Inria@Silicon Valley in the Innovation Landscape


1984: Inria becomes a shareholder in a first company, SIMULOG. It was the start of a history of company creation which is still going strong today! Over the year 2014, Inria has been turning the spotlight on 30 years of exciting entrepreneurial ventures. It was an opportunity to remind ourselves that the creation of businesses is one of the areas Inria decided to focus on in its search for economic and societal impact. Over 120 spin-offs stemmed from work carried out in Inria project teams, and these companies have led to the creation of more than 3,000 jobs.

Check the article on “Inria celebrates 30 years of business creation” to know more.

As illustrated above, contributing to Innovation in the digital technology domain is a major goal of Inria, thanks to its world-class research.

Inria@SiliconValley is no exception and intends to be part of the Silicon Valley creativity and innovation eco-system through supporting partnerships.


Partnership with NETVA – New Technology Venture Accelerator

Created in 2010 by the Office for Science and Technology at the French Embassy in the United States, NETVA (New Technology Venture Accelerator) is a mentoring program tailored for young, innovative French companies willing to discover or better understand the inner-workings of the North American high-tech market.

NETVA  therefore offers 3 major components: training, mentoring and networking.

The objectives:

  • Discover the support potential and mechanisms for innovation in North America.
  • Analyze the opportunities for development or pre-installation
  • Develop academic and industrial partners.
  • Acquire an expertise of the North American market in the innovation sector.


Inria partnered with NETVA in 2016, which is a key partnership in Inria’s innovation policy to support business creation and technology transfer. NETVA represents a unique opportunity for the Inria spin-offs to benefit from training and contacts, by building on the expertise of local players specialized in business development in San Francisco, with the support of the Inria@SiliconValley program, but also in other cities like Boston or Washington.

Check the Inria-NETVA partnership page to know more.


Partnership with EIT Digital – Silicon Valley Hub

Inria being a partner of the European EIT Digital organisation, works closely with its Silicon Valley Hub that is more precisely located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2016 and 2017, The Digital Cities Action Line of EIT Digital supported 2 transatlantic innovation activities that built upon collaborative research projects undertaken within the CityLab@Inria and Inria@SiliconValley initiatives, and benefited from the newly created EIT Digital’s Silicon Valley hub.

Check the article to know more.


Partnership with CITRIS and PRIME on Smart Cities Research and Open Innovation

In February 2014, Inria, CITRIS and PRIME signed a partnership to accelerate the development of ambitious research and experimentation initiatives on issues relating to urban centers. Mrs. Genevieve Fioraso, French Minister for Higher Education and Research, witnessed the signature of this Memorandum of Understanding. Researchers from Inria and CITRIS expand their existing relationship and leverage PRIME’s network and programs on smart cities to lead this effort.

Check the article to know more.


Partnership with the “French-American hub for Innovative Entrepeneurs” to promote Inria Innovation 

After a first partnership on Smart City signed in February 2014 (see above), PRIME and Inria signed a second 1-year partnership in July 2014 to reinforce Inria’s presence in the USA. The partnership with PRIME joined by the French Tech Hub –The French-American hub for innovative entrepreneurs — focused on: supporting and promoting Inria startups’ network, bringing together Inria’s Alumni, and organizing an Inria-Industry meeting featuring technologies from Inria research teams and startups.

Check the blogpost to know more.


California France Forum on Energy Efficiency Technologies (CaFEET)

From 2012 to 2015, Inria supported the California France Forum on Energy Efficiency Technologies (CaFFEET), an annual event established in 2011 by EDF, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco and PRIME, Paris Region Entreprises in San Francisco. CaFFEET was focused on promoting technical and scientific collaborations between academics, corporate companies and start-ups.  Each year, CaFFEET was addressing a specific topic that drives innovation on both sides of the Atlantic. CaFFEET concentrates on technologies that are key to the development of smart energy systems, spanning: Computing, Data analytics, Internet of Things, Sensor Networks, Cybersecurity.

From 2012 to 2015 – year of the event’s last edition , Inria’s research teams and Inria’s spin-offs have greatly contributed to Caffeet’s scientific program by presenting cutting-edge technologies in these domains.

Check the CaFFEET page and the interviews of Isabelle Ryl and Nathalie Mitton from Inria to know more.