Capenergies plays a leading role in the new #CleanTech #Mobility thematic network in the PACA region
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Region is confirming its position as a leading Smart Region, with Aix-Marseille French Tech and French Tech Côte d’Azur selected for the #CleanTech #Mobility network. This move will forge closer ties between the two French Tech initiatives in southern France, through the CleanTech Mobility network, facilitated by Capenergies.
The cluster has also submitted an application to become the Secretary of the national #Cleantech #Mobility network, enabling it to coordinate and implement the future joint roadmap for all French start-ups in the sector. The national Secretary – elected from among the 15 winning members of the #Cleantech #Mobility network – will be chosen in autumn 2016.
French Tech themed networks
On 25 July 2016 in Laval, Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector, and Axelle Lemaire, French Secretary of State for the Digital Sector, officially confirmed the Métropoles French Tech labels and announced the launch of a series of themed networks to push ahead with the French Tech initiative.
Aix-Marseille French Tech and French Tech Côte d’Azur have now joined the #CleanTech #Mobility network, which builds on a well-established regional ecosystem that specialises in this high-potential sector.
Aix-Marseille French Tech
Aix-Marseille French Tech was selected for 4 themed networks: CleanTech & Mobility (environment, sustainable development, energy, smart city, mobility, etc.), HealthTech (health, medicine, biotech, etc.), IOT & Manufacturing (connected objects, drones, 3D printers, etc.) and Sports.
The consortium for the CleanTech & Mobility network is spearheaded by Capenergies, the Arbois-Mediterranean Environment Technology Park and thecamp (a digital innovation campus) and brings together a number of local stakeholders involved in green economic development, including Safe_Cluster, Ea Éco-entreprises, Marseille Provence CCI, Provence Promotion, Pays d’Aix business incubators, Pays d’Aix Développement, and the IMPULSE inter-university incubator.
The consortium members decided to submit an application with Aix-Marseille French Tech to strengthen local joint initiatives and to play a full, active role in the national CleanTech network. The start-ups supported by the consortium are already making waves on the global stage (CES Las Vegas, COP 21, World Water Forum, International Environmental Technology Fair, Smart City Expo, International Environmental Protection & Eco-City Expo, Interschutz, etc.). These companies are pioneers in CleanTech, smart cities, mobility, health and the environment, and now have access to an important discussion and innovation resource. In Aix-Marseille, some 60 innovative, high-growth firms working in this field have decided to join forces.
Capenergies, the Arbois-Mediterranean Environment Technology Park, thecamp and their partners have teamed up with Aix-Marseille French Tech in the #CleanTech #Mobility network to press ahead with initiatives in three key areas: supporting and promoting the existing ecosystem and expanding its reach to global networks, encouraging the emergence of new innovative projects, and attracting talented people to the region to raise its standing in the field.
French Tech Côte d’Azur
The government has also strengthened French Tech Côte d’Azur’s leadership in three areas: CleanTech & Mobility (environment, sustainable development, energy, smart city, mobility, etc.), EdTech & Entertainment (education, training, creative industries, etc.), and Security & Privacy (cybersecurity and digital security, personal data protection, etc.).
“The CleanTech & Mobility themed network reflects a strong dynamic within our department, with 55% of eco-firms working in the energy sector, employing more than 3,000 people and having combined turnover of around €1.2 billion,” said Jean-François Chapperon, Deputy Director of French Tech Côte d’Azur. “Some 25% of these companies operate throughout France or worldwide, 30% are more than 10 years old, 25% are less than 3 years old, and 66% of employees work for firms with more than 50 staff.” The region’s sterling reputation in this field is further encouraged by the successful Smart Campus Nice Sophia Antipolis and FLEXGRID projects for the Smart Grids Industrial Plan scheme, and by vibrant coordination of the sector, under the leadership of the Club Smart Grids Côte d’Azur, founded by CCINCA, which has helped develop a number of smart grids start-ups in tandem with local incubators.
The French Tech Côte d’Azur consortium brings together businesses, support structures and local authorities, including EDF, Engie, Enedis, Dalkia, GE, Schneider Electric, GRDF, Green Planet Architects, WIT, Augier, UCA, Mines ParisTech, IMREDD, Incubateur PACA EST, CEEI, Sophia Conseil, Com4innov, Angelsbay, Kapitalium, Métropole NCA, CCINCA and UPE06. All members are committed to making the consortium a success.
The consortium members opted for a joint application to play a full, active role in the national CleanTech & Mobility network. The start-ups – M2M Solutions, Gridbee, Qualisteo, Greencomm Networks, Vulog, DSTI, Imtech, Le Be, Advansolar, Azurra Lights, Gridpocket, Valenergies, Senseor, Kinaxia – are future champions that are already making waves on the global stage at events such as Innovative City, CES Las Vegas, COP 21, World Water Forum, International Environmental Technology Fair, Smart City Expo, International Environmental Protection & Eco-City Expo and Interschutz. They represent a wide spectrum of the smart grids value chain, including future energy production, new local consumption optimisation models, future metering solutions, social and smart building design and engineering, social and behavioural support for consumers, innovative data network engineering and production, and big data management training.