The lure of a highly-advanced economy
Gifted to foster dynamism and attract talents, Nantes is the largest business hub in Western France with world-class centres of excellence.
A large number of European and world-wide competitiveness centress boost the attractiveness of Nantes and represent a strong support in the organisation of international conventions.
Nantes’ modern and vibrant economy is built on the presence of leading world companies such as STX, Vivalis, LU, Airbus, Alstom, Eurofins...
Nantes - European Capital of Innovation 2019
The city of Nantes in north-west France is the European Capital of Innovation 2019, the Commission announced at the European Research and Innovation Days. The title was awarded to Nantes in recognition for its outstanding ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens and its open and collaborative governance model.
higher education cluster
in Western France with:
public and private researchers
students (10% foreign students)
laboratories including 75% of the laboratories at the University of Nantes, in all fields
French naval construction cluster
port on the Atlantic coast
for industrial growth in France
for growth in digital employment in France
French cluster in aeronautics
Biotechnologies and healthcare
Wood and eco-construction
Composites & metal materials
Sciences of the sea (marine renewable energy)
« Capitale French Tech »
Driving digital entrepreneurship and French start-ups, the Nantes French Tech focuses on 5 priorities:
- Deployment of start-ups
- Talents and diversity in the digital and high-tech areas
- International development
- Deep Tech dynamics
- Positive impact projects (environmental, social and societal)
In this context, the NExT project (Nantes Excellence Trajectory) aims to further develop research, training and innovation, for the benefit of tomorrow’s Health and Industry. It will give Nantes a wider international outreach. This approach is a unique opportunity to foster interaction, attract researchers and establish closer links with the industry.