Paris Region: Europe’s premier ICT ecosystem
Paris Region is ideally configured to offer outstanding growth opportunities in ICT, hosting Europe’s highest concentration of the sector’s 500 leading international groups alongside a vibrant network of highly innovative SMEs and start-ups. Paris Region is Europe’s no.1 region for R&D, boasting the highest concentration of specialist ICT workers within the EU.
Paris Region: a comprehensive ecosystem – spanning the full range of Information and Communication Technologies
- Nearly 70,000 companies
- The sector with the biggest workforce in Europe: 358,000 employees
- All the key players across the value chain – here are just some of them:
- IT for business (cloud computing, big data, mobility, in-vehicle systems, security), open source, educational software, intelligent manufacturing, etc.: Dassault Systèmes, SAP, VMware.
- Telecommunications: Orange, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE.
- Digital content: Technicolor, Vivendi, Ubisoft, Lagardère, Orange, Deezer, Publicis, Havas, Dailymotion, Withings.
- Defense and security: Thales, Safran, Gemalto.
- Optics: Airbus Group, GE Healthcare, Valeo.
- Electronics: Sagem, Thales.
An ICT industry that’s seen exponential growth since 2008
- 3,700 start-ups created
- 309 FDI projects (29% of all FDI projects in Paris Region)
- 7,600 new jobs created by FDI projects
Paris Region: Europe’s leader for ICT Research & Development
- Nearly 10,000 public-sector and private-sector researchers and engineers:
- Private laboratories run by major industry players: Orange Labs, Technicolor, Thales, Bell Labs, Google, Microsoft, Huawei, Swissvoice, Comelit Immotec, etc.
- Globally renowned state-funded research bodies including CEA (the alternative energies and atomic energy commission), INRIA (the national institute for research in computer science and control), LIP6 (laboratory of computer sciences, Paris 6), CNRS (the national center for scientific research) and IRCAM (institute for research and coordination in acoustics and music).
- 70 higher education institutions training more than 20,000 ICT students every year. These world-class schools include elite competitive-entry “Grandes Écoles” such as Supélec, École Centrale Paris and ENS Cachan, the Institut Électronique Fondamentale (Institute of Fundamental Electronics), etc.
Two competitiveness clusters focused on ICT
- Systematic Paris Region: designing, creating and managing complex systems
- nearly 800 members including 460 SMEs/Education and training organizations and 125 major groups
- 4 application markets of key social importance: Automotive & Transport, Telecoms, Digital Trust & Security, Smart Energy Management
- 2 technology fields (Free & Open Source Software, Systems Design & Development Tools)
- 379 collaborative R&D projects with a total budget of €1.97 billion
- Cap Digital Paris Region: digital content and services industries
- More than 700 members including 620 VSEs/SMEs, 20 major groups, more than 50 research and training organizations and 10 venture capital investors
- An average of 280 R&D proposals received annually since 2006 – of which 140 have been accredited and 76 have received funding.
- R&D investments of €1 billion since 2006
- Cap Digital organizes the Futur en Seine Digital World Festival – a global event devoted to innovation and the digital economy