COTEC is a private non-profit foundation in which the skills, experiences and interests of institutions, companies and the research system thrive around the theme of innovation. For the realization of its aims it carries out coordination actions between the state and local institutions, companies and research institutes. It promotes studies and research in various fields of innovation to support the formulation of new policies to promote Italian technological and scientific competitiveness.
The COTEC Foundation also promotes debates and understandings on topics of technological innovation between institutes, associations, universities, scientific bodies, foundations, research and training centers operating in Italy and abroad. Together with the Fundación COTEC of Spain and the Associação COTEC of Portugal, it is committed to representing the interests of the Mediterranean countries related to policies and actions in support of innovation to the European Union.
THE FOUNDING MEMBERS
The COTEC Foundation was established on April 24, 2001, with the aim of strengthening the technological competitiveness of the Italian economy, by prestigious representatives of the institutions
public, companies and the Italian academic world, such as:
– Giuliano Amato, Giudice della Corte costituzionale ed ex Primo Ministro
– Gian Maria Gros-Pietro, Presidente di Intesa Sanpaolo
– Luigi Merolla, ex direttore dell’Istituto Italiano della Cultura di Tunisi
– Giuliano Urbani, ex Ministro dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali
– Riccardo Viale, Professore Ordinario di Epistemologia delle Scienze Sociali all’Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
and by large companies and national bodies, such as:
– Intesa Sanpaolo
The aims and purposes of the Foundation are also shared by the Supporting Members who annually undertake to pay the membership fee determined by the statutory bodies.
The following contribute to the initiatives of COTEC:
- Enel Foundation
- Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane
- Philip Morris Italia
- Poste Italiane