Innovate is the FS Group’s Corporate Entrepreneurship programme that encourages the development of corporate entrepreneurship through multidisciplinary teams with various responsibilities. The individual teams hail from the differing Italian FS companies. The aim of each team is to develop, promote and launch new business ideas. Each of the teams involved shall present the evolution of their work to FS Italiane’s Top Management, from the embryonic idea to a business project to be developed.
Innovate is able to strengthen entrepreneurial attitudes, put personal resources and know-how into play, whilst deploying new approaches to innovation through dedicated tools and methodologies. In line with the FS Italiane Group’s Industrial Plan, the 2020 edition addresses the theme of sustainability.
The 5 teams that pass all of the evaluation phases shall enter an acceleration pathway lasting approximately 4 months. During this period, they will be supported by colleagues and managers in the process of transforming the proposed ideas into concrete initiatives. The acceleration phase involves the teams transforming their idea into a project that they will present at the end of the process, when the winner will be selected.
Each team, comprised of 3 up to a maximum of 6 participants, is to promote gender diversity in its composition.
On 22 and 23 January 2020, the Innovate Boot Camp will take place in the Officine Farneto (Rome). The 10 projects earning the most votes via the FS Italiane crowd voting platform and the most successful then move on to the actual training phase.
In this phase, the teams representing the top 10 ideas with votes from over 6,000 employees shall work to present their project to an exceptional jury.
The Boot Camp event was attended by startuppers from the world of innovation and digitisation along with noteworthy speakers: Luca Tomassini (Vetrya), Lucia Chierchia (Gellify), Alberto Eugenio Tozzi (Bambino Gesù) and Massimiliano Montefusco (RDS).
On 22 January, the teams worked with the support of facilitators and startuppers who facilitated the better development of their ideas. On 23 January, the work was presented before a technical jury tasked with determining the 5 teams to enter the acceleration pathway in order to transform the proposals into valuable projects.
The five teams will now have to develop projects in agile mode, together with the mentors, assessing the technical and economic feasibility. In June, the winner of Innovate 2020 will be declared from amongst these 5 teams.