A few weeks ago we held a social media competition, posing the question: “Which city had the most #SEW17 co-organisers?” Anna Ressa, SEW17 co-organiser in Italy, correctly guessed one of the cities as London!
So let’s start the interview!
Anna Ressa from Anna Ressa – Project Management co-organised a SEW event in Bari, Italy, with the collaboration of various partners to make the event happen: Impact Hub Bari; Augmentum; and Digital Magics.
SEW is focused on showing what is available for startups on a local and regional level. Can you tell us a little about your city where you held your SEW17 event? What is the current situation for startups and entrepreneurs?
The Apulian startup ecosystem is still “sleeping” in some ways, but it has all the credentials to go a long way. Events like this, and others that may come, are a little step to shorten the gap between the stakeholders and build a more welcoming and integrated business fabric, for the competitive advantage of both the startup, and that of consolidated companies.
Tell us about your events! What day did you have the event? What activities were involved?
SEW Bari was held on 9 and 10 February. About 200 people attended. The first day was dedicated to the local ecosystem with additional interventions of national experts at the headquarters of Impact Hub Bari. The second day addressed the themes of open innovation and collaboration between consolidated companies and new generation companies, thanks to the important participation of Marco Gay (President of the national association of industrialists – Confindustria). In the afternoon of the second day it was also held a pitch session, during which about 16 startups and new business ideas were presented to the public. A group of high school students participated in this phase; their project, developed with the support of their teacher, has received much attention and was emblematic of how much desire there is to do business in the area, and how important the support of private and institutional stakeholders!
What was the best thing about your SEW17 event?
Among all of our highly appreciated speakers, the Representation in Italy of the European Commission took part. Dr. Carparelli presented the opportunities offered by the EU in support of startups, and talked about some Scandinavian best practices. Italy has the ability to further its growth, and following the best practices of other countries to suit your specific region is the best way to do it.
What tangible impact was achieved from your event? Tell us your success stories!
Many startups presented during the 2016 edition of the event are now established and growing; and they found interesting partnerships during SEW. We really hope that the same will occur for this edition: we worked to create connection, it takes a bit of time so they can bear fruit!
Will you take part in #SEW18?
I would be pleased to be part of this project again!
Anna Ressa is a foreign-Language Graduate. She is a freelance Project Manager for International Business Development and European / local Funds, and has collaborated with local SMEs and institutions (Confindustria Bari and Bat, Italian Trade Agency – ITA, etc.)