A competitive cluster is a group of companies, laboratories, teaching establishments and associations located within a given area, which develop numerous partnerships in order to boost synergies, increase cooperation and facilitate innovation.


The  Axelera Cluster , which specialises in chemicals and the environment, has a network of 345 members (compared with 128 in 2007). Among them, 64 start-ups, 121 very small and small companies, 32 medium-sized companies, 32 group subsidiaries, 24  groups of mixed activities, 7 R&D centres, 7 training centres, 7 institutions and associations, 51 laboratories and a financial partner.
Axelera accompanies its members in their innovation as well as their national and international economic development.

Since its creation, Axelera has had the opportunity to accompany 286 official R&D projects, representing nearly €785 million in funding. The cluster also took part in 7 official projects to help set up and install other facilities. Finally, six technological platforms have been developed, including  Axel’One chemistry and environment and Provademse.
Among the important events that took place during 2016 were: 13 technical days, 2 days for the promotion and enhancement of completed projects, 3 ‘Axelera Thursdays’ and 3 Axelera Business Clubs, 6 “Taste of Innovation” sessions, 6 collective stands at trade fairs and business conventions  (2 of which were abroad), and 3 missions in partnership with the international organisations.


Today, Imaginove has 160 members, including companies, laboratories and schools that share its vision of development and innovation. As a reminder, Imaginove is the  competitive cluster for digital content and use in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Since its creation, Imaginove has taken part in 175 official R&D projects representing nearly €350 million and 85 projects funded for €130 million (FUI, ANR, Serious Game Nouveaux usages 2009 & 2010, Go innovation – Oseo).

The competitive cluster also supported some 200 SMEs in the development of their strategy. It’s results show a 38% increase in sales and job creation of 21%. It has also led 40 international projects and organises 1500 hours of training per year.

Finally, Imaginove created the Réseau des écoles de l’image (Network of audio-visual and photography schools), which includes 16 recognised  training courses offered by the various competitive clusters and professionals working in these sectors.

The main objective of the cluster is to become a reference point for innovation ( in digital content and uses) in Europe.

LUTB – Transport & Mobility Systems

On 12 July 2005, following a meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Planning and Development, LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems was awarded the competitive cluster label. It is currently the only competitive cluster in Europe concerned with the performance of public systems to transport people and goods. LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems is committed to developing innovative techniques by bringing together the actors of industry, research and education, while promoting the pooling of skills, knowledge and facilities.
Today, LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems has 185 members; it has led 5 research programs and 2 demonstration projects. The Cluster also undertook 200 official projects, 105 of them were funded for €402 million (€144 million from public funding).

The Competitiveness Cluster’s ambition is to become the international reference in the research and implementation of public transport systems for people and goods in urban areas.


The aim of the Lyonbiopôle competitive cluster is to support projects and companies in the Life Sciences sector focused on infectious diseases, cancer, nutrition problems and disease of the nervous system.

Today, the Lyonbiopôle eco-system has a total of 197 members (compared with 123 in 2012), including 5 industrial companies that are world leaders in their markets (4 founding members, Sanofi Pasteur, bioMérieux, Merial and BD), 176 smes and medium-sized companies, as well as 16 centres of expertise, including  3 University Hospital Centres in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Lyonbiopôle has accompanied more than 183 official projects representing €870 million (€347 million public funding), seven European partnerships and four edifying projects (MabDesign, Accinov, Biocaster and Finovi). It has conducted more than 66 events, filed more than 153 patents, carried out 21 clinical trials. It also created 405 jobs and 15 start-ups. In addition, it has accompanied nearly 300 companies and organized 46 fundraising events. Finally, 41 R&D teams, SMEs and start-up companies were hosted.


Minalogic is the global competitive cluster for digital technologies in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Its goal is to help its members develop their innovation and growth projects. There is no main sector of activity, but the technologies, products and services developed with the cluster’s help, all concern the digital value chain.

Since 2005, Minalogic has gained 330 members, 280 of which are companies, 16 research centres and universities, 10 local authorities, 22 economic development organisations and other organisations, as well as 2 private investors. The Competitive Cluster boasts 450 projects representing €805 million in public subsidies and an R&D investment of more than €2 billion. Of the 450 projects, 56 have been finalised and have created 37 marketed products which generated nearly €1.25 billion in sales.



In 2005, the State awarded Techtera the competitiveness cluster label for its work in the technical and functional textiles sector. The aim is to increase the competitiveness of companies through collaborative innovation. In this case, the competitive cluster supports collaborative R&D projects involving at least three industrial partners and researchers.

Techtera has approved 159 projects that have received funding since its inception. The total budget for these projects is €309 million. It has 110 members including 26 universities, laboratories and schools, 3 competitive clusters, 67 companies and 3 unions and associations.

Techtera’s goal is to identify and develop new supply sources to complement the transfer of know-how and the development of technological hybridization. It also aims to reinforce innovation in flexible materials and finally, to develop innovation in production processes, as well as the environmental performance of facilities.

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