Aerospace And Artificial Intelligence Italian Tech Lands In Seattle With Ten Startups
Starting with a tour of the factory where the Boeing 737 is born followed by pitches to the global giants of the aerospace industry, the Primo Innovare Summit brings to the Pacific Northwest the most innovative Italian companies in Aerospace industry
By: Serena Corp. - Private Operating Foundation
Following its inaugural Seattle edition in November 2022 and subsequent stages in New York and Boston in 2023, a new event is set to take place in Washington State. The aim is to bring together ten emerging Italian innovators in artificial intelligence and aerospace with one of the most dynamic regions for these industries in the United States and globally.
The day will kick off with a tour of Boeing's Renton factory in the Seattle metropolitan area. This will provide the startups an opportunity to engage with the production hub of the aerospace giant and share their innovative solutions. In the afternoon, the main event will be held at the Seattle World Trade Center. The Summit will be
inaugurated by Davide Corriero, the Deputy Consul General of Italy in San Francisco, followed by presentations from the startups to an audience comprising about a hundred investors and major companies from the region, including members of the Greater Seattle Partners. The aerospace industry boasts over 900 local businesses in the Seattle area alone, including Boeing and Blue Origin, among others. Prominent figures will lead a roundtable discussion at the event, featuring executives from Boeing, Amazon (Project Kuiper), Google (NASA Project), and Umbra Group – an Italian industrial supplier to Boeing that has a presence in Washington state.
Executives from Eviation, the Arlington (WA) based manufacturer of Alice, the first fully electric twin-engine aircraft, will speak together with the top analyst from AIR-Aerospace Intelligence who will also host the industry panel.
Primo Innovare Summit extends beyond the physical event: the startup pitches will be uploaded and remain available on the virtual expo hosted on the website www.primoinnovare.org. This provides an additional platform to cultivate business opportunities, allowing for remote engagement and long-term opportunities for connections over the coming months.
The delegation of Italian startups was carefully selected by the Italian National Research Center, Area Science Park, which organized the event together with Serena. "With Primo Innovare, we create a prestigious meeting ground for innovative startups from various Italian regions, giving them a unique platform to showcase themselves to investors, venture capital funds, and leaders of some of the largest American corporations. Once again, innovation serves as a bridge between Italy and the United States, providing common ground to strengthen ties between our countries and build new relationships,"
"Italy has historically been a pioneer in the aeronautical industry. Primo Innovare now brings to Seattle a delegation of new entrepreneurs with their innovative projects, showcasing the rapid and recent advancements in the aerospace sector. This acceleration is made even more intriguing by the development of artificial intelligence systems, which is not coincidentally the other main theme of this year's summit. Following the great success of the 2022 edition, we continue to focus on the synergy between Italy's productive ingenuity and the Pacific Northwest of the United States, a region that boasts the presence of 900 companies in this sector, employing 99,000 people in King County alone," said Davide Viganò, Co-founder and President of Serena Corp, a non-profit foundation dedicated to building friendship and collaboration between Italy and the Pacific Northwest, highlighting their entrepreneurial culture, and to create value, jobs and innovation opportunities together and for all. The project also received collaboration and support from the Consul General of Italy, Sergio Strozzi in San Francisco and Innovit, the Italian hub for innovation and culture in downtown San Francisco. The new hub serves as a nexus for activities that boost Italian technological, scientific, and innovative endeavors. It incorporates its Innovation Center and the activities of the Italian Institute of Culture, inaugurated in 2022. The Center has significantly augmented Primo Innovare's innovative offerings by showcasing in Seattle the pioneering companies that have embarked on the Call4Innovit-
Arca Dynamics | www.arcadynamics.space | Rome
Arca Dynamics provides services for monitoring aerospace traffic and Earth observation with its own nanosatellites. The company has developed a patented system for tracking space debris in orbit, including small-sized debris, offering near real-time information on potential collision paths, operational both in light (with a smart camera) and darkness (using a radio wave receiver).
Blacks | www.blacks-composites.it | Ravenna
Blacks is adept in designing, prototyping, and manufacturing components made of advanced composite materials like carbon fiber, glass, aramid, and hybrid fibers. In aerospace, it engages in both the design and production of tooling from composites and metals, as well as manufacturing complex structural parts.
Delta Space Leonis | www.deltaspaceleonis.com | Rome
Delta Space Leonis specializes in affordable space services utilizing picosatellites (less than 1kg). The company is crafting its own satellite constellation to provide monitoring services in fields like agriculture, energy, transportation, and environmental protection. A key feature is their proprietary 'deployer' that helps maintain cost-efficiency. The firm is also working on mini ground stations and a transmission module to ensure compatibility of their constellation with existing equipment.
Geckoway | www.geckoway.com | Rome
Geckoway has innovated WolfPMB (Project Management Board), a project management
software for space missions, harnessing mixed reality (XR) technology. This tool is designed to facilitate the engineering and maintenance tasks of space crews, enhancing collaboration during spacewalks and streamlining the learning and execution processes.
Involve Space | www.involvespace.it | Como
Involve Space is developing Stratostats, a pseudo-satellite system featuring a probe lifted by a zero-emission helium stratospheric balloon, capable of reaching and sustaining altitudes of 30- 40 km. The recoverable probe can transport materials or be used for data collection. The company has also developed Neurostar, an AI software capable of autonomously directing the trajectories of probes (as well as drones and satellites) based on wind directions.
Miprons | www.miprons.com | Rome
Miprons is pioneering the development of the first orbital propulsion system using water
electrolysis, promising substantial benefits in efficiency, performance, safety, and environmental sustainability. This system is versatile, suitable for satellites, re-entry vehicles, extra-atmospheric drones, and a variety of other applications.
Nano-Tech | www.italnanotech.com | Ascoli Piceno
Nano-Tech deals with nanotechnologies and produces innovative composite materials for the aerospace. Thanks to a patented technology and the know-how in the homogeneous and effective dispersion of nano particles, Nano-Tech has developed unique products, more robust, lighter and more heat resistant.
Nabu | www.nabu.ag | Turin
Nabu integrates a variety of data and information into a single platform to enhance agricultural irrigation processes. This system merges satellite imagery with sensor data to improve the efficiency of water and energy resource management. Additionally, it enables remote control of irrigation systems and the creation of predictive maintenance schedules.
Novac | www.novacsupercap.com | Modena
Novac is developing moldable solid-state supercapacitors designed for high performance. These supercapacitors can be integrated with batteries in electric vehicles for rapid energy discharge. Novac's solution is adaptable to various vehicle shapes and suitable for use in extreme conditions, including space, while ensuring enhanced safety standards.
Revolv Space | www.revolvspace.com | Turin
Revolv Space develops mechanisms and actuation systems for small satellites capable of
doubling the operational time of their payloads and the revenue of commercial satellite
operators. Their first product is SARA, a cost-effective, autonomous, and fail-safe system that maximizes the energy generated on board by orienting the solar panels towards the sun.
Serena Corp. – Private Operating Foundation
Silvia Tosolini _Project Manager
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