In areas like the Veneto, where there is a prevalence of small enterprises, the organisations responsible for local development and the Universities play a key role in supporting the innovation processes in the enterprises.
The Galileo Science and Technology Park is a consortium, with its members being the Chambers of Commerce of Padua, Treviso, Vicenza and Belluno, Padua University, Padua City Council and Provincial Council, the Cassa di Risparmio of Padua and Rovigo Foundation and Veneto Innovation.
The mission of Galileo STP is summed up in the motto “innovate to compete”, which operatively means supporting the competitiveness of enterprise through the implementation of activities and services to circulate innovation, transfer technology and apply the research results.
The strategic goals that Galileo STP pursues refer to four basic functions: re-industrialization, innovation, qualification and diversification of the production system.
In relation to re-industrialization, innovation and qualification, the priority is to give new competitiveness to traditional sectors, particularly those related to production of low-tech goods. In this field Galileo STP aims at ensuring competitiveness is regained through the individual implementation of technology, including at systems level, with an improved exchange and distribution of knowledge and the innovation services that are available.
Finally, the districts, which are a strategic and flexible resource for local development, could become a weakness if there is just monoculture production. Diversified production systems, due to the emergence of new high-tech spin-offs from universities or companies, young researchers and technicians, is the preamble to new wealth in the development of our economic system.
The activities of Galileo STP are divided in the following fields: “Innovation Circulation”, “Industrial design and new materials”, “Quality and certification” and “New Enterprise”, and are developed in close collaboration with Padua University, Research Centres and Category Associations in the area.
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