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The Innovation Exchange

Innovation is all about people


Innovation at Cisco means thousands of employees, customers, partners, startups and universities working together to change the way we work, live, play and learn.

This is digitization. We're ready. Are you?

The Innovation Exchange

With Digitaliani Program we started a fantastic adventure to create a network of people and locations where we could support and leverage the startups, the developers and the whole innovation ecosystem in Italy.

The Exchange is now driving Innovation and Digital Transformation with our customers as well as creating a solid digital skills based in our Country through our investments in developers, in education and research.

People at the center

Innovation Exchange means connecting existing companies, startups, universities, incubators, accelerators and venture capitals to accelerate Italian innovation.

Locations & Innovation Ecosystem

  • 2 Innovation Cubes in TalentGarden (Milan/Rome) to grow DevNet Program and Cisco developers community
  • 8 Innovation exchange locations (Invitalia, Nana Bianca, Innogest, TAG Milan, TAG Rome, LuissEnlabs, Lean Experience Factory 4.0, H-Farm), equipped with Cisco Collaboration Technology (Webex/end points/Meraki)
  • Network of 20 Incubators/Accelerators
  • Network of 12 Universities and Research centers collaborating with us on priorities topics as Cybersecurity, IOT for Agrifood, Digital Manifacturing and Digital Services for citizens
  • 12 new and existing Cisco partners linked to the innovation exchange

Innovation with Customers

  • 20+ Co-Innovation Projects & Pilots with key customers
  • Network of Chief Innovation Officers of some of the most innovative Italian customers engaged on Digital Transformation and co-innovation activities
  • 10+ Hackatons engaging 400 developers using Cisco APIs (DevNet Program)
  • 30 + Innovators Ecosystem (Corporates, Co-working spaces, Incubators, Accelerators, Associations) to boost co-innovation projects at our customers  

Venture Capitals & Deal Flow

  • Cisco LP Investment in Invitalia Ventures (Venture Capital)
  • Startups dealflow: 120 Startups evaluated, 60 startups engaged and 25 startups actively working with us on customer projects
  • Network built with 10+ Italian VC Investors

Digital Skills

Cisco Italia invests and believes in digital skills with its programs: Networking Academy and DEVNET.

Some ecosystem players