Centre for applied research and academic spin-off (2004 - 2008) - Co-funded by the Ministry of Industry in accordance with Law 388/ 00, for a total value of assets amounting to € 2,528,314. This project led to build the first unit of the incubator and the start-up of the incubation activities.
IDRA (2008 - 2010) - Funded by the Ministry of Economic Development for an integrated action plan to consolidate the process of business creation, and with a total value of € 3,480,000. IDRA allowed to strengthen the incubator and to carry out a set of support activities addressed to the start-up companies hosted by ARCA, including "seed" loans for the creation of prototypes of products and services.
SMILIES - Through the participation in SMILIES project - Small Mediterranean Insular Light Industries Enhancement and Support, funded by the territorial cooperation programme MED, ARCA proceeded to the identification of innovative entrepreneurial projects for which it was possible to provide coaching until the stage of internationalization, setting up network links throughout the Mediterranean basin. The assistance to the internationalization projects has been made both on a territorial basis and on a sectoral basis (Environment and Territory). Crete and the Aegean Islands, Cyprus and Sicily were involved in the project. The partnership included SME associations (Chamber of Commerce of Rethymnon and Hellenic Fashion Industry Association - Greece), public authorities (Region of Crete - Regional Energy Agency, Sicily Region - Department of Tourism, Sport and Entertainment), policy makers (Institut de la Méditerranée - France, ANETEL - Cyprus , GNOSIS - Greece), competence centers (University of the Aegean - Department of Engineering for the design of products and systems , and Elede CLOTEFI - Greece). The SMILIES Award was given to a number of pilot projects for each region, through a decision taken by an international jury which selected the projects on their ability to produce and market design innovation.
FIXO - In 2008 ARCA led training and mentoring activities of university spin-offs within Action 4 of the FIXO project. In particular, 3 academic spin-offs of the University of Palermo (Cyclopus Cad, Diasis and Biosurvey) were assisted, for a total value of the activities of € 75,000. In 2011, during the second edition of the project, FIXO 2, ARCA carried out training and self-employment support activities for 5 entrepreneurial projects on behalf of the University of Palermo.
CREDNET - In CREDNET project, a transnational network worked for creating a common framework of skills and qualifications for recognition and validation of managerial and entrepreneurial skills acquired through informal learning.
The general objective of the project was the realization of a comparative study in the partner countries on the state of the art of the assessment process for formal and informal learning in relation to managerial skills.
Project results have been:
- implementing an online portal where best practices regarding the accreditation of managerial skills are uploaded to be visible by all actors concerned;
- sharing a methodology for accreditation of managerial skills: a place on which we will describe the methodological framework for the accreditation of skills acquired through informal learning;
- developing an online tool for self- assessment of managerial skills and competencies;
- developing e-learning contents
CREATVE MED - CreativeMED (SME Creativity and Innovation for a MED Space Smart Specialisation Framework) capitalized the results of European projects called MEDLAB, SMILIES, TEXMEDIN, CHORD, ENDORSED, MEDGOVERNANCE to develop an overall framework for smart specialization with bottom-up approach, based on a change of the cultural approach, on open network organizations, innovation mix, collective learning and shared values.
The general objective of the project was to integrate the results of some projects in the field of innovation and sustainable growth as a model of emerging development and facilitate the application of this model at all decision-making levels, at the local level and within scientific and professional communities. The learning process of policy makers helped to disseminate key aspects of the new development model and the co-design of the operational model for its implementation, in terms of actual policy tools and actions.
Project results has been the following:
- adoption of a policy learning approach through the integration of the results of previous projects;
- definition of a draft policy model and to co-design its development in three working groups: policy makers, regional and local development actors and the scientific community in the 12 participating regions;
- processing of a White Paper at EU, national and regional level and a practical on-line toolkit with the guidelines to support the adoption of the development model among local and regional actors.
CreativeMED involved 12 partners from 12 regions belonging to 8 Countries, with the Municipality of Prato (IT) as leader of a partnership of governmental agencies, chambers of commerce, development agencies, and research institutions.