“I would like to make Italy a model for all of Europe”. Nikolaus Widmann He is 28 years old, South Tyrolean by birth and Berlin by adoption. He decided to return to Italy to found his company. It’s called Inewa, and it’s an energy transition company based in Bolzano. “I honestly don’t feel like I’ve ever left,” he smiles. South Tyrolean father and Venetian mother, after the classical high school in Bolzano Nikolaus continued his studies in Netherlands in Economics and Computer Science at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. “I grew up in a reality straddling the Italian and German culture”, he reminds al fatto.it. Ever since he attended high school Nikolaus was very clear “how important it was to gain experience atestero“, To” broaden my horizons and see the opportunities that the world offers, also because we live in a system of interconnected economies, at a European and global level “. It is also for this reason that he decided to go to study in the Netherlands. In Germany, in 2014, Nikolaus at the age of 22 joined one of the leading German companies of energetic engineering, first as a trainee and then as a responsible for digitization. In 2017 he creates one spin-off of the company for which, in the meantime, he is also involved in the development of international markets, in particular in Austria and above all in Italy. “And when the company was acquired by a large international group with a turnover of 600 million euros, the new shareholders asked me to stay and develop business in Austria and Italy. Thus, in 2020, inewa was born ”.
Nikolaus returned to Italy, a Bolzano, where he now leads a team of 25 people. “My roots have always kept me tied to my country. I deal with managers who on average are twice my age – he smiles -. The energy transition is a challenge to be overcome, with seriousness. It is not enough to tell the story of sustainability, but interventions with long-term impacts are needed ”, he continues. “I work hard, but I enjoy it. Let’s say that I like to face new challenges and in the company we motivate each other “. The ambition is to become in a few years “one of the leading companies of sustainable energy solutions in Italy”.
Nikolaus is convinced that the university education Italian both of high level. “I often hear it said that the connection with the world of work and business should be strengthened: it is true. In my university experience abroad we have worked a lot on real cases, in collaboration with companies, and this has allowed me to connect theory with practice”.
Today Nikolaus is the youngest CEO within the large international group to which his company belongs. For him, innovating means “constantly rethinking one’s models to optimize them, striving every day to improve, being inspired by what is happening around us, but with constant attention to sustainability”. If he were to give advice to young Italians, after his experience, it would be precisely to “remain tied to their own roots and confront the world“. But also to aspire “to reach ambitious goals, not give up, learn from mistakes, combine personal success with the well-being of society and the environment”. What prompted this young manager to return to Italy from Berlin? “Sincerely I don’t feel like I’ve ever left – he answers -. I live in Berlin, but I feel at home both in Italy and in Austria and Germany, and in this sense I consider myself a European citizen ”. Have you ever thought what life would have been like if he hadn’t left? “I would have had less opportunity to deal with realities that operate at an international level – he replies -. In short, I would have had difficulty understanding how the protagonists of my sector move ”. For Nikolaus, Italy is a country that is “fantastic, creative and full of opportunities. However, I recognize – he concludes – that it is not always easy and that many people decide to leave, because they find better economic conditions in other countries ”.