The COMPANIES

Four performance hubs around the region

Let's take a look at its major actors.

1st

Île-de-France is the 1st european region in terms of technological innovation.

The region concentrate 40% of the national Research & Development spending, with 20 billion euros of annual spending. It gathers 38% of R&D public and private workforce, and 40.5% of public and private researchers. 

Moreover, Île-de-France gathers 23% of the national employees.

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Companies and research centers

Type: Company

Domain: Aeronautics

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space, and related services. Airbus has a site in Elancourt dedicated to Defense and Space, and a helicopter blade factory in Dugny.

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Type: Company

Domain: Aeronautics and defense

Thales is the other aeronautics champion in the Region, with nearly 14,000 workers for its aeronautical activities, spread over almost 25 sites, including the group headquarters in La Défense. Thales specializes in the design and production of navigation guidance systems, solutions, avionics, communication systems, airborne equipment, optronics…

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Type: Company

Domain: Missiles

A joint venture between the Airbus group, the British BAE Systems and the Italian Leonardo company, MBDA is the world leader in the design of missiles and missile systems. Based in Ile-de-France, the head office of the company, brings together 2,700 employees.

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Type: Research center

Domain: Aeronautics, space and defense

Created 70 years ago, the French Aeronautics, Space and Defense Research Lab contributes to advances in aeronautics, space and defense by conducting world-class research, achieving world firsts, and developing current technology on the majority of industrial platforms and products of this sector, in France and in Europe.

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Type: Research center

Domain: Low carbon energies, defense and security, information and health technologies

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission is a key player in research, development and innovation, and is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies, and health technologies. CEA has an important R&D site in Saclay for military research.

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Type: Company

Domain: Construction and smart building

Leonard is an innovation entity initiated by VINCI, a major player in the construction and concession agreement industries. VINCI designs, finances, builds, and manages infrastructures and facilities. The Leonard platform explores foresight scenarios for towns and infrastructures of the future.

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Type: Private research center

Domain: Artificial intelligence for health, science, art and environment

This new research team will work closely with the artificial intelligence research community in France on issues like health, science, art and environment. The aim is to make machines intelligent and improve people’s lives.

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Type: Private research center

Domain: Artificial intelligence

The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Center (FAIR) is an organism gathering several research labs in AI, attached to Facebook. The lab is advancing the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence through fundamental and applied research in open collaboration with the community.

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Type: Public company

Domain: Transportation, raleway

The RATP Group is the world’s fifth largest public transport operator carrying 12 million people every day, in France and around the world. They innovate everyday for a smart and sustainable city designing, operating and maintaining modes of transportation, at the service of their travellers, in France and in the world.

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Type: Company

Domain: Transportation

Keolis Group is one of the world’s leading public transport operators. It develops tailored mobility solutions (automatic metros, tramways, trains, buses, coaches, ferries and shared bicycles) adapted to local environments.

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Type: Program

Domain: Innovative startups

Moove Lab is an accelerator for innovative startups focused on mobility. It is based at Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus. Moove Lab offers a 6-month acceleration program to boost mobility and autotech projects through experimentation with the largest network of mobility players.

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Type: Company

Domain: Industrial gases

Air Liquide is an innovative global leader specialist in industrial gases. They operate in several areas such as healthcare, electronics, engineering, construction, new energies… They play a key role in the future of mobility through the development of hydrogen and biomethane solutions.

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Type: Cluster

Domain: Digital, ecology, e-health and well being

Cap Digital is a cluster for digital and ecological transformation with a great attention to e-health and well-being. It is today recognized as the biggest cluster in Europe and one of the largest innovators’ collective in the digital ecosystem. Since 2014, they have been certified as ‘Cluster of excellence’ by the European Commission (Gold Label). They organize many events through the year and conduct a lot of innovative projects.

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Type: Cluster

Domain: Sciences and technology

Scientific and tech hub, Paris-Saclay ranks in the top 8 innovation clusters in the world. It gathers dozens of schools, universities, companies and research centers that all form an excellence hub on a global scale.

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Type: Company

Domain: Automotive racing

Apline F1 Team is a Formula 1 team competing in the world championship. With a budget of 340 million of euros, there are at the very forefront of the technology, creating new solutions continuously. With Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon as official pilots, they recently won their first race in the championship.

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Type: Space agency

Domain: Space

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. By the way, there is currently one ESA astronaut in the International Space Station : Thomas Pesquet.

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4 performance hubs in Île-de-france

The region ambition is to become one of the most important cluster in terms of innovation and research in the world.

In Aubervilliers, the new campus Condorcet is dedicated to research and training in human and social sciences.

La Cité Descartes, situated in Paris Marne-La-Vallée, is the 1st Research & Development hub on sustainable cities in France. Its assets are a companies cluster, a world training, research and expertise hub, and a business district.

Paris-Saclay university, new world-class intensive research university, gathers some of the most renowned institutions in France.

Cergy-Pontoise campus has a plan to build an international campus that would allow it to reach the world universities top 100 in its excellence domains, as modelling sciences, economics and management.

"Innovation is the calling card of the future."

Anna Eshoo, american congresswoman