Isaac is the winner of the SHaReD startup contest – powered by the Pesenti Foundation to award innovative ideas for natural disasters and environmental emergency management.
ISAAC was located in the SpeedMiUp incubator with other young entrepreneurs and new businesses operating in the sectors of public lighting, sustainable fashion, publishing, building safety, labor market, energy production.
5 February 2019 – Let us tell you the story of ISAAC. ISAAC is an innovative startup that was selected by two panels of experts to win the SHaReD (Social Hazards Resilience in Disaster) contest.
Three months ago, Speed MI Up and the Pesenti Foundation issued a big challenge to find startups that can offer innovative answers to the prediction, prevention and management of major hazards and natural disasters.
The winning “idea” was announced yesterday at an awards ceremony after a selection process involving two panels of experts made up of specialists in disaster management like Titti Postiglione, and in sustainability issues like Stefano Gardi, faculty members from Bocconi University and Polytechnic University of Milan like Amelia Compagni, Manuela Grecchi, Marco Imperadori, Donato Masciandaro and Stefano Alberti, entrepreneurs and startup experts like Raffaele Mauro and Alvise Biffi.
The award-winning startup is Isaac, an innovative Italian startup born from the idea of researching high-tech solutions for the improvement of the dynamic performance of existing structures, both civil and non, in order to make them “Smart Structures”.
Thanks to the highly engineering knowledge and experience of its components, ISAAC mainly specializes in the seismic protection and continuous monitoring of structures, ensuring safety and comfort with fully automatic and high performance devices.
«”It is a further step in the ongoing collaboration between Bocconi University and the Pesenti Foundation, and the consolidation of the Foundation’s commitment to promoting and supporting the development of new socially-relevant enterprises, especially businesses established by young people.” underlined Sergio Crippa, Secretary General of the Pesenti Foundation.
Profile of the winning bidder startup
ISAAC offers innovative products and services providing vulnerability assessment, seismic protection and monitoring of existing buildings. In Italy there are 5.5 million buildings classified as being “at risk”, for a total of 21.8 million people involved (Ance-Cresme Report data). After a two-year research project, an innovative and patented device for seismic protection of buildings has been developed at Milan Polytechnic.
The device, known as ISAAC-AMD, features easy installation in the attic or on the roof and counteracts the building’s motion during a seismic event, thus reducing oscillation amplitudes and minimizing structural collapse and damage. It also performs continuous monitoring of building stability and security and contributes to post-seismic event usability assessment. The team consists of four engineers: Alberto Bussini (25-year-old), Francesco Ripamonti (41), Nino Bussini (69), Anna Impedovo (25).
SpeedMiUp and the eight award-winning startups
A group photo of the startuppers participating in the Speed MI Up program
“We will live in buildings equipped with damping devices for seismic protection, we will convert noise produced by industrial machines into electrical energy, we will use smart backpacks with kinetic energy charging devices, we will be more easily connected with businesses. More, we will drive on roads equipped with traffic-based street lighting control systems, we will build trade relations online, we will invest in real estate crowdfunding, we will read various newspaper articles through a single subscription.” This is the idea of future of the eight startups located in Speed MI Up, the incubator of Bocconi University and Milan-Monza-Brianza-Lodi Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the City of Milan. They share the same conscious and positive future vision.
From today, startups will enjoy two years high-quality services and will be housed in the Milan offices of Via Ulisse Gobbi (Bocconi Campus) and Via Achille Papa (World Join Center). Speed MI Up is much more than co-working: it enhances a pro-active business development approach. It doesn’t just meet the demands of new entrepreneurs, but it helps new entrepreneurs to develop their projects and involve them in many individual and collective educational activities. This way startups can grow, develop an effective organizational structure, improve strategic, managerial, and financial skills, refine the business plan to best attract external financing.