Reactor

ReActor is a school of entrepreneurship and innovation for scientists and researchers characterized by a strong practical and experiential orientation.



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Reactor

ReActor is an informal school of entrepreneurship and innovation, the only one of its kind in Italy. With a strong practical-applicative mindset, the project aims to provide methodologies, tools, and applicable experiences to approach entrepreneurship as a possible path of professional and personal development. Participation in the project is free.

The Project

Fondazione Golinelli introduces ReActor, a project aimed at entrepreneurship and innovation for young scientists, following the success of two previous pilot editions, established within the University of Bologna.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the new project is launched with the addition of renewed partnerships: in addition to the University of Bologna, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the CNR Research Area of Bologna and IOR - Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute have joined the project.
Simone Ferriani leads the project as scientific director.

ReActor is a school of entrepreneurship and innovation for Ph.D. students, research assistants, young researchers, and scientists with innovative ideas and a high growth potential. With a strong practical-applicative mindset, the project aims to provide methodologies, tools, and applicable experiences to approach entrepreneurship as a possible path of professional and personal development. Participation in the project is free.

Objectives

After an 11-week training program on entrepreneurship issues, following a weekend formula, the participants with the best business ideas will be selected by a committee of experts to access further training in prestigious international ecosystems in order to continue to perfect their projects by immersing themselves in an extremely high-yielding and stimulating business environment.

Recipients

The program is dedicated to Ph.D. students, post-graduate students, researchers and professors of partner universities and research institutes, and is based on the awareness that entrepreneurial empowerment of young scientists plays a crucial role in strengthening the innovative capacity of the countrywide system. Up to 12 teams will be selected.

How It Works

  1. The school has a duration of 11 weeks and deals with issues of entrepreneurship, from the development of the idea, to the ideation of the business model, to the relationship with the market and the stakeholders, to the professional presentation of the project. Participation in the project is free.
    A grant contribution will be provided for the teams selected to participate in the international training phase.
    Participants are required to cover the expenses for the public liability and personal accident insurance for periods spent abroad.
  2. The teams will be joined by a network of mentors and will participate in meetings with financial and industrial investors and other entrepreneurs.
  3. At the end of the training period, each team will present their project to an audience of potential investors, professors, members of venture capital and the industrial world.
  4. Following the pitch day, the teams with the highest potential ideas will have the opportunity to benefit from a further training period in the United Kingdom and/or the United States, at some of the world's most important entrepreneurial ecosystems.

11 Weeks of Training

Week 1
Icebreaking
week
Week 2
Igniting
entrepreneurial
mindsets
Week 3
Understanding
the market
needs
Week 4
Analysing
the
market
Week 5
Market
roadmapping and
pitching practice
Week 6
Equity structure
and
incentives
Week 7
Business model
innovation and
profiting from
innovation
Week 8
Industry
analysis
Week 9
Entrepreneurial
finance
I
Week 10
Entrepreneurial
finance
II
Week 11-12
Pitch
preparation
PITCH
DAY

4-6 Weeks of Training Abroad

ReActor offers selected scientists a grant contribution to participate in an immersive program of the duration of seven to ten weeks in some of the world’s most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing close contact with entrepreneurs, professors, investors and other international scientists engaged in technology transfer initiatives. This international part of the program is based on a series of alliances between ReActor and international partners located in the United Kingdom, California and on the East Coast of the United States.

During the international phase of training selected participants will be provided with countless opportunities to improve their journey through:

  • Entrepreneurship lessons
  • Periodic networking events
  • Mentoring
  • Interaction with entrepreneurs and international start-ups
  • Meetings with prominent figures in the financial and venture capital sectors
  • Company visits and on-site workshops

ReActor offers selected scientists a grant contribution to participate in an immersive program of the duration of seven to ten weeks in some of the world’s most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing close contact with entrepreneurs, professors, investors and other international scientists engaged in technology transfer initiatives. This international part of the program is based on a series of alliances between ReActor and international partners located in the United Kingdom, California and on the East Coast of the United States.

During the international phase of training selected participants will be provided with countless opportunities to improve their journey through:

  • Entrepreneurship lessons
  • Periodic networking events
  • Mentoring
  • Interaction with entrepreneurs and international start-ups
  • Meetings with prominent figures in the financial and venture capital sectors
  • Company visits and on-site workshops

ReActor offers selected scientists a grant contribution to participate in an immersive program of the duration of seven to ten weeks in some of the world’s most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing close contact with entrepreneurs, professors, investors and other international scientists engaged in technology transfer initiatives. This international part of the program is based on a series of alliances between ReActor and international partners located in the United Kingdom, California and on the East Coast of the United States.

During the international phase of training selected participants will be provided with countless opportunities to improve their journey through:

  • Entrepreneurship lessons
  • Periodic networking events
  • Mentoring
  • Interaction with entrepreneurs and international start-ups
  • Meetings with prominent figures in the financial and venture capital sectors
  • Company visits and on-site workshops
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Team

Ing. Antonio Danieli

Director General and Board Member
@ Fondazione Golinelli
CEO @ G-Factor Incubator-Accelerator

Simone Ferriani

Scientific Director

Dott.ssa Cristiana Vignoli

Director @ G-Factor Incubator-Accelerator

c.vignoli@fondazionegolinelli.it
Eugenia Ferrara

Head of Educational Programming
Fondazione Golinelli

e.ferrara@fondazionegolinelli.it
Ing. Pietro Ferraris

Head of Accelerator Programme
G-Factor

p.ferraris@fondazionegolinelli.it
Silvia Cozzi

Project Manager

s.cozzi@fondazionegolinelli.it
Alessandro Pastore

Mentor Coordinator

Daniele Gazzola

Scientist – Entrepreneur In Residence

Simone Napolitano

Scientific Tutor

Mentors

Francesco Baschieri
Simone Cimminelli
Arianna Neri
Caren Weinberg
Rodrigo Mallo Leiva
Alessandra Raggi
Federico Tonelli
Alessandro Parenti
Alexander Schmitz Kohlitz
Sebastiano Zannoli
Marco Santulli
Marco Cupidi
Alessandro Araldi
Lucia Romagnoli
Massimo Aliberti
Luca Rossettini
Claudio Marinelli

International partners

Scientific Partners

Supporters