Grenoble Alpes: an innovation ecosystem

Today, more than 7% of Grenoble inhabitants work within the R&D sector, and nearly half of all jobs are in related sectors, such as micro- and nanotechnologies (20,000 jobs), information and communication technologies (20,000 jobs) and energy (12,000 jobs).

Écosystème d'innovation

Innovation Ecosystem

Grenoble consistently ranks among the world’s top most innovative cities. With a very high ratio of patents per inhabitants, the city relies on a unique and efficient system of innovation and knowledge transfer.
Les chiffres clés

Key figures

  • 5th most innovative city in the world (Forbes 2013)
  • 2nd most innovative city in Europe (iCapitale 2014)
  • 300 startups stemming from public research
  • Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is the 2nd economic and touristic region in France and the 8th in Europe by its GDP
Grands instruments

Large instruments

Grenoble is home to 5 large international research infrastructures (ESRF, ILL, EMBL, GHMLF, IRAM), attracting yearly more than 8,000 visiting researchers coming from all over the world, and creating important economic benefits.
Territoire et culture

Culture in Grenoble Alpes

Within an urban area of 450,000 inhabitants, Grenoble boasts an environment that fosters culture in all shapes and forms, with an attractive natural location and a strong economic and urban development since the 19th century.