Eoliann has been selected among the startups that participated in the first edition of the EY Startup Academy, the EY initiative created with the aim of offering an extra chance to some of the most innovative realities on the Italian scene.
Eoliann was founded in 2022 in Turin by Roberto Carnicelli, Chiara Mugnai, and Giovanni Luddeni and is active in climate tech: the startup leverages satellite data and artificial intelligence to try to predict, measure, and estimate the economic damage caused by extreme weather events.
While COP27 is underway in Egypt, where UN member countries are trying to find new agreements to limit the rise in global temperatures and beyond, it is increasingly evident how much of a fundamental contribution to countering climate change can (and should) come from the innovation ecosystem: “Participating in the EY Startup Academy,” the winners commented, “has given us the opportunity to access a network of qualified professionals, potential investors, and business partners, but it has also allowed us to compare ourselves with founders from other realities, with growth goals similar to ours.”
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EY’s first Italian Academy
The EY Startup Academy path was created in collaboration with Microsoft Italia and in this first edition, it came to select ten startups that followed courses taught by EY experts for five weeks. Gianluca Galgano, EY Startup, and Venture Capital Leader explained in an interview conducted prior to the selection of the startups last July: “We realized that the market is growing, and the need for valid and effective interlocutors who can contribute to this growth is also growing: in EY we have all the necessary skills to do this, we already do a review and consulting for many startups even in important growth stages such as Scalapay or Casavo.”
The ten startups that took part in the training participated in a final pitch day, presenting their products and services to a panel of judges composed of Microsoft Italia, Plug and Play, InnovUp, Italian Tech Alliance, Startup Geeks, Impact Hub, Aurora Fellows, and the Talento all’Opera Foundation. Of these, in the end, the most convincing was Eoliann, which was able to integrate, in its initial idea presented to the jury during the first selection phase, the essential business management skills on topics such as Business Model, internal organization, public speaking, finance, fundraising and investor relations, acquired during the training course. EY’s initiative benefits from the support of the EY Foundation and the EY Ripples corporate volunteering program, which enables all EY people to provide skills and transfer their talents to young entrepreneurs to address the major social and environmental challenges of our time.
“Digital,” said Matteo Mille, Director of Marketing and Operations Microsoft Italy, “is more crucial than ever to promote change and more sustainable development. Initiatives such as EY Startup Academy 2022 are fundamental because they allow players in the Italian innovation ecosystem to make their know-how available to help new entrepreneurial realities take shape and further accelerate change.”
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