Grenoble Alpes key figures

Continuing innovation

  • 5th most innovative city in the world (Forbes 2013).
  • 2nd most innovative city in Europe (iCapitale 2014).
  • 1st city in France by number of research jobs, with 7.1% of the population working in R&D, and 20% in the higher education and research and R&D sectors (AEPI).
  • 300 startups stemming from public research.
  • 7.7 patents for 10,000 inhabitants (highest ratio in France, AEPI).
  • CEA 1st and CNRS 5th in the 2016 ranking of the most innovative research organizations worldwide (Reuters).
  • 84th most innovative university in the world (Thomson Reuters 2015).
  • FrenchTech label awarded in 2014 – FrenchTech in the Alps-Grenoble.

A place open to foreign investment

  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is the 2nd economic and touristic region in France and the 8th in Europe by its GDP.
  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is the 1st French region in terms of industry.
  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is the 2nd French region in terms of R&D.
  • Grenoble Alpes hosts 300 institutions of 20 employees and more with foreign investors.

Multinational companies, a motor for the economy

STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, EDF, HPE-HP INC, Caterpillar, BD, Atos - Bull, GE Renewable Energy, Capgemini/Sogeti, Air Liquide, Soitec, ARaymond, Calor.

Global leaders born in Isère

STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, Soitec, Capgemini, Petzl, Poma, ARaymond, Rossignol, Vicat, Radiall, Teisseire, Airstar, Trixell, etc.

Sources AURA Entreprises

The mission of AURA is to promote Grenoble city and the Isère region at the national and international levels, so as to attract new companies to the metropole. It manages an economic observatory of jobs, companies, and industrial sectors, and supports economic studies. The observatory can rely on a resource and monitoring center which provides information about companies and economy in Isère.

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Published on  January 22, 2020
Updated on March 23, 2020