ComoNExT - Innovation Hub was established in 2010 by the Como Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the aim to stimulate the economic and social revival of the area. Today ComoNExT is the reference point of the Lombardy Digital Innovation Hub, it is a member of the SMACT Competence Center and a certified startup incubator of MiSE (the Italian Ministry of Economic Development).
ComoNExT- Innovation Hub is headquartered in Lomazzo, in the former Somaini cotton mill that was expertly restored thanks also to the substantial grant received by Fondazione Cariplo. It extends over an area of 21,000 square meters and currently it is home to 140 companies, including startups, SMEs and multinational corporations that employ over 900 knowledge workers. These companies operate across different sectors but all of them have innovation as core business function. Their admission to the hub, which is decided by an evaluation committee, depends on their ability to innovate.
The multiple skills available at ComoNExT have contributed to the creation of NExT Innovation®, a unique technology transfer model that fosters the "bottom-up" development of the area through innovation.
The involvement of key local stakeholders - companies, institutions, universities, investors and the startups launched by and based in ComoNExT – has made the implementation of this model in the innovation- and content-rich environment of ComoNExT even more successful. Thanks to this ethical model, today ComoNExT ensures technology and digital transfer from and to national and international companies through changeable teams, made up of in-house resources. These teams are hired on the basis of the skills necessary to the digital development of those companies that turn to ComoNExT to take the next big step in process and product innovation.
Thanks to the success of NExT Innovation®, ComoNExT has entered into partnerships with several Italian organizations and companies that aim to activate territorial regeneration processes, starting often from former industrial districts that are very similar to the Como district.