Since 2015 the Emilia-Romagna Region (through the Consortium ASTER) set a base in Silicon Valley to support startups in their internationalization process and in their approach to the Silicon Valley mindset.
ASTER is the Consortium for innovation and technology transfer of Emilia-Romagna. Its partners are the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, the six Universities and the National Research Centres located in the region (the National Research Council-CNR, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development-ENEA, the National Institute for Nuclear Physics-INFN), the Regional Union of Chambers of Commerce, working in collaboration with regional Business Associations and Innovation Centres.
ASTER and the Region created a desk in Silicon Valley with availability for companies as well as:
6 editions of the Silicon Valley Mindset Program involving 53 startups,
1 edition of the Business Match Program involving 8 SMEs,
1 edition of the Incubator Program involving 11 participants
1 edition of the International Accelerator @ Plug & Play involving 4 companies
2 editions of the Sanofi Make To Care Program in Silicon Valley involving 4 business projects
1 Silicon Valley Mindset @R2B 2016: talks with VCs and international startups