Known as the birthplace of microelectronics in France, Grenoble Alpes has also shown itself to be a leader in digital technologies (computer science, artificial intelligence, connected objects and more…) The combination of skills in both hardware and software – a rarity in a single metropolitan area – has provided local stakeholders with an exceptional set of tools for innovation (Grenoble was ranked 5th most innovative city in the world by Forbes).

The tech industry encompasses over 41,500 jobs, all concentrated within a radius of 20km. The industry includes a diversity of companies, from innovative startups all the way up to leading multi-nationals. It is bolstered by laboratories (CEA-Leti)  and competitive universities, as well as strong support from local government and the internationally-recognized digital cluster, Minalogic, dedicated to digital technologies and located in Grenoble.


An indisputable French hub for microelectronics, Grenoble Alpes counts almost a quarter of all French jobs in the sector – about 23,000 jobs – of which 3,000 are based in public research laboratories. The leading laboratory in the domain is the Laboratory for Electronics and Information Technology (Leti), pioneer in micro and nanotechnologies and an integral part of the CEA – France’s largest public research institution.


MINATEC, an innovation campus built on Grenoble’s northern Peninsula, hosts activities in micro and nanotechnologies with national and international reach. It is home to 3,000 researchers, 1,200 students, 600 private-industry employees, as well as a multitude of experts in technology transfer. On average, each year, MINATEC’s teams file 350 patents and publish 1,600 scientific articles.


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From image recognition, optics and photonics, to image processing and analysis, ro disruptive display technologies, Grenoble Alpes is home to an exceptional set of imaging actors.

With cutting-edge institutions, like INRIA and CEA-Leti, serving as pillars for the local tech community, corporations have been able to develop a unique skill set in imaging: Apple (imaging design center), Prophesee (neuromorphic vision systems),  STMicroelectronics (image sensors), Lynred (infrared detectors), E2V/Teledyne (technology systems and components), Xenocs (X-ray optics, X-ray sources and SAXS systems), Trixell (digital X-ray imaging), Pyxalis  (design services and custom solutions development for advanced CMOS image sensors), and recently MicroOled (AMOLED microdisplays) and Aledia  (microLED on large area -silicon) are part of a complete advanced research as well as industrial  ecosystem.


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As early as the 1950s, Grenoble became a leader in computer science. In 1951, with the backing of Grenoble University professor, Jean Kuntzmann, France’s first center of computer calculation was created and its first degrees in the subject were delivered. This marked the emergence of a new field of study in France: computer science.

In 1967, internationally-renowned computer services company, CapGemini, was born in Grenoble and the city became synonymous with excellence in computer science especially as it relates to applied math. Since then, it has continued to attract large European and American corporations. Today, Grenoble is home to one of France’s largest pools of engineers (and talent) in the digital industries. The sector counts 17,000 jobs, and includes the presence of large multi-nationals, like HP Entreprise, Salesforces, Oracle, AtosOrange Lab, Naver Labs Research and others… Through the promotion of progress and innovation, two organizations add to the digital community’s energy: Minalogic  (business cluster for digital technologies) and French Tech in the Alps  (an organization bestowed upon the Grenoble Alpes Metropolitan area when it was named a “Capital of French Tech”).


Université Grenoble Alpes has trained over 1,500 professors, doctorates and post-docs in AI.
Businesses like Naver Labs Europe, which employs over 120 AI researchers, have capitalized on this expertise. It is currently the largest private French research center on the topic. Soon, however, this center will be eclipsed by Atos ’ European AI R&D center, also located in Grenoble, which is expected to host 200 researchers.

After the publication of the Villani Report in 2018, a document projecting and prioritizing France’s national AI strategy, the government announced the creation of four national AI institutes. One of the four – the Multidisciplinary Institute in Artificial Intelligence (or MIAI) – was bestowed upon Grenoble in 2019. MIAI’s goal is to lead highly specialized research in artificial intelligence, offer engaging coursework for students, support innovation in startups, small & large companies, as well as inform and interact with citizens around all aspects of AI.

Grenoble IA intelligence artificielle MIAIUGA


As the French government put together its quantum program, and plans to invest €1.8 Billion in quantum technologies, Grenoble has been recognized as THE ONLY MAJOR QUANTUM hub outside of Paris.
Atos quantum hub will be housed in its new Grenoble Campus, and several startups are now located in the region to benefit from Quantalps, an ecosystem for quantum science & technologies, uniting forces from the philosopher to the industrial actors.


Large multi-nationals:

x Apple – Image sensor R&D center
x Applied Materials
x Atos – AI R&D center
x CapGemini – Founded in Grenoble
x Dassault Système
x HP Entreprise
x Huawei – Research center
x Naver Labs Europe – Centre de R&D sur l’intelligence artificielle
x Oracle
x Orange Labs
x Saleforces –  International R&D center
x Siemens EDA
x SOITEC  – World leader in design and manufacturing of innovative semiconductor materials with over 1,000 employees (also, founded in Grenoble)
x STMicroelectronics – European leader in semi-conductors, founded in Grenoble, employs over 6,500 people in the area with R&D activity, pilot lines as well as production capacities.
x TESSI – Founded in Grenoble

In Grenoble Alpes, there are over 7,000 people employed by renowned public laboratories leading research in micro & nanotechnologies and software:

x CEA-Léti (Laboratory for Electronics and Information Technology):  an international leader in micro and nano technologies. Leti counts 1,900 researchers in Grenoble.

x INRIA  National Research institute for digital sciences): employs over 700 people doing research in applied math, simulations, software & architectures, networks, systems & services, distributed calculus, etc….

x An abundance of university research laboratories including LIG, Grenoble’s well-known computer science lab, which is one of the leading labs for information technology in France. Other local labs include:

GIPSA-lab (Grenoble Automatic Control, Signal and Images Processing, Speech and Cognition)
IMEP-LHAC (micro- and nano-electronics, microphotonics, micro- and nano-systems, microwaves and microwave-photonics)
Institut Néel
LMGP (Materials & Physics Engineering Lab)
LCIS (Design & System Engineering Lab)
LEPMI (Electrochemistry and physical chemistry of materials & interfaces)
LTM (Microelectronics & Technologies)
SIMaP  (Science & engineering of materials & processes)
SPINTEC (Spintronics et Component technologies)
TIMA (specification, design, verification, test, CAD tools and design methods for integrated systems)


x The success of Grenoble’s digital sector has been largely dependent on the talent coming out of Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA). According to the 2021 Shanghai ranking, UGA is ranked among the world’s top 150 universities and is the top French university for Metallurgical Engineering, Geography, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Water Resources,  Hospitality and tourism management.

x  Grenoble-INP PHELMA is France’s premier engineering school dedicated to micro and nanotechnologies (1,250 students are enrolled each year).

x Grenoble-INP ENSIMAG, top French educational institution in Informatics, Applied Mathematics and Telecommunications, pioneer in the field of information  ! (1,400 students are enrolled each year).

x Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) delivers 8,000 degrees per year. The business school specializes in digital sciences and innovation, with specialized masters in Big Data, Digital Strategy, Technology Management and Innovation.

x Minalogic is a business cluster for digital technologies. It covers micro/nanotechnologies, optics, photonics as well as software solutions and applications. Based in Grenoble, it brings together almost 400 companies and has certified over 550 innovative projects, which represents €2.2 billion in R&D investment.

x  Based in Grenoble and supported by the CEA Leti, IRT Nanoelec has made good use of Grenoble’s innovation community. Its researchers carry out cutting-edge R&D with international impact, developing the nanotechnologies of tomorrow and developing new products or applications using connected objects.

x Also based in Grenoble, French Tech in the Alps is the local branch of the national program, La French Tech. Its goal is to accelerate projects that will help startups and businesses working in the digital sector get started and grow.


jobs in electronics and the digital sector
#1 microelectronics hub in France, with 24% of the sector’s jobs located in Grenoble Alpes
#1 French university for Metallurgical Engineering & Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (Shanghai ranking, 2021)
Close to €15B invested over 15 years in the microelectronics industry



With over 75,000 jobs in the private sector and a high concentration of established industry leaders, Grenoble Alpes has been attracting businesses and talents from around the world for decades. The city stands out in a number of domains thanks to its dynamic startups (among the most innovative in France), its local university (ranked among the world’s top 150 universities), and its collection of cutting-edge laboratories and international research centers, which span all types of research, from fundamental to applied.

With over 75,000 jobs in the private sector and a high concentration of established industry leaders, Grenoble Alpes has been attracting businesses and talents from around the world for decades. The city stands out in a number of domains thanks to its dynamic startups (among the most innovative in France), its local university (ranked among the world’s top 150 universities), and its collection of cutting-edge laboratories and international research centers, which span all types of research, from fundamental to applied.