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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.

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 10 best startups of 2017

Someone wanted to learn how to play the guitar, another was a plane enthusiast. One dreamt of becoming a tennis player, others were seeking ways to communicate with colleagues. But they had one thing in common: an intuition that turned them into successful startuppers.

Crypto curiosities: interesting facts about cryptocurrencies you do not want to miss!

It was the second most-searched word in the world in 2017, after Hurricane Irma. It sparked panic amongst experts in the world of finance and other sectors, making the front pages of newspapers all over the world. We’ve all heard of the gold rush – but we are now living in the age of the Bitcoin rush.

How to transform a messaging app into a profitable company: the LINE case study

Back in 2011, a violent earthquake and devastating tsunami ravaged the north-east coast of Japan, leaving communication lines in tatters.
It was a total blackout: there were no telephones and no messaging.
A few months later, an instant messaging service interrupted the silence. Its name? LINE, an app launched by leading South Korean company Naver.

Businesses beware! If you are not thinking laterally, you may be missing a trick

Some companies may be missing out on opportunities for growth by omitting to explore potential applications of their technology outside their core business areas. This is the stark warning given by professors Federico Frattini and Erwin Danneels in a recent article published in MITSloan Management Review.

The Book of Life: how one MBA student at MIP Politecnico di Milano started on a new chapter

An extract from the catalogue of luxury Italian manufacturer Moleskine states: “Our notebooks are books to be written…”
The MBA students at MIP Politecnico di Milano could be described in a similar way. The first chapters in the story of their lives have been completed but there is a whole adventure yet to unfold – and it was, in fact, at Moleskine that one such student, Jaimie Kim, added another chapter to her life’s work.

Sustainability is the buzzword for the fashion industry in 2018

Sustainability is the hot new thing in the fashion world: circular economy, environmental responsibility, renewable energy and recycling are some of the sector’s latest buzzwords.
Increasingly, the fashion industry is abandoning appearance for substance.
At the heart of the sustainable movement is the acknowledgement that the situation within the fashion industry has strayed into the realms of the extreme.