NAStartUp: Future Startuppers Made in Naples

Pierpaolo Basso - Guest Blogger Innovative projects, creativity, courage and willingness to work on solving challenging problems.  These are the main ingredients of  NAStartUp (Na stands for Naples), a series of participatory networking events that they define as TechCocktails, dedicated to the world of startups.  This meetings are organized by Antonio Prigiobbo, creator of the community “VulcanicaMente” and Antonio Savarese, a journalist focused on IT/Innovation/Business Technology/Startup.  The latest event was held in Naples, Italy, on May 8th 2014, and several entrepreneurs gathered at the lounge Vanilla cafè to listen or introduce their growing works.

Here are some interesting examples of “work in progress” projects:

Napoli@hoc – an app that soon will be available on Iphone and Android, was presented by co-founder Rita Quaglia, a degree in Archeology, expert of Neapolitan art and culture.  With Napoli@hoc users will be able to find place of interests in Naples.  Thanks to geolocalization, a virtual guide and great graphics, the objective of the two women founders, originally from Naples, is to help tourists explore the city as if they were visiting it guided by locals.   The project aims to entering the market by 2015 and is seeking final funding to accomplish this goal.

Antonio9 Savarese, OrganizerNetSpeed – This is an e-commerce platform, created to gather small retailers of a neighborhood who desire to sell their products in the store and online.  The original feature of this platform is its "GREEN ASPECT": items deliveries will be made by couriers riding  bikes powered by EPAC (Electric pedal assisted cycle) technology.  This platform was proudly described by  Aurora De Siero, representing the team, as a service at "zero-impact on the environment".   The site will be online soon.

DiveLike – This can be called a story behind a story.  Three colleagues working at Ericsson, the Swedish multinational provider of communications technology (two of them from Campania and one from Sicily), decided to turn their passion for scuba diving into a concrete project.  This is how DiveLike got started.  Valerio Barbera, representing the team, explained  “We  built  this application to offer scubadivers a revolutionary way to play and share experiences, emotions and images under the sea. Our intention is to create the largest archive of points of interest throughout the seas of the world. A rich database of information to be used in different fields: tourism, science, etc. easily accessible online, for  free”.  At the moment, it is possible to browse the site while waiting for the app to be launched.

Next week I will introduce the other projects, which want to transform Southern Italy into the Silicon Valley of the Mediterranean.