March 12, 2008

Bridges to Italy economic development group launched

Bridges to Italy has launched as a first-of-its-kind economic development organization focused on helping Southern California entrepreneurs, researchers and investors pursue new business opportunities with their colleagues in Italy and throughout the world. The nonprofit organization will foster cooperation and collaboration through an ongoing series of networking events that highlight Italy’s emerging technology sectors. The first such event was held February 25th at UC Irvine, and introduced business leaders from Southern California and throughout the US to some of Italy’s most renowned biotechnology pioneers. “The goal of Bridges to Italy is to help business and research leaders in Southern California connect one-on-one with their foreign colleagues to build successful new ventures in the technology sector,” said Bridges to Italy founder Bianca Dellepiane. “Information and personal relationships are the building blocks of international business collaboration.”

Bridges to Italy events present information about business, research and investment opportunities in a format that transcends language and cultural barriers. The organization’s approach to international business introduces Italian and US participants to each other’s unique cultural, as well as business, resources and opportunities. This in turn helps its events attract a uniquely multicultural and multidisciplinary crowd. “We want to make learning about international business opportunities an approachable and even fun endeavor,” Dellepiane explains. More information about Bridges to Italy can be found at

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February 15, 2007

Italian growers cooperative forms partnership with Sun World International

“Growers cooperation Apofruit Italia has come to an agreement with Sun World International (California). Apofruit has obtained production and distribution rights on Sun World patented plums, such as Angeleno and Black Diamond, and seedless grapes, such for example Sugraone. Renzo Piraccini, Apofruit general director comments: ‘As well as in other fruit varieties, the grape sector does also need innovation to grow. We see a great potential for seedless grapes and we want to step into this market. Our aim is to reach a production of 5K MT seedless grapes to be sold on the international markets’. “

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