Supporting and helping to grow the innovation chain in the country are the objectives that led to the birth of the Italian Science and Technology Parks Association (Apsti).

Today 22 players are part of it, drawing a geography of innovation that includes science and technology parks, but also territorial development agencies, incubators of innovative enterprises and startups and other subjects.

Science parks and their management companies are an instrument of economic and territorial growth. In addition to being a place of comparison and proposal for science and technology parks, Apsti also wants to be a reference point for the country system: an ecosystem that works to start development paths, acceleration and to try to give market positioning to companies, innovative SMEs and

There is also a relationship with universities and the world of research. Here too the challenge is to contribute to the acceleration of technology transfer processes on the market, optimizing time and resources, promoting growth and attractiveness for foreign companies as well.

The Parks are in fact inserted within the value chain, halfway between scientific research and market needs, presiding over a delicate phase in the passage that leads to transformation from the result of research to the final product or industrial process.

Apsti’s contribution to business

The protagonists are obviously the members of Apsti, as subjects specialized in the management of innovation. But it is not enough to host businesses, it is necessary to create the conditions for them to grow and contribute to the economic growth and well-being of the territories in an innovative way.

The Science Parks operate as a technology transfer enabler, helping companies to be born but above all to grow not only by offering adequate spaces for laboratories, offices, pilot plants but also by providing innovative service platforms of high quality and able to both help business subjects in the issues

Other actors at the heart of these complex ecosystems can also contribute to the same goals: incubators, accelerators, clusters, centres of technological expertise, research laboratories, universities.

The park as a system integrator

In this complex system, the Science Parks often operate as system integrators and connecting elements, sometimes with specific sectoral approaches, by overseeing some components of the process of developing an innovation and creating synergistic relationships. In this sense, the Technology Science Parks can and must complete and work in synergy with other subjects. From this point of view we must move from a competitive vision to a system vision.

The geography of the Italian science parks

The Italian territory is almost entirely covered by Science Parks. Innovation antennas APSTI is trying to put into place.

Starting a hypothetical journey from the North East, we find, in Udine, Friuli Innovation and Area Science Park, in Trieste.

In Trentino c’è Trentino Sviluppo, in Bolzano WE Techpark while in Lombardy we find the Polo Technologicalo di Pavia, Kilometro Rosso and Bergamo Sviluppo in Bergamo, Como Next

In Veneto, in Padua, there is the Galileo Visionary District, while in Piedmont we find the Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero, in the area of Ivrea and the Environment Park, which is the Scientific Park

Great Campus is present in Genoa, while Aster is the consortium of Emilia-Romagna for innovation and technology transfer at the service of companies.

In Tuscany, Siena is operating the Fondazione Toscana Life Sciences and, in Umbria, in Todi, the company 3APTA.

In Rome we find the Roman Scientific Park, while in Campania there are Campania Development and the Consortium Area Tech Coriglio. Catania is the seat of the Scientific and Technological Park of Sicily, while in Sardinia we find Sardinia Researches and in Puglia, in Bari, Tecnopolis, Scientific and Technological Park.

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