Nicolas BEROUD

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France’s competitive cluster system

In 2005 the French government rolled out a new competitive cluster policy inspired by Grenoble’s legendary innovation ecosystem. The country’s government-certified competitive clusters are designed to bring together research organizations, businesses of all sizes, and educational institutions and training providers in a given geographical area to develop synergies and set up collaborative projects. In addition, these nationally-certified clusters are eligible for specific government financing for the projects they coordinate. [w1] A competitive cluster is evidence of a given geographical area’s expertise in an industry. Intended as future-driven product “factories,” the competitive clusters help transform the technologies developed via collaborative R&D projects into innovative products and processes ready for the market.

Axelera: the chemical and environmental industries
Imaginove: audiovisual and multimedia technologies
Lyonbiopôle: infectious diseases and vaccines
Minalogic: micro- and nanotechnologies and embedded systems
Plastipolis: plastics
Techtera: engineered textiles
Tenerrdis: new energy technologies
Trimatec: environmental technologies
Viameca: mechanics and mechatronics outsourcing

Other clusters

The Grenoble-Isère area is also home to other cluster initiatives that are not part of the national system. These clusters, some of which are certified at the regional level[w1] , bring together all of the stakeholders in a particular industry and help develop synergies to boost their members’ competitiveness.

Aerospace: aerospace industries
Automotive: automotive/land vehicles
Eco-énergies: renewable energy and energy management for the construction and civil engineering industries
Edit: software
I-Care: healthcare technologies
Imaginove: audiovisual and multimedia technologies
Logistique: logistics
Montagne: mountain development
Sporaltec: sports, leisure, and outdoor activities

Intercluster initiatives

Intercluster initiatives connect local clusters to their peers in other countries via international networks with the goal of developing partnerships with specific objectives. Grenoble-Isère’s clusters are active in these initiatives.

Center for Economic Growth, Albany, NY
Colorado Rhône-Alpes Network (CORA), Denver, CO
Silicon Europe: The Grenoble-Isère Economic Development Agency (AEPI) is a flagship partner in this EU program involving Europe’s top five micro- and nanoelectronics clusters; the AEPI is the leader for the project’s international development work package 
CEA Tech sales offices in the United States and Japan
Dresden and Grenoble: An intensive, focused nanoelectronics and nanotechnology partnership that cuts across R&D, education, manufacturing, and government
Tsukuba and Grenoble: Grenoble and Tsukuba signed a cooperation agreement to ramp up exchange programs in research, higher education, sustainable development, and the arts
International CleanTech Network (ICN): A global network of cleantech clusters