Digital: Lyon, a cross-media area

The digital sector is Lyon area’s #1 sector of excellence in terms of growth rate, and it draws on a cutting-edge environment to tackle its big challenges. The Lyon area is formidably fertile soil for the digital industry. The city boasts all the assets the sector needs to develop in a sustainable way: schools and laboratories with excellent reputations, a strong entrepreneurial and industrial culture, suitable properties and infrastructure, and it also hosts major events.

Key Figures

  • 2nd biggest digital hub in France
  • The leading sector in terms of job creation in the metropolitan area – 38% growth in 10 years
  • 46,140 jobs (7% of overall employment)
  • 8,000 establishments
  • N°1 growth sector: +25% job growth over five years in software, data processing, and content
  • 5 digital areas of excellence: big data, robotics, software and programming, creative content, web platforms
  • More than 600 training programmes and over 130 students in information and communication technology (ICT)
  • More than 50 training schools for digital professions
  • Lyon is in the Top 20 most attractive European cities for digital developers
  • 1,000 start-ups : more than €300M of funds raised in 2019 for tech companies

A full digital ecosystem

  • 1 competitiveness cluster: Minalogic
  • 5 clusters with a big digital component: software and digital services, e-health, light technology, cybersecurity of industrial and urban systems, video games
  • 10 accelerators
  • 20 incubators
  • 25 research laboratories
  • From startup to scaleup with French Tech One Lyon St-Étienne
  • A network of 1,000 start-ups, it’s the second-largest start-up ecosystem in France after the Ile-de-France region, and the second-largest fundraising centre (more than €267 million in 2018)
  • H7, a french tech’s hub: 70 start-ups welcomed in 2019, over 150 events organised
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Major companies

  • Attestation Légale
  • Cegid
  • Cosmotech
  • Esker
  • iExec
  • Geolid
  • Georges Tech
  • LDLC
  • Lumapps
  • Navya
  • Obiz
  • Tilkee
  • Troops
  • Visiativ

In the Lyon metropolitan area, digital is expanding in four main hubs that are the sector’s nerve centres:

  • Lyon Confluence, the media and creative hub, hosts the flagship French Tech venue, the H7
  • Lyon Part-Dieu, the fast-changing business district, now provides a new varied and flexible offering (Wojo, MamaWorks, Deskeo, state-of-the-art service-sector property, etc.)
  • Lyon Vaise, historically Lyon’s digital-sector district with the HQs of international groups like Cegid, Bandai Namco, Electronic Arts, Econocom, SQLI, etc.
  • Villeurbanne, which is home to the dynamic Pôle Pixel, France’s biggest provincial cluster devoted to the creative industries and digital content…
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