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French Tech

5 labels +1 metropolis

Top French Region

For the job growth in the digital sector


€850M of investment funds

Four Reasons to set up in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Two specialist facilities for business set up

  • 15 incubators, including 3 related to public research
  • 9 RETIS quality label tech parks
  • 1 regional technology accelerator and private accelerators
  • + 50 business incubators
  • + 100 third-party sites throughout the region

Significant investment in start-up projects

  • Regional programs tailored to each stage of development
  • Fund raising support
  • Well-developed network of business angels (300 member investors)
  • Strengthening of financing modes: the Region increases its equity participation in investment funds, including seed money, acceleration and development
  • More than 100 start-up projects supported each year by the Region
Potential for recruitment

  • A pool of 195,000 students preparing for the jobs of tomorrow
  • An attractive region for executives, young people and graduates
  • Low turn-over

A region engaged in innovation and advanced technological resources

  • Leading French region outside of Paris for investment in research and innovation
  • 10 competitiveness clusters and over 100 clusters and/or networks
  • 28 technology centers throughout the region
  • University of Bordeaux, with IDEX quality label (Initiative for excellence)
An internationally competitive ecosystem

French Tech Dynamics

  • 1 French Tech City (Bordeaux)
  • 5 French Tech theme networks:

#CleanTech #Mobility in Bordeaux
#EdTech#Entertainment in Angoulême, La Rochelle, Niort & Poitiers
#HealthTech in Limoges & Bordeaux
#Retail, Bordeaux
#Sport, in the Basque Country and Landes coast)

  • Start-up events:  Signaux Numériques, Start-up Week-End, Innovaday, delegations to Consumer Electronics Show and Vivatechnology

Other promising sectors

  • #cyber security
  • #silver economy
  • #big data
  • #photonics
  • #food tech
  • 3rd fastest growing regional economy in France GDP of €158.1 billion of and 2.3 million jobs
  • Strong demographics and  entrepreneurship
  • Bordeaux: leading metropolitan area for the rate of new business creation and 3rd for fund raising
  • Easy to get to: LGV Bordeaux to Paris in 2 hours
  • Exceptional quality of life

Start-up Doing Business Here

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Specialized Partners for Your Project

Several organizations specialized in innovation, research and development are present in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. This dynamic ecosystem provides a vector of opportunities for businesses in the implementation of their project and their business! Networks, partners, product innovation support, are among the many services and areas of expertise provided by these stakeholders to support the development of your business.

Competitiveness Clusters

  • Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation | agriculture, agri-food industry, fishing: agro-refinery, high-performance production systems, optimization of inputs
  • Cancer Bio Health | biotechnologies, health: nutrition and health, molecules of interest for therapeutic and diagnostic applications in cancerology, technological innovations, home support
  • Avenia | green growthgeosciences
  • S2E2 | green growthrenewable energy
  • Xylofutur | forestry, wood, paperresource management and mobilization; processing of wood for materials (construction, furniture, packaging); fibers and chemicals (bio-fuels, nano-cellulose, composite materials
  • Pôle Européen de la Céramique | materials, mechanical engineering, electronicsceramic applications for luxury goods, energy systems electronics-optics-photonics, health, environment
  • Viaméca | materials, mechanical engineering, electronicsdesign, production and integration of intelligent mechanical systems
  • ALPHA-Route des Lasers et des Hyperfréquences | hyperfrequencies, photonics, digital systems, lasersPhotonics-laser, electronic-microwave for health, aerospace and defense, security and intelligent-building energy
  • Aerospace Valley | Aeronautics, Space, Embedded Systemsairframes, materials, processes; energy and electromechanical systems. Solutions for air transport; telecommunications, observation, positioning; embedded systems, connected objects, software, and electronics; human-system interaction; factory, support/MOC/MRO and redevelopment; modeling, simulation, data analysis
  • Id4car | transport, aeronautics, space: vehicle materials, embedded systems intelligence, uses and industrialization, ICT for mobility applications

Other Clusters / Business Networks

A hundred clusters or networks operate in the region. These players are real unifiers, concentrating energy in their respective sectors, and providing service and support to their member companies. They include:

Aeronautics, Transport

  • Aerocampus: aeronautics maintenance
  • Aetos: drones
  • Topos: intelligent transport, geolocation, precision agricultural services
  • Aeroteam: aeronautics
  • AVERE: electrical mobility

Digital Systems

  • Aquinetic: open software
  • Digital Aquitaine: health ICT, geolocation, e-commerce, innovative uses of data, hardware
  • CRITT Informatique: digital simulation, augmented reality
  • SPN: digital systems

Imagery, Games, Video

  • Bordeaux Games: gaming, serious gaming, gamification
  • Magelis image complex: digital systems, imaging

Green sectors, ecotechnologies

  • Aquitaine sustainable chemistry: green chemistry
  • Aquitaine green growth: sustainable development
  • Sysolia: solar energy
  • Institut de la chimie verte: green and sustainable chemistry
  • Pôle des éco-industries: eco-activities
  • Pôle environnement limousin: eco-activities

Biotechnologies, Health

  • Cluster TIC Santé: e-health, information systems, technology for home support
  • Biopôle Santé: pharmaceuticals, well-being, medical devices
  • Pôle Aliments Santé: nutritional health
  • Invivolim: biotechnologies
  • Autonom’lab: e-health and aging, adaptation of living spaces, maintaining autonomy


  • Aquitaine Robotics: robotics

Targeting business creators, these facilities offer services, support and premises. Each one is designed to meet the needs of a company at specific stage in its development, consequently aiming to meet the expectations and challenges of start-ups. Several of these organizations have developed or been created in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, including:


Business Incubators

  • Incubateur Régional d’Aquitaine
  • Auberge Numérique: digital systems
  • Pulseo: geolocation technologies and satellite applications
  • Agropole: agri-food industries
  • Bordeaux Technowest: aeronautics, space and defense
  • M3: ecotechnologies, biotechnologies, health, digital systems, electronics
  • Novapôle: agri-food industries and biotechnologies
  • StarTech: Electronics, photonics, optics, IT
  • Créatio: services, imaging and ICT, production, eco-activities, food, technology and energy transition
  • CEI (Futuroscope)
  • Agropole Entreprises: agri-food industries
  • Domolandes: sustainable construction, digital systems
  • Eurêka: services to businesses, composite materials, plastics, industrial and automation mechanisms, studies and production of tools, packaging and engineering
  • Eurolacq Entreprises: industrial companies, service to industry
  • Pulseo: technologies of geo-location and satellite applications
  • Pépinière Bordeaux Unitec: digital systems, bio-health, engineering sciences
  • Pépinière Bordeaux Montesquieu: ecotechnologies-environment, biotechnologies-health, wine prouction, digital systems, ICT, electronics
  • 3 incubators at Helioparc: GEOSTART (geosciences), L’Atelier Numérique (digital systems), UPbyHelioparc (energy, environment)
  • EcoCréative Bordeaux Chartrons: creative economy, ICT, eco-activities
  • Le Campement: sustainable development, usage innovations
  • Newton: eco-activities



  • Accélérateur Régional: in the start-up phase
  • La Banquiz: open software and technologies
  • 1Kubator: digital systems
  • Héméra
  • 33 Entrepreneurs: wine, tourism and agri-foods


Tech parks

  • Ester Technopole: electronics, optics, telecommunications; ceramics, materials and surface treatments; water and environment; biotechnology and health; engineering
  • Bordeaux Technowest: aerospace and defense (Aeroparc), eco-activities (Ecoparc), Eco-transport-urbanism (Newton)
  • Technopole Bordeaux Unitec: technology and digital uses, health life sciences, technologies and engineering sciences
  • Technopole Bordeaux Montesquieu: environmental technology, biotechnology, electronic digital, wine
  • Technopole Helioparc: Geosciences and petroleum, digital engineering, energy, environment
  • Technopole Domolandes: sustainable construction and digital systems
  • Agropole: agri-foods
  • Technopole du Futuroscope: digital systems
  • Grand Poitiers Technopole: health, transport, tourism, environment, digital technologies
  • Technopole Atlantech: sustainable construction
  • Technopole Côte Basque: digital systems, aerospace & advanced materials, sustainable construction, technologies and ocean-based industries
  • Technopole Agen Garonne: water, logistics, agri-food industry

The universities and engineering schools in the region offer specialized curricula in the sectors of the future and serve as springboards for business development or start-up integration.

  • 6 multidisciplinary university complexes
  • 23 prestigious engineering schools
  • 697 educational programs in digital systems: design and web specialisations, programming-administration and operations, developer and integrator, cinema, maintenance and support

Selection of Sites Dedicated to Start-up

Our Services to Companies

| Business Environment

We will send you the information you need to study the feasibility of your project in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (supply of raw materials, market data, subcontractors, R&D partners, etc.).

| Real-Estate Solutions

We look for, select and present real-estate offers suited to your specifications. You can send us your search criteria and we take care of the rest in strict confidentially!

| Financing and Public Aid

Various programs are available to obtain the financing necessary for your business set-up. We can introduce you to our experts in financial engineering who will study the available public or private solutions.

| Networking

We open our network and put you in relation with the key stakeholders for your project. Our proximity to regional partners will enable you to fast-track the execution of your business set-up!

| Administrative Procedures

We know that certain procedures can be complex, so we activate our network to facilitate your installation. We mobilize various players according to your needs and your timetable.

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An Accessible Region

Nouvelle-Aquitaine, on the Atlantic coast and bordering Spain, is strategically located on Europe's North-South logistics itinerary. With extensive, modern transportation infrastructures, the region is easily accessible from European economic capitals, putting companies close to their markets:

  • 11 airports, 7 serving international destinations
  • Over 60 international routes with daily or weekly service
  • Growing number of low-cost airlines
Road and Rail Network
  • LGV SEA (Bordeaux - Paris in 2 hrs.)
  • North-south and East-West expressway networks
  • 4 ports of trade
  • Links to 300 ports worldwide