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Italian Association
of University Incubators
and Business Plan Competitions

National Award for Innovation 2020

The 19th edition of the National Innovation Award took place over two days: Tuesday 30 November and Friday 3 December.

The most important business plan competition in Italy was held in mixed mode, online and face-to-face and was  organized  from the University of Rome "Tor Vergata"  with the involvement of 15 StartCups active in 16 regions.​​

Guarda la finale del Premio Nazionale per l'Innnovazione 2021

National Award for Innovation 2020

The Italian Master Startup Award (IMSA)  it was organized by the PNICube Association in collaboration with the Federico II University of Naples  on September 23, 2021 .  

The winner of the 15th edition is Relief , a spinoff of the Institute of BioRobotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa which has developed a solution to combat urinary incontinence through a system with reduced invasiveness and low cost.

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The spinoff has developed - thanks to a patented technology - a solution to combat urinary incontinence. The peculiarities of the device are many, including aesthetic invisibility and applicability to both sexes. In addition, the device is equipped with a wireless activation system based on the use of magnetic fields. The simple implantation procedure implies not only lower costs, but also reduced hospitalization times and therefore a reduced psychological impact for the patient.

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Who we are

PNICube is the Association that brings together Italian academic incubators and business plan competitions (called Start Cups ), born with the aim of stimulating the birth and accompanying the market to new companies with a high knowledge content of university origin.
The Association currently has 51 associates between universities and academic incubators - involving the Italian regions through regional Start Cups - and is the promoter of two important initiatives: the National Award for Innovation - PNI , which selects the best business ideas innovative, and the Italian Master Startup Award event (former Start Up of the Year) which rewards the young Hi-Tech company that has achieved the greatest success on the market.

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Our goals

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Promote birth of university incubators

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Acquire resources aimed at activities of business creation

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Exchange experiences among the members and favor mutual cooperation

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Promote and support partners in international collaborations

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Raise awareness and promote incubation initiatives of businesses

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Encourage creation of startups from research

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