The startup ecosystem in Grenoble

ur startup ecosystem has for long been supported by proactive connections between education, research and entrepreneurship.

 “Silicon Valley’s hoodie-wearing tech entrepreneurs are the poster kids of innovation. But the innovators who are really changing the world are more likely to wear lab coats and hold government-related jobs in Grenoble, Munich or Tokyo”. (Source: Reuters’ Top 25 Global Innovators – Government).

 In Grenoble alone, the digital economy provides for 40,000 jobs, 550 companies and 6,800 students within a 25 km radius.  In Chambéry, just a 30-minute drive away from Grenoble, we have 230 innovative businesses on a modern business campus, supported by 5,000 students and 70 scientific, technical and engineering academic programs.

World class high level education forms the basemat of innovation and entrepreneurship :

  • Grenoble INP :
    • ENSIMAG, graduate school of engineering in computer science, applied mathematics and telecommunications
    • PHELMA, graduate school of engineering in physics, electronics and materials
  • Grenoble Alpes University
    • Education and research unit IM2AG
    • Polytech school of engineering
    • Doctorate school in mathematics and computer science
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management
    • Grenoble Graduate Business School
    • Information Systems Management School

High caliber public laboratories hosting 5,000 researchers and covering the full scope of science and technology: CEA Tech (electronics, health science), INRIA (applied mathematics and computer science), CNRS and Université Grenoble Alpes (basic science), applied research units and academia (Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble INP) are very well connected to the entrepreneurial world through collaborative programmes or personel secondment.  These are supported by innovation clusters (Minalogic — embedded systems, Tenerrdis — Energy, INES — Solar Energy) and business parks with co-working spaces (Savoie Technolac, Inovallée, Rovaltain, Medic@lps, Biopolis).

Several blue chip companies have chosen the region to set up R&D teams and product development labs: Atos/bull, Criteo, Ericsson, HP, Lam Research, Mentor Graphics, Oracle, Orange L@bs, The Open Group, Salesforce, Schneider Electric, Soitec, STMicroelectronics, Xerox Research Center Europe.

Finally, the area offers a wealth of business support mechanisms:

  • Economic project engineering and relocation assistance: AEPI-Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France
  • Innovation funding: Minalogic, Imaginove, Tenerrdis, INES, Lyonbiopôle and Axelera competitive clusters
  • Promotion and business development: Le Clust’R Numérique,
  • Tech transfer: Linksium technology transfer accelerator, Floralis
  • Technology platforms: CEA-Leti, CEA-Liten, Nanobio, Clinatec, Predis, Eccami, Multicom, Maimosine, Medic@lps, Biopolis

When it comes to digital entrepreneurship, the French Tech in the Alps network (encompassing Digital Grenoble, Annecy Startup, Digital Savoie in Chambéry and Valence-Romans Digital) creates the right connections for entrepreneurs.  The network’s values are: transparency, openness, integrity, empowerment, consideration.  Each member of the alliance runs an open, collaborative programme, to connect startups with the human, financial and market resources they need for their development.