Bologna goes… BOOM with an original knowledge and innovation hub

Bologna goes… BOOM with an original knowledge and innovation hub

In Osteria Grande the CRIF pole for initiatives and training dedicated to students, professionals, entrepreneurs, startuppers, executives and corporates

The rendering of BOOM, the CRIF hub for initiatives and training dedicated to students, professionals, entrepreneurs, startuppers, executives and corporates which will be built in 2022 in Castel San Pietro Terme
The rendering of BOOM, the CRIF hub for initiatives and training dedicated to students, professionals, entrepreneurs, startuppers, executives and corporates which will be built in 2022 in Castel San Pietro Terme

BOOM is the name of the new CRIF knowledge and innovation hub, which will promote initiatives and training courses dedicated to students of all school levels, professionals, entrepreneurs, startuppers, executives and corporates.
It will be a physical and digital place where training, innovation and entrepreneurship meet and contaminate each other to generate new growth opportunities and foster a continuous exchange of know-how.
Specifically, the BOOM project will start immediately in March 2022 with the first online laboratories and workshops.
With the inauguration, scheduled for the last few months of the year, of the new Osteria Grande space on the outskirts of Bologna, it will then rapidly open up to national and international collaborations by combining resources and skills from different sectors to make the capital of Emilia-Romagna grow and the region itself and contribute to making it increasingly a reference pole for innovation at European level.

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The BOOM logo
The BOOM logo

11 million for an ecosystem of learning and experimentation

The new knowledge centre, designed in the name of sustainability, flexibility and usability of the internal and external spaces, will be built by CRIF with a total investment of approximately 11 million euro and will be open to all.
An ecosystem of learning and experimentation that will involve, in both a physical and digital environment, young talents, research centres, universities, training institutions, companies, start-ups, incubator-accelerators, non-profit organizations and families to build all together, with an eye to the future, an ever stronger network of mutual support to face the changing world.

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The rendering of the reception of BOOM, the CRIF pole for initiatives and training dedicated to everyone which will be built in 2022 in the Osteria Grande hamlet of Castel San Pietro Terme
The rendering of the reception of BOOM, the CRIF pole for initiatives and training dedicated to everyone which will be built in 2022 in the Osteria Grande hamlet of Castel San Pietro Terme

12 courses for recent graduates and 180 talents, 90% of whom are then hired

The repercussions in terms of employment are also significant. In this regard, from the end of 2020 to today, CRIF has activated 12 courses for new graduates, involving around 180 talented people, 90 percent of whom were subsequently hired by Group companies.
Another 8 initiatives are starting imminently, with a focus on the professions of technology (developers, system analysts, cyber security experts), data and digitization (data analysts, data scientists and business consultants), all paths that in the future will be organized at the within the BOOM initiative.
Golinelli Foundation will be CRIF's main partner for the planning, management and provision of all educational and training activities for schools, initiatives aimed at supporting and growing startups and new entrepreneurial realities, through acceleration programs and other projects to stimulate innovation.

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Carlo Gherardi is Chief Executive Officer of CRIF
Carlo Gherardi is Chief Executive Officer of CRIF

Carlo Gherardi: "We at CRIF have continuous innovation in our DNA"

“CRIF has continuous innovation, the use of the most advanced technologies and a solid culture of information management in its DNA. For over 30 years we have been constantly investing to expand our ecosystem both through numerous acquisitions that we have concluded in Italy and in other countries, and thanks to the development of partnerships and collaborations with start-ups and innovation hubs also active at an international level. This has allowed us to enable experimentation, especially in the digital field, and to favor cross-fertilization between different cultural and technological domains", declares Carlo Gherardi, Chief Executive Officer of CRIF.
And yet: “In light of this, the BOOM project is not only absolutely consistent with our strong vocation for innovation, but fits perfectly into our investment strategy which aims to encourage the development of a new high-tech entrepreneurship and new skills capable of experimenting with new ways to create truly innovative ideas and translate them into concrete projects".

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Andrea Zanotti is President of the Golinelli Foundation
Andrea Zanotti is President of the Golinelli Foundation

Andrea Zanotti: "Fondazione Golinelli is the bridge between education and the economy"

“The partnership with CRIF for the planning and management of part of the BOOM activities, inherent in the field of education, training of young people and the stimulation of new entrepreneurship, allows the Foundation to enhance activities in the metropolitan area. This alliance helps to significantly strengthen the bridge we have built between education and training, on the one hand, and economic development, on the other: and having an industrial partner like CRIF alongside corroborates and makes this vision even more credible", says Andrea Zanotti, President of the Golinelli Foundation.
In summary, "this initiative qualifies us as catalysts for other territorial forces that are gathering around our platform: and this is perhaps the most important thing, which gives us recognition of the common intuition and of the work done together".

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Fausto Tinti is the Mayor of Castel San Pietro Terme, in the metropolitan area of ​​Bologna
Fausto Tinti is the Mayor of Castel San Pietro Terme, in the metropolitan area of ​​Bologna

Fausto Tinti: "A point of reference not only for the new generations"

“The new settlement that will host the BOOM activities”, recalls the Mayor of Castel San Pietro Terme, Fausto Tinti.
“It is part of a much broader project launched by CRIF in the areas of Castel San Pietro, Osteria Grande and Varignana. In recent years, this investment program has already contributed to creating concrete development opportunities for our economic fabric and related industries; opportunities that will now be further strengthened by the birth of BOOM, which will be able to act as a further driving force to activate new opportunities for growth also in terms of participation in initiatives, events and training courses or educational and professional orientation".
Finally, "the municipal administration hopes that this new hub, the result of the virtuous collaboration with CRIF, the Golinelli Foundation and all the other partners involved, will become a point of reference not only for the new generations but also for all those who have a vision of the future and they believe that the creation of new skills and entrepreneurship with a high technological vocation can only pass from a strong and profitable local roots and a common commitment to promote development based on knowledge and innovation”.

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The CRIF logo
The CRIF logo

Why was BOOM born? The promoters themselves explain it well in three points…

CRIF is a global company specializing in credit bureau and business information, outsourcing services and credit processing and provision of credit solutions.
Founded in 1988 in Bologna, it has an international presence on four continents (Europe, America, Africa and Asia).
CRIF's workers are committed to creating value, supporting companies to perform better and consumers to manage the health of their credits with a complete range of professional skills and solutions.
CRIF is currently the market leader in continental Europe in the bank credit information sector and one of the main international players for commercial and business information and for so-called credit & marketing management services.
CRIF's core business did not struggle to rationalize the birth and launch of BOOM, which refers to three objectives: to create a forum for discussion on innovative topics and to translate innovation into concrete plans and projects; develop training courses to support new business opportunities linked to innovation; to launch education initiatives that reduce the lack of skills and new professions required by companies.

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The logo of the Golinelli Foundation
The logo of the Golinelli Foundation

Local realities active in the consultancy sectors are also involved in the project

In addition to the partnership with the Golinelli Foundation, the BOOM project will network local realities active in various sectors and operators of training and consultancy, actors who will work together to enhance their peculiarities and success stories, contributing to the growth of the skills of their teams and of young people entering the world of work as well as the development of new opportunities for the area.

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The rendering of BOOM, the CRIF hub for initiatives and training dedicated to students, professionals, entrepreneurs, startuppers, executives and corporates which will be built in 2022 in Castel San Pietro Terme
The rendering of BOOM, the CRIF hub for initiatives and training dedicated to students, professionals, entrepreneurs, startuppers, executives and corporates which will be built in 2022 in Castel San Pietro Terme