Bridges to Italy Announces the Winner of the Brains in Motion Award


Bridges to Italy, a non-profit organization that generates connections between Italian innovators and US Capital opportunities, is to announce the winner of the Brains in Motion award in a ceremony at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, Los Angeles. The ceremony will be held on October 14, 2011, at 6.30 p.m. in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.

“The access to venture capital is what makes California the cradle of global innovation,” said Bianca Dellepiane, president and founder of Bridges to Italy. “Often, this type of access is very hard for Italian companies, especially for the ones located in Southern Italy.”

In order to overcome these obstacles and allow Italian creativity in all fields of technology to emerge in the global marketplace, the winner of Brains in Motion will fly to Los Angeles in October to meet U.S. companies and angel investors from Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment organization in the U.S., during a roadshow around Southern California. At the end, the winner will receive the Bridges to Italy’s  Brains in Motion award at the ceremony held at the Italian Cultural Institute and maybe he will have increased his chances of obtaining the funds needed to jumpstart his business.

The team of judges, which includes colleagues from Enel North America, the University of California San Diego, and Tech Coast Angels, has selected the finalists and the winner from the original 15 entries. The winner is Marco Castriota, CEO of a small Nanotech startup from Calabria, Italy, which makes a new type of electrochromic film, easy to install and remove on any type of flat or curved window without the need of buying new glass or frame, it is therefore highly economical and it offers an increase in thermal efficiency, resulting in 30% energy savings.