Special Events - Startups and Entrepreneurs


2021 September 06 – 09
Location: Virtual

The theme of RTSI 2021 is innovation for a smart world.

This year’s special events section contains two events on startups and entrepreneurs, the Call for Best Entrepreneurship Activity Pitch Presentation and the Special Meeting on Innovative Startups and Entrepreneurs.

Without question, innovation in electrical, electronic, and information science and engineering has strongly transformed society in recent decades, which relates to the main goal of RTSI, which is to address these challenges and to foster excellence in technological innovation.

Call for Best Entrepreneurship Activity Pitch Presentation

Participation is free of charge. 

This call is devoted to young Startups (TRL 1-3) and entrepreneurs to showcase successful entrepreneurship ideas in the field of interest of IEEE.

The competitors shall prepare a  5 minutes video: “My entrepreneurship idea in 5 minutes” in which will present their entrepreneurship idea and activity using slides, pictures, photos, graphics, lab demo, etc., to describe in the most convincing and attractive way their innovative idea, achievements, and field of application.

The participants at the IEEE RTSI START-UP AND ENTREPRENEUR VIDEO EVENT will be able to vote for their favorite video using a special application (i.e., Mentimeter) on their smartphones.

The competition will take place during IEEE RTSI 2021 “electronic virtual conference” (on September 6, 2021) and the participation is free of charge. See the program schedule on the web page of the conference to know the exact time. More details about: the platform to be used for the “live streaming event” and how to access, will be available on the conference web and sent to the video authors.

All competitors will receive a participation certificate and the best video will be awarded a customized IEEE certificate.

Entrepreneurs willing to participate in this competition shall send an e-mail to this address: rtsi2021@ieeesezioneitalia.it no later than 25 July 2021.

In the subject of the e-mail, the participant in this competition should write: Best Entrepreneurship Activity Pitch Presentation – name surname

In the text of the e-mail the participant shall include the following info:

  • title of the video
  • name and affiliation of the author
  • e-mail of the author.

Details about uploading procedures will be sent to participants by e-mail.  The deadline for the submission of the video is 10 August 2021. All videos shall have MP4 format, dimensions not larger than 100 MB and they shall not be longer than 5 minutes. A special commission will select the best videos (maximum 16 videos) that will be presented and voted by participants to the event.

All videos will be uploaded on the IEEE Italy Section web and media (depending on author permission.) Read More.

Special Meeting on Innovative Startups and Entrepreneurs
6 September 2021 – live video streaming

Attendance IS FREE

This special meeting is structured in two panels dedicated to:

– entrepreneurship financial and institutional supports, the importance of ethics in technology

– some examples of successful startups.


14:00 – 14:10 – Welcome to participants – Tiziana Tambosso – IEEE Italy Section Entrepreneurship Committee & Vincenzo Piuri – IEEE R8 Director-Elect

Panel 1: Entrepreneurship Supports

The first panel will focus on entrepreneurship supports for success. Funding, organization, management, business strategies and planning, incubators, guidance, mentorship, and institutional supports will be discussed. A presentation of the recent advancement in the P7000 standard will describe the process for addressing ethical concerns during system design.

Moderators: Vincenzo Piuri and Tiziana Tambosso

14:10 – 14:25 – Joanne Wong – IEEE Entrepreneurship

14:25 – 14:40 – Giulia Zanotti – Invitalia

14:40 – 14:55 – Angelo Giuliana – Meditech Competence Center

14:55 – 15:10 – Filippo Ammirati, ENEA Direzione Innovazione e Sviluppo – Divisione Sviluppo Tecnologico 

15:10 – 15:25 – Roberto Della Marina – Venture Factory

15:25 – 15:40 – Ali Hessami, Vega SystemsEthical Considerations in System Design

15:40 – 15:55 – John Matogo & Mohammad Zaidan – IEEE R8 Action for Industry & IEEE R8 Entrepreneurship Initiative

15:55 – 16:15 – Q&A time

Ten-minute break

Panel 2: Successful Startups

The second panel will present some examples of successful and innovative startups with an accent on challenges during a time of pandemic and with illustrations of best practices, problems encountered, and solutions.

Moderator: Roberta Albanese – Business / Startup Consultant

16:20 – 16:30 – Flavio Farroni, CEO – Megaride

16:30 – 16:40 – Antonio Caraviello, CEO – Sophia High Tech

16:40 – 16:50 – Domenico De Luca, CEO – Tolemaica (www.tolemaica.it)

16:50 – 17:00 – David Cezon, CEO –  Imok

17:00 – 17:10 – Ernest Vlacic, Founder – Danieli Systec

17:10 – 17:40 – Q&A