Innovation Management

CETMA for incubation and business promotion

CETMA, Research and Technology Organization (RTO) which has been carrying out applied research for over 25 years, accompanies companies eager to innovate their products and provides services and know-how that are indispensable especially for small and medium-sized companies that want to be competitive in today's market. In this way it promotes the values and tools that favour and encourage the development of entrepreneurship within the Apulian and national territory.
The activities concern experimental development and technology transfer in the field of advanced materials (composites, polymers, bio-based and recycled materials), ICT (development of specialized software for innovative applications in engineering, production and services) and product development with external non-profit activity, whose profits are reinvested in research, training and technology transfer activities.
Founded in 1994 with the aim of strengthening the processes of technology transfer and innovation of the national Industrial System, in particular of the Regions of Southern Italy, today it is a centre of excellence and reference for the promotion and training of new businesses and new entrepreneurs through innovative and stimulating paths. The tools that CETMA makes available to companies (startups and others) are heterogeneous and they include training rooms, laboratories for the mechanical and chemical-physical characterization of materials, computers and software for mechanical design, and all the know-how acquired by its researchers in 26 years of research on materials, business consulting, product design and design.

Incubation and business promotion activities:

CETMA coordinates and promotes the Factory called "STARTMAN", which operates on the themes of the Priority Innovation Area of SMARTPuglia2020 "Sustainable Manufacturing". Startman is the Factory born within the Public Art Notice Puglia "Selezione Factory", established in the form of ATS (Temporary Association of Purpose) between public and private entities, with the aim of promoting the transfer of skills and know-how to teams of aspiring entrepreneurs , supporting the transformation of their business ideas into real innovative enterprises through the most updated and effective methods of business.
Talent Extraction is an intervention co-financed by the European Union under the ROP Puglia ERDF ESF 2014 - 2020 - Priority Axis VIII Action 8.2 Interventions addressed to the unemployed (ESF); Priority Axis X Action 10.6 Interventions of continuous training and/or specialized and professionalizing (ESF)
The STARTMAN Factory is made up of 34 partners, both public and private, located in the regional, national and European territory. These partners are distributed within 4 groups, divided according to the specific operational area. Particularly, the first group of Factory STARTMAN, called GROUP A, includes investors, incubators and accelerators and associations for business promotion. This group is composed of the following partners
  • 1) ALMACUBES
  • 2) ARCA Consortium
  • 3) Pont -Tech
  • 4) University of Florence Csavri (luf)
  • 5) Dpixel S.r.l.
  • 6) TECNALIA VENTURES S.I.
  • 7) STARTUP CLUB
  • 8) The Qube
  • 9) Starsup S.r.l.
  • 10) Venture Factory
  • 11) VERTIS SGR
  • 12) First SGR
  • 13) COFIDI.EN
CETMA also plays the role of Local Atelier for the Province of Brindisi within the TRACES project, "TRansnational Accelerator for a Cultural and Creative EcoSystem", financed by the European Territorial Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Greece-Italy 2014-2020. The aim of the project is to promote creative entrepreneurship and growth of cultural and creative enterprises as drivers of inclusive and sustainable local development, through the creation of a widespread cross-frontier accelerator to support the incubation processes of informal teams, startups and young innovative enterprises.
The model is based on the provision of accompanying and consulting paths for research activities and innovation services, conceiving, designing and implementing innovative products and advanced and customized technological solutions. In particular, it carries out support activities in strategic design, new product development, digital transformation, additive manufacturing and AR/VR technologies and applications for manufacturing companies, digital workshops and technology startups.
CETMA has also been part, for several years now, of the promoting committee of Start Cup Puglia, the competition, connected to PNI - National Award for Innovation, which since 2008 rewards new regional entrepreneurial initiatives with a high knowledge content and offers the possibility to transform a business idea into a real enterprise through accompanying activities, project assistance and cash prizes.
CETMA researchers work daily to promote the economic development of our territory and not only through research, innovation and the birth of new businesses, collaboration with existing companies and the education of new generations to an entrepreneurial approach, strengthened today more than ever by a powerful innovative drive that is necessary to overcome the challenges that today's market offers.
The incubated spin-offs gain access to national universities, some of which are our members, to CETMA's laboratories and know-how, as well as to an important part of the network of manufacturing companies located in Puglia.