The 2,000 m2 that now host the Urban Center are part of a redevelopment program started lately by the Municipality of Trieste to recover the Old Port Area. This program stands as a key step in a wider project focused on transforming the city of Trieste into a national and international leading science hub, with a particular attention to the most innovative industrial sectors.
For this reason, the Urban Center has been conceived as a place for the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the DigitalHighTech and BioHighTech – in particular biotechnology, biomedical, and bioinformatics. This process is intended to impact the entire urban environment. Indeed, spaces are open to all citizens and are designed to promote knowledge, dialogue, and functional contamination.
With this in mind, a 1-million-euros tender (see the tender in detail) for the management of the Urban Center was launched during 2020 with a specific focus on the management of three areas, corresponding to the floors of the building:
- Ground floor, FabLab: rapid prototyping technologies to bring innovation and business world closer to students, young innovators, and creative people;
- First floor, functional contamination activities: a crossroads between the main BioHighTech innovation players to foster and promote self-entrepreneurship;
- Second floor, management activities for startups: spaces and modules designed to host startup and university spin-offs.
The consortium (RTI) coordinated by Bio4Dreams (coordinator) in partnership with Biovalley Group, Polo Tecnologico Alto Adriatico, and RnBGate was awarded with the tender, receiving the enthusiastic endorsement of the Municipality of Trieste.
This cross-contamination and entrepreneurship-spurring project raised wide interest in the sector and received the endorsement of several local, national, and international subjects. To list some: Confindustria Alto Adriatico, Federchimica Assobiotec, University of Ljubljana, Confcommercio Trieste, Sissa – Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, TEDx – Pordenone, University of Pécs, ICGEB – International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, ITS ‘Alessandro Volta’, Slovenian Academy of Engineering, Incubatori FVG, Institut “Jozef Stefan”, Ljubljana, Value Italy, GPI, Sino-Italy Ningbo Ecological Park.