At the heart of Europe, a short train ride
from Brussels, London and Paris, our local ecosystem is a leading region in
France for manufacturing (automotive, cleantech, technical textiles, railways,
materials…), healthcare (the biggest university hospital in France is based in
Lille), retail (400 brands headquartered, and the leading e-commerce brands of
France are based in Lille and its area) and Tech (with a focus on IT services,
e-retail, digital creation, big data and Industry 4.0).
Thanks to its young and dynamic
population, it is the 2nd ranking region in France for Academia with more than
200,000 students, it is also the 2nd ranking region for HQs in France, with
major retail companies and global leaders choosing to make Northern France
their pivotal region to develop their business in continental Europe: IBM,
Toyota, Canon, 3M, Coca-Cola, KTM, Caterpillar, Ma Steel, Kubota, McCain,
Bombardier, DHL, GSK and over 1,600 other international companies chose
Northern France to set up their European business and they have not looked back.
Lille’s region brings together key local
digital players and is driven by entrepreneurs, investors, and talented people.
During the past ten years, 25,000 jobs has been created in our territory. By
2020 this number is expected to double.
Thanks to its ideal geographical location,
the quality of its infrastructure, its skills and its entrepreneurial
tradition, Lille’s French Tech is quite a unique ecosystem to set-up a
start-up. We can rely on the regional presence of major companies like
Capgemini, CISCO, Orange, IBM France, CGI and Microsoft La Redoute, Auchan,
Bonduelle, Décathlon are headquartered in Lille’s Region.
This dynamic environment has led to the
rise of numerous successful startups: Big Ben Interactive, Ankama, OVH,
Adictiz, Stereograph, Clic & Walk, Giroptic, Mdoloris, Intent Technologies,
Mazeberry, A-volute, Ineat Conseil, Hobbynote, Critizr, Intent Technologies,
Vekia, Sparkow... These companies cover all the field of the digital activities
such as data, cybersecurity, mobility, HMI and creative industries.
Our startups can count on many events on
the territory to promote their businesses (Conext, Salon créer, Grand Nord
digital Forum). The International Cybersecurity Forum takes place every year in
Lille with more than 5, 000 visitors, 50 nationalities and various events
(plenaries, hackathons, demos…).
Moreover, we help our champions travel:
Several startups from our ecosystem participated in the Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) in Las Vegas in 2016 (Giroptic, Equisense, Phoceis).
In a highly competitive international environment, our ecosystem aims to
give a boost to the digital economy that is revolutionizing our daily lives.