The French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) covers a
territory with 1 million inhabitants, including Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes
and Grasse. These cities and their surrounding areas provide exceptional living
and business sites, with easy access to all major international markets thanks
to its international airport.
The IT cluster of the Côte d’Azur today comprises nearly 1,700 companies
(23,000 employees) totaling 4 billion € in revenues, one of Europe’s high-tech
locomotives thanks to its strong technological foundation concentrated in the Sophia
Antipolis science park.
The ecosystem is based on the strong presence
of local innovative SME’s, research labs, R&D centers belonging to large
groups from France and abroad (over 100 foreign companies already present in
the French Tech Côte d’Azur ecosystem, representing over 70 different
nationalities from all over the world), as well as remarkable startups.
technology and on-board electronics, to 3D imaging, the Internet of Things,
security, microelectronics and computer science on complex systems, the Côte d’Azur
hosts all key technology sectors for information and communications. With its
worldwide technological expertise, the French Tech Côte d’Azur sets out to
create the most favorable conditions of experimentation and innovation in five
strategic business areas: e-Health, e-learning, e-energy and smart grids,
e-mobility, e-tourism, and e-environment.
The Côte d’Azur innovative ecosystem provides
all the necessary facilities (incubators, accelerators, mentors, VC’s) and
services dedicated to developing entrepreneurial skills and
providing tailored support for early-stage startups, scale-ups as well as
The long international tradition of the Côte d’Azur
makes it an easy-going land for foreign entrepreneurs who find here one of the
most international environments in France: international media and radio
broadcasts in English and other languages, international schools,
English-speaking services available amongst others.
Over 400 startups have been created since 2012 on the Côte d’Azur,
totalling 326 million € in fundraising, among which some very successful
GreenCom Networks. Incorporated in 2011 and supported
by IPE, and merged with a German startup, GreenCom Networks has raised more
than M€ 5 to develop monitoring software for massive fleet of energetic sensors
and virtual power plants and sells them in Europe and worldwide.
Inventy: Created in 2012, the company is
specialized in SAP solution optimization. It addresses many large groups
throughout Europe and North America. Inventy’s turnover is growing very fast,
+190% in 2015 reaching over M€7.5. Inventy now has the French Tech 2016 label.
Kinaxia: Incorporated in 2010 and supported
by Incubator PACA Est, Kinaxia is a specialist in urban and environmental data.
Without external funding, they now have a staff of 50 people.
Median Technologies: created in 2002, specialized in
Clinical Trial Imaging Services, 10 M€ of fundraising in 2011 followed by a
successful entry onto the AlterNext-Paris market, is today present all over the
world with a strong strategy on the Asia-Pacific continent and in North America
(offices already opened in the USA)
Qwant: Nicknamed the “European Google”,
Qwant is a French Search Engine created in 2013 following 2 years of investment
in R&D, today deploys its solutions throughout Europe. The company raised
M€ 25 in 2015, to enable the company to address the global market and deploy
its QwantJunior solution.
Vulog: spin-off from INRIA (French
Research Lab) incubated at IPE in 2006, accelerated at Allianz Accelerator in 2015,
M€ 8.4 of fundraising in 2015, currently
supplies its solutions in Europe and North America to a wide range of entities