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Exclusive: the top 10 cities where to begin in 2018

Here are the ten winners of the top 2018 of the Express of The cities where it is good to undertake. And the winner is... N°10 - Grenoble A Grenoble, in th

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Exclusive: the top 10 cities where to begin in 2018

Here are the ten winners of the top 2018 of the Express of The cities where it is good to undertake. And the winner is...

N°10 - Grenoble

A Grenoble, in the presence of the synchrotron attracts researchers from around the world and stimulates innovation. REUTERS/Robert Pratta


Nestled at the foot of the Alps, Grenoble peak among the high places of technological innovation in France. In 2014, the capital of the Dauphiné has been ranked the second city the most innovative in Europe by the European Commission. The Isère is the first French department in the number of patents filed per capita, and Grenoble has a lot to do : the city's total of 40 % of the patents filed in the department. The métropole French Tech in the Alps-Grenoble brings together 150 start-ups in the territory, many in the energy sector.

N°9 - Marseille

La tour CMA CGM in Marseille, France, a symbol of the entrepreneurial dimension of the phocean city. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier -


Under the mediterranean sun, the phocean city has everything to make flower start-ups and entrepreneurs. In 2017, the Marseilles is ranked 40th on the 445 the most innovative cities in the OECD with 60 million euros raised by the young shoots of the city. Coupled to Aix, the new metropolis is becoming the capital of digital technology in France. Point of landfall history many submarine cables telecommunications, the territory concentrates almost 8,000 businesses directly related to the sector.

N°8 - Strasbourg

campus Nextmed in Strasbourg together around the University Hospital Institute (IHU) specialized in mini-chrirurgie invasive (photo above) of research centres, universities and companies. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler -


At the crossroads of Europe, Strasbourg enjoys his privileged position. Alsace is the 1st region of france in terms of exports per capita, 76% are destined for european markets. The city is beautiful soft energy and cultivates a favorable environment for companies of the biotech and medtech. Several structures (Alsace BioValley, Fibre-Energivie, bio-incubator Semia) offer a accompany individuals to companies that want to engage in these sectors.

N°7 - Montpellier

The video game studio Ubisoft studio has installed an antenna in Castelnau-le-Lez, near Montpellier, in 1989. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN


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Strong of a young population (30% of the population is under 30 years old) and a high migratory balance, Montpellier, france figure among the precursors of the label French Tech. The city enjoys a reputation as a dynamic favourable to the youth. First on the rope in the accompaniment of start-up, the Business & Innovation Center, was elected as the best incubator in the world by the National Business Incubation Association in 2007, supports 150 companies on a daily basis and has taken almost 600 on the baptismal funds since its inception.

N°6 - Toulouse

The strong presence of the aerospace industry in Toulouse (here, a site of Aircelle, a subsidiary of Safran, to Colomiers) has promoted the development of an industrial fabric of SMES and VSES. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau -


the european Capital of the space, 1 aerospace centre of Europe, Toulouse revolves around air transport. With 1 200 companies in the basin, toulouse has the third of the national contingent in the aerospace sector. The Pink City also knows how to stay on earth, since it acts as a hub in the agri-food sector, the share of capital in the economy of the region of Occitania. The Living room Créactiv' is positioned as the premier event of the enterprise creation of Toulouse Métropole, to connect the project leaders with key local organizations and business incubators.

# 5 - Rennes

Matthieu Beucher has founded his start-up Klaxoon in Rennes, france, where it employs 130 employees.


A 1h25 from Paris, Rennes offers all the space needed for contractors. The territory of the Metropolis has a network of some forty business parks under management metropolitan, municipal or private. Its Technopole, regional, Rennes Atalante offers 9 600 m2 of modular spaces from 15 to 400 m2 that accommodate mixed operations, combining research, production and management, an incubator, and an accelerator of start-ups. The merger, on June 20, 2018, of the French Tech and the technopolis would facilitate the convergence between the economy and research.

N°4 - Lille

The Web hosting specialist OVH has developed since 1999 from Roubaix, and has become a world leader in its activity.

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the Cradle of French textiles, Lille has been able to develop its fibre digital. The first incubator and accelerator for startups in the sector, EuraTechnologie is the perfect illustration of this migration sector : the centre of excellence dedicated to information technology and communication has invested in two former textile mills. Its strategic position in Europe at less than 80 minutes from Paris, Brussels, London allows him to enjoy the activates of the three capitals.

# 3 - Nantes

The laboratory Eurofns, born in Nantes in 1987, has become a world leader services, bio-analysis for the agri-food industry in particular. AFP PHOTO / FRANK PERRY


Approximately 2000 new companies are created each year in Nantes. The economic capital of the Great-West has managed to perfectly make the transition to the tertiary sector, in particular, the advice and assistance. The old halles Alstom, symbol of the past activity of the shipyards of Nantes, are being refurbished to accommodate the future digital centre of nantes. The end of works is scheduled for 2020. It will host many innovative enterprises as well as the école des beaux-arts, the Canteen digital and a university center.

N°2 - Bordeaux

in Bordeaux, the City of Wine (photo above) and the wine culture in fostering the emergence of start-ups around the sale and consumption of wine.


Now connected to two hours and five minutes of Paris since the implementation last July of the high speed line (HSL), Bordeaux is the trendy city of entrepreneurs. Business Friendly, Smart city, city digital, the city continues to display the qualifiers for making life beautiful to newcomers. With 4700 companies and 22,400 jobs, the Metropolis is one of the first regions in terms of growth of jobs in digital. The metropolis of bordeaux, who wants to surpass one million inhabitants in 2030, is the fourth-largest of the great French urban areas in terms of ecosystem.

N°1 - Lyon

A Lyon, the start-up DigiSchool has known a very good development. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK


The capital of the Gauls, truste the first places in the general classification. Self-qualfié "Metropolis of entrepreneurs," Lyon deserves its title. The city has recorded 22.700 creations of companies in 2014 (+122 % in ten years !). The network of support to entrepreneurs of the Greater Lyon total of 17 wickets and 46 structures partners accompanying 10,000 people per year for creations, times, or transmission. The agglomeration spends 2 million of grants per year to its various stakeholders. Difficult to compete.

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