an urban area with 1 million inhabitants, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is
a dynamic and attractive territory, showing the highest population growth in
France (4,300 new inhabitants every year) and comprised of a generally young
population (43% of the population under age 30).
ranking area in research, with 7,500 researchers and 70,000 students (including
10,000 from abroad), Montpellier welcomes major centers for international
groups such as IBM, Alstom, Orange, Schlumberger, Ubisoft, Engie, Free, Sanofi,
Bausch + Lomb, Horiba, Dell, Computacenter, Veolia, and more. The Montpellier
region is driven by powerful entrepreneurial energy and draws significant
benefit from the presence of major clusters in key sectors, including digital
(French South Digital), health (Eurobiomed), water (Worldwide Water Cluster),
energy (Derby), agronomics (Qualiméditerranée), and a heavy community of
startups, flagships of French technology.
international open attitude, this rich ecosystem makes Montpellier a true
multicultural melting pot. With 5 international schools and over 60
international associations active locally, Montpellier has strengthened its
openness through economic agreements with China, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and
the United States, making it easier to welcome foreign companies locally.
The Montpellier region
benefits from a community-oriented ecosystem driven by entrepreneurs and
mentors who are committed to supporting collective projects. This
entrepreneurial territory has the highest employment growth rate in France
(+30% in 10 years). Nearly 150 new high-tech companies are created each year,
showing a survival rate after 5 years of over 80%. Capital investment in the Montpellier
region startups has increased significantly over the past 5 years, reaching €90
million in 2015.
has everything it takes to welcome startups:
world-class incubator - the Montpellier Business and Innovation
Centre (BIC), ranked in the world’s Top 10 incubators by UBI
Global, which compared over 1,200 incubators in 60 countries.
Montpellier BIC currently hosts 165 startups, including 15 from
complete ecosystem that is committed to supporting startups,
comprised of public and private-sector financial institutions,
proven-effective assistance organizations, a dense investor network,
and active major groups.
Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, where Dell employees share their
expertise in order to mentor startups.
wide and varied range of activities and numerous international
events all year long.
rich startup ecosystem that is dynamic and remarkable across diverse
Several companies in the
area of connected objects stand out for their successful stock market
introductions: AwoX, specialized in technologies for connecting audio-video
devices and Oceasoft, a European leader in smart and connected sensors for the
industrial Internet of Things. In the Web/mobile sector, Teads, which develops
a native video advertising platform, employs 350 people with a €130 million revenue
The company raised over €25
million in less than 2 years. In the health sector, Medtech, a worldwide expert
in surgical robotics, was listed on the stock exchange in 2013, and completed
another round of investment for €13 million in late 2015. At the crossroads of
health and e-commerce, 1001 Pharma, an online platform selling health-related
products, raised €8 million in 2015. The company is now developing its activity
in China, notably thanks to Montpellier ’s cooperation agreements, which
benefit French Tech companies.
groups and startups that chose Montpellier
Schlumberger, which acquired the
local startup Techsia, then set up
its software R&D center in Montpellier, creating 180 jobs. Rakuten, which acquired the local
startup Aquafadas, concentrated all
of its digital publication efforts in Montpellier, with a team of 90 people.
Startups from around the world have all chosen to leverage the Montpellier
innovation ecosystem to expand their business activities in Europe, such as MatchUp Box (Boston), specialized in digital
security, Fruition Sciences (San
Diego) an expert in agritech and Ecoclimasol
(Argentina), specialized in predicting climatic and other types of risks.