Hearing everyday about the economic crisis can affect your expectations and make you fear for the future. However, keep in mind that Europe is still the #1 market in the world, for imports and exports . Within the Euro zone, France is the second largest economy and one of the most attractive worldwide for foreign direct investment (FDI). The French government is currently setting up a new energy transition policy, which leads to targets such as 500 .000 housing renovations per year.  In France, Rhône-Alpes region produces more than 25% of the country’s energy, and is leading the way in terms of action for reducing its climate impact .

The growth of urban population worldwide has led some cities to engage in a smart city approach. Managing transport, housing, waste or energy has become challenging in dense areas. Lyon, the 2nd urban area in France with a population around 2 million , is launching many experimentations such as: new forms of mobility, smart grids and energy efficiency, smart data or ambitious urbanization programs . Cleantech innovation platforms and support for collaboration are also provided by the city where doing business has never been so easy!

ADERLY – the Invest in Lyon Agency is your natural partner for setting up your business in Lyon. Last year we have helped 71 companies joining this vibrant territory, and already 37 the first five months of 2013. Investment in industry (Tozzi, PlastiService) or cleantech (Windstrom, Fronius) represents some of the newcomers. Contact us if you want to be the next one, what are you waiting for?

Frédéric Miribel
Cleantech and Industry Director