That is an interesting question, probably its heritage. Keep in mind that the Serenissima República was the longest lasting republic ever (it lasted over a thousand years). It brought just as much disruption as the Renaissance period did. For that reason, the entrepreneurial spirit and culture we have in the Veneto today are probably the most important values.
«La regione del fare» («The region of doing»).
Riccardo and myself are rooted in the typical Veneto entrepreneurship culture and H-FARM reflects it. Our mission is to build a next Veneto generation out of H-FARM. This is not arrogance, rather a social giving back action.
Humble, hard working, respectful.
H-FARM was founded with the intention to create an environment for the next tech-native generation to support the innovation of a new business model with a dream to build a new concept of an innovation village in the middle of the Veneto, which is one of the most entrepreneurial region of Europe.
Today H-FARM is a listed public company that serves as a platform to bring innovation, entrepreneurship and talents to the real world of business. The model behind this platform gathers startups, corporations and students into the same environment. A range of activities from vertical acceleration programs by industry, interdisciplinary hackathons, startup batches, a number of events together with students, from kids to university age, generating a kind of «ecosystem effect» that make for a tangible feeling of the digital. In a way, a natural zone for the digital culture.
Well, I can mention the Venice public transport service i.e. that implemented «NFC» a while ago. But let’s say that the Veneto, as well as the rest of Italy, does not have a major project yet. I see this as an opportunity.
To embrace high tech at any level. Local governments can really improve the living quality, not only because technology in general can help to optimize public services, but also if they consider the Veneto as a platform. This will get the region to higher standards.
H-FARM has a close relationship with the Veneto region. A number of the most popular entrepreneurs as well as the regional fund are investors, and our business division of H-FARM Industry has developed several innovation programs for some of the largest groups of our region and our country too.
Our most ambitious project is H-Campus promoted by our education division. It is about a 90 million (€) investment to expand our existing campus to a much larger size, enabling us to host about 2000 students ranging from kindergarten, k-12 and university together, with about 1000 people among young entrepreneurs, digital specialists. Our education program is designed to be scalable, throughout the country.
Yes, the warning to have a long term vision and to promote a generation shift. Today we’re living an unprecedented age of democratized disruptive technologies that is going to impact everything and change our future life. The future of the Veneto will depend on these factors, and how it does will be tied with its heritage and culture.
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