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SECO and SDA Bocconi: together to build a bridge between the industrial world, applied research and startups, in the name of Digital Innovation.

Arezzo – October 6th, 2020. SECO, a leading high-tech manufacturer of computer miniaturization and “ready-to-use” IoT integrated systems, with shareholder FII Tech Growth fund backed by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, signs an agreement with SDA Bocconi School of Management in the field of Digital Innovation, aiming at identifying highly technological and innovative startups, both at national and international level. 

With its impressive 50 years of history servicing businesses, institutions, and the competitiveness of Italy’s economy in general, SDA Bocconi, recently acknowledged by the Financial Times as the 5th School in the world for "tailor-made" programs, wants to make available to businesses its extensive experience in the field of research and management training, orienting it to the specific needs of organizations, especially in these challenging times.  It does so by drawing on all the distinctive elements that have always characterized its mission and activity, including creativity and innovation, which are fundamental, especially in this time, to imagine new models and follow new paths.

The goals of SDA Bocconi have a shared sense of purpose with SECO’s innovative nature. Traditionally a pioneer in research and multiple disciplines, SECO is constantly committed to oversee cutting-edge topics, believing that the most profitable contaminations arise from diversity and the intersection between heterogeneous worlds that look in the same direction, as demonstrated by the many partnerships between industry, academia and applied research.

Fostering knowledge at an international level, supporting entrepreneurship and the innovation economy are therefore the shared values on which the partnership between SECO and SDA Bocconi was founded, whose primary objective is to accelerate the Digital Innovation process by creating a bridge between industrial firms, academic research and startups.

Within the activities that will nourish this cooperation, in fact, particular attention will be paid to a global "radar startup" project, with which SDA Bocconi will be able to facilitate SECO's match with high-tech and innovative startups, creating an acceleration platform for the development of entrepreneurship, talent, and a concrete comparison with the market.

«Through the SDA Bocconi startup radar, SECO gets the opportunity on one hand to learn about how their business segments are being shaped by new technologies and agile startups, and on the other to team up with those startups to deliver more value to their customers», states Markus Venzin, Dean of Innovation of Bocconi University.

«We are deeply convinced that innovation must be pursued through investments to develop startups that succeed better than structured companies in working on frontier technologies," says Massimo Mauri, CEO of SECO, who adds: «In this respect, SECO's partnership with SDA Bocconi creates the prerequisites to develop an important digital ecosystem on the Italian scene. SECO is ready to invest in innovation through capital increases in startups that will be selected with the help of SDA Bocconi’s expertise».


SDA Bocconi School of Management

SDA Bocconi School of Management has been a leading institution in management training for over 50 years. The School’s mission is to help individuals, companies and institutions grow by promoting managerial culture, knowledge and innovation. MBA Programs, Executive and Specialized Masters, Executive Programs, Custom Programs, Applied Research, Research Labs and Knowledge Centers all contribute to this - a wide offering aimed at professionals from all over the world and from all sectors of the economy.
SDA Bocconi is among the leading Business Schools in Europe and is among the few to have gained the triple accreditation - EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB - which puts it in the élite of Business Schools worldwide.
Choosing to study at SDA Bocconi in Milano means choosing a stimulating environment in Italy’s entrepreneurial, industrial and financial capital - a gateway to Europe with a wealth of connections and opportunities. Milano is also synonym for culture, fashion, design, and the art of living. It pilots urban development in Europe, and the new SDA Bocconi campus’ cutting-edge architecture, with its flexible lines and clear, see-through surfaces, is definitely part of it. Enshrined at the heart of the city, designed with environmental sustainability in mind, and conceived to become a crossroads for excellence, it is the place to be for research and education to stay open to an ever-changing world.
SDA Bocconi has also launched the pan-Asian hub with the opening of SDA Bocconi Asia Center, which aims to enhance the School’s global presence. www.sdabocconi.it/en  



SECO is an Italian group with a leading global position in the sector of embedded technology and Internet of Things (IoT). Since 1979, it has been designing and producing embedded systems – industrial computers that are integrated into a client’s machine or tool, activating its functions and permitting interaction through touch/video interfaces. SECO collaborates with a broad network of strategic suppliers in the international high-tech panorama (including Intel®, AMD, NXP, NVIDIA®, Wind, and Telenor), as well as with universities, research centers and innovative start-ups, and operates on a global scale with offices in Italy, Germany, the U.S., India and Taiwan, employing more than 380 people. The industrial sectors in which SECO products are utilized range from biomedicine to wellness, industrial automation to transportation, and it has clients that are market leaders, such as Cimbali, Esaote, Evoca, and Technogym. Participated by Fondo Italiano Tecnologia e Crescita managed by Fondo Italiano d'Investimento SGR, in 2019 SECO further expanded its reach by completing two important acquisitions. It strengthened its investments in research and development and production capabilities in China by acquiring a majority stake in Fannal Electronics CO. Ltd. In the United States it acquired 100% of InHand Electronics, based in Maryland, a leading provider of low-power rugged embedded systems and software to original equipment manufacturers of handheld, portable, Internet of Things (IoT), and wireless devices for the military/defense, industrial, medical, transportation and infotainment markets. To complete its IoT technology/ product portfolio, in July 2020 SECO acquired Ispirata, a start-up that provides integrated solutions to companies entering the IoT/ Embedded world, accessible and ready-to-use for optimized data field management. For more information: www.seco.com



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