Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi endorses a Southern enterprise

Pierpaolo Basso - Guest Blogger During the month of August, when usually Italy "shuts down", the newly elected Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, visited several regions of Italy, especially Southern of Italy.

During this explorative trip, on August 14th he posted a tweet about an innovative aeronautics enterprise located in Naples, Italy.  Mr. Renzi, called it a "startup", but this company is already beyond the startup stage well into the industrial stage.  We are talking about K4A (Knowledge for Aviation) a company  dedicated to the R&D of helicopter technology since 2005. K4A is a private company  based in Naples (Ponticelli district), with 40 employees, as well as some of the best researchers from the University of Naples, are working on this unique project related to a new generation of light helicopters (2 seats and 4 seats).

Through CAD design, 3D modeling , experimentation with new technologies and new aeronautical solutions they are hoping to achieve the best results in the field.

copter_K4AIn 2011 they were invited to the prestigious Heli-Expo meeting in Orlando, FL, where the CFO Valentino Alaia, co-founder of K4A, and previously a University researcher in aeronautics with five years experience at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, had the chance to share his know-how with the most advanced entrepeneurs in the industry.   Other co-founders are Dario Scalella, former president of  Confapi (Italian confederation for small and medium private companies in Campania), and Luigi Napolitano, a Neapolitan engineer and scientist with teaching appointments at the University of California Berkeley and at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

These entrepreneurs wish that upon the media attention Renzi's TWEET got them, they won't remain just a Summer discovery, but that the Italian Government will actually value and support their efforts and the efforts of other small, innovative businesses such as theirs, with business friendly strategies which have been lacking in Italy for a long time.