Avanzi. Sustainability in Action is a leading and independent think tank for sustainable innovation. Avanzi works in partnership with businesses and NGO to achieve better social and environmental. In this context, Avanzi provides consulting services at both strategic and operational levels. It is now also an incubator and a habitat.


AT-Factory is a digital startup accelerator which brings together innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. The aim of the founders: Paola Di Rosa and Eleonora Rocca, is to facilitate, support and enhance the success of startup projects while placing them within the right “eco system”. Through a full and detailed consultancy service, AT Factory provides startups with legal, financial, commercial and marketing consultancy in order to help them to turn their ideas in successful business models.

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

The Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Foundation is the most important institution in Italy for teaching, research and experimentation in the field of cinematography. The aims of the Centre encompass the development of cinematographic and audiovisual arts and techniques to the highest possible level.  In 2008,  a new branch of the Centre was opened in Palermo and the Department of Documentary Cinema and Docu-Drama was established here.

Code for europe

Code for Europe is composed by a network of European experts in different innovative fields that strives to solve local civic challenges, by enabling agile temporary teams of developers to create solutions that are easily reusable in other European cities. Code for Europe uses technology and open data to make cities more efficient and sustainable.


Confcoperative is the first national organization that provides services and specific assistance to Italian cooperative societies. From 1919 it helps these local entities to develop their potential and their energies, in order to innovate and support their growth process.

Consorzio ARCA

ARCA is a public-private partnership which manages the business incubator located within the University Campus of Palermo.
ARCA promotes the start-up and development of new entrepreneurial activities and spin-off and fosters innovation and technology transfer to the productive system, providing a set of complementary services within a structured methodology of incubation.


Fondazione Fitzcarraldo is an independent centre for planning, research, training and documentation on cultural, arts and media management, economics and policies, at the service of those who create, practise, take part in, produce, promote and support the arts and culture.
The Foundation aims to contribute to the development, diffusion and promotion of innovation and experimentation in the aforesaid fields of activity.

Goethe-institut Palermo

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. It also convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in the nation.

Institut Français Palermo

The Institut français Palermo is part of the Institut français Italy that brings together the cultural services of the French Embassy in Rome and the Institutes of Milan, Florence and Naples. It’s located within the Cantieri Culturalali alla Zisa, contemporary cultural center of the city, and represents a real meeting point between Italy and France.

Istituto superiore mario boella

Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) is a research and innovation centre operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain. Founded in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino, today ISMB relies on the technological and process competences of around 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and public administration.

Waag Society

Waag Society is an institute for art, science and technology, a pioneer in the field of digital media. Over the past 20 years, the foundation has developed into an institution of international stature, a platform for artistic research and experimentation, and has become both a catalyst for events and a breeding ground for cultural and social innovation.

young academics network

The AESOP Young Academics Network encourages the active participation and exchange of academic work. From PhD students to Post-docs and those starting out in academic positions, the YA Network provides a platform through which the academic leaders of tomorrow can share ideas in an open and inclusive environment, challenging and supporting one another in the attainment of superior academic output.



Steering committee

Mario Calderini – Full professor of Strategy and Innovation Management, Alta Scuola Politecnica Deputy Director

Edoardo Calia – Istituto Superiore Mario Boella Deputy Director for Strategic Programs

Maurizio Carta – Full professor of Urbanism and Regional Planning at the University of Palermo, Palermo Polytechnic School Vice President, head of the MSc in Urban and Regional Planning, Smart Planning Lab Managing Director

Ivonne Jansen-Dings – Open Data project manager at Waag Society

Carlo Maria Medaglia – Full Professor at Link Campus University, Link Campus Research Department Managing Director, DASIC Lab Scientific Director

Francesco Milella – Co-founder and Advisor at Fitzcarraldo Foundation

Leoluca Orlando – Mayor of Palermo, Professor of Regional Public Law at the University of Palermo

Domenico Schillaci – Associate Director at PUSH.

Giovanni Tesoriere – Full Professor of Road, Railways and Airport at Kore University of Enna (Sicily), Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering

Applications are now closed. The Steering Committee selected the best contributions among over 50 applications received

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