About BIAT

The third edition of the BIAT- Innovation and High Technology Lab will be held in Catania at “Le Ciminiere” on 2 – 3 March 2017.

The BIAT - Innovation and High Technology Lab, funded under the Cohesion Action Plan of the Economic Development Ministry, is an initiative designed to enable the enterprises and research systems of Italy’s so-called Convergence Regions - Campania, Calabria, Apulia and Sicily - to express their full potential for innovation and excellence. The event is organised by the Italian Trade Agency in collaboration with the Convergence Regional Governments and the town of Catania.

BIAT aims to promote the placing on the market and/or the transfer of innovative products and services or high technology and intangible assets (patents in particular) by matching commercial and technology supply and demand between startups, innovative SMEs, business networks, universities, technology parks and foreign counterparts. 

The event is divided into 3 distinct phases: 

  • collection of project proposals that can be applied to commercial, industrial and technological enterprises of the 4 Convergence Regions;
  • identification of foreign counterparts through an online matchmaking system that will allow foreign companies to consult the summaries of proposed projects and select those of interest;
  • carrying out of meetings between Italian and foreign counterparts during the BIAT in Catania.

Foreign counterparts such as large companies, research centres interested in technology transfer, venture capitalists and or investors will be identified exclusively by the offices of the foreign network of ICE- Italian Trade Agency, operating in the following countries: United States, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany, Korea, Brasil, India, Singapore, UK, Japan, Israel,  China, United Arab Emirate, Turkey, Poland and Russia.  

At this time, over 116 project proposals have been selected in the following sectors: nanotechnology, biotechnology, new materials, renewable energy, environment, ICT, mechatronics and smart cities.  The project proposals can be viewed in the dedicated section in this web site. Meetings will be scheduled according to the requests and interests expressed by international delegates who have selected online the companies they wish to meet. The agendas of meetings will be sent to foreign delegates before the event.

In addition, for foreign delegates interested in getting in touch with the Calabrian ICT companies, a visit to the incubator of the University of Calabria in Cosenza will be organized the day before the opening of BIAT.

In summary, the general programme of the BIAT is as follows:

1.3.2017 – Visit to the Incubator of University of Calabria in Cosenza

(10-13.00)   (Exclusively for ICT delegates)

20.00           Arrival in Catania

2.3.2017 – Centro Congressi “Le Ciminiere” in Catania

(10.00 - 10.30)       Registration 

(10.30-11.00)         Plenary Session (political and institutional level) 

(11.00–12.00)   Technical Session (presentation of two Italian Districts, IP incentives and Financial Instruments for Innovation)

(12.00-12.30) Closing remarks

(12.30-14.00)       Buffet Lunch 

(12.30-18.00)       B2B

18.00       Return to the Hotel

(20.00 –22.00)       Networking event at Palazzo Biscari

3.3.2014 – Centro Congressi “Le Ciminiere” 

(9.30.00-18.00)     B2B