The winners of the 2020 edition of Switch2Product

25 innovative solutions, new technologies, and business ideas awarded during the Innovation Challenge concluding event

The 12th edition of Switch2Product | Innovation Challenge has concluded. This programme promotes innovative solutions, new technologies and business ideas put forward by students and young graduates (<3 years) from the Politecnico di Milano. The challenge is organised by PoliHub, the Politecnico di Milano Innovation District & Startup Accelerator managed by Fondazione Politecnico, the Technology Transfer Office (TTO), and Deloitte.

This year also saw the partnership between the MIP - Business School of the Politecnico di Milano and Università Bocconi, joined by Joule, Fondazione Social Venture Giordano Dell’Amore, the Milano Monza Brianza Lodi Chamber of Commerce, and Bugnion.

180 candidates, more than 600 innovators, 30 finalists, and 25 teams awarded: these are the numbers of the 2020 edition. Winners are provided access to the Business Acceleration Programme with the aim of developing their innovation project, which involves consolidating the team’s skills, product prototyping and development, forming a strategy to enter the market, and contact with investment funds, as well as testing the business model.

This programme shows that closer synergy between universities, research centres, the academic sector, and businesses is possible and a determining factor in the development of technological transfer. With the experiences such as S2P, we can favour the creation of an Italian ecosystem for dynamic and competitive innovation, even involving SMEs with limited investment capacity,

says Andrea Poggi, Innovation Leader of Deloitte North & South Europe.

The 600 participants in Switch2Product and the 180 projects presented testify to the capacity to react and the desire to propose new ideas. This is a stimulus Milan and Lombardy need for a recovery that does not rethink the pre-COVID era, but designs a new world beginning with knowledge and research,

says Ferruccio Resta, Rector of the Politecnico di Milano.

Despite the critical historical moment that we are experiencing, the constantly growing numbers and quality of candidatures to S2P confirms that opportunities grow out of times of crisis,

concludes Andrea Sianesi, President of PoliHub.


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