Sharing economy: what’s it all about?

It’s the biggest phenomenon in the world right now. With a global market value of over $4 trillion and a workforce of nearly 1.5 million people, the sharing economy is undoubtedly the place to be.
It’s a sector that creates a great deal, destroys nothing and transforms everything and anything – a new world where innovation is as natural as breathing and investment is on the up and up.
Beneficial, smart, and ultra-modern it may be, but the sharing economy is not always that easy to understand. So what’s it all about?

The only Circular Economy course in Italy: guiding students from theory to practice

“Have you heard of critical materials?” With this question, Professor David Peck began our first day of the Circular Economy MBA Bootcamp. He urged the whole class to raise our cell phones in the air and broke down how many critical raw materials and conflict minerals are contained in our mobile phones and computers. This start to the lesson got us thinking about the many materials that compose our belongings, our businesses’ products, our lives.

Italy’s emerging food, fashion and furniture brands focus on sustainability and internationalisation

Innovative, internationally focused and sustainable. These are the three main attributes shared by the 50 leading emerging Italian brands, described by Legalcommunity founder Aldo Scaringella as “examples of excellence today, multinationals tomorrow”.

Agritech, fertile ground for startups

Some people create bacon from seaweed or invent a gel for plants and others produce wine corks that narrate stories. These are ideas that are circulating in the world of agriculture technology, or agritech, a “fertile ground” for innovative solutions that address crucial issues for the future of humanity such as sustainability and food security.

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Stuck in a rut? Feeling blocked? There’s no need to think that your current position is your destiny, as one student at MIP Politecnico di Milano was to discover.
An International Full Time MBA at MIP helped Matteo Castagno land a great job as a business analyst with Nestlé Nespresso… and now he is only too happy that he took the plunge and made the switch from one industry to another.

From Japan to Italy with a trip beyond the Alps

Many Italian companies have yet to understand the value of blockchain, since it is a complicated subject; we are at the beginning of a long path to see this new paradigm working its way into organisations. I mean, a company knows perfectly well what the Internet is and how to exploit it for business. This is not the case, however, for blockchain. There is no lack of interest, but this often stops at the fields of education and experimentation. In the Italian market we have few solutions currently in production.

Altagamma and BCG analysis reveals luxury trends for coming years

We’ve heard of democratic luxury and the luxury of simplicity. And we all know what the greatest luxury of them all is: time.
But enough of the theory. Luxury, in the truest sense of the word, is more alive than ever and continues to go from strength to strength.
The market is fuelling consumption, boosting employment and supporting the economic growth of entire nations, most of all Italy.

Green jobs for growth

Italian startup Greenrail is fresh off a 15-year, 75 million dollar contract in the US for its patented eco-friendly rail sleepers made from recycled plastic and end-of-life tyres.
Incubated within innovation accelerator PoliHub at the Politecnico di Milano, the company is just one sign of the vibrancy of Italy’s green economy.

The blockchain: a new business perspective

While cryptocurrencies are undergoing major downturns, frightening those who had approached them recently and probably scaring them away, I am motivated to share some thoughts. I recognise that you have to be a little reckless to invest in cryptocurrencies. There are those who approach them simply to get some short-lived returns and then there are those who, on the other hand, believe in them deeply; I am referring to the blockchain, because behind this concept there is something more than pure speculation. It’s something broader, which goes beyond just the context of technology.

How is Entrepreneurship impacting Europe – China Business?

It’s no longer news that the Chinese market has become one of the biggest players in the world, with the nation’s economic growth rate at a stable 6.7% in the last 4 years. But why did China scale up so fast in the business landscape?
The “Entrepreneurial mindset” played a key role in that, and this was exactly the topic of the seminar held by Prof. Zhang at MIP – Politecnico di Milano.