The startup ecosystem in Lille

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.