Last Thursday the MTB Italy Tour stopped in GenoaGenova is a home of  the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), the new Technology Park “Erzelli” and a prestigious University:  an enormous but highly unexploited potential for innovation.
Our goal for this second stop of our Tour is Genova was simple:  spread the message, as loud as possible, that building a company, create your own job is cool, heroic even.
A mission fully shared by Francesco Oddone, Assessore Sviluppo Genova, Paola Girdinio, Dean of the Genoa Engineering School, Paolo Marenco (Silicon Valley Study tour), Renato Soru (Tiscali) and, last but not least, Maria Silva from Genova High Tech who successfully promoted and coordinated this event in Genova.
In the morning panel, coordinated by Marco Marinucci, Renato Soru from Tiscali and Marco Salvadori from Cisco Systems shared their invaluable experience with the audience.
In the afternoon, as usual, we run a Gym Session. Five selected startups were invited to present in front of investors and entrepreneurs with the goal of receiving constructive feedback.
Genova High Tech sponsored a free entry to our Startup School in San Francisco to the most promising project.

And the winner is… Emanuele Guglielmino, a team leader at IIT, with a background of electrical and control engineering and 13-years of research experience in big companies such as Westinghouse (UK) and General Electric and R&D Institutions. 
His project (called microturbine) is a patented coin-size high speed microturbine able to harvest energy exploiting airflow to produce electric energy with applications ranging  from pipeline monitoring to web farm servers power supply back up
We think this idea has the potential to turn into a solid product that can successfully address global markets. MTB is going to give him the tools and skills  to make it happen!
We are not done yet… Next week we will land in Sicily.
On June 29th MTB will be in Catania for thelast date of our Italy Tour 2012.
Principia SGR will be sponsoring a MTB School to the best presenting startup.
If you are interested to send your business plan or to participate to the event,you are still in time to submit your application or register! More information here
See you at the foot of Etna…