Welcome to the French Riviera !

About the French Riviera

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.

From wireless 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 high-growth businesses.

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.

The startup ecosystem in the French Riviera

Over 400 startups have been created since 2012 on the Côte d’Azur, totalling 326 million € in fundraising, among which some very successful international-expanding stories:

  • 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

Partnering Incubators in the French Riviera

More information on the French Riviera :

Success stories


Main corporate in the region


Main research centers


Paca-Est Incubator

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Ecosystem: Côte d'Azur
Creation: 2011
Startups incubated: 170
Currently incubated: 40
Maturity stage: 
Proof of Concept 

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