Winning projects




The revolutionary D-EYE Portable Retinal Imaging System focuses on eye health. Subsequent mobile-health products and services will target screening and evaluation of other medical conditions and pathologies. D-EYE wants to replace the traditional ophthalmoscope, providing additional services to this market. Moreover, its portability and connectivity can open additional market segments where the traditional ophthalmoscope is not used, like home care and doctors in developing countries. An easy assessment of the retina is considered useful also for neurologist, pediatricians, emergency doctor.

Alberto Scarpa D-Eye, CEO
Winner of Best Business Prize (300.000 euro)
Seventh Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2017



3Bee Hive-tech is an innovative IoT system designed for monitoring beehives, which ensures the real time analysis of the main parameters of bees’ life (from bee weigth to sound spectrum), helping researchers and beekeepers to identify the main causes of bee disappearance and anomalous beehive behaviours. This system allows to predict and to prevent the bee death due to environmental and biological factors (pathogens, chemicals pesticides etc), swarming and bee infertility and supports the bee products traceability. Furthermore, it is completely self-sustainable, powered by solar energy and bee vibrations.

Nicolò Calandri and Riccardo Balzaretti, 3Bee Hive-Tech, CEO e CTO
Winner of the Best Business Idea Prize (50,000 euros)
Seventh Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2017






Eucardia is an innovative startup established in 2013. It is developing a Heart Damper, a revolutionary heart implant device for advanced cardiac insufficiency, which aims at improving the quality of life for an enormous number of patients by offering them simpler, earlier, cheaper and less invasive solutions, moreso than is available with current cardiac care cures, while also reducing the health costs of helping these patients.

Roberto Parravicini, Eucardia Founder
Winner of Best Business Prize (300.000 euro)
Sixth Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2016




3D Printing for Bioabsorbable Medicine Production

Treatment for bedsores in diabetics in shorter times and with less suffering for patients: this is the objective of Wound Repair Active Print (WRAP), as developed by research by M3DATEK. Created at the University of Parma in order to develop and produce medical devices to treat difficult to cure wounds through 3D printing, the startup and its WRAP project propose a treatment for bedsores in diabetics by using a dressing that is made of bioabsorbable chitosan. Its innovation lies in the combination of this patented material with its superior cytocompatability, with dedicated 3D stamping technology, which gives it controllable geometries and porosity, in order to promote cell colonization. Once the product is placed on the wound, it no longer requires replacing, because it is completely absorbed by the tissue and this significantly accelerates healing times and increases the quality of the newly-formed tissue. This means reduced suffering for patients and represents an important cost reduction for public health systems. The technology is extremely versatile and easily scalable at the industrial level and also means that different types of products can be produced, through the addition of new materials and geometries, so as to obtain targeted applications for other types of chronic wounds and tissue repair.

Annalisa Bianchera, Biopharmaceutical COO
V Winner of the Best Business Idea Prize (50,000 euros)
Sixth Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2016





Nanosensor for Tumour Detection

Bringing the technology of nanosensors from the field of engineering and food quality control to that of tumour screening, with the idea of being able to carry out less invasive testing, was the intuition of the startup SCENT, whose name stands for the patented technology: “SemiConductor-based Electronic Network for Tumors”. The company’s mission was to plan and produce screening instruments capable of identifying tumour formations at an early stage, such as the A1 prototype which is capable of identifying colon tumour markers. This new type of screening is less invasive than traditional types that are based on an analysis of biological material extracted from human tissue, because it is less invasive and more accurate for the patient since it analyses variables that had never been taken into consideration by instruments already on the market. Currently, SCENT A1 is finishing up its preliminary testing stage in collaboration with surgery, radiology and gastroenterology units of some partner hospital structures, so as to be able to obtain precise statistical data in order for the instrument to be officially certified at the European level. Following this, sensor products will be produced and the necessary working software will also be developed, and then experimented upon in Italy and France, and then in England where contacts with the University of Kent are already under way. The project has significant social returns both from the point of view of perfecting the current prescreening system and of reducing costs of medicines of cures to combat degenerative and serious problems. SCENT aims at improving patient monitoring by making it easier to intervene early for surgeons and proctologists, along with encouraging patients to take on increased responsibility for the state of their health.

Nicolò Landini, Scent CEO
Winner of Best Business Prize (300,000 euros)
Fifth Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2015




An Innovative Agrifood Quality Control System

ProXentia intends to revolutionalize rapid quality control systems in three key sectors: wine, milk and cereals, through a simple instrument to be used directly at production and storage sites, requiring very little work, and is able to give an “identity profile” of the transported product. ProXentia produces a line that consists of three elements: a display, a set of single-use cartridges – which identify and quantify various parameters of an analyzed sample – along with smartphone, tablet and laptop software. After twenty minutes of inserting cartridge, the reader sends all results directly to the app’s remote link. In the long term, the widespread availability for agrifood companies of a device that is able to carry out rapid and wide-ranging diagnostic tests in the crucial period of production processes means minimizing reaction times regarding potential contamination, as well as being able to systematically control raw materials in arrival and reducing the need to use chemical treatments. For the consumer and the citizen this means safer food because it has been checked and inspected more, as well as healthier food due to lesser chemical residues, and it is more economical since the production chain is less exposed to contamination risks.

Matteo Salina, ProXentia CEO
Winner of the Best Business Idea Prize (50,000 euros)
Fifth Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2015





An Innovative Biosynthetic Prosthesis

Tensive uses a synthetic biomaterial which, combined with vascularization technology, allows for the development of innovative prostheses, as an alternative to silicon, and that are able to be used in natural and permanent breast enlargement and reconstruction. This product improves the quality of life of patients because reconstruction takes place during a single operation and unlike the silicon version where there is no need for further operations. This means that patients spend less time in hospital. Traditional prostheses have a high failure percentage, especially in cases of reconstruction after a tumour has been removed. Tensive aims at providing natural and definitive reconstruction that reduces psychological suffering of cancer patients.

Alessandro Tocchio, Tensive Founder
Winner of the Best Business Prize (300,000 euros)
Fourth Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2014



A device for swimmers that permits them to record training parameters and that also has live audio.

Swimmers are used to training by doing laps back and forth in a pool, but with little idea of what they are really doing or how. Xmetrics is the answer: a device to be worn on the head that is streamlined and light. It records training times – from the number of laps to heartbeats – via live audio, and acts like a virtual trainer. This device resolves problems that have never been confronted before in swimming since it records racing parameters with the support of automatic telemetry. Before the existence of Xmetrics no technology existed that was streamlined, and therefore that did not get in the athlete’s way while swimming, but that at the same time monitored a series of racing parameters and that in real time shared these parameters with a poolside trainer. With Xmetrics, the first activity tracker, everything is now possible.

Andrea Rinaldo, Xmetrics Founder and CEO
Winner of the Best Business Idea Prize (50,000 euros)
Fourth Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2014





Bioactive Hydrogel to Cure Ulcers and Burns

Epinova Biotech, producers of bioactive hydrogel to cure ulcers and burns, has developed polymer substrates as epithelial replacements in the health sector, through the creation of a new biocompatible, intensely hydrated matrix (hydrogel), and which is easy to produce and able to act as a mechanical support as a drug delivery system for the in vitro and in vivo development and differentiation of tissue (Epigel). Epigel activates both the function of mechanical support and the release of growth factors for the in vitro and in vivo development and differentiation of tissue for scientific use (research, cytotoxicity testing, cellular migration testing) and therapeutic use (treatment of ulcers and burns, as well as for small surgical operations).

Filippo Renò, Epinova Biotech CEO
Winner of the Best New Social and Cultural Business Prize (100,000 euros)
Third Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2013



Human-Robot Physical Interaction System

This is wearable light exoskeleton (Human-Robot Physical Interaction System) that can be used in movement of materials and to help the disabled and elderly to move, with a subsequent reduction in the industrial field of pathologies of the skeleton and muscles, while in the health care field it can improve the degree of independence of interested subjects. The exoskeleton is a wearable robot system that provides limb movement support and consists of a backpack with four limbs which faithfully reproduce the movements of the human body. Its strong innovative element lies in its implementation system, which uses electric motors in combination with elastic elements, different from those already available on the market, so as to allow for significant reduction of energy consumption, and with a drastic simplication of the controls, and a reduction in size and weight of the moving parts.

Basilio Lenzo, Wearable Robotics
Winner of the Best Future Business Prize (250,000 euros)
Third Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2013



Liquidweb Brain Control


Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for Assistive Technologies

Brain Control’s objective is to allow for the control of assistive technologies via the mind. It is intended for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, various types of muscular distrophy, and subjects with motor and communicative disabilities. It has been designed most of all for patients suffering from completely or partially paralyzing diseases, but which does not attack intellectual functioning. Brain Control allows for the expression of feelings and needs; moving one’s own wheelchair; interacting with friends and relatives via social networks, email, sms text messages; turning on and off lights; and even closing windows and doors. These are small gestures that are normal for most people, but the Interface is a true and proper revolution for those affected by degenerative neuro-muscular diseases and for those who have suffered brain damage due to ischemia and traumas. The target market is assistive health technologies for an estimated value of 15 billion euros around the world and 130 million euros in Italy. The product will be sold or rented to health structures via distributors and to patients via a direct channel. The project is sustained by AISLA (the Italian ALS Assocation), ARISLA (the Italian ALS Research Assocation) as well as the Maugeri Foundation and has obtained significant national and international recognition in the past few months.

Pasquale Fedele, Liquidweb Founder
Winner of the Best New Social or Cultural Business Prize (100,000 euros)
Second Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2012



Desalinated Drinking Water

SOLWA’s goal is to enter the desalinated drinking water market with its SOLWA Module, an innovative product that is efficient and works exclusively using renewable energy, and which is capable of revolutionizing the current sector. SOLWA is looking to satisfy one of the most important Millenium Goals: water. It is estimated that 1.2 billion people of the current world population do not have access to drinking water and about 1.6 billion human lives can be saved every year if access conditions improved. In an isolated system like a greenhouse, SOLWA imitates the natural cycle of water (evaporation followed by condensation) in an amplifed way so as to increase quantity and efficiency. Its innovation is in the design of the system through the use of solar energy to evaporate water at lower than normally necessary temperatures. The UN has declared SOLWA an “Innovation for the Development of Humanity”.

Davide Franceschetti, Solwa Founder
Winner of the Best Future Business Prize (250,000 euros)
Second Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2012



Giannino Marzotto e Annalisa Balloi_Vincitrice Premio Gaetano Marzotto 2011


Microbial Formulations for Various Solutions

Among the various problems in the field of artwork conservation exhibited in urban settings are those that are well known and associated with lithic materials (stone, frescoes). Monuments and works of stone that are present in cities of art undergo changes, such as the formation of “black crusts”, which are caused by pollution. Treatments used so far in the attempt to remove these alterations, in order to restore artworks to their original beauty, are chemically-based (reagent acids, alkalines, tensioactive materials and solubilising agents) or are mechanical means (lasers, sandblasting) which do not make targeted changes since they attack the surfaces right away, and are potentially dangerous both for the restorer and the environment. The use of microbial cells such as bio-cleaning agents represent an original innovative and ecosustainable technique, and have been developed by a team of Italian researchers and successfully used on famous monuments and artworks. The university spin-off Micro4yoU (M4U), which has an enclusive patent, intends to start the Micro4Art project which aims at creating a line of organic products and training and assistance services for workers in the restoration sector. In this way, the need to work with complete respect for the cultural assets, and that of restoration workers and the environment are completely satisfied , with a competitive product in economic terms as well.

Annalisa Balloi, AD Micro4you
Winner of the Best Future Business (250,000 euros)
First Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2011

Francesca Cavallini_TICE_2011


An Educational Franchise

Tice aims at creating the base to become an educational franchise and a university spin-off at the national level. The project presented during the candidature stage has a two-year duration and foresees the setting up of two Tice Centres, the creation of a technological network that would allow four centres to be continuously connected via video conferencing and the financing of a research grant to verify and make results widely available. “Tice for growth” is a managerial and organizational project that will allow professionals to be continuously connected with an efficient system of communications, thereby increasing exponentionally the opportunities to learn from colleagues and researchers. “Tice for growth and learning interconnectedly” represents a business models with equal rights: Tice consists of 70% women aged around 30, and is created to be a responsible business, which means creating measures so that maternity is no longer associated with exclsuion. “Tice for growth and learning interconnectedly” is a project that leads to the opening up of new market channels: schools and distant comprehensive institutes could also have access to training through interconnected classrooms.

Francesca Cavallini, TICE
Winner of the Best New Social and Cultural Business Prize (100,000 euros)
First Edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize – 2011