Team Côte d’Azur has immediately been very good. Exchanges with Christophe Perez and his team have given the information and advice I needed to make my first strategic choices here. It also allowed me to meet many economic players in the region, who can quickly turn into partners or customers. This is essential when starting a business in an environment that is not well known.It is through these bases that we were able to grow locally, until we were bought out by one of our big competitors in mid 2015. I then accompanied the integration of this consulting company in the new group until December of 2015, after which I sold my shares. It is on this basis that I created Pearl Partner in early 2016, linking me to the professional business centers sector and investing in office property.
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Sébastien Corniglion, Data ScienceTech Institute
4 June 2016
What services does your company provide?
Data ScienceTech Institute (DSTI), is a private establishment of higher education and professional training and is ranked 1st in application of Data Science and Big Data in France. The Institute delivers specialized training and industrial applications for diplomas in higher education in France and internationally.
DSTI has two types of MSc programs (BSc+MSc) to help its students specialize in the conception of architecture and tools of Data Science (MSc in Data Science Design) and the analyzing of Big Data (MSc in Executive Big Data Analysis). These detailed programs (1600h) involves hands-on instruction and fieldwork, all taught in English.
Large international industrial companies (SAS, AmazonAWS, NVIDIA…) as well as specialized SMB (ebiznext) collaborate with and help lead these programs.
What support have you received from Team Côte d’Azur when you opened in the Côte d’Azur?
We chose to create our Institute in the heart of the Sophia Antipolis Science and Technology Park so that we could lean on the network of specialized laboratories such as INRIA Sophia Méditerranée and the Laboratory of Mathematics of the University of Nice at Sophia-Antipolis, and also we wanted to contribute to the development of key skills in the Science and Technology Park in this field, which is its strong suit. We have a secondary establishment in Paris that is connection with our industrial partners.
Our relationship with Team Côte d’Azur allowed us to maximize our network of partners when connecting with international companies seduced by the high level of applied mathematics computer sciences available in the area.
What is your perspective on development?
After its first pilot promotions that were offered in October 2015, DSTI has created a second “postponed” cycle for new students that will start in March 2016.
In conjunction with its teaching and training, DSTI is developing research activities in the fields of Data Science and Big Data, notably in the application of Smart Grids in relation with the Innovation Center Capenergies and other pilot projects in the area.
Finally, DSTI has invested in HD telepresence equipment so that teachers can teach at both campuses and can explore teaching online via HD telepresence in real time.
Laurent Guibert, Kapitalium
6 June 2016
For us, we didn’t even consider having our company somewhere else. We benefit from a dynamic entrepreneurial attitude supported by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur. Especially in the Eco-Vallée with SMBs focusing on GreenTech and in Nice with the Silver Economy Cluster. We are located not far from the airport which allows us to go anywhere in France spending only an hours in the air. We also take advantage of the help offered by companies such as Team Côte d’Azur and the Maison de la Métropole at Paris.
Lionel Lapras, HP in Sophia Antipolis
6 June 2016
At an event celebrating HP’s 50 years in France, Lionel Lapras, Site manager for HP’s R&D office at Sophia Antipolis, spoke about the importance of his office in the global company. “We have international influence and undertake many responsibilities. Our team are at the heart of the revolution in virtual telecom.”
The CEO of Hewlett-Packard France, Gérald Karsenti, reminded the global leadership of his firm, that across the world, only his site offers “end to end” technology. “The Sophia site is very important for HP. Here we have an exclusive skill-set dealing with extremely strategic fields… This skill-set is invaluable to the new-style information technology that we want to create.” Karsenti continued, “50 years is nothing to sneeze at. HP France is today one of the 5 highest performing subsidiaries in the world. Quite an achievement, especially in France, when you consider that international affiliates all deal with the same challenges in flexibility and the cost of work.”
The American technological giant is focused today on cloud computing, big data, flexibility and security to assure its continued growth. HP has also confirmed that it is going to split its activities into two parts in the near future. One side will work on building computers and printers and the other will focus on services.
The 200 employees at HP Sophia that work on cloud, digital security and media entertainment will be moving in November 2014 to a new site with 2,700m² (more than 29,000 ft²) site at Mougin that has been name Marco Polo and will be places with the office of Lab Systèmes. See coverage of HP’s 50 years in France celebration (in French) at tribuca.fr
Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI
6 June 2016
“The unique cultural environment and the attraction of the Côte d’Azur prove to be determining factors when we recruit and retain highly qualified personnel. The quality of pre-existing infrastructures as well as the presence of an international airport that is connected to the world makes it easier for our employees who have to travel” Luis Jorge Romero, General Manager at ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
Gérald Roux, KONE France
6 June 2016
Being in Nice gives an additional dimension to our company in France. Because of the remarkable telecom infrastructure, our Customer Contact Center in the Arénas, in our national headquarters, can provide high quality service 24/7. When we hire people to work in the center, we take advantage of the local diversity, men and women of all ages with or without disabilities… The diversity at Nice is an advantage that reflect the diversity of our own customers. The proximity of the airport is a huge advantage for us for when we have to travel or when our clients come visit us.
François Balavoine, Eurofins
19 January 2017
Our laboratory at Grasse was unveiled in March 2015 in an ideal setting that not only facilitated marketing our services but also welcomed our customers...Team Côte d’Azur helped us build a network by way of several themed meetings.These meetings were all well-organized and created an easy environment for initial contact between professionals. The goal of our laboratory at Grasse is to develop strong partnerships with regional companies such as Agences Régionales de Santé (Regional Health Agencies), as well as manufacturers and communities to help them to conform to all the rules and regulations. Our mission to assure a quality service and a lab that employs at least ten people.
Patrick Rougeot, CSI
1 June 2016
The variety and quality of manpower combined with low turnover confirms our national poll center in Nice.
— Patrick Rougeot, Director | CSI
” We’re taking a long term approach with our call center. The variety and quality of manpower combined with low turnover confirms our national poll center in Nice. It also helps us prosper and maintain our reputation as a subsidiary of one of the leading interview call centers in France. “
CSI is a subsidiary of CSA Group, a leading independent marketing and poll institute wholly owned by Bolloré Group; CSI has elected to establish its headquarters in the center of Nice. Endowed with 170 Computer Assisted Telephone interviewing (CATI) positions, the 500 people CSI employs conduct an average 30,000 B to B and general public telephone interviews per month throughout France mostly and to a minor degree in Europe.
Svitlana Surodina, Skein Digital
1 June 2016
"Without Team Côte d’Azur, I probably wouldn't be here."
We already had customers on the Côte d’Azur and saw great potential due to the concentration of high-tech companies. However, the legal and administrative environment is complex and I probably wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t been able to take advantage of the enthusiastic support, accurate information and follow up from Team Côte d’Azur at every stage in our process. Today, I am delighted, especially since the airport makes it extremely easy for us to work between Nice and London.on.
Nicolas Siret, Synflow
1 June 2016
"The dynamics of Paris added to the quality of life."
We chose Sophia Antipolis for the region’s dynamic. With so many companies open to innovation and Team Côte d’Azur’s support, it is possible to create a genuine network around new challenges and opportunities. The Côte d’Azur has a genuine international dimension which facilitates meetings with foreign companies and investors. In short, the strong dynamic of Paris added to quality of life, the Mediterranean and the Alps.