12 great reasons
to choose Grenoble Alpes

Grenoble: 5th most inventive city in the world (Forbes magazine)
Isère: the highest proportion of patents per inhabitant in France*
competitive clusters: Minalogic, Tenerrdis, Axelera, CIMES & Lyonbiopôle

* 8.5 patents / 10,000 inhabitants

companies in and around Grenoble
jobs in innovative sectors
jobs in and around Grenoble

Grenoble Alpes owes its economic strength to an exceptional concentration of both innovative SMEs and established industry leaders – all within a radius of 20km.

x Energy: EDF, Schneider Electric, GE Renewable Energy, Siemens, Verkor, Enedis, Engie, and more…
x Electronics / Digital Technologies: STMicroelectronics, SOITEC, Intel, Orange Labs, Apple, Huawei, Naver Labs Europe, Salesforce, TDK, CapGemini, Atos, HPE, Aledia, and more…
x Health: Medtronic, BD, Fresenius, Johnson & Johnson, Roche Diagnostics, Biomérieux, Trixell, and more…
x Sports & the outdoors: Go Sport, Rossignol, Petzl, and more…
x Chemistry and the environment: Vencorex, Arkema, Hexcel, Tredi, Areva, Artelia, and more…
x Mechanics & Metallurgy: ARaymond, Caterpillar, Poma, and more…
x Food processing: Yoplait, Teisseire, Chartreuse, and more…
x Others : Vicat, Calor, Serge Ferrari, Lafarge, and more…

#2 in France for research: 30,000 jobs within a radius of 20 km
Grenoble Alpes is ranked #1 in France for its concentration of R&D jobs*
national research institutes - among which is the CEA (the 2nd most innovative European research institution) **

* R&D makes up 7.4% of the workforce
** Clarivate Analytics / Reuters 2020

x 5 Major European research facilities: ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin), EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility), LNCMI (National Intense Magnetic Fields Laboratory), IRAM (Institute of Millimeter Radio Astronomy);
x Academic research centers that are among the most inventive in the world (CNRS, Institute of Neurosciences, CEA Tech, INRA, Inria, Inserm, Inrae, and more…);
x World-class private R&D centers (Orange Labs, Apple, Schneider Electric, Huawei, Atos, Air Liquide, Naver Labs Europe, STMicroelectronics, Soitec, GE Renewable Energy, BD, HPE, and more…);
x A global innovation campus: GIANT (Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies). 255 hectares (630 acres), 5,000 scientific publications and 600 patent applications/year;
x MIAI Grenoble Alpes: 1 of France’s 4 Multidisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Institutes.

Over 750 startups launched since 2000
€4B raised by startups since 2000
organizations dedicated to incubating, accelerating & supporting startups
Ranked #1 French university in 2 different fields (Shanghai ranking, 2023)*
#2 in France for the proportion of engineers per capita (22%)

* Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) is among the world’s top 150 universities (2023 Shanghai Ranking), offering a wide choice of multidisciplinary and transversal programs. The university welcomes 59,000 students each year, with 42% pursuing degrees in a scientific field. These students promise to be the future talent of local companies, research labs and organizations.

Grenoble, #3 in Europe for its strategy of local economic appeal*
foreign-owned companies based in the department
40 % of people working in the industry sector are employed by a foreign entity

* Grenoble, #3 European city in its category for its strategy for local economic appeal towards foreign investors (Financial Times)

Situated near Turin (Italy) and Geneva (Switzerland), Grenoble Alpes is ideally-located at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

#2 economic region in France
#1 French region for industry
million inhabitants, 2nd largest French region

Grenoble Alpes is located in France’s second strongest economic region, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The region has 8 million inhabitants (the same population as Switzerland or Israel) and a GDP of €250B (equivalent to that of Finland). With over 22,000 companies, which represent 500,000 jobs, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the premier industrial region in France.

international airports (Lyon, Geneva & Grenoble)
By plane, Grenoble is 90 minutes from London, Frankfort, Rome or Brussels
By train, Paris is just 3 hours from Grenoble (18 high-speed trains/day)

The infrastructure in and around Grenoble is well-developed and high-performing. This makes the city particularly accessible – an advantage for any company that wants to move to Grenoble.

Thanks to its 3 international airports (Lyon, Geneva & Grenoble) Grenoble Alpes is connected to all of Europe’s capitals, making its location, with regard to the rest of the continent, simply ideal.

2 regional parks and 1 national park
2020 hours of sun per year**
ski resorts close to the city

** Equal to Toulouse or Bordeaux

Vizille, the birthplace of the French revolution
Hydroelectricity invented by Aristide Bergès
Louis Néel, physics Nobel Prize

With its exceptional resilience, Grenoble has had a major role in each of the 5 industrial waves of the past 150 years:

  1. 19th century – Gloves
  2. End of 19th century – hydroelectricity, paper mills & mechanics
  3. End of the 1920s – electrometallurgy, electrochemistry, electric equipment
  4. In the 1950s-60s – electromagnetism, nuclear & computer sciences
  5. Today – micro & nanoelectronics, medtech/biotechnologies, biomechanics (and more generally intangible services), digital, artificial intelligence, the environment (chemistry, cleantech & smartcities)

Avant-garde in many domains

  • 1788 – Vizille, birthplace of the French Revolution
  • 19th Century – Arts: Stendhal & Berlioz
  • 1817 – Artificial cement (Vicat)
  • 1822 – Champollion decodes hieroglyphics
  • 1889 – Hydroelectricity (Aristide Bergès)
  • 1947 – Cable transportation (Pomagalski)
  • 1973 – Head lamp (Petzl)
  • 1970 – Louis Néel
  • 2015 – Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s (Pr Benabid)
m² of available rental space
activity zones in Isère
Top logistics platform in Europe*

* Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (and near the Rhône, a multimodal industrial port called INSPIRA)

An expert team at your disposition
Free support for your first step towards getting set up
free months of a coworking space

Invest in Grenoble Alpes provides support and advice for setting up your company in Grenoble Alpes. Our support is tailored to your needs, completely confidential and free of charge. We are there for each and every step of the process. For startups looking to set up in Grenoble Alpes, we offer a welcome package that includes 3 months of free coworking space.


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Co-CEO & Co-founder IQM Quantum Computers

We see a lot of potential in France actually, especially in the Grenoble ecosytem where we are planning to build our new factory. There’s lots of good research talent pools, but then of course very strong companies there, and this made us plan to build the fab in Grenoble.

Giorgio Anania
CEO of Aledia
Grenoble is one of the best places in the world for semiconductor technologies – all the biggest international clients come through here. The proximity with the CEA Leti labs and the entire Grenoble research ecosystem … Here we have everything.
In terms of cost and timing, Grenoble gave us the best offer. Investing money is always a risk, and here we had a lot of support, whereas in Asia we would not have had so much support behind us!
Coby Hanoch
CEO of Weebit Nano (Israel)
Grenoble is a one of the leading hi-tech centers in Europe with excellent technical talent. CEA/Leti is a leading research center at a worldwide level and we are very proud to have them as our development partners.
Irina Cornaciu
For us establishing ALPX in Grenoble Alpes was the ideal choice because of the concentration of strong research teams and qualified professionals, world-wide leading infrastructures for research and a culture of institutional support for start-ups that has led to a vibrant network of biotech companies.
Parker Harris
Co-founder of Salesforce (USA)
Salesforce is partaking in the battle for global talent. In San Francisco, we are competing with Facebook, Google and Twitter, and in the research sector, the competition is particularly tight. We discovered that Grenoble offers a wealth of talent in our domain.
Thierry Lazerand
Director of Marketing for Plasma-Therm (USA)
The dynamism of the semiconductor industry around Grenoble is undeniable, which has made it a strategically vital place to be. This is perfectly in line with Plasma-Therm’s strategy for establishing our European headquarters here.
Robert Selley
Vice President of Sales & Services for FormFactor (USA)
After the European Union announced its plan to invest €1.75B in microelectronics research and innovation, it was extremely important for us to open a new service center in Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, which is geographically close to our main semiconductor manufacturing clients. We are very pleased to be inaugurating this new center, located in Grenoble Alpes’ surrounding area.
Julien Mottin
Application Director, Prophesee (France)
There is no other place in France like Grenoble for microelectronics, embedded systems, and imaging.
Xavier Pain
CEO of Gulplug (France)
In the space of a single day, we can meet with R&D teams from major research centers – like G2ELab or the CEA – and with Openlab, the quick prototyping department of Schneider Electric. Just a few minutes from each other! The concentration of industry actors in the area is an indisputable advantage.
Stéphane Lavallée
CEO of eCential Robotics (France)
Grenoble is the world capital for surgical robotics. It has been an innovative hub since 1986 and has the largest number of specialized startups in the field.
Rachid Yazami
Inventor of the graphite anode of lithium-ion batteries, Draper prize 2014, Founder of KVI
I first chose Grenoble for my higher Education and then my PhD thesis on graphite materials for Li-Ion battery electrodes because of the 1968 Olympic Games and the University reputation, especially as regards to its high ranking in electrochemistry. I never regretted my choice, and my Draper prize has comforted my opinion. Grenoble is a top location and rich ecosystem for International industrial and technological actors, and that’s why I have indeed decided to locate my own startup’s (KVI ltd, HQ in Singapore) European subsidiary here.