solutions of real value to our customers. We also belong to more than 7 Innovation Network at regional and national level.

What is the voucher for the innovation manager?

The Voucher Innovation Manager is the non-repayable grant introduced by the 2019 Maneuver for the purchase of advisory services aimed at supporting technological and digital transformation processes.

The Budget Law has introduced a non- repayable grant in the form of vouchers, to facilitate the inclusion in SMEs of the figure of innovation manager. The goal is to support the technological and digital transformation processes of SMEs and business networks throughout the country by introducing managerial figures into the company capable of implementing the enabling technologies provided for by the Business Plan 4.0 and modernizing the management and organizational structure of the company, including access to the financial and capital markets.

Who is the innovation manager?

The innovation manager is the one who supports companies in the digitalization and corporate reorganization processes and supports them towards the acquisition of new technical-managerial skills.

Who can request the innovation manager voucher?

The voucher related to the Innovation Manager can be requested by all micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that want to improve their skills or acquire new ones, in the context of the 4.0 digital revolution of production processes.

– the company must not be in the sectors excluded by Article 1 of EU Regulation no. 1407/2013 of the Commission of 18 December 2013 "De Minimis"

- the company must have its registered office and / or local unit active in the national territory and be registered in the Register of Companies of the territorially competent Chamber of Commerce

– the company must not be the recipient of disqualification sanctions according to Article 9, paragraph 2, of Legislative Decree 8 June 2001, no. 231 and be in compliance with the payment of social security contributions

– the company must not be subject to bankruptcy proceedings or be in a state of bankruptcy, liquidation, even voluntary, controlled administration, arrangement with creditors or in any other equivalent situation pursuant to current legislation

- the company must not have received and subsequently not repaid or deposited aid in a blocked account on which a recovery order is pending following a previous decision by the European Commission which declares the aid illegal and incompatible with the common market.

Business networks can also request the innovation manager voucher, if made up of not less than three SMEs in possession of the described requirements, provided that the network contract constitutes an effective and stable collaboration and is characterized by the elements referred to in Article 2, paragraph 2, of the decree of 7 May

What is the value of the innovation manager contributions?

The voucher provides for an amount up to a maximum of 40,000 euros on an annual basis increased to 80,000 for business networks.

The value of the voucher varies according to the size of the company: it covers 50% of the expenses for micro and small businesses, up to a maximum of 40,000 euros; 30% of expenses for medium-sized enterprises up to a maximum of 25 thousand euros; 50% of the expenses for business networks up to a maximum of 80 thousand euros.

The financial envelope allocated for the implementation of the intervention is equal to 75 million euros divided for each of the years 2019, 2020, and 2021. Businesses can benefit from it only once.

What expenses does the innovation manager voucher cover?

The voucher covers expenses aimed at guiding and supporting the processes of innovation, technological and digital transformation through the application of one or more of the following enabling technologies:

  1. Big data and data analysis
  2. Cloud, fog and quantum computing
  3. Cyber security
  4. Integration of Next Production Revolution (NPR) technologies into business processes, also and with particular regard to traditional productions
  5. Simulation and cyber-physical systems
  6. Rapid prototyping
  7. Visualization systems, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
  8. Advanced and collaborative robotics
  9. Human machine interface
  10. Additive manufacturing and three-dimensional printing
  11. Internet of things and machines
  12. Integration and digital development of business processes
  13. Digital marketing programs, such as transformative and enabling processes for the innovation of all processes for enhancing brands and distinctive signs (the so-called "branding") and commercial development towards markets
  14. Open Innovation Programs.

In addition, among the expenses covered we find the fees related to expert advice always developed in the context of technological and digital transformation or, in any case, with the aim of supporting the innovation processes in the company. through:

  1. the application of new organizational methods in business practices, in business management strategies, in the organization of the workplace, provided that they involve a significant process of organizational innovation of the company;
  2. the launch of paths aimed at listing on regulated or non-regulated markets, participation in the Elite Program, opening risk capital to independent investors, specialized in private equity or venture capital, and the use of new alternative finance instruments and digital such as, by way of example, equity crowdfunding, invoice financing, the issue of minibonds.

How to request the innovation manager voucher?

There are mainly three phases to follow for those who intend to request the innovation manager voucher:

  1. Verify the requirements for the access to the IT procedure;
  2. Fill in the access application;
  3. Submit your application starting December 3rd. Beyond the closing phase, the applications sent, which are not financially covered, are considered lapsed.

In order to benefit from the incentive it is necessary to stipulate a contract between the company and the Innovation Manager.

When to request the innovation manager voucher?

From Friday 7 November at 10:00, companies that meet the above requirements can fill in the application to obtain the economic benefit which must be sent starting from 3 December through the online procedure available at the following link https: //agevolazionidgiai.invitalia. it

Starting from 10.00 on 7 November 2019, the subjects requesting the subsidies can fill in the application for access to the subsidies through the IT procedure, available at this link.

Skills 4.0: what the future demands

Still in the context of the research carried out by the Internet of Things Observatory, it appears that 57% of companies have already taken steps to identify 4.0 skills gaps and initiate the necessary interventions to fill them. This is above all thanks to the involvement of entrepreneurs, top managers and managers of 4.0 projects. The HR managers, however, struggle to gain a leading role in this innovation process. In fact, they only become important in the implementation phase.

The main purpose of a smart industry is to exploit technologies to digitally connect companies in order to achieve their business objectives in a more functional way. People are at the center of this change which, however, requires new skills, namely the so-called 4.0 skills.

Which ones are they? What to focus on for the job of the future?

We have already underlined what are the application areas that have been most affected by the fourth industrial revolution; now let's see how.

For each of this areas the research was carried out by identifying 100 skills, linked to different professions categorized according to the business area, which can be aggregated into 25 families. As a result, the skills most requested by areas are:

  • Smart Factory: process improvement, planning and coordination, management of smart resources, "accretive" and process technologies, data analysis, modeling and simulation.
  • Smart Lifecycle: product-process innovation, smart design, use of digital & virtual, service engineering;
  • Smart Supply Chain: innovazione di business, gestione smart, computer science & data analytics e utilizzo di piattaforme software;
  • Integration between Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT): IT-OT and business alignment, architectures-platforms and components, modeling and simulation, embedded computing-communication-physical devices-HMI, protocols and standards, Cybersecurity;
  • Industrial Data Science: data architecture, data management, computer science, data analysis, visualization and domain knowledge.

Therefore, a more generic list would see the following among the most important and most requested skills:

  1. "lean manufacturing application for 4.0 Industry";
  2. "digital supply chain management";
  3. "cyber-security";
  4. "smart maintenance";
  5. "organization-work-man / machine relationship in Industry 4.0".

The National Industry 4.0 Plan

At this point, it is necessary to decline the "industry 4.0" argument on the Italian situation in terms of government decisions and, therefore, understand what are the steps that are actually taking in this direction also in terms of incentives.

On 21 September 2016, the Government Plan for Industry 4.0 contained in the 2017 budget law, definitively approved by the Senate on 7 December 2016, was presented. The plan was born with the aim of mobilizing additional private investments in 2017 to 10 billion, 11.3 billion of private spending on research, development and innovation with a focus on Industry 4.0 technologies, plus 2.6 billion euros for early stage private investments. The measure proposed a mix of tax incentives, support for venture capital, spread of ultra-broadband, training from schools to universities with the ultimate aim of encouraging and incentivising businesses to fully adapt and adhere to the fourth industrial revolution.

In broad terms, the plan provides:

  • Hyper and Super Depreciation: consists of an overestimation of the investments made in new material or capital goods purchased or leased functional to the technological and digital transformation of production processes.
  • Nuova Sabatini: guarantees a contribution to partially cover the interest paid by the company on bank loans for an amount between 20,000 and 2,000,000 euros for those requesting bank loans for investments in new capital goods, machinery, plants, factory equipment for use production and digital technologies (hardware and software);
  • R&D tax credit: a tax credit of 50% on incremental expenses in Research and Development in order to ensure the future competitiveness of companies;
  • Box license: optional regime of facilitated taxation on income deriving from the use of intangible assets: industrial patents, registered trademarks, industrial designs and models, know-how and software protected by copyright;
  • Startups and innovative SMEs: new innovative companies (startups) that enjoy a reference framework dedicated to them in matters such as administrative simplification, the labor market, tax breaks, bankruptcy law. A large part of these measures are also extended to innovative SMEs;
  • Guarantee Fund: consists in the granting of a public guarantee, up to a maximum of 80% of the loan, for short and medium-long term operations, both to meet liquidity needs and to make investments.

The Calenda Plan also provided for two new entities:

  • The Digital Innovation Hubs, that is centers to be established in the area, "relying on" Confindustria and ETE. Imprese Italia, to help Italian SMEs in the transformation towards Industry 4.0
  • The Competence Centers, that is, a reality with the aim of intensifying relations between research and industry.

In 2018, with the change of government, the Industry 4.0 Plan becomes the 4.0 Business Plan and undergoes some changes that have seen SMEs favor even more and that led, shortly after, to the birth of the incentive for Innovation Manager.


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