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1. Introduction

Italy’s struggle in generating a talent-friendly ecosystem is a well know problem. This spiral has been worsening at an increasing pace:  Italy’s Talent Retention ability is ranked 40th (out of 118) by the Global Competitiveness report. In comparison, Denmark and the Netherlands precede Italy by more than 30 spots. With few exceptions, Italian universities rank poorly vis-à-vis to international peers . By March 2018, youth unemployment peaked at 32%.

However, this data alone is inconclusive. More than 40,000 work positions are currently open, but there is a lack of competencies coupled with an inertial willingness to fill them. This data deserves further considerations and should be analysed from different perspectives.

2. Key questions

The aim of the first panel is to address these different points of view and find answers to following points:

  • Which are the key competences sought after in the job market?

  • How can we foster the development of those skills and know-hows that will become increasingly critical in the coming years? (e.g. data analytics, IoT…)

  • Which steps should universities take to tailor the educational syllabus to the future needs of the job market and, in turn, of the global trends?

  • Which steps should companies take to ensure universities develop key-turn students? How can they ensure talent will be developed in its full potential? (e.g. women, internationals…)

  • To what extent are further educational opportunities relevant in today’s everchanging environment (e.g. sponsored MBA, trainings…)? 

3. So-what:

  • What are the key elements that universities and companies need to execute on to grow and retain talent?

  • What are the steps needed to implement the key identified actions?


1. Introduction

In the Global Innovation Index – the leading measure for countries’ innovation performance – Italy covers the 29th place, behind Spain, Malta and Czech Republic among others.

The lack of innovation is causing several Italian firms to struggle renovating themselves in an ever-changing global environment, which is disrupting also more traditional sectors. But these pain-points are further magnified by an ecosystem which alarmingly fights back, instead of advancing, innovation.

At NOVA 2018, our goal is to answer the key questions which will challenge and hopefully win the “Italian Innovation Resilience”.

2. Key questions

  • How to leverage and incentivize available talent to fuel disruptive ideas? (E.g. collaboration between companies and universities, …)

  • How to stop the continued brain drain and grow and retain innovative professionals, in order to exploit their ideas?

  • How to foster innovation across sectors? (E.g. Policies, cross-contamination)

  • How to learn from and replicate Italian success stories in the innovation field?

  • How to create the financial resources to support new ventures growth?

3. So-what

  • What are the key actions that companies can execute on to overcome those barriers that halt the spread and adoption of innovative ideas?

  • How can the regulator support companies in winning innovation resilience?


1. Introduction

Leveraging on what has been discussed during the day (“How to generate talent friendly ecosystem” and “How to win innovation resilience”), the conclusive panel will have the ambitious aim to lay down which are Italy’s aspirations in this world. With this objective in mind, panelists will confront and share their views on what is “Italy 2030”.

2. Key questions

  • How should the future strategy of Italy steer the development of talents and innovation in key fields?

  • Which role will respectively Universities, Corporates, and Institutions play?

  • What are the three key entries of the to-do list?

3. So-what

  • Where do we envision Italy in 2030?

  • What are top three short-term and long-term sustainable actions to be implemented?