ABOUT THE OPEN INNOVATION PROGRAM
The Open Innovation Program provides the opportunity for start-ups and scale-ups to draw on the expertise of an international brand, develop ideas and insights, and reach a global market.
Successful applicants will receive support from experts from both Digital Magics and Moleskine, working closely together to define a strategic plan to bring the proposed idea to market as part of the Moleskine+ ecosystem.
They will gain access to a network of mentors, facilitators and entrepreneurs, who will help boost professional growth and provide support in activities such as marketing, business development and fundraising. As an international brand, Moleskine distributes products and services in more than 114 countries. By applying to this call for open innovation, applicants gain the chance to become part of a program with global visibility.
OPEN CALL TIMELINE
27 JULY - 24 SEPTEMBER
CALL FOR STARTUPS
All proposals to be submitted by 24 SEPTEMBER. During the submission period, Digital Magics will also scout for start-ups that fit the Moleskine Open Innovation Program brief. At the end of the submission period, 12 start-ups will be short-listed.
MOLESKINE INNOVATION DAY
The 12 short-listed start-ups will come together at Moleskine head office in Milan to present their projects and meet Moleskine and Digital Magics face-to-face. During the course of the day, 4 finalists will be selected.
The finalists will begin a 6-month incubation and mentoring program with Moleskine and Digital Magics. The 4 selected start-ups will also evaluate and define their contractual relationship with Moleskine.
WHY SHOULD YOU SUBMIT?
Start-ups that are selected will enter into a 6-month incubator program, during which they will receive expert support from Digital Magics and Moleskine. Working closely together with both teams, they will define a strategic plan to bring the proposed idea to market as part of the Moleskine+ ecosystem. The 4 selected start-ups will also evaluate and define their contractual relationship with Moleskine.
As part of the incubator program, start-ups will gain access to a network of mentors, facilitators and entrepreneurs, who will help boost professional growth and provide support in activities such as marketing, business development and fundraising.
Moleskine is an international brand that distributes products and services in more than 114 countries. By applying to this call for open innovation, you gain the chance to become part of a global program.
The term “open innovation” refers to companies, individuals and public agencies working together to create innovative products and services, all within a system where ideas flow between internal and external partners. Moleskine realizes that sharing expertise and expanding projects together with external professionals is mutually beneficial, leading to more value driven and sustained innovation. Open innovation means drawing on distributed knowledge, and results in our users’ needs being met in a more significant and immediate way.
Moleskine invites individuals, teams and start-ups to send their proposals.
If you have a patent, design or registered trademark, you are protected according to the relevant international law. If your idea is not protected by a patent, please note that any information you disclose will be deemed as NON-confidential. Should we be interested in learning more about your innovative solution, you will be contacted by Moleskine to discuss the next steps.
No. At this stage, we are interested in non-confidential information that does not require an NDA / NCA. Should we be interested in following up and getting further details concerning your project, we will then form an agreement to protect both parties.
Moleskine is open to consider partnerships, patent and technology acquisition, and licensing. If your proposal receives positive feedback, our team will contact you for a follow-up interview where we’ll evaluate possible collaboration opportunities.
Submitting an online proposal does NOT automatically result in an invitation to the Moleskine Innovation Day. Moleskine is free to evaluate each proposal and only those which receive the most positive feedback will be invited to the Moleskine Innovation Day for further discussions.
Once you submit your proposal on the online portal, you will receive a confirmation email. The Open Innovation team, which includes professionals from Moleskine and Digital Magics, will then start a more detailed evaluation process. The proposals that receive the most positive feedback from the team will then be invited to the Moleskine Innovation Day.
The following evaluation criteria are employed:
- Disruptive potential.
- Relevance for the target audience: the solution has to support creative professionals and knowledge workers, meeting their needs and expectations.
- Scalability: Moleskine is an international brand that distributes products and services in more than 114 countries. The solution has to be deployed and sold worldwide.
- Cross-platform compatibility (see the Moleskine+ ecosystem).
- Sustainability: the solution can evolve over time.
No. Submissions can only be made through the online portal. At the end of the evaluation process you will be contacted and invited to the Moleskine Innovation Day only if your proposal has received positive feedback from the Moleskine and Digital Magics teams.
Proponents must clearly describe their solution or proposal using the downloadable form in the Toolkit section of the website, which must then be submitted via the online portal (see next question). Prior to submitting your entry, you will have to accept our Terms & Conditions. We also ask you not to share or submit any confidential information.
To submit your entry via the online portal, please follow these steps:
- Click on the SUBMIT button in the top right corner of your screen;
- Complete all the fields of the submission form and upload any documentation;
- Accept the Terms & Conditions and click on the SUBMIT button.
Once you have successfully submitted your proposal, you will receive a confirmation email.
Yes. Existing Moleskine partners can take part in the challenge.
No. You will not be paid for submitting a proposal to any Open Innovation challenge. Moleskine offers successful applicants the opportunity to evaluate different types of contractual agreement, such as partnerships, patent & technology acquisitions, and licensing.
No. Registration to the platform, application and submission are completely free.
Moleskine and Digital Magics will only use participants’ personal data to organize follow-up meetings, or for any future communications related to Open Innovation initiatives.
The window to submit your proposal is from 20th July to 25th September. If Moleskine is interested in organizing a follow-up meeting, you will receive an invitation via email between 26th September and 6th October.
Every start-up selected by Moleskine to come to the Moleskine Innovation Day will have their travel and accommodation paid for the duration of the event.