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Graduation Awards 2017: SIMEST and the Leonardo Committee support of the best theses on the competitiveness of Made in Italy at the international level

€3,000 to be awarded to the most deserving thesis. To follow and comment on the initiative on social media #Leonardo4Talent @ItalianQuality @SIMEST_IT

14 July 2017

SIMEST Spa, a CDP Group company 76%-owned by SACE, confirms ‑ for the eighth year ‑ its participation in the Graduation Awards initiative promoted by the Leonardo Committee.

A scholarship worth €3,000 is the prize that the company will make available for the best thesis on “Italian companies and international markets. Funding “Italian industry” to develop competitiveness” and issues related to competitive strategies for internationalisation, types of products and services offered by banks and other institutions to companies for the implementation of internationalisation strategies, approaches for companies to expand abroad, and the advantages and risks of internationalisation and merchant banking strategies in internationalisation processes.

For the eighth consecutive year, we are rewarding young talents who, in their studies and their thesis, have analysed successful cases of Italian firms abroad”, said the Chairman of SIMEST, Salvatore Rebecchini. “Promoting Italy in the world is what we do every day by fostering the development of Made in Italy and Made with Italy, helping Italian companies – and especially SMEs ‑ to tackle the challenge of global markets”.

The Graduation Awards initiative of the Leonardo Committee, which was begun in 1997, has been an opportunity over the years to reward hundreds of young graduates and scholars of universities throughout Italy, thanks to the invaluable support of its associates.

The Leonardo Committee, today chaired by businesswomen Luisa Todini, was established in 1993 as a joint initiative of Sergio Pininfarina and Gianni Agnelli, of Confindustria, of the ICE and of a group of entrepreneurs with the aim of promoting Italy as an integrated economic system through various initiatives aimed at highlighting the qualities of entrepreneurship, artistic creativity, refinement and culture that are reflected in its products and lifestyle.

The new generations represent the future engine of our economy and today we have a duty to leverage their talent, a resource of enormous potential to be protected and nurtured”, said Luisa Todini, Chairman of the Leonardo Committee. “It is also with this goal that the Leonardo Committee has promoted 20 editions of the Graduation Awards: thanks to this initiative we have contributed over the years to supporting the most promising ideas and creating a direct link between academia and the world of work, supporting not only today’s young people but also the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The requirements for applying for the Simest SpA Award include: specialist degree thesis (under the new university degree system) in economic disciplines or engineering, with a score of no less than 108/110, with a degree obtained after February 1, 2017 and by the expiry date of this call for applications.

The final assessment will evaluate: the originality of the approach followed, the adequacy of the theoretical model for the analysis and the depth of the examination of the issues connected with the development of competitiveness, Italian companies in the process of internationalisation, the choice of strategies to be adopted for an optimal approach to internationalisation and the analysis of empirical evidence (case studies).

To participate, candidates should submit the competition application form, their thesis in electronic format (CD Rom/USB), a brief summary (maximum 6 pages) of the thesis together with an accompanying letter signed by the thesis supervisor and a complete CV of the candidate to the Segretaria Generale del Comitato Leonardo (c/o ICE, via Liszt 21 - 00144 Roma phone 06.59927990-7991 - fax 06 5923806) no later than 6 November 2017.

The full call for applications can be consulted on the website http://www.comitatoleonardo.it/it/premi-di-laurea/premi-di-laurea-comitato-leonardo/premio-simest-s-p-a.

The award ceremony will be held at the Palazzo del Quirinale during the award ceremony of the Leonardo Awards in the presence of the President of the Republic.



For more information, please contact:



Ufficio stampa SIMEST

Tel: +39 06 68635.777


Twitter: @SIMEST_IT


Ufficio Stampa Comitato Leonardo

Close to Media

Giulia Ferrario – Francesca Pollio

Tel 02.70006237

giulia.ferrario@closetomedia.it; francesca.pollio@closetomedia.it


SIMEST is part of the CDP Group, 76% owned by SACE, with leading Italian banks and trade associations among its other investors. SIMEST and SACE form the export and internationalisation hub of the CDP Group, which offers the entire range of financial instruments to support Italian companies interested in competing and expanding internationally. In particular, SIMEST supports companies throughout their entire international development process, providing soft loans for internationalisation, export credit support and equity investments