With Europe’s 5th highest regional GDP, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a major economic force, with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
Lyon, the regional capital, has over 2, 1 million inhabitants (urban area) and offers an attractive environment in which to set up and develop companies. 60% of Europe’s decision-makers chose Lyon as their alternative French city to Paris. 2nd business hub in France, Lyon counts more than 40,000 companies and 1800 foreign companies. With business clusters for Life Science, Cleantech, Digital and Smart Cities, Lyon occurs among the European top 10 innovative cities, and amongst the 20 best cities in the world for innovation (Innovation Cities Global Index 2014). Thanks to its top-quality educational institutions, large pool of talents, cutting edge research centers, scientific and business clusters, Lyon has become a prime destination for innovative companies and industrials. Ideally located in the heart of Europe and benefiting from excellent transport infrastructure, Lyon is under 2 hours away from all major European cities and one flight away to over 115 destinations. Ranked 1st most attractive city among executives (2015), 4th preferred destination among international travelers (Trip Advisor 2015) & 5th best food city in the world, Lyon attracts a growing number of visitors thanks to its exceptional heritage and its rich cultural offer, as well as its ideal location between the sea and the mountains
Lyon has been awarded the ‘Métropole French Tech’ label, thanks to an enterprising digital ecosystem (including some of France’s biggest players), an ambitious development strategy, motivated actors, operational programs to serve the growth and visibility of start-ups, dedicated workspace and infrastructure to aid the development of these companies.
This label is the result of a strong collective effort within this digital ecosystem and by all of its actors and it proves that Lyon creates the right conditions for start-ups to develop and expand internationally.
Start-ups success Stories(2015-2016): Geolid (digital local communication); Cityzen Science (Connected tshirt); Digischool (web education platform); Biom’Up (biotech), Eye Tech Care (), Navya (Autonomous Vehicule), The Cosmo Company ( Modelisation of complex systems), Sentryo (IOT Cybersecurity), Search XPR (Data Analysis), Amoeba (Cleantech)….
A wide and varied range of activities and numerous international events all year long.