The 17th of October our CEO Francesco Starace, officially launched the Enel Innovation Hub of Moscow, during the Open Innovation Forum of Skolkovo.

The event, which is Russia's largest and most influential gathering dedicated to innovation and new technologies, and took place at the Skolkovo Technopark, was attended by Enel Group CEO and General Manager, Francesco Starace, Enel's Head of Innovation and Sustainability, Ernesto Ciorra, as well as Chairman of the Renova Group and President of the Skolkovo Foundation, Viktor Vekselberg, and President of Skoltech University, Alexander Kuleshov.

 Enel's Russian Innovation Hub was established within the Skolkovo technology ecosystem and is aimed at identifying and developing partnerships with Russian start-ups, SMEs and other companies on a wide range of projects in different fields such as energy efficiency solutions, smart grids, renewables, Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics.

The Skolkovo technology ecosystem is the Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley and the innovation hub launched today is the sixth of its kind opened by Enel globally with the other five currently active in Tel Aviv (Israel), Berkeley and Hawaii (USA), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Santiago (Chile). The opening of the hub in Russia fits with the Group's strategy to enter the most active innovation ecosystems in the world.

Innovation, which is one of the pillars of Enel's Open Power approach, stands alongside sustainability at the heart of the Group's corporate culture in addition to being the broader philosophy through which the Group has fully integrated itself into the start-up world.