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IN AUVERGNE, TRAINING, RESEARCH AND PARTNERSHIP ARE THE KEYS TO INNOVATION

Auvergne is a world of innovation, where research and training are the engines. Auvergne relies on its students, with two universities and seven Grandes Ecoles as well as numerous research centers. Auvergne welcomes, from every discipline, 45000 students and 6000 researchers in a number of organizations and in highly diversified fields.

Seven internationally-recognised ‘Grandes Ecoles’ / Graduate schools

IFMA – French Advanced Mechanics Institute

ISIMA – Computer-aided Design and Technology Superior Institute

POLYTECH – Engineering Sciences Institute

ENSCCF – State Superior School of Chemistry at Clermont-Ferrand

ENITA – State School of Agricultural Engineering

ESC Clermont – Superior School of Commerce – Clermont-Ferrand

ENGREF – State School of Rural Engineering for Water and Forests

National Research Centers

INRA – National Agronomy Research Institute

INSERM – National Health and Medical Research Institute

CRNH – Human Nutrition Research Center

CNEP – National Center for the Study of Photoprotection

CNRS – National Scientific Research Center

Technology Sharing Centers for Enhancing Innovation

Technological centers or technology-transfer platforms: Auvergne has developed several tools to allow companies to adapt an innovation after its initial research: Casimir, Regional Technology sharing center, Alliatech, Mecaprod, Forbois Auvergne

The Innovergne Initiative

Innovergne brings together the agencies which support enterprise and innovation in the region so as to optimize the aid given to innovative enterprise.  The Innovergne Committee meets once a month to meet entrepreneurs, with the aim of supporting the creation of innovative businesses or the transfer of technologies between public laboratories and companies. Following the Committee meetings, entrepreneurs submit their project to the Auvergne public agencies for financing and innovation support. The Committee analyses their innovative project, coordinates the financing and directs them towards the appropriate support structure.

Founded in January 2012, the ‘Maison Innovergne’ welcomes entrepreneurs. In one place, they have access to every organization which supports innovation in the region, thanks to the advisors who direct them to the appropriate office, according to the nature or progress of the project.

Key figures

  • 45000 students
  • 6000 researchers
  • 7 Grand Ecoles
  • First Business Incubator (for start-ups) in France – BUSI
 

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