Luca, Filippo, Maggie, Iole and Silvia are 5 young friends: graduates, unemployed and all working in temporary, makeshift and unusual jobs in order to make ends meet.
Purely by chance, Luca reads an announcement about “Fondazione per l’Impresa (Foundation for Enterprise) awarding a prize of € 50,000 to the best entrepreneurial idea, also guaranteeing a shadowing course to set up a business.
In the blink of an eye, his doctoral thesis on intelligent bacteria capable of decontaminating aquatic flora and fauna takes on a sense for his future. It is the business idea to present to the Foundation, the opportunity to finally give a U turn to his life. The only constraint to participating in the competition is creating a team of at least 4 unemployed people very quickly.
Helped by his biologist friend Filippo, his faithful Wednesday night football match companion – barista to earn a living and amateur actor for passion – Luca quickly involves:
- Maggie, German but of Italian descent, also a biologist, friend and university colleague;
- Silvia, an accomplished graduate in economics who, waiting for a steady job, focuses on her “natural” talent for being a model;
- Iole, the youngest of the group, a graduate in Communication Studies, dynamic and creative, with an inordinate passion for social media and photography.
With one thing and another and some small complications with Elena, Luca’s partner and the only one of the young people to already have a steady job, and the difficulties of putting Luca’s idea into black and white in the competition application form, the group of friends sets to work and presents the entrepreneurial project at the last minute.
The news of winning the competition and getting the prize catapults the five young people into the rooms of “Foundation for Enterprise”, where Mr Cioffi, the coach will support them in the strategic and executive business planning process (Business Model Canvas, Business Plan), which leads the group of friends to set up “Bio-Water” and to register the patent on smart bacteria.
Celebrations for the milestone they have reached soon give way to the first difficulties on how to equip Bio-Water with offices and a suitable operating plant.
In Luca’s apartment, the young people, joined by Elena and Laetitia, a French friend whom the couple met during an Erasmus placement, begin to discuss what to do to equip Bio-Water with a location and an operating plant as soon as possible.