International business districts, science and business parks, industrial and mixed parks – the Côte d’Azur boasts a whole range of diversified business set-up sites at some of Europe’s most competitive rates. A variety of incubators provide hosting solutions for startups and SMEs.

Sophia Antipolis, Europe's leading science and technology park

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. In 40 years, Sophia Antipolis has become a world reference in terms of innovation and keeps attracting engineers, and researchers from all over the world creating 800 new jobs in the science park every year.

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Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur & Eco-Vallée

The Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur is France’s number 1 tourist destination after Paris. For some time now, its economy has largely been based on services with high added value. Depuis 2008, Nice s’est engagée dans une stratégie de ville intelligente. Première ville européenne à avoir déployé un bouquet de services basé sur la technologie du Sans Contact Mobile (NFC),a été classée 4e ‘smart city’ au monde en 2015 par le cabinet américain Juniper Research et souhaite devenir l’un des leaders mondiaux des projets numériques appliqués aux territoires

The Eco-Vallée Plaine du Var is a future science and technology park dedicated to companies and research centres focusing on environmental issues. The Côte d’Azur aims to become a world leader in R&D relating to sustainable development.

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Premium locations

Cannes andGrasse are world-renowned for tourism and culture but can also offer premium infrastructure and facilities to companies. Known around the world for its International Film Festival, Cannes is a favourite among business conventioner visitors, mainly due to its impressive, glamorous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès hall. Communications, graphics and specialised technology professionals gravitate here, and have gradually transformed the city into the capital of cinema and graphics. Côte d’Azur’s most spectacular balcony, Grasse is now a high-tech perfumery hub that exports 70% of its production. The highly-concentrated expertise in Grasse also extends to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The French Riviera administrative area, that encompasses 10 towns and villages around Menton, Sospel, La Turbie, Beausoleil and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, has commercial real estate available for professionals in the « Health, Nutrition & Well-being » sector allowing companies to enjoy a privileged location a stone’s throw away from Italy and Monaco.

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