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 1,350 companies who employ 34,400 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 across2400 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.
Job creation in Sophia Antipolis:
900 new jobs have been created yearly for the past 40 years, mostly for R&D or high-added value activities.
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
- 1350 companies representing 34,400 jobs
– Information technologies: 300 companies and 15,000 jobs
Electronics, software, telecom, networks, multimedia, e-commerce, web.
– Research, Education and training: 60 institutions and 4000 jobs
– Health sciences and chemicals: 45 companies and 2600 jobs
Pharmaceuticals, dermatology, biotechnology, medical imaging.
– Environment and energy saving: 23 companies, 350 jobs
Earth observation, simulation, from solar energy to new materials.
- 170 foreign-owned companies
- 63 nationalities represented among employees
- 4500 researchers and 5500 students.
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.
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It gathers top-level organisations :
- Higher education establishments: Eurecom Institute, Polytech’Nice, SKEMA, etc.
- Standardisation institutes: W3C, ETSI
- Competitiveness clusters Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées, Pégase, etc..
- Resarch institutes: INRIA, CNRS, and more.
This brilliant ecosystem resonates through two main centres :
- The Sophia Antipolis Business Hub, is home to the Secured Communicating Solutions and Pégase competitiveness clusters, the Telecom Valley association, the TelecomParis Tech and PACA Est incubators, the Regional Innovation and Internationalisation Agency (Agence Régionale d’Innovation et d’Internationalisation), a business incubator for around twenty start-ups, a co-working space, the 4G platform Com4Innov and the offices of the CCI. In 2014, it was accredited as a “Business Innovation Center” by the European Business Network.
- SophiaTech: the new campus dedicated to ICT was opened in 2012. In addition to a strong academic centre (Nice Sophia Antipolis University/Polytech Nice Sophia, Eurecom/Telecom ParisTech, INRIA, CNRS, INRA), able to accommodate 3,000 students and 800 research professors, it is home to SATT Sud Est, the head office of the KIC ICT Labs, the CIM PACA collaborative platform and the new “SoLab” FabLab dedicated to the Internet of Things.
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An attractive real estate offer in Sophia Antipolis
Sophia Antipolis offers companies corporate real estate and extremely competitive prices: €160 to€200/m²/year.
Over a space of 2400 hectares, 1.1 million m² of buildable surface is currently in use, with 10,000 m2 ofadditional office space soon to be provided (20,000m2 more have been authorized).
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.