BIAT – Innovation And High Technology Lab 2019 

The fifth edition of the BIAT- Innovation and High Technology Lab took place in Bari, Italy on 11-12 April 2019.

The BIAT - Innovation and High Technology Lab, funded under the Cohesion Action Plan of the Economic Development Ministry, is an initiative designed to enable the enterprises and research systems of South Italy Regions – Abruzzo, Molise, Sardinia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Apulia and Sicily -  to express their full potential for innovation and excellence. The event was organized by the Italian Trade Agency in collaboration with the relevant Regional Governments and the city of Bari.

This year, BIAT promoted the placing on the market and/or the transfer of innovative products and services or high technology and intangible assets (patents in particular) by matching commercial and technology supply and demand between start-ups, innovative SMEs, business networks, universities, technology parks and foreign counterparts. 

The event was divided into 3 distinct phases: 

  • collection of project proposals that could be applied to commercial, industrial and technological enterprises of the South Italy Regions;

  • identification of foreign counterparts through an online matchmaking system that would allow foreign companies to consult the summaries of proposed projects and select those of interest;

  • carrying out of meetings between Italian and foreign counterparts during the BIAT in Bari.

Foreign counterparts such as large companies, research centers interested in technology transfer, venture capitalists and or investors were identified exclusively by the offices of the foreign network of ICE- Italian Trade Agency, operating in the following countries: United States, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany, Korea, India, Singapore, UK, Japan, Israel,  China, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Poland, Belgium, Netherland, Denmark and Russia.