Before C2T’s birth (2002-2011)
ACSE S.p.A., an IT consulting firm focused on the automotive, financial and environmental sectors founded by the Milanese engineer Andrea Cortellini, becomes a private research laboratory accredited to MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research).
ACSE begins to open up to international markets, with openings of dedicated offices in East Europe countries.
ACSE opens a Sicily-based office co-financed by MIUR to expand research and consulting activity, utilizing regional fundings dedicated to the development of specific experimental projects in partnership with other complementary technology companies, mainly in the domain of sensors, design of forecasting models for the environmental sector and extraction of information from paper documents.
Gualtiero Cortellini, Andrea’s son coming from the financial consulting field, begins to work on specific projects for ACSE in IT research, in the domain of risk management for the financial and environmental sectors. In the same period, he begins a synoptic and profound analysis of the company’s business model, market positioning, organizational criticalities and governance that was given.
A difficult period for ACSE begins, due to the automotive sector crisis on which key revenues were still focused and most of the staff was allocated, to the financial crisis due to the large amount of real estate investments sustained and to the tense in cash flow resulting from a strong worsening on takings deadlines, especially of funded research projects.
After a year of analysis, Gualtiero Cortellini decides to venture into the company reorganization, being sure above all of the value, not only professional, of the human capital that composed the business and of the market value of many of the company’s areas of excellence. With entrepreneurs in the field, he founds two capital companies, Sibyl S.r.l. and Atnis S.r.l., respectively dedicated to IT consulting and research.
The first connections of Atnis with the academic world begin. The aim is not to go as far to deal with massive consulting, but to specialize in coding quality and forecasting models, enhancing research with this purpose.
Ivano Ciceri, an IBM computer engineer working in Delta80 (a private research lab with a strong partnership with ACSE and Atnis’ partner in a joint research project in the environmental field), is involved in the scouting phase of the technologies to be integrated to fulfil the project underlying the company’s establishment.
Atnis initially focuses only on the management of its own research projects and decides to open its operating offices in Catania where technicians and researchers are hired to develop strategic research projects for the group.
Thanks to the investments made and to the acquired know-how, the company also provides consulting on turnkey projects and remote advanced advice to Sibyl’s final customers.
Ciceri identifies a specific project led in the DISCo Department of the University of Milano-Bicocca by professor Arcelli and doctor Zanoni. A project of collaboration on the development of a prototype between Atnis, Delta80 and the university is then defined.
Among the projects carried out by Atnis, a collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan and the Politecnico Foundation is activated for the realization of a research, in partnership with other companies, in the wellness field.
Gualtiero Cortellini takes part in a series of fairs and meetings in Israel and the US to get updated on the technology state of the art and learn about the different international models of technology transfer. If visiting a series of Silicon Valley’s hi-tech companies immediately he discovers a different approach to innovation, by visiting some Israeli universities he begins to mature the idea of creating an entity that acts as a bridge between research and enterprise according to international standards.
The Consortium is born (2012-2014)
Gualtiero and Andrea Cortellini start an analysis on the performance of relationships with university, on sector data and a study on the statutes of research centers, laws and regulations, mainly of corporate and fiscal nature, in favor of research, of investment in research and innovation and in highly qualified capital.
Thanks to the partnership with other entrepreneurs in the field involved in the project, the Consortium for Technology Transfer C2T was founded on 24 September as a non-profit consortium of consortia, so as to ensure that no specific member dominates on governance.
The first CEO of C2T is a PhD with an education both in philosophy and IT and with strong relationships with the DISCo department of Bicocca university, known thanks to a collaboration on some common research projects.
C2T is accredited as a research center. It begins the technology broker activity, mainly with the DISCo department in the IT field.
The outcome of the research projects conducted and the management of its follow-up lead to a first profound critical analysis of the business model. The value of C2T seems to be based primarily on the personal and professional relationships of the CEO at Bicocca university.
The purposes of C2T and the CEO begin to diverge and it seems that there are problems of dialogue with research figures in general. After the CEO role has remained vacant, a stasis period for C2T begins, which lasts several months.
The new appointed CEO, Amir Topalović, PhD in Economics, has completed his apprenticeship period in an ICT company accredited to MIUR as a private research lab.
There is an encounter between C2T and Eva Ratti, a researcher who left the academic world. With her, the first concept of the Find Your Doctor project is conceived and defined, as an agile tool to facilitate direct relationships between enterprises and researchers. Eva spends a year, together with other members of the Consortium, to analyze the basic (macro and micro) sector data, the social and market context, and the feasibility of developing the idea.
The Small and Medium Industries Association of Lecco is acquainted with the Find Your Doctor project and decides to start a technology trial with its associated companies.
The launch of Find Your Doctor (2014-2017)
In December, the first beta version of the Find Your Doctor website goes online.
C2T decides to equip itself with an internal IT lab. The first hiring is for a computer science PhD with direct experience in the enterprise. An organic plan of recruitment in permanent positions for IT is then developed to structure a young and complementary staff.
C2T hires Isabella Radaelli, anthropology researcher with knowledge of Chinese, to deal with the recruitment of Find Your Doctor researchers and the Asian market analysis.
C2T starts a collaboration with Andrea Galimberti, researcher in adult education sciences at the Milano-Bicocca university, who becomes a consultant on transferable skills, especially to make narrative profiles of PhDs available through the Find Your Doctor web platform.
A young, passionate digital journalist is hired to deal with corporate communications.
In January, Claudia Spreafico, a specialist in digital communication, joins C2T to deal with corporate communications in addition to internal and third-party web projects.
The success of the technology trial (scouting) on the Lecco territory leads with Api Lecco to the birth on February 18th of a dedicated innovative startup called ApiTech, which is 10% owned by C2T.
In April Valeria Ferro, an occupational psychologist, joins C2T to deal with the human resources management of the Consortium and Find Your Doctor.
In October, C2T hires Chiara Redaelli, a biology researcher, to make her deal with the business relationships and expansion of Find Your Doctor in the biotech field.
In January, Catania‘s C2T operating office is opened, starting at the same time the initial recruitment on permanent positions for this new Sicilian IT Lab.
On March 29th, at the University of Milano-Bicocca, the first Find Your Doctor workshop on the PhD expendableness is held to talk to PhD students about how to enhance what is learned during the research path, especially outside university.
In June, a collaboration with IT researcher Stefania Marrara begins, with a focus on the domain of data analysis and extraction of information from semi-structured sources, working to carry on the evolution of the Find Your Doctor website with advanced techniques of machine learning.
On June 28th Find Your Doctor is set up as a capital company in the form of innovative startup.
In January Chiara Veneziani, a clinical psychologist with a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology, joins C2T to manage the Consortium and Find Your Doctor human resources, applying her knowledge in the field of awareness, motivation and individual, relational and work well-being to the selection and enhancement of high-level profiles and in the training and research activities of FYD.