Aix-Marseille is the 2nd largest urban center in
France, 3 hours from Paris by TGV (High Speed Train) with 17 departures
per day and less than 2 hours by plane from 25 major European and Mediterranean cities, in the heart of a market of 400 million consumers.
Aix-Marseille University is the largest francophone
university in the world (90,000 students), 2nd ranking pool of researchers in
France. As a 3rd biggest industrial Region, Aix-Marseille has a
concentration of worldwide players around IT (St Microelectronics, TelFrance,
Gemalto, Dassault System, High Co), Transportation (Airbus Helicopter, Daher
Aerospace, CMA CGM), Health (Siemens Medical, CERIMED, Supersonic Imagine,
Sartorius), Energy (Smart cities, ITER, Eco-industry, Arbois Technoparc) and Sport (OM,
CRVM, CNM). Marseille is the 2017 European Capital of Sports and a candidate for
the 2024 Olympic Games with the sailing world cup.
Aix-Marseille is the number one
location for datacenters in France after Paris with 8 datacenters.
Aix-Marseille boasts a big number of
start-up success stories (WIKO, Enovacom, Sunpartner, Digiticks, Inside Secure,
A Land of Engineers, Provence area
is called the European Silicon Valley, with its 300 sunny days a year and the
Mediterranean Sea. The Alps mountain range is just a 1.5 hours’ drive away!
An omnipresent cultural dimension:
MP2013, festivals year round such as the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opéra
National de Marseille, and Grand Théâtre de Provence, Contemporary Art Museum,
Aix-Marseille is a strategic
location with a multimodal access: sea-rail-air-road-river (international
airport/international sea port/cruise port) with its competitive costs, real
estate and labor costs from 25 to 60% lower than in European capitals such as
London or Paris.
Provence has always had a love
affair with new technologies: with its pioneers in innovative technologies:
home of the smart card, developer of the first contactless technologies.
Provence offers an attractive environment in areas such as big data, cloud
computing, contactless technologies, e-tourism, mobile applications or
To get your project into the fast
lane, Aix-Marseille French Tech provides:
The best digital schools: Epitech / Kedge / EMD / Supinfo /Axe
Sud / Ingésup / IAE Aix / Institut G4 / Cesi Exia /Centrale / Mines St Etienne ISMIN. Very
dynamic and very involved in the territory, some of them are connected to
accelerators (Kedge), fab labs (Centrale), or participate actively in the workings
of the startup ecosystem.
The full-scale of IT
sectors with 7 IT alliances (PRIMI / CNRFID / MEDINSOFT / CIP / CLUSIR / ARCSIS / SCS). The SATT, accelerator of technology
transfer: to transfer innovations coming from academic research to the
industrial world. Based in Marseille SATT has a catalogue of technologies that
are ready to be industrialized.
8 incubators for
welcoming, housing, and supporting new business creators: Marseille Innovation,
Pépinières du Pays d’Aix-en-Provence, Impulse, Pôle Media Belle de Mai, Arbois
Technopole for sustainable development.
Research Labs in IT (LSIS / LIF / CRVM / CMP Gardanne / Fresnel Institute / LP3 etc.)
Large choice of
financing organizations from Business Angels to Venture capital, capital
funds. (PBA/NETANGLES/PACA EMERGENCE/PACA INVESTISSEMENT/ACG Management…).
8 accelerators supporting startup
creation and growth through high value-added services (The
business contact network (potential clients, investors, media)
pool of high-level skills (marketing and communication, business development)
and sometimes financial resources
Organization and support structures
for IT companies that offer training, events and meetings throughout the year
and organize a number of international shows in the region.