FabriQ is the first incubator supported by the Municipality, officially launched in January 2014 through a public call and it is the prosecution of a former project of the City Council, funded by the Urban 2 programme (co-financed by European funds) for the social and economic revitalisation of the urban suburbs.
What was/is the challenge?
FabriQ is located in Quarto Oggiaro, at the north-western periphery of Milan. Quarto Oggiaro is not a particularly advantaged area, mainly composed of elderly people, migrants and unemployed. In the last ten years, the city administration has been investing in this area for its social and economic requalification. Thus, FabriQ was born with a strong civic commitment: on one hand, it attests the engagement of the Major and the Local Administration towards the challenges of social innovation – in particular through a relaunch of the QuartoOggiaro area – and on the other hand, it is specifically aimed at giving birth to new enterprises producing a social impact on the Milan Metropolitan Area, with expected positive externalities on employment and self-employability. The result is an open space nurturing small-scale innovations from which the City of Milan can benefit for trying to solve traditional problems, mainly affecting the weakest part of the population (e.g., young women, long-term unemployed, migrants, elderly people, children). Instead of chasing the road of innovation coming from the outside, through FabriQ the public administration makes an attempt to anticipate it, looking for strategic partnerships which allow the research and business of the community of innovators to be targeted towards the most compelling needs coming from its citizens.
What is the project?
FabriQ is the first incubator supported by the municipality, officially launched in January 2014through a public call, and it is the execution of a former project of the City Council, funded by the Urban 2 programme (co-financed by European funds) for the social and economic revitalisation of the urban suburbs. EU funds have been used to restructure the public building where FabriQ is now located, which was previously used as a library (still noticeable from its architectural design) and a centre for local associations, and to transform it into an incubator for startups having a social impact.
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB) and Impact Hub Milan (IHM) are currently managing the incubator after winning a public competition. Today the partnership between FGB and IHM is at the second mandate for the management of the incubator and they will be supported by the public administration until 2021. With its dual nature(innovation and territory), FabriQ focuses on four types of services: incubation, training, co-working and networking, local community involvement.