Digital mobility-focused solutions


Instant System, based in Sophia Antipolis since 2013, is a pioneer and leader of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). The company designs applications allowing users to choose from a variety of mobility solutions for a given itinerary: train, underground, bus, hybrid bike, taxi, kick scooter, scooter, carpooling, etc.

Instant System have also developed a real time mobility centre (the Instant Hub) enabling them to help clients implement new transport systems thanks to the R&D team, working in tandem with the INRIA research laboratories to propose innovative and intelligent solutions.

Today, Instant System has more than 1,500,000 Users using the app to get around, 100,000,000 kms travelled, an 89% app retention rate and 100 B2B customers at country level.

A “Made In Sophia” mobility app

The solutions IS proposes are built around a growth hacking strategy which helps boost support for our customers and build a real B2C strategy with them. Strategic KPIs & Metricsenable customers to get to know their users better and offer them tailored solutions.

These solutions are based on unique and adaptive technology infrastructure. They refocus services on users by offering them assistance with real time mobility from a wide selection and cleverly combining forms of mobility for a single journey.

Instant System generates virtuous mobility patterns and more efficient combinations in terms of travel time – the best way to convince users to change their habits. Collected data enables cities to better understand mobility needs and optimise services accordingly.

Earlier projects
  • Appli STAR for Rennes
  • ViaNavigo for Ile de France mobility
  • Sibra for Annecy

Instant System is also a partner of the BNP Paribas group through its subsidiary Arval, and helps to design innovative mobility solutions for Arval clients, including STIB in Brussels and Ile-de-France Mobilités, the transport authority for the Paris region,

A comprehensive development strategy

The Sophia based company recently raised 8 million euros to deploy this technology in Europe and internationally and to break into the corporate sector.

Paris Fonds Vert and Opera Tech Ventures support this growth strategy, as well as platform enrichment, thanks to new features (simplification of the purchasing process for combined subscriptions, connectors with new mobility services and MaaS development geared to businesses).

“Instant System approaches mobility with a vision centred upon users and encompassing aspects linked to the environment and the public domain. We believe mobility is a service which must go beyond simple commercial logic, evolve and enable cities to become more hospitable and relieved from traffic congestion”, Yann Hervouët, CEO and founder of Instant System.

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meeting with Strategic Management Master’s students from HEC Paris business school

immersion programme

A look back at the meeting with Strategic Management Master’s students from HEC Paris business school, who paid a visit to the Sophia Antipolis Technology Park on Monday 14 June as part of their study trip.

The visit was part of the “Learning Expeditions” immersion programme and meets specific educational objectives to gain insights about the Technology Park and its ecosystem and to promote stimulating exchanges with key local players.

The visit was a chance for students to benefit from another learning framework and to develop different constructive analyses in response to the economic reality of the Sophia Antipolis technology park.

Upon arrival, the students and their teachers were welcomed at the Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée centre. It was an occasion to discuss technology, strategic sectors, French and international companies located in the region, public and private partnerships, artificial intelligence and digital technology in industry and business, as well as an initial approach to the context and developmental stages of the 3IA Côte d’Azur label.

Next, the students were divided into several groups for company visits; these included Accenture, Acri ST, Syneos Health and Nuvisan Pharma in the Sophia Antipolis Biopark. Concrete models for applying AI, cultural management, sustainable development and resilience. The students and companies greatly appreciated the time they spent together.

Thanks to interactive discussions, the students were able to draw comparisons with conceptional elements from their lessons, specifically in terms of strategic positioning, thanks to the consistency of the Sophia model.

Thanks to interactive discussions, the students were able to draw comparisons with conceptional elements from their lessons, specifically in terms of strategic positioning, thanks to the consistency of the Sophia model.

The three groups later came together for lunch at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, followed by a site tour, on which they heard anecdotes about the best prospects to come out of the academy.

It was on the “Sophia Discovery Tour*”, a special guided tour created for the occasion, that the students discovered a short historical overview of the technology park and several key locations including place Sophie Laffitte, the SophiaTech campus and INRAE.

It was also an opportunity for their teachers to review a few theoretical concepts during end-of-day discussions with several representatives from the Sophia Antipolis Biopark, Sophia Club Entreprise and Team Côte d’Azur.

Perhaps this one-day immersion helped to generate a few ideas for future projects both for the students and for the Sophia ecosystem.

*Sophia Discovery Tour – A guided tour of Sophia Antipolis Technology Park, offering a personalised experience focusing on visitors’ specific requirements.


Cooperation between the Foundation Sophia Antipolis and Jiangning Development Zone (JNDZ)

4th China-France Innovation and Cooperation Forum

On 24 June, the “The 4th China-France Innovation and Cooperation Forum” was held in Nanjing, China, following the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement between the Fondation Sophia Antipolis (FSA) and the Jiangning Development Zone (JNDZ) recognising the interest of a strategic collaboration aimed at reinforcing development and innovation synergies.

This partnership agreement provides a framework for both parties to collaborate in a wide range of areas and in particular to develop multi-annual exchange programmes.

This online forum was held within the framework of Nanjing Tech Week 2021, whose theme was “Mutual Understanding, Win-Win, Embracing the Convergence of the Future”. It took place simultaneously between the cities of Lyon, Paris, Montargis and the Sophia Antipolis technology park.

The presence of the Foundation Sophia Antipolis at this international forum aimed to promote future exchanges and cooperation between Nanjing and Sophia Antipolis and in particular the possibility of creating a common Sino-Sophipolitan platform.

The Forum was attended by over 400 participants including former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and State Council Advisor Yao Jinyuan. Mr. Jean Pierre Mascarelli, President of the Foundation Sophia Antipolis and President delegate of the mixed syndicate of Sophia-Antipolis (SYMISA) underlined during his speech how much the health crisis revealed the importance of science, technology and innovation for the resilience of territories.

During the round table on Chinese-French technological innovation, the speakers discussed current projects in the fields of biotechnology, IOT and virtual reality.

Practical information:

Nanjing Tech Week, launched in 2019, aims to become part of the global innovation network and the expansion of global innovation circles.

This year’s forum focused on gathering international innovation resources and cooperation between cities to expand the international influence of Nanjing, ranked 4th in China’s National Capacity Assessment of Innovative Cities.

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Innovation Project Manager & Coordinator of Jiangning Economic Development Zone China (JNDZ)


Build a real research or prototyping programme


The Startups at School programme brings together school audiences and young innovative companies through educational projects in various school subjects.

The programme

The Startups at School programme consists of a joint definition of an educational project by the teacher and the with the help of the mediator fromthe incubator The project is integrated into the school curriculum and takes into account the constraints of each person, particularly in terms of availability:

  • School audiences: the programme is aimed at all students in secondary and higher education: secondary schools in general, technological and vocational streams, BTS, IUT and preparatory classes.
  • To young innovative companies: Startups See glossary participate on a voluntary basis. Their fields of activity are very varied: from artificial intelligence to agri-food, via robotics and health.
  • To Incubators/Mediators: Each project undertaken is organised with the support of a mediator from the incubator. It supports teachers and startups
    in the definition of the project, the creation of the educational workshops and the logistical organisation of the various meetings.
The approach

The duration of the projects varies according to the context, from a few weeks to a school year. Several moments punctuate the different stages of the project:

TEACHERINCUBATORMEETING: This first meeting allows the teacher to discover the incubator and to meet the mediator who will be at his/her side throughout the project. The main lines of the project are taking shape.

COMPANYTEACHER MEETING:Following the first meeting, the mediator looks for and proposes a start-up partner to the teacher. The meeting between the teacher and the start-up company is an opportunity to define the problem on which the students will work.

STUDENTENTERPRISE MEETING: Students visit the incubator and discover the start-up company they will be working with. They then start thinking about the study problem.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Supervised by their teacher and accompanied by the mediator from the incubator, the students imagine solutions, develop ideas and create prototypes.

LAST MEETING BETWEEN COMPANY AND STUDENTS: This is the moment for the students to present their productions to the start-up and to evaluate their experience.


Classroom Project on Startup Creation

Accompanied by their teacher and the incubator, students start with an idea, define a business model, work on the customer journey and produce a prototype of their product or service.

Coming from a REP (Priority Education Network) secondary school, pupils from the André-Masson secondary school in Saint Loup sur Semouse made a long journey to Paris to be accompanied by the Agoranovincubator. Their project: to reduce food waste and give a second life to corks.

On the menu with Agoranov: workshop on food waste and waste management, work in small groups on the business model, coaching on the pitch, all with a view to developing their mini-enterprise project and preparing for the EPAcompetition in their region.

A few months later, the students proudly received the “Sustainable Development” trophy.


A startup born in Sophia Antipolis


Key Infuser designs and develops innovative robotic solutions focused on user experience around touch technology, with specific expertise in robotics, embedded computing, connected objects and 3D printing.

These solutions are intended for large companies that are proactive in digital transformation, manufacturers of connected objects, telecommunications operators, and hi-tech shop networks wishing to offer new digital experiences to their customers and accelerate their brand awareness and sales in shops.

KiOne robot

KiOne helps with the adoption of digital tools.

On a smartphone, tablet or connected watch, the KiOnerobot acts as a coach and explains to the visitor, through a demonstration, the interest and simplicity of digital applications.

Key Infuser builds and sells a unique demonstration platform that includes a robot that interacts with digital interfaces. Through a staging, he presents the most important functions by performing them live, without tricks, without video. In addition to the robotic arm, the demonstration platform has a smartphone, a display screen, 3G/4G or WiFi internet access (for remote performance monitoring) and buttons, the latter allowing the visitor to perform a number of demonstrations.


This year, KiOne is present in the most beautiful avenue in the world; the Champs-Elysées, more precisely in the new flagship of SFR. For the end of the year and beginning of 2021, SFR has adopted demonstrator robots by Key Infuser on their SFR&Moi, RMC Sport and SFR TV8 applications in their shop!

In 2019, the Orange Sport Events team used Key Infuser’s KiOne robot to participate in the Tour de France and promote applications. The KiOne robots toured France to meet the fans.