ARCA is a consortium for the application of research and the creation of innovative enterprises, which has been active since 2003 and has exploited a partnership between the University of Palermo and University Consortium of Agrigento, Trapani and Caltanissetta.

In 2005 the Consortium started up the ARCA Incubator to promote and assist the generation of innovative business initiatives.

The incubator is located within the University of Palermo campus, covering a total area of about 1,500 square meters and is built around a system of common spaces (coworking areas, a kitchen, a lounge area, printing facilities), units for businesses, offices, staff and meeting rooms, training classrooms and technological laboratories.

In a complementary and integrated way with the activities of the incubator, we promote industrial research and technological transfer programs customised to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, networks and industrial districts.

We are strongly committed to transnational cooperation programs; we carry out social innovation initiatives in collaboration with other local development actors.

The technological areas in which we operate are different and related to scientific production and specific expertise within the region:

  • renewable energy and sustainable building
  • mechatronics
  • environmental monitoring, GIS systems and remote sensing
  • digital technologies
  • management and enhancement of cultural  heritage
  • biotechnology and human health
  •            technologies addressed to marine environment and sea industry.



University of Palermo | University Consortium of AgrigentoTrapani and Caltanissetta.




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