06.09.202213:00

Launch of MUSA: the ecosystem of technology and sustainable innovation

The project by Bicocca, Politecnico, Bocconi and Statale for the metropolitan area of Milan funded by the PNRR


Milan has launched an ecosystem of technology and sustainable innovation, MUSA (Multilayered Urban Sustainability Action): the collaboration between the Università di Milano-Bicocca, the proposing body, the Politecnico di Milano, Università Bocconi and Università Statale di Milano will enable the development of smart solutions for renewable energy and waste management, the study of new models of green mobility, the creation of an incubator and acceleration hub for startups, optimization of the use of big data for the health and well-being of citizens, the development of new solutions of sustainable finance and the creation of the conditions for an increasingly inclusive society, free from inequalities.

Transforming the metropolitan area of Milan into an innovation ecosystem for urban regeneration, a model that can be replicated on national and European level. This is the ambitious challenge that the four universities will face in the next three yearsthanks to partnerships with 24 public and private entities and a total investment of EUR 16 million, with EUR 110 million from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR)

The project has six areas of action, or ‘spokes’, each coordinated by one or more universities:

  • Urban Regeneration - City of Romorrow
  • Big Data-Open Data in Life Sciences
  • Deep Tech: Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer
  • Economic Impact and Sustainable Finance
  • Sustainable Fashion, Luxury and Design
  • Innovation for Sustainable and Inclusive Societies

MUSA was presented at the Università di Milano-Bicocca, with the presentation attended by the rectors of the four universities: Giovanna Iannantuoni (Università di Milano-Bicocca), Ferruccio Resta (Politecnico di Milano), Gianmario Verona (Università Bocconi), Elio Franzini (Università Statale di Milano), the President of the Lombardy Region, Attilio Fontana, Regional Councillor for Education, Universities, Research, Innovation and Simplification, Fabrizio Sala, the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, and the President of the Cariplo Foundation, Giovanni Fosti.

Developing technologies for economic and circular sustainability and promoting high-tech entrepreneurship are the two main objectives of the Politecnico di Milano within the MUSA ecosystem. The Lombardy Region and the metropolitan area of Milan, in particular, are a unicum in the national context, starting from leading sectors, such as fashion and design, gradually moving through to new companies with a high rate of innovation. The Politecnico di Milano Foundation, which has always been close to the needs of companies, will manage these two spokes together with the university,

said Ferruccio Resta.

In the cover image the rectors of the four universities: Gianmario Verona (Università Bocconi), Elio Franzini (Università Statale di Milano), Giovanna Iannantuoni (Università di Milano-Bicocca), Ferruccio Resta (Politecnico di Milano).