Sparkling Innovation

Tradition and Innovation

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano was established in 2003 at the behest of Politecnico di Milano, together with our city’s main institutions and the regional government of Lombardy, with the support of several important business companies. Fondazione is actively engaged in enhancing the University’s development path of accessible innovation and to share the many strengths that define its research in the fields of engineering, architecture and industrial design with manufacturing companies and the local community, driving progress to build the future.


The Foundation contributes towards innovating and developing Italy’s economic and productive landscape, operating to improve the efficiency of relationships between Politecnico and companies, institutions and public authorities, by providing professional support, including on an international scale, to research, education and the University’s third mission.

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Built on solid foundations, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano understands and interprets dialogue and change. Large-sized companies and public authorities share the Foundation’s objectives and purposes, taking part in projects that can enhance academic research, offer companies the opportunity for innovation and provide new products and services to the local community and its citizens.

Our Growth and Impact

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Institutional Participants

One of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano’s objectives is to amplify the network of subject with whom it can create opportunities and initiatives. Its Institutional Participants are public and private bodies that take part in the development of the Foundation’s work on a continuous basis and share its aims and purposes.

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Siae Microelettronica
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Investment in Other Companies


Innovation District & Startup Accelerator of Politecnico di Milano, managed by Fondazione Politecnico di Milano classified among the best five university startup incubators in the world.

Mission: support highly innovative startups through scalable business models and sustain processes of cross-fertilisation between startups, the University and consolidated companies that focus closely on innovation.



Digital innovation hub and startup incubator certified by MISE (Ministry for Economic Development).

Mission: attract innovative companies, transfer innovation to the local community and incentivise the development of new businesses through its work geared to startups.

Fondazione CIFE

The International Photonic Energy Centre (CIFE) was established in 2011 through a collaboration between CNR, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Mission: promote photonic research applied to renewable energy and to terrestrial and submarine optical communication.

Fondazione I.T.S. cantieri dell’arte

A cultural Foundation for the revival of architectonic restauration.

Mission: promote the diffusion of technical and scientific culture, support measures to develop the economy and implement active work policies.


Sino Italian Design, Innovation, Education and Research Alliance. A company composed of Tus Holdings and Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.

Mission: create research and development opportunities to encourage Italo-Sino collaboration in innovation.

Fondazione R&I

Encourages the generation and development of new technological companies, activating a virtuous circle between highly-qualified players in industry, research and financial institutions.

Mission: insert synergy between the supply and the demand of technological knowledge, and promote open innovation in large companies, in collaboration with young innovative businesses (startups, spin-offs and inventive SMEs).

National Conference of University Foundations

The National Conference of University Foundations (Conferenza Nazionale delle Fondazioni Universitarie – C.N.F.U.) is a non-profit association established in 2007 by Fondazione dell’Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Fondazione dell’Università degli Studi di Salerno, Fondazione dell’Università degli Studi di Teramo, Fondazione Università IULM di Milano, Fondazione IUAV di Venezia, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and Fondazione Marco Biagi. Other foundations joined in the ensuing years and, today, C.N.F.U. has 12 members. Fondazione Politecnico di Milano holds the C.N.F.U. Vice Presidency.

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BSI – Quality Certification ISO 9001:2015


La Fondazione Politecnico di Milano detiene il Certificato Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 n° FS 518054 e applica un Sistema di Gestione per la Qualità in conformità ai requisiti della ISO 9001:2015 con riferimento ai seguenti scopi:

  • Progettazione, erogazione e monitoraggio di corsi di formazione
  • Progettazione e realizzazione di consulenza alle aziende per progetti d’innovazione

Il Certificato di registrazione di Quality Management System – ISO 9001:2015 è stato ottenuto da BSI EMEA – British Standards Institution, ente certificatore riconosciuto.


La Fondazione Politecnico di Milano è un centro registrato in QuESTIO, il sistema di mappatura dei servizi di ricerca, trasferimento tecnologico e di supporto all’innovazione.

Note informative su QuESTIO
QuESTIO – Quality Evaluation in Science and Technology for Innovation Opportunity – è il sistema di mappatura della Regione Lombardia dei centri che offrono servizi di ricerca e innovazione (Centri di Ricerca e Trasferimento Tecnologico – CRTT) a cui la Fondazione Politecnico di Milano aderisce. I centri che hanno completato la registrazione nel sistema possono rendere visibile, tramite la propria comunicazione, l’appartenenza a QuESTIO come elemento che li contraddistingue in quanto fornitori qualificati di servizi di ricerca, trasferimento tecnologico e di supporto all’innovazione.