A leading region in the fields of research and innovation, the Côte d’Azur offers companies exceptional potential thanks to a pool of expertise that is constantly progressing and evolving.


Strong professional networks stimulate cross-fertilisation between companies and universities, between R&D centres and highly specialised public research laboratories, between start-ups, SMEs and large companies.

The region’s exceptional appeal for high-level management professionals allows for the recruitment of the highest calibre of candidates, building loyalty with them as well as developing their skillsets thanks to a stimulating ecosystem.

The Côte d’Azur is home to the 3rd largest concentration of management professionals in France: a pool of expertise that is constantly evolving thanks to the support of internationally-renowned engineering and management schools and its powerful appeal to French and international professionals.

To facilitate company recruitment and respond to the challenges faced by human resources, a number of tailored services have been put in place by the Côte d’Azur’s economic development partners

  Learn more about our Talent Base in our brochure 


They chose the Côte d'Azur

 ► Antonio Barona, General manager of Vertech group



Vertech Group is an environnemental engineering company focused on environmental and social impacts of new products and processes. Vertech Group is managing engineering projects in France and  Europe, in Africa and recently in India as well.

Could you introduce yourself please ?

I’m Antonio Barona, a civil engineer from Colombia. I did my Masters degree in Spain where I lived in Madrid for seven years. Initially I did a Masters on Innovation in the Construction sector then I did a Masters on Project Management and an MBA. I worked in many years in consulting in Spain then I decided to join up with friends to set-up my own engineering company.

We started at the beginning of the year 2012 and moved to the Côte d’Azur 2 or 3 years ago.

Why did you choose to settle in the Côte d’Azur region?

We chose the Côte d’Azur because we knew that we could reach our target market here: small innovative companies and public organizations that we can help during the early stages of the production so that their products, technologies or processes are environment-friendly.

Right now we are around 10 people in Nice and we also have a team of 6 people in Madrid.

We’ve grown quite well since we arrived here and we’re happy to be on the Côte d’Azur surrounded by public structures that can support us and our activities.

> Learn more about Vertech : vertech-group.com

E-drh 06 and its specialised portals

This initiative from the Directors Club of Sophia Antipolis was implemented with support from the CCI Nice Côte d’Azur, Team Côte d’Azur and numerous trade partners. The ‘e-DRH’ facility equipped Human Resource Directors in Sophia Antipolis with pooled ‘human resource’ services and tools, available in the following areas:

  • Training (shared costs, pooled experiences and good practices)
  • International mobility (support in welcoming and integrating methods, help with finding housing, help with talent scouting)
  • HR tools (emerging initiatives and shared projects, themed documentary resources)

› edrh06.com

The e-drh 06 Sophia Antipolis Careers service offers companies an interface with which to connect with candidates in the TIC and Biotech sectors.
› sophiaantipolis-careers.com

E-DRH Eco-Vallée proposesd the same services in the Eco-Vallée area.

› http://www.edrh-ecovallee.com

Emplois Industrie 06 also offers a networking interface that focuses on professions in the Côte d’Azur industries.
› emploisindustrie06.com

Talent Recruitment Toolkit

Developed by the Telecom Valley association in a bid to facilitate HR management for start-ups and SMEs, the Talent Recruitment Toolkit helps start-ups and SMEs to identify and attract talent, and builds awareness and encourages use of the help that is available to them.
› telecom-valley.fr/trtk

The Nice Côte d’Azur employment portal

The employment service for Nice Côte d’Azur City puts candidates in touch with companies and vice versa according to their sector (hospitality and catering, business, service sector). It also offers a mobile app using augmented reality.
› emploi.nicecotedazur.org

The Côte d’Azur is the 3rd largest student’s region in France with 157,500 students

• 18 000 Foreign students each year
• 160 nationalities
• 1 280 Academic Partnership international accreditations.
• 15 000 Students enrolled in European & International school sections.
• 30 Public and private schools with an international orientation
• 40,000 students in higher education
• 18.5% of the 25 000 students at Nice Sophia Antipolis University are foreigners
• 728 international cooperation agreement between the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and its foreign counterparts
• 2nd largest concentration of international schools in France after Paris: 21 schools offer bilingual or international programs in up to 7 languages

The Future is made here: the University Cote d'Azur obtained the IDEX label

The Côte d’Azur University has been acknowledged as one of the best in France, winning its place in the government program “IDEX” which aims at
developing world-class transdisciplinary universities in France within 10 years.
The Côte d’Azur University brings together 8 institutions under the codename UCA “JEDI” for “Joint Excellent and Dynamic Initiative”.
Thanks to the IDEX program, the University Côte d’Azur has been awarded 46 million euros for accredited projects in order to create new research and engineering infrastructure and to increase its international visibility and reputation.

Côte d'Azur is a hotbed of innovation

The Côte d’Azur is part of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur area, ranked 3rd nationally for the number of patents filed trademark applications and licenses.
The Côte d’Azur research sector has over 5,000 researchers in various fields including ICT, Biology, Medicine and Health & Engineering Science, 51 research
laboratories, 21 Joint Research Units with the CNRS and several other major national research bodies.

Supporting local Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Cote d'Azur

  • The Côte d’Azur is home to more than 10 startups incubators.
  • 2 accelerators: the Allianz Accelerator specialized in IoT, sport and new services and EIT Digital, a European Union backed structure focused on IT.
  • 2 networks of Business Angels from Sophia Antipolis to Monaco