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Innovation clusters in France

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71 open and innovative ecosystems

  • France has 71 innovation clusters in which companies, public-sector educational institutions and research laboratories work on collaborative projects focusing on market-oriented projects and prototypes. They are positioning themselves on an international scale in cutting-edge and key technology sectors and their membership is open to international companies.
  • The French government has decided, as part of the “National Pact for Competitiveness, Growth and Employment”, to consolidate its innovation clusters policy by launching a third phase (2013-2018) with the principal aim of intensifying their economic impact. (Source: French government (DGCIS directorate) – 2012 Report – Objectives 2013)
  • More than 5,700 collaborative R&D projects have been undertaken since 2005. Among the 2,500 R&D projects accredited by innovation clusters in 2011, more than one in 10 involved at least one entity based outside France.  More than 600 foreign companies established in France are members of innovation clusters. (Source: French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (DGCIS directorate), 2013)
  • Central and local government have awarded €2.7 billion since 2008, in addition to which project partners have spent around €3 billion on R&D. (Source: French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (DGCIS directorate), Assessment Report on Innovation Clusters, June 2012)
  • Central and local government have awarded €2.7 billion since 2008, in addition to which project partners have spent around €3 billion on R&D. (Source: French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (DGCIS directorate), Assessment Report on Innovation Clusters, June 2012)
  • The world-class innovation cluster SCS (Secure Communication Solutions), was awarded a Gold Label  from the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) July 2013 for cluster-management excellence.
  • Paris-Saclay was recently ranked in the world's top eight innovation clusters. (Source: MIT Technology Review, 2013)

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