2i3T - Incubatore d’Imprese e per il Trasferimento Tecnologico dell’Università degli Studi di Torino – is the business incubator of the University of Turin, that has the aim to spread knowledge transfer culture and enhance entrepreneurship in the Academy.

2i3T aims to develop local economy by speeding up the creation of innovative start-up companies in knowledge intense sectors and better exploiting the results of academic research. Its main mission is to carry out the knowledge transfer needed and to exploit the commercialization opportunities found on the path from academic research to industry. 2i3T puts its emphasis on the liason between university and industry, and encourages the fusion of academic skills and managerial competence. In this way the Incubator acts as a facilitator to the knowledge transfer process in a wide range of sectors.

2i3T aims to develop a suitable environment for creative entrepreneurship and the technology transfer process at the University of Turin. Indeed, 2i3T facilitates kwnoledge transfer between University scouting activities drive the link between research and the business environment.   

2i3T provides a team for training activities towards creating a Business Plan. The 2i3T service provides a pre-incubation period that continues until the foundation of the science based start up, which can then decide to be incubated within its facilities or at an University Department as 2i3T works as a diffused incubator network in the city ; the Incubator also provides companies with high quality laboratory space and with advanced scientific instrumentation. 2i3T team support established startups in operation, communication and funding activity.

Image: The incubation process

2i3T is an hub where innovative ideas, future entrepreneur, industry needs, investors and finance meet to boost new intensive knowledge start ups. 

Image: The incubator as a hub

The University of Turin (founded in 1404) is one of the largest Italian Universities with more 70 thousand students and more than 4,000 staff personnel and 1,000 Phd Students. Thanks to scouting activities 2i3T has reached almost 1,500 competences mapped, developing a dataset able to map individual skills of researches. 

Furthermore, since 2015 2i3T established a partnership with Junior Achievement, an international non profit organization devoted to economic education of young people, in order to promote entrepreneurship to students of high schools of Piedmont with an “hands on” approach useful to discover attitudes, jobs and to direct their next education level.

2i3T was founded by the University of Turin, the City of Turin, Turin Province and Finpiemonte SpA in 2007; its operations are self-financed since the beginning.  

The results achieved by the incubator are shown in the two graphs below. 

Image: Metrics (results achieved) 2014 - 2017


Image: Results achieved (data updated in November 2018)

In 2016 2i3T implemented its business model and runs a knowledge transfer activity in the field of regenerative medicine promoted by a biomedical multinational company. In 2017 2i3T and the University got the Certification to Operate from Italian Agency for Pharma (AIFA) to rub a Cell factory operating in regenerative medicine.  

  Since 2017 2i3T supported the University of Turin in the project “Satelit” (solutions académiques pour le territoire euro-méditerranéen leader d’innovations et transferts technologiques d’excellence), an Erasmus+ programme, that aims to transfer practice in knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship to Universities of the “Maghreb area” (Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria). The activities have been directed to investigate the different models of relationship between university and business, institutions, public bodies and the ecosystem of innovation. 

The Incubator has several stakeholder public and private: Institution engaged in job creation, investors (business angels, corporate venture, venture capital) companies, business associations, professionals. Strong commitment from the territory on knowledge transfer, particularly of public institutions, were crucial for the development of the activity in order to support the creation of sustainable innovative startups (not strictly linked with high financial performances). 

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Contact: Giuseppe Serrao e-mail: [email protected]