C.A.T. Progetti SRL was founded in 1983 as a spin-off from its parent company, C.A.T. di Corsini G.& C. SPA and began operating in 1984 with the purpose of providing customised flexible subcontracting and to develop research projects using a design studio integrated in the structure.

In 1988 it became an Independent Research Laboratory recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MIUR).

Over the years the company has promoted fifty or so regional, national and European research projects in the areas of process automation, robotics, electromedical equipment, nanotechnologies, energy efficiency and eHealth.

In 2000 the firm severed its ties with the C.A.T. PROGETTI group, of which it had been the research laboratory, to become an independent small and medium-sized enterprise in its own right.

In 2008, together with two other small and medium-sized firms, the company was one of the founding partners of “INNOVANET”, a network of innovators affiliated to the Bologna branch of the Italian National Confederation of Artisans – CNA.

Over the years Innovanet has expanded into its current structure involving 120 enterprises.