Exciting results for the PhD students and researchers of the University of Palermo who participated in the International Business Plan Competition of the SCIENT project: among the 21 entrepreneurial ideas from 7 different countries participating in the competition, the young Sicilian entrepreneurs won the second, third and fourth place and win the special prize for the most disruptive innovative idea.


From 11 to 14 September, the SCIENT Business Plan Competition took place in Nicosia (Cyprus).

About 30 students from 7 different Countries – Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, UK, Spain – presented their entrepreneurial ideas to a select audience of experts, teachers and potential funders. Ideas have been evaluated by an international jury based on criteria such as:

  • customer value proposition,
  • competitive advantage,
  • potential market,
  • description and effectiveness of the business model,
  • team,
  • level of innovation.

The delegation of the University of Palermo, made by the 5 best business ideas selected after the phase of training, study visits at local companies and transnational job shadowing mobility, achieved excellent results in the final ranking of the participating business ideas:

Rodolfo Mauceri obtained the second prize thanks to his idea OsseoGuide, designed for the simplification of the surgical procedures needed for guided bone regeneration in dentistry. Indeed, OsseoGuide aim is to provide to clinicians a patient 3D specific graft, in order to restore singular bone defect in the oral cavity, based on a computer tomography scan of the same patient.

Giovanni Roberto Compagno, along with Davide Di Fatta, have been awarded the third prize thanks to the cLass Solar Bags, an entrepreneurial project stemming from the constant battery charge for smartphones. The solution proposed is a fashionable and stylish accessory with the functional feature of grabbing a solar panel to produce renewable energy in the bag itself.

Fourth place, instead, for Zingales Shoes, the start-up created by Vincenzo Zingales for the production of luxury, handcrafted and tailor made footwear – made with animal cruelty free materials for the promotion of sustainable, ethical and responsible fashion products.

Simona Todaro presented GEB Track, for the creation of a social bus, obtained from the re-adaptation of a standard truck, which can accompany naturalistic tourists in off-road routes.

Special Jury Award for the Highly Innovative Content to EyeHome by Salvatore Tramonte, Valeria Minutella and Giacomo Urso, a revolutionary system for integrating a modular smart home system with an eye controlled based interface. The system is designed in particular for people with severe muscular disease to help them in the manage of their disease, increasing the quality of their lives.

SCIENT: a European University-Business Alliance aimed at fostering young SCIentists’ ENTrepreneurial Spirit is a project funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme –  KA2 Knowledge Alliances.

The project – addressed to graduates, doctoral students and research doctors involved in Engineering,  Mathematics, ICT and Information Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Physics, Agricultural sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Science – envisaged the development of the first European pre-acceleration program for innovative entrepreneurship through the provision of a training package and accompanying path for the development of innovative entrepreneurial ideas.

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