Innovation and Investment plans for Ticino

Lifestyle-Tech Competence Center, Accenture, and Dagorà announce Innovation and Investment plans for Ticino

Lugano, 12 October 2021. LTCC (Lifestyle-Tech Competence Center) together with Accenture, and Dagorà announced today its plans to boost Innovation activities and Investment in Canton Ticino in the next months.

LTCC is a nonprofit association, co-founded in 2019 and financed by Accenture, Barilla, Lavazza, Hyphen, USI, SUPSI, Loomish, Dagorà, Moresi.com, Microsoft, and UBS. The research center is facilitating the set-up of research projects, creating business networking events, managing start-up scouting, and setting-up a research lab dedicated to content innovation production.

Carlo Terreni, President of the Lifestyle-Tech Competence Center, “Our team is currently fully operational on 4 major research projects in the field of GenZ Research, Heritage & Innovation, AI Omnichannel optimization and 3D Prototyping. In the next months, we also plan to expand our operations to territorial marketing and start-up scouting. Furthermore, we plan to hire 4 new resources by April 2022 covering the functions of Innovation managers, PHD students, 3D Design experts, and start-up analysts. Many other important investments for Canton Ticino will be communicated after our General Assembly next November.”

Accenture, member of LTCC, which announced earlier this year its strong hiring strategy for the Canton Ticino creating many qualified jobs. The world’s leading consulting company is also investing in R&D projects which have been allocated to the LTCC research team and local startups.

“We are glad to have identified Ticino as a European Innovation Hub for our company. The recruiting plan is doing well, which has been greatly facilitated by our collaboration with local universities such as USI and SUPSI. Furthermore, the LTCC research team helped to identify several corporations and start-ups for collaborations and R&D projects”, says Michele Raballo, Managing Director, Europe lead for Commerce at Accenture Interactive.

Digital talents born and raised in Ticino, are currently employed all over the world. However, a trend is indicating that they want to return to their beloved Ticino. “We are very pleased with the launch of the “Back to Switzerland” project in collaboration with OSA (Organization of the Swiss Abroad). Our network and headhunters have been activated and are specifically looking for highly qualified Swiss and Ticino natives abroad, who are interested to come back to Ticino and contribute to the relaunch of our economy”, tells Giovanna Melillo, Senior Manager at Accenture Interactive.

Francesco de Maria, Digital Commerce Director at Accenture Interactive, “Today we set another milestone in collaboration with Dagorà to extend our offices and to expand our presence in Ticino with the desire to set-up an Innovation Hub involving international partners from all over the world.”

Dagorà Lifestyle Innovation Hub, member of LTCC, is the co-working space where both Accenture and LTCC are located, Although the company launched its co-working in the middle of the pandemic, today already over 20 companies, among which Microsoft, Kilpatrick, innovative tech providers like Skylabs, Hyphen, Artificially, Loomish and investors like Barrique Invest, took residence. The current social and economic situation created an agile-working boom.

“The pandemic has urged many companies to boost their digital transformation process and forced people to work from home. Many companies are now looking for strategic partners in IT and digital, keeping flexible working environment shifting management decision from remote-working to agile co-working,” says CEO of Dagorà, Serse Bonvini.

Stefano Rizzi, Director of the Economic Division of the Department of Finance and Economy of the Canton of Ticino, “we are so proud to witness the creation and the development of so many projects in the Lifestyle-Tech Competence Center, which is part of the Switzerland Innovation Park Ticino (SIP), promoted by the Agire Foundation, under the mandate of the Canton. We are also pleased to encourage such an interesting and beneficial enterprise, especially for the local labour market, which is promoted by an international company that has recently decided to invest in Ticino thanks to its various academic and entrepreneurial competencies connected to the Lifestyle-Tech Competence Center. The Government continues to support these virtuous projects and promotes innovation through the SIP, the Cantonal Innovation Law, the tax breaks for investments in innovative start-ups and other instruments.”

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About LTCC

The Lifestyle-Tech Competence Center is a Swiss-based association that wants to promote innovation and synergies between relevant partners in the lifestyle arena. In particular, it aims at promoting collaboration between companies and academic institutions, encouraging the transfer of technology and knowledge in fashion, food, media, health, design, travel, smart-cities, eGovernance and tech. The founding members of the LTCC include Accenture, Bally, Dagorà, Guess, Hyphen, Loomish, Microsoft and Swiss Universities SUPSI and USI.

More info: www.lifestyletechcompetencecenter.com

About Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services – all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

More info: www.accenture.com 

About Accenture Interactive 

Accenture Interactive is reimagining business through experience. We drive sustainable growth by creating meaningful experiences that live at the intersection of purpose and innovation. By connecting deep human and business insights with the possibilities of technology, we design, build, communicate and run experiences that make lives better, more productive and more meaningful. Accenture Interactive is ranked the world’s largest digital agency by Ad Age and has been named a Most Innovative Company by Fast Company.

More info:  www.accentureinteractive.com

About Dagorà

Dagorà Innovation Hub is a coworking spaces that doesn’t only offer business spaces for scalable innovation, but where services and people are at the center. Dagorà brings together brands, tech companies, investors and start-ups for a stronger, more innovative Lifestyle-Tech ecosystem.

More info: www.dagora.ch

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