Two young Georgian innovators were awarded a Stem Study Visit to the Italian-based Company for Innovation, Cooperation and Internationalisation during the Italian Innovation and Research Day in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi on Monday.
Revealed as the winners of a competition for Georgian innovation, Mariam Maisuradze and Davit Danelia were granted a three-month scholarship in Italy, with the “ambitious goals to develop digital transformation solutions for enterprises and public administrations and also design and support entrepreneurial development, intergovernmental programmes for scientific cooperation, technology transfer and internationalisation for startups,” the Embassy of Italy in Georgia announced.
As part of the Operation Agreement of cooperation between the Italian Foundation for Innovation and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, the event was hosted by the latter’s Chairman Avtandil Kasradze, and co-introduced by Enrico Valvo, the Ambassador of Italy in Georgia and Irakli Nadareishvili, the Deputy Georgian Economy Minister.
Ambassador Valvo said the enthusiasm of Georgian young people regarding the programme was “the most appreciated reward” for the Embassy’s efforts, noting the “very high” quality of applications for this year’s competition, which was proving “the amazing potentialities of Georgian younger generations, as well as their genuine love to Italy and the desire to strengthen people-to-people connections.” Photo: Embassy of Italy in Georgia
Additionally, a delegation of innovators from southern Italy also participated in the event, including Valeria Fascione, the Assessor for Research, Innovation and Startup of the Campania Region, Vincenzo Lipardi, the CEO of SPICI, and Professor Giorgio Ventre from the University of Naples Federico II.
The event also involved discussions and presentations on the programmes, projects and opportunities Italy offers to Georgian startups and students in the field of innovation and technology, the GITA said.
The event follows a 2018 agreement between the Italian and Georgian sides to deepen ties between the countries in the scientific-technological area and innovation.
SPICI is a renowned digital academy of the Technological Pole of the University of Naples Federico II, located in San Giovanni a Teduccio in Naples and operating as an international accelerator and centre for entrepreneurship.