Give your company the very best start and join the world leaders already established in Sophia Antipolis. Enjoy an environment where industry leaders, universities and experts from around the world are exchanging ideas and innovating  in Sophia Antipolis. Give your employees and their families the very best too, by allowing them to join a multicultural community that enjoys excellent services, health care, education, cultural and sporting activities, and a high standard of living in Sophia Antipolis.

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Overview of Sophia Antipolis

Europe’s leading science and technology park Sophia Antipolis was founded in 1969 by Senator Pierre Laffitte, and was based on a strong concept: cross-fertilisation between researchers, professors and companies. Having become a world reference in terms of innovation, today the park is home to 1,335 companies who employ 31,500 people representing 63 different nationalities, alongside 4500 researchers and 5500 students.

Located 20 km from the Nice international airport, the Sophia Antipolis Park is an exceptional site spread across 2400 hectares, ideally balanced between the sea and the mountains. Two thirds of the science and technology park’s 2400 hectare surface are given over to green spaces where employees can enjoy running, walking, tennis and golf to relax and replenish their energy levels. The park is located in the heart of an area of 1 million inhabitants, across the communes of Antibes, Biot, Mougins, Valbonne and Vallauris.

Sophia Antipolis’ development is taken care of via partnerships within the Syndicat Mixte [mixed association] of Sophia Antipolis (SYMISA) and with the Urban Community of Sophia Antipolis, the Département of the Alpes Maritimes, the Nice Cote d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur Region and the commune of Mougins.

Established in 2002, the Sophia Antipolis Urban Community (CASA) brings together 24 communes around the science and technology park, among them Antibes, Vallauris, Valbonne, Villeneuve Loubet, Biot, and others. The world’s top specialists enjoy a fantastic lifestyle, a multicultural environment and an exceptional standard of living that boosts creativity and productivity.

Areas of excellence in Sophia Antipolis

For over 40 years, Sophia Antipolis has been attracting industry leaders, engineers and researchers from around the globe. Every year, 800 new jobs on average are created in the science and technology park, which has led it to become the ideal site for setting up R&D or high tech businesses.

The Information Technologies sector accounts for 20% of companies and 42% of jobs, thus making up the core of expertise in Sophia Antipolis, with relevant speciality areas spilling over into the areas of health, chemicals, biosciences and environmental sciences.

Whatever the sector, SMEs and start-ups stand side by side with world leaders such as Amadeus, Cisco Systems, Dassault Systems, Orange, Hewlett, Nvidia, Intel, Symantec, Air France, American Express, Toyota, Samsung, Huawei…

Sophia Antipolis in figures
  • 1335 companies representing 31,500 jobs
    - Information technologies:  265 companies and 12,800 jobs
      Microelectronics, software, telecom, networks, multimedia, e-commerce, web.
    - Education and training: 54 bodies and 3950 jobs
    - Biosciences and fine chemicals: 50 companies and 2550 jobs
      Pharmaceuticals, dermatology, biotechnology, medical imaging.
    - Environment and energy saving: 15 companies, 300 jobs
      From solar energy to new materials.

Changes in employment in Sophia Antipolis


  • 148 foreign-owned companies (of which 1/3 are American)
  • 63 nationalities represented among employees
  • 4500 researchers and 5500 students.

Source: Symisa.

Ecosystem in Sophia Antipolis

A wealth of human resources in synch with powerful professional networks encourages collaboration  between the different technological and scientific fields. The sheer number of training institutions and higher education establishments boosts exchange between university researchers and companies via technological partnerships.

Sophia Antipolis: an ecosystem devoted to innovation
  • The Sophia Antipolis Business Hub in Sophia Antipolis brings together the Télécom ParisTech Entrepreneurs à Sophia and Incubateur Paca Est incubators, as well as a start-up incubator and coworking space close to the CCI Nice Côte d’Azur teams and business association offices, competitiveness clusters, and shared innovation platforms such as Com4Innov. › soft landing
  • Campus Sophi@tech: a research and teaching centre devoted to networks, bioinformatics and scientific computing. It brings together students, research professors and researchers from the Nice Sophia Antipolis University, the CNRS, Eurecom, Mines Paris Tech, the Inria and the Inra.
  • Higher education establishments: Eurecom Institute, Polytech’Nice, SKEMA, etc.
  • Standardisation institutes: W3C, ETSI
  • Competitiveness clusters Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées, Pégase, etc.

› See also: Information Technologies.

Two thirds of the science and technology park’s 2400 hectare surface are given over to green spaces where employees can enjoy running, walking, tennis and golf to relax and replenish their energy levels.

An attractive real estate offer in Sophia Antipolis

Sophia Antipolis offers companies corporate real estate and extremely competitive prices: 160 to 200/m²/year.

Office space:
Average price rent/m2/year, excluding taxes and charges.image-immobilier-comparatif

Over a space of 2400 hectares, 1.1 million m² of buildable surface is currently in use, with 30,000 m2 of additional office space soon to be provided.

Infrastructure in Sophia Antipolis

Major building projects are planned for the Trois Moulins (Antibes), Saint-Philippe (Biot), le Fugueiret and Clausonnes (Valbonne) sites, in particular in the context of the ‘Côte 121‘ project (Sophia 2030 programme.) › See opportunities for property investment.

Finally, a bus and tram line as well as various building works are to be implemented to improve access to the science and technology park. › See ground transportation.

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