Grenoble Alpes, an Innovation Ecosystem

Grenoble Alpes - EcosystèmePlus de 7 % de la population grenobloise travaille dans le secteur R&D, et près de la moitié de l’emploi total se trouve dans des secteurs apparentés, comme les micro et nanotechnologies (20 000 emplois), les TIC (20 000 emplois) et l’énergie (12 000 emplois).
Grenoble consistently ranks among the world’s top most innovative cities. With a very high ratio of patents per inhabitants, the city relies on a unique and efficient system of innovation and knowledge transfer.
Since the 19th century, Grenoble has been characterized by an endogenous growth, relying on the cooperation of university and society to develop many social and cultural innovations.

With an efficient research and innovative ecosystem relying on bilateral contracts, and a good synergy between academic and economic actors, Grenoble was amongst the three nominees for the first prize of European capital of innovation, awarded by the European Commission (iCapitale) in 2014. FDI Intelligence (Financial Time group) ranked Grenoble 17th worldwide within its cities of the future ranking, and 5th of the top 10 “small European cities” for its strategy.

Université Grenoble Alpes has been ranked amongst the top 100 most innovative universities worldwide and Shanghai Ranking.

A Place that Dares the Impossible

The secret of Grenoble’s ecosystem is in the close interaction between academia, large research centers and businesses, in particular multinational companies. But beyond such cooperation, innovation is a spirit shared by all and for all. Grenoble was the first city to put in place health insurance and family planning, and was amongst the first in France to adopt the administrative status of a Métropole (Grenoble-Alpes Métropole).

On the scientific and technical levels, the presence of large European instruments together with national research organization and a university with top-class equipment offers students, researchers, companies and citizens the right tools to create and innovate. Grenoble Alpes is a place where people dare to experiment, test, dream, and do not fear failure, to pave the way to future success.

Grenoble Alpes Embodies the Entrepreneurship Spirit

With more than 300 startups created within 10 years, Grenoble Alpes is an authentic “startup city”. Startups can rely on business incubators and accelerators such as the innovation parks, each structure supporting in its own way projects and companies.
In 2014, Grenoble was awarded the FrenchTech label, together with a few French cities which present the will, skills and means to accelerate collective projects in the sector of digital economy.

Grenoble Alpes Ecosystem Key Figures

Grenoble Alpes, a Dynamic of Innovation 
  • 5th most innovative city in the world (Forbes 2013)
  • 2nd most innovative city in Europe (iCapitale 2014)
  • 1st city in France by number of research jobs, with 7.1% of the population working in R&D, and 20% in the higher education and research and R&D sectors (AEPI)
  • 300 startups stemming from public research
  • 7.7 patents for 10,000 inhabitants (highest ratio in France, AEPI)
  • CEA 1st and CNRS 5th in the 2016 ranking of the most innovative research organizations worldwide (Reuters)
  • 84th most innovative university in the world (Thomson Reuters 2015)
  • Top 100 Shanghai Ranking (ARWU 2020)
  • Artificial Intelligence Institute awarded by French State in 2019 (MIAI Institute)
  • FrenchTech label awarded in 2014 – FrenchTech in the Alps-Grenoble
A Place Open to Foreign Investment
  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is the 2nd economic and touristic region in France and the 8th in Europe by its GDP
  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is the 1st French region in terms of industry
  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is the 2nd French region in terms of R&D
  • Grenoble Alpes hosts 300 institutions of 20 employees and more with foreign investors
Multinational Companies, a Motor For the Economy
  • STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, EDF, HPE-HP INC, Caterpillar, BD, Atos - Bull, GE Renewable Energy, Capgemini/Sogeti, Air Liquide, Soitec, ARaymond, Calor
Global Leaders Born in Isère
  • STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, Soitec, Capgemini, Petzl, Poma, ARaymond, Rossignol, Vicat, Radiall, Teisseire, Airstar, Trixell, etc...
Published on  January 20, 2021
Updated onJanuary 20, 2021