Lucia Chierchia, GELLIFY - Qepler Summits And Conferences

Lucia Chierchia

Managing Partner @GELLIFY
Bologna, Italy

Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Politecnico di Milano, Executive Master in Technologies & Innovation Management in Bologna Business School.

Lucia started her professional experience in the Aerospace field and then moved to Home Appliances Business, in Whirpool Corporation and then in Electrolux Group.

After having covered different managerial positions in technology organization, in 2011 Lucia accepted the challenge to implement the open innovation model in Electrolux Group: she defined and deployed the open innovation strategy of the company, creating new alliances with external partners, in industrial, academic and financial networks.

In her TEDx Talk in 2015, she told the story about Electrolux Open Innovation team, born and grown like a startup inside the company.

She then created and leaded Innovation Hub of Electrolux Group, having the mission to nurture company ecosystems with new technologies, business opportunities and collaborative models. The Innovation Hub - offices in Italy, China and US - was composed by four global units: Open Innovation, Technology Garage, Technology Liaisons, Innovation Academy.

As recognition to her professional path, in 2013 she received the “Alumni Polimi Award” of Politecnico di Milano. In March 2017 she received “Merit & Talent” award of FEDERMANAGER in “Digital Innovation” category. In Nov 2017 she received “Young Manager” award of FEDERMANAGER.

Thanks to Electrolux experience, she discovered to feel part of the ecosystem made by innovators, startups, entrepreneurs…and then she decided to build her entrepreneurial path.

She is now Managing Partner @ GELLIFY, a platform for B2B innovation, to connect traditional companies and innovative startups. GELLIFY doesn’t incubates startups, they “gellify” them”. Gellify a startup means connect it to enterprises looking for innovations, working on 3 elements: funding, competence and access to markets.

In GELLIFY, Lucia has the responsibility to build GELLIFY Open Innovation Platform and the Business Line “Industry 4.0”.

Special Roles:

  • Member of Advisory Board @ Politecnico di Milano
  • Member of Jury @ HORIZON SME-Instrument

Related Sessions:

Product Development
& Innovation Summit 2019

Mastering development& innovation: process, LCM & PPM, AI, VR & ML, human centricity & design thinking.
  • 28 May 2019
  • Berlin, DE
  • Technology
Day 1: Tuesday, 28 May 2019
CASE STUDY: From Open Innovation to Gellification.
  • New business models creating a bridge between startups and corporates
  • Open innovation ecosystems: players, connections, strategies
  • Non-conventional alliances: fundings, piloting, co-development
  • Trends: emerging technologies and business models
  • Moving forward: partnering and venturing
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