Getting assistance materializing your innovation

You are invited to contact the Regional Innovation Network (RRI), managed by the Regional Innovation Agency and Transferts LR ( RRI works with nearly 70 assistance structures: all consular chambers, the regional chamber of social economy, Transferts LR, the Synersud network - including Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole BIC - BPI France, competitiveness clusters, INPI and regional technology platforms.
Transferts LR assists companies, evaluates and audits both R&D projects and applications for innovative aid funding (Oseo, local government...).

Participating in cooperative competitiveness cluster R&D projects

Competitiveness clusters boost R&D development and technological innovation by uniting companies, research centers and educational organizations within a given territory. Eurobiomed focuses on health ( Eau, the worldwide water cluster ( specializes in evaluating and leveraging water resources. Qualiméditerranée ( explores agri-food issues. Derbi ( concentrates on renewable energy applications for building and industry. Trimatec ( works with technologies and industrial processes derived from the nuclear industry. Optitec ( specializes in optics. Pôle Risques ( focuses on risk management.

Exchange ideas about innovation within sector-oriented clusters

Sector-oriented networks turn innovation into a major focus:

  • Agri-food: LRIA ( represents the sector and Vinseo unites equipment manufacturers and viticulture suppliers (
  • Water: Swelia brings together many players in the water sector (
  • Health: Biomeridies ( is dedicated to biotechnologies and life sciences, while OcWell concentrates on cosmetics and wellness ( The association CR2i works at the intersection of ICT and health.
  • At the confluence of ICT and implement health CR2i the association,
  • Sustainable development: TerInov ( unites stakeholders in the fields of geoscience, green energy and bio-fuel, leading to the creation of BioEnergieSud (  

Sharing effective innovative practices

Generalist business networks highlight the relationship between performance and innovation: LeadeR ( brings together growing companies, as does Oseo Excellence ( So Eco ( combines performance with sustainable development.
Other organizations push forward on social innovation: Regional Chamber of Social Economy (, Regional Union of Cooperative and Participative Companies, ( and Alter’Incub(
Innovation for artisan business is also covered: in 2012, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole signed a framework agreement with the Hérault Chamber of Trades that includes a focus on artisan innovation. The Stars & Métiers competition rewards innovative artisan entrepreneurs every year (  

Calling on innovation funding networks

Several groups of entrepreneurs and investors assist young innovative companies. Based in Montpellier, business angels Melies ( and Sud Angels ( participate in first-round funding. The seed fund Créalia (, frequently present alongside young innovative companies, is leveraged via the Synersud network (, of which Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole BIC is a member. Open to individuals, business angels and investment funds, the investor circle Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Jump'Invest mobilizes additional funding. Local venture capital firm Soridec ( focuses mostly on development, but may also request funding from the inter-regional Emergence Innovation 1 fund.

Finding office space suitable for innovation

Innovative companies enjoy a privileged environment that ranges from furnished office space and co-working space to personalized assistance, group actions and training at several local incubators: Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole BIC - Cap Alpha (biotech and clean-tech), Cap Oméga (ICT) and MIBI (for international companies). Leveraging these facilities, BIC coaches over 140 company founders.

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