Partnerships and Events

Premio Imprese per Innovazione

Acea received the Companies for Innovation Award (Premio Imprese per Innovazione) in the Prize category, a recognition awarded by Confindustria to Italian enterprises who invest in innovation to bring “value to the organization and the culture of the company”. Acea also won the Prize of Prizes, a national initiative promoted by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers at the behest of the Presidents of the Republic. The prize is awarded in the Industry and Services category to the 9 companies who received the Companies for Innovation Award: the top three companies in the Large Enterprise category and the top six in the Medium and Small Enterprise category.
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Big Hack

Acea attended The Big Hack – HackNight@Museum, presenting the "1-Click Energy” challenge. 
The objective of the challenge: creating a service which enables new clients to get to know the costs and details of Acea Energia's best provision offers and, above all, enable users to become Acea Energia clients in just a few, simply steps and minimal effort. 
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SMAU

Acea attends SMAU, the event dedicated to the world of innovation for businesses and public administrations. In 2021, the Group won the “SMAU Innovation Award” with the project “Lean Procurement for innovative start-ups and SMEs, a new “light” purchase process to support strategic choices and open innovation activities.
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Startup Europe Partnership (SEP)

SEP is an integrated pan-European platform that helps the best startups to emerge and facilitates access to funding. In 2019 Acea attended all the planned summits in Milan, Tel Aviv, London, Stuttgart and Madrid.
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Elis Open Italy

OPEN ITALY is the innovation ecosystem born within the ELIS Consortium. Its aim is to encourage dialogue and collaboration among large companies, Italian start-ups / SMEs and innovation enablers such as accelerators, research centres, Venture Capitalists and young talents through concrete innovation projects. A space where diverse stakeholders can discuss, with the purpose of developing innovative solutions within the Italian economy by promoting the culture of open innovation in Italy. Thanks to the collaboration with Elis Open Italy, Acea has been able to develop several innovative projects, including the PASO project which received the EcoHiTech award.
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ANGI Award

Acea collaborates with Associazione Nazionale Giovani Innovatori (National Association of Young Innovators), to help promote and develop innovation in Italy. As part of the national ANGI awards, a Special ANGI Innovation Leader Award, offered in collaboration with Acea, is dedicated to young talents from the world of innovation.
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Startup Grind

We have taken part in the Startup Grind event held in Rome, the largest community of start-ups, entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators in the world.
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EUvsVirus 

Acea has supported the first pan-European hackathon designed to develop innovative solutions in the struggle against #Covid19 together. The event has been organized with the support of the European Commission in conjunction with member states. 
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Main partnerships

SMAU
Smau is Italy’s main business matching platform in the digital innovation and technologies sector for firms and local public administrations.
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The Polimi Digital Innovation Observatories
Born within the Polytechnic University of Milan with the purpose of creating culture in all the main areas of digital innovation, the Observatories integrate research, communication and continuous updating. Acea took part in the Space Economy vertical observatory in 2021, to explore the technological opportunities and business impacts of Space Economy and test the space technologies.
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Roma Startup
An association set up to consolidate Rome’s startup and innovation ecosystem: a hub within which our network can be widened, and entrepreneurship fostered. 
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Italia Startup
Italia Startup is a non-profit association which represents the Italian startup ecosystem extended to all those private and public entities - new innovative firms, startup incubators and accelerators, investors, firms and bodies - who foster its visibility and growth and believe in creating a new Italian entrepreneurship fabric. 
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Mind the bridge scale - UPS Summit
Acea is an Innovation partner of Mind The Bridge, an Innovation Firm that promotes a sustainable and global entrepreneurial ecosystem thanks to programs aimed at promoting the meeting between scale-ups and international corporates, supporting the growth and development of these relationships through innovation. Thanks to this partnership, Acea can come into contact with scale-ups, i.e., highly innovative companies which, compared to a start-up, have already gone through all the development stages and have an advanced business model and a product already on the market, and participate in summits in which the most innovative international realities come together.
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Zero Accelerator
Acea is a partner of Zero, the vertical start-up accelerator born from the collaboration between the National Network CDP Venture Capital SGR - National Innovation Fund, Eni, LVenture Group and ELIS to support the best start-ups and innovative SMEs that develop projects and technological solutions in the field of green technology. The goal is to minimise the carbon impact, reduce the emissions, optimise the waste cycle and promote the circular economy.
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Circular for recovery
Acea collaborates with the Bio Medico Campus to support entrepreneurial projects aimed at developing innovative technologies, solutions and services with low environmental and social impact in 5 Key Focus Areas of the Circular Economy: Circular Bioeconomy, Circular Water Economy, Circular Energy Economy, New Circular Life Cycles and Circular City & Land.
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