Urban Center of Trieste
The building that hosts the Urban Center was born as a warehouse for salt but remained in disuse until the 1950s. During those years, the building acquired its current structure through a partial demolition and the construction of three floors of offices.
Subsequently, the European funds made it possible to redevelop the building and to launch a project able to bring together companies from the most innovative industrial sectors, such as BioHighTech and HighTech. The final aim is to promote young entrepreneurship and to foster contamination between businesses, research, and citizens.
The project and the tender
The Urban Center stands as a key step in a decades-long wider project focused on transforming the city of Trieste – awarded as the European Capital of Science 2020 – into a national and international innovation reference point.
To reach this goal the Municipality of Trieste has launched a 4.5-million-euros project for the redevelopment of the Porto Vecchio area and a 1-million-euros tender for the management of the Urban Center.
The innovation hub in the heart of Trieste
The winning consortium presented a management plan that fully meets the vision of the Municipality, mainly relying on the synergistic capacity of its members to support the creation, development, and enhancement of the research and finance ecosystem that supports startups and innovative enterprises in the creation of new value on the territory. The project also received the enthusiastic endorsement of 39 local, national, and international bodies.
In line with the vision of the Municipality of Trieste, Urban Center’s activities will be deployed over the three floors of the building. The ground floor will host the Fab-Lab: laboratories designed to make innovative manufacturing technologies available and affordable for everyone. The first floor will be earmarked for functional contamination activities between researchers, startuppers, and the world of innovation. The second floor will offer spaces where startups and spin-offs in the BioHighTech and HighTech sectors can find a “home”, develop, and consolidate.