Ariannanet.it, which was founded in 2012 to develop web applications, is a startup with both its head and its heart in Rieti. After handling web duties for Cepu and the CED of the Rieti town council, former programmer Salvatore Carlucci reinvented himself as the creative director of a new company which now has seven employees and two partners in addition to Salvatore himself – Michele Carlucci and Riccardo Bianchi. When the Politecnico di Milano offered him a scholarship for a training course for startups, Ariannanet was born, initially from projects developed by the Chamber of Commerce and the University of Rieti and later for private companies.
Its flagship product is Agesic, an app for smartphones which protects workers at all times, promptly reporting any difficult or dangerous situations, sudden illnesses or accidents to his or her parent company. The reports arrive through geolocation and sensors for temperature and carbon monoxide. “The idea for Agesic came about”, says Carlucci, “at the request of a company which had found out too late about one of its employees falling ill on the job”.
The Agesic project won the Lamarck-Giovani Confindustria prize at Smau as most innovative startup, and was selected by Tim #Wcap Accelerator, Telecom Italia's open innovation project which selects, finances and accelerates startups in the digital environment. It took three months of work to create the application, but now Agesic has became a separate company and is already on the market, with customers coming from the Ariannanet portfolio. In addition, there is the Cook Together app which takes a community and social approach to the world of recipes. “Agesic wouldn't have been possible without a team of designers that believed in us. There's a lot of competition to get into larger markets and it's across the board: some startups are kids, other are experts”. Ariannanet now plans to develop Cook Together, the community and social application for the world of recipes.
The story of Salvatore Carlucci has been written by Stefano Ciavatta, writer.