About us

Slowd is an Italy-based company founded to offer innovative solutions at the intersection of manufacturing and design, with the mission of developing sustainable supply chains and products from both an environmental and social perspective.

We are a network of designers, technologists, makers.

Our adventure started even before founding the company in 2013 (later recognized as an innovative startup), with the launch of the digital platform "Zero Km Design", a project where we were the first to implement a model of research and development for manufacturing SMEs by connecting them directly to product designers and then to the end customer. At the base of this model there is an innovative business model, focused on the production of goods in the same territory of destination (distributed manufacturing), aiming at the social and environmental sustainability of the processes.

Today we are a distributed and multidisciplinary team that, moving from the manufacturing ecosystem, has been able to implement design-driven innovation support capabilities of customers and institutions in different sectors (from social to technological products).



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2012 - finalists of the Wind Business Factor Award

2012 - start of three-year incubation at Knowbell Startup Incubator (Modena)

2013 - Telecom Italia Working Capital business grant winners (among more than 2000 candidates)

2013 - invited to the Italian Consulate in San Francisco (USA) for the celebrations of the Year of Italian Culture.

2013 - startup selected for Dublin Web Summit;

2014 - selected for the Venture Out New York program;

2014 - Honorable Mention for the XXIII edition of the famous Premio Compasso D'Oro  (Service Design category)

2014 - listed among the pioneers of European digital social innovation (research funded by the European Commission)

2015 - nominated for INDEX: "Design to improve life" Award (Work > Digitalization category, together with projects such as Google Now and Amazon Prime Drone).

2017 - Awarded and included in the Design Circle of the Curry-Stone Foundation (USA), for the use of design practices as a tool for democracy;

 

 

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