/ 4.10.2018

Finalists of Company Prize and Company Idea Prize announced | PGM8

Pitch Day at Villa Trissino Marzotto was held yesterday to identify the best of the finalists of the eighth edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize.

After a double screening by the Selection Committee presided over by Emil Abirascid, which saw the involvement of more than 40 judges including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, researchers, journalists and innovation experts, the Jury, headed by Diana Saraceni, a general partner of Panakés Partners; and composed of Enrica Acuto Jacobacci, Managing Director of Jacobacci & Partners; Silvia Candiani, CEO Microsoft Italia; Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director of the Italian Institute of Technology Transfer; Patrick Cohen CEO AXA Italia; Massimo Maccaferri, President of Sadam SpA and Jcube; Gaetano Marzotto, President of Santa Margherita SpA, Managing Director of Hugo Boss, Zignago Holding SpA, Zignago Vetro, Alpitour; Enrico Mercandante, Manager of innovation, architecture and digital transformation, Cisco Italia; Michele Padovani, Executive Director of Cherry Bay Capital; Ettore Riello, President of AEFI; Furio Suggi Liverani, CTO illycaffè SpA; Elena Zambon, President of Zambon SpA and President of AIDAF, all of whom identified the following as finalists for the Business Prize:

First diagnostic system capable of providing anti-tumour drug efficacy for patients, by analyzing in vitro response of vital cells of a biopsy, immediately upon testing.
Initial studies have shown that clinical response of patients with acute leukemias, which are normally detected only after therapies and at a distance of months, can be detected in just 24 hours and with a 95% accuracy rate.

Use of oxysterols, molecules with an active physiological origin, in the prevention of rhinovirus infections, causal agents of colds (the most widespread infection in the world), but also responsible for the worsening of chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive bronchopneumonia and cystic fibrosis.

Bacteriostatic and antifungal tissue, which fight the risk of infections, to improve hygiene standards in hospitals
According to WHO research, if measures to reduce resistance to antibiotics are not pursued, superbugs will become the main cause of death.

First player of online shopping, with home delivery even within an hour; those who wish to shop are put into contact with a personal shopper who physically does the shopping for them.
Using the site or the app, clients can choose their trusted supermarkets, the products they wish to buy and choose from special offers on the platform; this means buying safely and then having everything delivered to the requested address.

Cloud platform, accessible via mobile or web, for digital health of people (Amyko) and animals (Amuuko), which contains entire clinical histories that can be easily managed, through an interactive and personalized customer experience. Various devices (bracelettes, ear-tags, microchip implants …) can be connected. Everything is Made In Italy and is equipped with NFC passive technology.

Instead, the Prize for Business Idea was selected starting from the 35 winning startups in assistance programmes offered by the Incubators Network and Scientific and Technology Parks of the Prize. The Jury, presided over by Salvatore Majorana, Director of Parco Tecnologico Kilometro Rosso; and composed by Marco Astorri, President and CEO of Bio-on SpA; Alvise Biffi, Vice-President of Confindustria’s Small Industries and of Assolombarda; David Casalini, Executive Director of StartupItalia!; Stefano Gallucci, CEO of CenterVue; Antonio Leone, President of IAG; Ettore Nicoletto, Executive Director of Santa Margherita SpA; Cosimo Palmisano, Vice-President of Decisyion and Founder of ECCE Customer; Giovanni Rizzo, Chief of the Innovation Division for Zcube – Zambon Group; Alessio Rossi, President of Confindustria’s Young Entrepreneurs; Massimo Sideri, columnist for the Corriere della Sera and Manager of Corriere Innovazione; Luca Tremolada, science and technology jourmalist for Il Sole 24 Ore, all of whom after a double screening, identified the following as the finalists:

New generation optic spectometers for an early and quantitative biomedical diagnosis and material sensing.

New technology with unprecedented performance in the insulation of vibrations and noise, with a circular economic focus.

Intelligent labelling for packaging and electronics industries, with applications in Food, Pharma and Cosmetics.

Traditional concrete materials reinforced with steel bars which use latest generation UHPC.

Exoskeleton which helps the elderly with their mobility, to improve their lifestyles.

3D printing, robotics and advanced composite polymer materials to revolutionize manufacturing industries through additive manufacturing and robotics technology.

Liquid battery with increased energy and duration, a lower cost and environmental impact and an incredibly fast recharging period.

The evaluation of the Special Prize are still on. The Special Prize’s Juries have chosen their finalists from the Company Prize and Company Idea Prize’s applications. The winner of each prize will be announced at MAXXI in Rome in November 22 together with the winner of the Company Prize and the Company Idea Prize of the eight edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize.


Lucia Chierchia, Managing Director Gellify


Pitch Day Premio Gaetano Marzotto 2018