A COMPLETE SYSTEM TO HELP WITH YOUR DEVELOPMENT !
Accelerators, incubators, business nurseries, centers, experts, schools, Fab Labs, financiers, tech champions, communities, clusters, events…
The Aix-Marseille territory is filled with all the players needed to support startups at each stage of their development: from the first idea to tech champion !
Spearheading the Aix-Marseille French Tech nomination, the accelerators are organizations aimed at supporting startup creation and growth. They offer a program of high value-added services :
- Training programs
- A business contact network (potential clients, investors, media…)
- A pool of high-level skills (marketing and communication, business development…)
- Talent recruiting
- “Manufacturing” and sometimes financial resources
Objectives : enable startups to grow more quickly and fulfill their ambitions to become world leaders.
PUBLIC & SEMI-PUBLIC ACCELERATORS
An organization for welcoming, housing, and supporting new business creators, public accelerators offers technical and financial support as well as advice and services for a limited period (from 2 to 4 years) in order to optimize the success rate of new companies by reducing the amount of obstacles that come with starting a new business.
Public accelerators focus on entrepreneurs at different stages of their projects development :
- Projects in incubation (screening and approval of ideas)
- Project heads (ongoing completion or still seeking financing)
- Nascent creators (pending registration)
- Recent creators (company is already registered).
At the crossroads of laboratories and manufacturers, the competitiveness centers are organizations specialized in innovative technologies: contactless, security, photonics, imaging, software, aviation, aerospace, energy, health, medicine, transmedia, natural and industrial hazards…
Intended to produce synergies around collaborative innovative projects, on a given territory a competitiveness center brings together companies, research labs, training establishments, as well as associations committed to a partnership-based approach (common development strategy).
Based on the shared vision of the different collaborators, each competitiveness center develops its strategy in five years.
The SATT, “Sociétés d’Accélération du Transfert de Technologies,” have the goal of simplifying while making more professional the transfer of innovations coming from academic research to the industrial world.
Based in Marseille, the Southeast SATT has a catalogue of technologies that are ready to be industrialized.
So if you are looking for an innovative technology to develop a breakthrough product, do not hesitate to consult the catalogue.
A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a location open to the public where all sorts of tools are available, including computer-controlled machine tools, in order to creation and completion of objects.
They are made available to entrepreneurs, designers, artists, handymen, students or all types of hackers who want to move more quickly from the concept phase to the prototype phase, from the prototype phase to the refinement phase, from the refinement phase to the deployment phase, etc.
The principal characteristic for the fab labs is their open door policy.
Clusters, also called business clusters, are networks of companies made up for the most part of SMBs and VSBs, with a solid local base, and are often with the same product niches and in the same sector.
A cluster’s objectives are to set up a network for the different players of the sector, improve company productivity, increase their capacity for innovation, and through focused territorial marketing, encourage job development in the sector’s companies.
Financing is the growth enabler for startups. When asking about the financing for company creation, several solutions are considered depending on the type of business or the size of the company.
Whether seed capital funds, venture capital, or development capital, on the territory you’ll find the financing agencies adapted according to your startup’s state of development.
Exporting cannot be improvised. Market prospecting, product analysis and targeting, business protection… Numerous factors should be taken into account before entering international markets.
To make sure the venture meets with success and creates solid development prospects, it’s best to rely on the benefit organizations that provide a collection of tools to companies, enabling them to export, discover, and win over foreign markets.
To support the development of startups aboard, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the ARII (with the French Tech pass) will be your preferred interlocutors.
ESTABLISHMENT ON THE TERRITORY
Benefit organizations to help you establish yourself !
Throughout your project for setting up on the territory, each of these organizations will be your preferred partner, providing you with free and confidential assistance :
- Bringing together the scientific and economic ecosystem
- Financial engineering, real estate, HR…
- Aid with employee relocation
- Promoting your company on the territory
Dynamic and involved communities !
Coders, developers, graphic designers, consultants, startup entrepreneurs, wannapreneurs who are all interested in all kinds of things, this whole little world regularly gathers together to exchange ideas and build networks.
Whether it’s through Facebook groups or co-working spaces, you’ll surely find help as well as valuable contacts here, no matter what your aspirations are.
The best digital technology schools !
Commerce, management, I.T., or transmedia, the Aix-Marseille territory has the best digital technology schools !
Very dynamic and involved in the territory, some of them are connected to accelerators (Kedge), fab labs (Centrale), or participate actively in the workings of the startup ecosystem.
If you need employees skilled in I.T., marketing, or multimedia to ensure the development of your startup, you will find well-trained and motivated interns and young graduates connected to these schools.
A program with a wide range of activities !
Numerous events take place all year long and set the rhythm of life in the Aix-Marseille territory, allowing you to meet business leaders, expand your network, or get inspired.
There are world-class events, which touch on all the important subjects of the moment: E-commerce, smart city, Big Data, internet of things, RFID, E-health, photonics, imaging…
You’ll find gatherings where innovation is at the heart of the topics on hand.
And gatherings where students, researchers, wannapreneurs, entrepreneurs, startup entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and those passionate about all types of technology get together.