INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE: The Trends of the Italian Space Sector as Monitored by the â€œDistretto Virtualeâ€ Portal with a Focus on SMEs
Giacomo P. Sciortino
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Giacomo P. Sciortino: Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Italy
International Journal of Space Technology Management and Innovation (IJSTMI), 2011, vol. 1, issue 2, 41-46
The â€œDistretto Virtualeâ€ portal is an interactive area, featuring several virtual tools, of the Italian Space Agencyâ€™s (ASI) website (http://www.asi.it)1. Its community is steadily growing and includes all of the main Italian sectorâ€™s stakeholders: business, entrepreneurial associations, research entities, central and local public authorities, financial institutions, investors, consultants, etc. Some tools have been designed to promote membership, as well as â€œguestâ€ access, abroad. At a macroeconomic level the portal provides, a periodical evaluation of the sectorâ€™s trends based on direct business data and a strategic report on the â€œintegrated financeâ€ initiatives, which are the main ASIâ€™s activities supported by the portal. At a microeconomic level, the portal offers its virtual tools to promote the sectorâ€™s interactions with ASI and within itself, mainly (but not only) following an â€œintegrated financeâ€ approach: a platform where every commercial registered subject can be located by its size, capacities, and other factors, and where its technological proposals, both as prototypes and new products, can be considered and operationally supported. Special care is given to the promotion of the portal to international users and emerging countries in particular.
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