Sophia Antipolis, Côte d'Azur, France

Sophia Antipolis, Côte d'Azur, France

The Côte d'Azur offers an optimum environment for high tech business, R&D, research and higher education.

The Nice metropolis is a pioneer in contactless NFC mobile services and the smart city concept, as well as e-health and silver economy.

The Plaine du Var’s Eco-Vallée is listed as a "national interest operation", and is set to position the Côte d’Azur as an international leader in the fields of cleantech and sustainable development.

Located 20 km from the Nice international airport, the Sophia Antipolis Park is an exceptional site spread across 2400 hectares, ideally balanced between the sea and the mountains. Two thirds of the science and technology park’s surface are green spaces where employees can enjoy running, walking, tennis and golf to relax and replenish their energy levels.

For over 40 years, Sophia Antipolis has been attracting industry leaders, engineers and researchers from around the globe.

Sophia Antipolis in figures (source: Municipality of Sophia Antipolis, 2016)

  • Information technologies:  300 companies and 15,000 jobs
  • Research, Education and training: 60 institutions and 4000 jobs
  • Health sciences and chemicals: 45 companies and 2600 jobs
  • Environment and energy saving: 23 companies, 350 jobs
  • 800 new jobs on average created every year
  • 170 foreign-owned companies
  • 63 nationalities represented among employees
  • 4500 researchers and 5500 students

Whatever the sector, SMEs and start-ups stand side by side with world leaders such as Amadeus, Bosch, Cisco Systems, Dassault Systems, Fortinet, Renault, Orange, Hewlett, Intel, Symantec, Air France, American Express, Toyota, Samsung, Huawei…