CHOOSING SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS

Sophia Antipolis

6 reasons to set up here

The strength of the local ecosystem, the Riviera’s quality of life, excellent higher education and research establishments, without forgetting the proximity of France’s 2nd largest international airport, are all solid and lasting assets , which enable Sophia Antipolis to maintain its position as theleading European technopole.

Pilippe SERVETTI

Managing Director, Team Côte d’Azur

Excellence

Join Europe’s leading technopole dedicated to digital innovation

Amadeus, Toyota, Samsung, Honeywell, ESMO and the W3C: from microelectronics to intelligent vehicles and not to mention health and mobility, Sophia Antipolis has become a much sought-after location for international organisations setting up their research and development laboratories here.

Sophia Antipolis is also stamped with the hallmark of excellence when it comes to Artificial Intelligence on a national level, and is home to the headquarters of the 3AI Cote d’Azur Institute, with 20% of all of France’s world-renowned researchers in digital science (including AI).

“Sophia Antipolis is recognised as a calling card for France overseas from a point of view of direct foreign investment, but also of the working population”.

Philippe SERVETTI, Managing Director, Team Côte d’Azur

Key stakeholders

A complete ecosystem which fosters innovation and cross-fertilisation

Large accounts and start-ups, world renowned players in the field of academic and private research, prestigious universities, competitiveness centres and incubators all rub shoulders in a 2,400-hectare technopole.

Competitiveness centres, professional associations, a dedicated Business Centre and innovation partners working as part of a network to optimise the impact of technologies developed in Sophia Antipolis (big data, artificial intelligence, biological engineering and fine chemistry, etc.) on growth markets: telecommunications and mobile applications, mobility, e-health, fintech, proptech, sportech, blue tech, etc.

Furthermore, higher education in Sophia Antipolis is recognised for its innovation capacity and its international influence. Many research projects are developed in partnership with the ecosystem’s companies, research institutes and laboratories of excellence, in particular in the fields of information technology, life, earth and universe sciences.

“Sophia Antipolis is a vibrant and multicultural ecosystem, brimming with start-ups, universities, schools, companies and research centres; all pooling their expertise. The opportunities for cross fertilisation are many”.

Gilles FLOYRAC, Chief Executive of Amadeus SAS

Gilles FLOYRAC
Chief Executive of Amadeus SAS

Alice GUILHON

Dean of SKEMA Business School

Talents

A concentration of international talents in leading sectors

The French Riviera is home to the 3rd largest concentration of executives in France: a pool of expertise which is continually enhanced thanks to the contribution of internationally acclaimed engineering and management schools, and the power of attraction for French and international executives.

Over 160 different nationalities (almost a third of all employees) live and work in Sophia Antipolis, creating a unique multicultural environment. As a consequence, there is a whole range of services available for foreigners and the largest concentration of international schools in France after Paris.

“Sophia has given its entire soul to our internationally renowned business schools ”.

Alice GUILHON, Dean of SKEMA Business School

Location

An international territory connected to the world

Located just 20km from the technopole, Nice Côte d’Azur international airport, the 2nd busiest international airport in France flies direct to more than 100 destinations in 33 countries and offers daily flights at competitive prices to destinations in Europe, North America (New-York), the Middle East (Dubai) and Asia (Beijing): An exceptional connection at the heart of the EMEA zone (Europe, Middle East, Africa), a reference territory for many large groups and international SMEs.

Sophia Antipolis is close to large and internationally recognised centres of expertise, such as Cannes, capital of the International Film Festival and a business tourism destination with its Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Grasse, a high-tech centre of perfumery which exports 70% of its production and Nice, France’s leading tourist destination after Paris, a smart city, serving a testing ground for mobility services, the clean tech sector and the silver economy.

“Sophia Antipolis boasts an innovation system and has an international airport on its doorstep, all in an unspoilt setting – it is rather unique”.

Christophe COURTIN, Business Angel & investor

Christophe COURTIN
Business Angel & investor

Jacques-Olivier PIEDNOIR
VP, Director of Research and Development for Cadence Design Systems

Environment

An exceptional quality of life in the heart of a natural park

Come to work and to be fulfilled at the heart of a 2,400-hectare natural park, offering a natural setting and a privileged lifestyle.

Nature and the environment are an integral part of the DNA of Sophia Antipolis, 90% of which is composed of green and planted areas. What’s more, the technopole is committed to preserving its exceptional natural environment through the conservation and enrichment of Mediterranean biodiversity within its two Departmental natural parks (the Brague and the Valmasque), which are both accessible by employees and residents of Sophia Antipolis for walking and leisure pursuits.

Furthermore, buildings in the technopole are “integrated” into the landscape and cannot be built taller than the ridge line of the hills in the park. Employees thus benefit from unobstructed views over the surrounding trees and hills, promoting creativity and well-being.

“Sophia Antipolis offers an exceptional working and living environment, with an open outlook and manages to retains skills”.

Jacques-Olivier PIEDNOIR, VP, Director of Research and Development for Cadence Design Systems

Real Estate Offer

A diversified and competitive real estate offering in a unique natural setting

A diversified supply of offices at competitive prices (5 times cheaper than London), responding to architectural and environmental demands.

The second largest business park in the region (2,400 hectares), Sophia Antipolis boasts a particularly rich and attractive real estate offering including both new and refurbished offices at very competitive prices.

Indeed, contrary to preconceived ideas, setting up a business on the French Riviera is not costly; Sophia Antipolis is one of the cheapest places in Europe in which to rent a new office.

“We opted to start a large-scale real estate project on a new site, by investing several million on developments which will be rather unique in Sophia, in terms of environmental quality and employee well-being. “

Christophe FREY, General Manager, ARM France

Christophe FREY

General Manager, ARM France

Assets of the French Riviera

With internationally renowned cities such as Nice, Antibes, Cannes and the Principality of Monaco on its doorstep, the technopole established itself in the very heart of a legendary region with an open outlook. This internationalisation is clear both in terms of culture, marked by the presence of the greatest artists of the 20th century and festivals and conferences, including the emblematic Jazz à Juan festival and the Cannes Film Festival. These major events play host to the most influential individuals on the planet from the fields of politics, science, show biz, sport and film.

Team Côte d'Azur

INVESTMENT PROMOTION AGENCY

Team Côte d’Azur is the French Rivera’s economic opportunities agency appointed by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice Côte d’Azur Chamber of Trade & Industry, the Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, and the Sophia Antipolis Urban Community.

Team Côte d’Azur’s mission is to promote the Riviera on international markets and to facilitate the set-up of new French and foreign companies in the Alpes Maritimes.

YOU WANT TO START A PROJECT OR INVEST IN SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS ?

Tel: +33 (0)4 92 17 51 51 and make an appointment with the Team Côte d’Azur experts responsible for supporting French and international companies (creation or expansion of companies, start-ups, etc.).