Fondazione Piemonte Innova (ex Torino Wireless)
Fondazione Piemonte Innova (ex Torino Wireless - TOWL) - FPI

Italy: Piedmont
Silvana Sanfeliu Giaimo
90% completed


About us

Piemonte Innova (ex Torino Wireless) is a non-profit organisation that acts as a bridge among companies, research institutes and innovation policy makers. It manages the Regional ICT Innovation Cluster (Polo ICT) and the Italian Technology Cluster for Smart Communities (SmartCommunitiesTech), providing innovation-related services to companies, universities and research centers, public stakeholders and other relevant actors, with a special focus on complex projects related to digitalisation and Smart City.

Established - 18 December 2002
Staff in the management team - 21-30

Cluster composition

  • 270
    Cluster Members
  • 221
  • 23
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 15
    Large Companies
  • 16
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 18
    Other Ecosystem Actors
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
English French Italian Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Silvana Sanfeliu Giaimo
Internationalisation Responsible
Chiara Ferroni
Cluster Manager
Marco Ramella Votta
Chiara Cavanna
ECCP Responsible Person
Marco Passarella
ECCP Responsible Person
Gianmarco Piola
Cluster Manager
Max Romero Tapia
Giovanni Scrivanti

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Information and communication:J63 Information service activities
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Computer programming, consultancy and related activities:J6209 Other information technology and computer service activities
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields - Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Technologies or applications for mitigation or adaptation against climate change - Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Y04 - Information or communication technologies having an impact on other technology areas
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Transport & logistics - Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:ICT trust, cyber security & network security - Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - Sustainable innovation:Smart green & integrated transport systems

Key members


Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

  • Scenario analysis (market and industry) and business opportunity identification focused on vertical high technology fields
  • Cluster management and interaction with technology based companies during the mid-long term
  • Call for proposals’ support activities for companies that want to participate in European, Italian or regional calls
  • Networking and partnership building related to innovation actions, programmes, funds, etc.
  • Complex project management related to Smart City, according to the European and Italian (national and regional) policies

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

Project name

  • ReStartSMEs (COSME-STRAT): "Strategic Alliances for economy recovery through technology convergence in manufacturing SMEs" aims to support traditional manufacturing SMEs to adapt to changed value-chains and demand by accompanying them in the adoption of new technologies towards the realization of Industry 5.0 concepts so to boost economy recovery.
  • BRIDGE (COSME ESCP-4i): “Building Relations to go International for Data-Driven Growing Enterprises (start-ups and SMEs)” will strengthen cluster partners' internationalization approach and provide more professional internationalisation support services to companies by developing a joint international strategy aimed at helping European Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain start-ups and SMEs in their internationalisation process beyond Europe.  
  • INTonomous (COSME ESCP-4i): INTernationalisation for Autonomous Driving actors, aims at supporting SMEs and start-ups active in autonomous driving to go international on 3 identified strategic markets (1. Canada, 2. USA, 3. United Arab Emirates).
  • ToNite (Urban Innovative Actions): aims to improve the liveability of the areas in the city of Turin along the Dora river in the evening hours, through the redevelopment of public spaces and technical and financial support for the activation of proximity services. The Municipality of Torino is the project leader. 
  • CIRCULAR 4.0 (ALPINE SPACE): aims to strengthen digitalisation processes by SMEs to foster innovation processes and accelerate the transition to the Circular Economy (CE) in Alpine Space. The project will produce an Action plan to contribute to the transition toward CE with SMEs digitalization creating added value for stakeholders in the Alpine Space and supporting Policies and EUSALP Macro Strategy.
  • SmartCTClusters (COSME- Cluster excellence): aims to establish the bases of a collaborative network that includes some of the most relevant ecosystems of the Smart City model: Mobility, Energy, Environment and ICT, training and allowing the knowledge sharing between European Clusters and SMEs
  • ALPS (COSME-EEN): it established an Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) "Consortium" for North-West of Italy, covering three regions (Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta), enhancing, renovating and creating EU easy access added value services dedicated to companies (specially SMEs).
  • MobiGoIn-Action - Mobility Goes International in Action (COSME 2016): Torino Wireless is the coordinator of this COSME project, focused on the internationalisation of European SMEs and Startups. MobiGoIn-Action will test and carry out a first implementation of MobiGoIn Internationalisation Strategy (developed by the MobiGoIn project), it will build a Cooperation Partnership with international stakeholders in two identified World Regions (1. North-America and 2. China-Singapore) and initiate business collaborations for European SMEs in two target markets (Automotive and Smart Cities) in the field of technological innovation for Smart Mobility. FINISHED

  • SENTINEL - Cluster Network for Hospitality Sustainable Development and Internationalization (COSME 2016): a cluster network that will develop a long-term partnership to help their SMEs in exploring, identifying, selecting and acquiring market intelligence on new and emerging markets outside Europe where the hospitality sector has a huge growth. SENTINEL will also support SMEs in acquiring capacities to start an internationalisation process to enter the selected markets integrating them in a global cross-sectoral value chain for the hospitality sector. FINISHED

  • ReVAL - Reseau Velo Alpes Latines (Alcotra 2014-2020): it developed the bicycle touring tourism in the surrounding areas of the cities of Cuneo (IT) and Chambery (FR) and worked to enhance routes and paths to encourage a more sustainable mobility for the residents. FINISHED

  • DiMa-Hub (I4MS Call - 2016): it develop a feasibility study and a business plan for the Regional Digital Innovation Hub from Piedmont, specialised on advanced laser-based applications (including additive manufacturing). FINISHED

  • MobiGoIn - Mobility Goes International (COSME 2014): Torino Wireless coordinated this COSME project, focused on the Smart Mobility industry. MobiGoIn built a European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP-4i) on Mobility, promoting cross-sectorial collaboration among European SMEs and defining a common and operative strategy for an internationalization process. FINISHED
  • SUMPs-Up - European Programme for Accelerating the Take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (H2020 MG-5.4-2015) will provide a comprehensive programme for accelerating the take-up of SUMPs in Europe. FINISHED

  • OCOVA AlpMedNet (ALCOTRA – INTERREG IV): it created a network between 3 Alps-Mediterranean regions: Hautes-Alpes, Piedmont (represented by Torino Wireless) and Liguria, by organising dissemination events on innovation applied to different sectors (transport and infomobility, tourism, e-government and environmental monitoring). FINISHED

  • FI-WARE (FI-PPP Call 1 – FP7): it provides an open, public and royalty-free architecture and a set of open specifications to allow developers, service providers, enterprises and other organizations to develop open and innovative products that satisfy their needs. TOWL’s role is to strengthen connections between FI-WARE and Torino Smart City. FINISHED

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United Arab Emirates
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Promotional Activities - Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

Business models’ definition, business opportunities’ evaluation and profitability scenarios through business intelligence and numerical simulation.
Mentoring: know-how and methodology transfer, clustering.
Training: support on business strategy definition (industry and market perspectives), marketing strategy, economics and financials.
Coordination and management of activities and projects, including those related to Smart Cities and Communities: assessing needs and interests, developing methodologies for performance measurement, and identifying relevant KPIs.
Engagement of local, regional and national public and private stakeholders: institutions, municipalities, Cities, ICT industry players (SMEs, LEs, RTOs) and end-users.
Communication, dissemination and exploitation of result, promoting and creating public awareness and ensuring that stakeholders and potential end users are consciously aware of the benefits and reaches of the deployed solutions.
Networking and clustering activities, involving local, national industrial and academic partners and European clusters to generate new partnerships and build



Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location Network type
Enterprise Europe Network (ALPS-EEN)

Upcoming events

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 11.03.2021
SmartCommunities Conference 2021 - April 13, 2021
News Published: 22.02.2021
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News Published: 02.10.2020
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News Published: 11.09.2018
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