The startup ecosystem in Normandy

Beyond Normandy French Tech that promotes the Norman dynamic start-ups, there is an entire economic network to establish links between academic research, major groups, SMEs and start-ups. The example of the different clusters in Normandy highlights this: R & D, large groups and SMEs and start-ups.

Indeed, each topic has its own cluster that gathers Major groups, SME’s, Start-ups and Academic research : Mov’eo Cluster for mobility and transport, TES Cluster (E-Secure Transactions cluster) for all aspects related to Smartcity/IoT, e-health, e-government, Connected Object, etc. ., Hippolia Cluster for horse and sports, Novalog Cluster for logistics, Sea Cluster for the maritime economy, Valorial Cluster for agri-food topics, Nucleopolis Cluster for civilian nuclear energy and nuclear health and CBS Cluster on chemistry-health issues. In addition, there are several key sectors in Normandy such as Subcontracting, Automotive, Boating, Semiconductors-Microelectronics, Energy, Green tech, etc …

Then, nearly 500 foreign companies operate in Normandy and employ more than 38,400 employees. This typology of foreign companies is diverse ranging from start-ups to multinationals via SMEs. This strong presence of foreign companies in the region demonstrates the opening of the regional economy internationally.

In addition, there is a collective effort to link the world of major groups with start-ups’ world through the different clusters, or through large groups’ regional involvement with start-ups or through the Normandy Open Innovation Club.

Finally, there is a high start-up community related to spin-off or spin-out of large groups. In particular, some examples of NXP and Orange within the region are concrete illustrations. Indeed, many start-ups have emerged from these groups with support of them.

Some examples of start-ups or promising companies:

  • Bodycap that develops miniaturized medical devices that raised 1 million of euros in 2015.
  • IPDiA (formerly manufacturing plant of Philips Semiconductors) develops miniaturized electronic components for different sectors (Medtech, Semicon, etc.)
  • Déjà Mobile, spin off from Orange, develops new mobile services to major groups. Dejamobile solutions open the way for interactive and secure mobile services in various sectors
  • SoyHuce is a tech studio and R&D lab for major companies and local authorities. They support players to transform their business using Artificial Intelligence
  • Saagie develops a IoT middleware to gather big datas from companies to develop new services for them
  • Opthimalia, spin off from NXP develops a specific lenses to monitor eyes diseases
  • Ergosup develops new hydrogen solutions for mobility. They raised € 5.2 million in 2015.
  • uConekt develops connected objects to secure mobile devices and connected objects.