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Opticsvalley France

Contact information

Executive Director
Karl Gedda
k.gedda@opticsvalley.org

Président
Philippe Bregi

Mailing Address
35, boulevard Nicolas Samson
91120 Palaiseau
France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 69 31 75 00
Fax: +33 (0) 1 69 31 75 10


Cluster Website

http://www.opticsvalley.org


Description

OPTICSVALLEY est le cluster et accélérateur de la Photonique, de l’IoT, de la Hightech et de la Deeptech en Ile-de-France. Son métier : d’une part identifier les challenges sociétaux et industriels où l’innovation Photonique et Deeptech apporte des solutions pertinentes, d’autre part accompagner ses adhérents à être plus visible, à croître et acquérir de nouveaux marchés, à mobiliser des fonds privés ou publics – notamment via les projets européens, ou à attirer les talents.


Les secteurs principaux du cluster : Optique et Photonique, IoT et leurs applications dans les domaines de la Mobilité, de l’Industrie 4.0, de la Smart City et de la Santé avec une ouverture vers la défense, les TIC.


Grâce à une équipe de 11 employés, Opticsvalley soutient activement ses 200+ membres : start-ups, PME, Grands Comptes, laboratoires et acteurs académiques. La majorité des membres du cluster (>80%) sont des PMEs Hightech. Opticsvalley contribue à promouvoir l’innovation et le développement économique de la région Ile-de-France via l’animation d’un réseau dense (plus de 1200 contacts parmi les entreprises, les laboratoires de recherche, les acteurs académiques etc.) et a mis en place une plateforme spécifique pour améliorer le recrutement de ces secteurs: job-hightech.fr.


Opticsvalley est ambassadeur de Start-up Europe et dirige le programme d’accélération Scale EUp² ("ICT-32-2017 Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar" lancé en Janvier 2018). Opticsvalley est également partie prenante de 2 projets COSME, a déjà coordonné différents projets européens FP7 et est impliqué dans plusieurs projets H2020 (Photonics4All, Respice SME, LaserGO).


OPTICSVALLEY is a business and innovation accelerator and the Paris area cluster in photonics and high-tech. Its mission is to stimulate mutually beneficial cross-sectorial collaborations between photonics companies (mostly SMEs) and the end-users from several strategic markets, and thus to bring new sources of innovation and added value to these markets through emerging technologies.

Main Sectors represented by the cluster: Optics and Photonics, IoT and their applications in the fields of Smart Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Mobility, Personalized Health and Well Being, Aerospace and Defense, ICT, etc.

With a staff of 11 employees, Opticsvalley develops support actions for its’ 200+ members: SMEs, large corporations and research labs. Most of the clusters’ members (> 80%) are high-tech start-up and SMEs. Through its network animation (over 12000 contacts in enterprises, research labs, academic institutions, etc.), information dissemination and support activities, Opticsvalley promotes innovation and contributes to the Paris-Region’s economic development. It has developed a specific employment exchange support open to industry and research in the high-tech fields. OV also provides individual support to start-up and SMEs and their development projects, with a tailor-made service & methodology offering analysis, concerted evaluations and action plans. 

Opticsvalley’s actions focus on creating business and innovation opportunities for its members through intra and cross-sectorial collaborations with other start-up and SMEs, with corporate players and with research labs. The cluster regularly organizes events (seminars and business meetings) allowing its members to meet and present their solutions and know-how to the end-users (corporate players from different fields). The topics are selected according to the results of the intelligence gathering activities (market and technology studies) performed by the cluster. These actions are further reinforced by innovation and R&D workshops allowing to share knowledge and stimulate collaborative project emergence. Through its participation in international projects and programs, the cluster assures a broad exposure of its actions and its members, and extends business opportunities abroad.

Opticsvalley is the coordinator the Scale-EU-p² Innovation project (an "ICT-32-2017 Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar" project beginning in January 2018) and also a partner in 2 COSME projects. The cluster coordinated different FP7 European projects and was recently involved in several H2020 projects: (Photonics4All, Respice SME, LaserGO).