Economic studies and innovation

We work alongside local authorities, French national agencies and ministries and the European Commission to support and evaluate their policy actions in the field of economic development, sector studies, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our missions

Innovation strategies

Regional innovation strategies, clusters and business networks, sectoral horizon scanning…

Innovation has a leverage effect throughout territories, both in terms of generating economic prosperity and locational attractiveness but also to society more widely. We apply our knowledge to help our clients design and build smart high performance economies through specialisation strategies, city development strategies, support to SMEs, job creation strategies and the attraction of innovative businesses.

Our services

  • Designing regional smart specialisation and innovation strategies and related policy mechanisms;
  • Implementing interregional cooperation actions (innovation, clusters, sectoral …)
  • Defining innovation monitoring indicators and performance dashboards;
  • Analysing industrial and sectoral trends combined with horizon scanning techniques;
  • Promoting Key Enabling Technology impacts and opportunities;
  • Developing and evaluating innovation support tools such as clusters, technology institutes and innovation networks;

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Spatial development schemes and economic development strategies

Business and industrial park strategies, spatial development plans, city and sector strategies, digital strategies, investment and job attraction plans, economic forecasting

We work hand in hand with cities, local and regional governments to help them design spatial planning projects that enhance job creation opportunities. Our interventions can be summarised in three words: ambition, realism and implementation.

Our missions

  • Designing economic strategies based on competitive advantages;
  • Developing plans for cities, business and industrial parks and science parks;
  • Designing digitalisation strategies;
  • Supporting cities and local authorities in their attractiveness strategy: branding, securing national and European programme funding.

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Evaluation

Evaluation of organisations and public policies and initiatives and impact assessments

We propose various types of evaluation methodologies adapted to the research, innovation and economic development needs of our European, national and regional clients. Our working principles are the following: an ethical and partnership-based approach supported by robust and tailored methodologies that make use of new tools such as big data mining. Approaches that are particularly important in times of reduced financial resources that enable clients to learn and enhance policy impacts.

Our services

  • Implementing ex-post, ex-ante and mid-term evaluations for public policies and programmes;
  • Undertaking the evaluation of organisations;
  • Designing monitoring and evaluation methodologies and policy indicator dashboards;
  • Impact assessments.

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Entrepreneurship and attracting businesses

Incubators, start-up accelerators, co-working spaces, business and science parks

Today we have a strong track record in the management of incubators and business centres, as well as a good understanding of the needs of entrepreneurs and SMEs. We support local authorities in designing attractive and competitive business and industrial parks strategies and science parks that integrate the latest smart and green technologies and service offers.

Our services

  • Supporting the design, implementation and regeneration of business and science park projects;
  • Re-defining the competitive positioning of business and industrial parks and designing new economic programmes for cities;
  • Preparing feasibility studies for new incubators, accelerators, business centres to support local job and growth strategies

Some clients

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Some figures

22Regional innovation strategies
200Companies supported in our 8 incubators