With the opening of an Innovation Hub in Russia, Enel reaffirms its position as “a pioneering operator in technological evolution in a country with a dynamic and productive ecosystem,” as stressed by CEO Francesco Starace, speaking at the sixth edition of the Open Innovations Forum 2017 in Skolkovo near Moscow.
The new hub opened by Starace is located in the Skolkovo technology centre and will act as an innovation model and a springboard for start-ups. The aim is to form strong partnerships with several institutions that make up the country’s industrial fabric and which are in the hi-tech sectors of the Internet of Things, energy-efficiency solutions, big data analytics, smart grids, and renewable energies. “Innovation is a massive challenge for all established companies operating in sectors which have historically enjoyed a natural development thanks to the technology that they have acquired,” Starace noted, stressing that this project further confirmed the group’s commitment to promoting sustainable development strategies on a global scale as well.
“The Skolkovo Technopark,” Enel’s CEO went on to say, “is proof of the successful efforts made by the Russian authorities to promote a breeding ground where universities, laboratories, start-ups, and companies are encouraged to work together to come up with solutions which will have an impact on the way we generate, distribute, and use energy.” It is no coincidence that a number of major partners took part in the opening, including the Skolkovo Foundation, the Skolkovo Business School, and the Internet Initiatives Fund, as well as the country’s leading start-ups.
In Moscow, Francesco Starace – a guest at the Open Innovation Forum’s plenary session along with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev – also took part in the Foreign Investment Advisory Council’s annual meeting, signing an agreement with the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund to implement electric mobility projects in the country.
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