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! Today, and over the coming months, Inria is turning the spotlight on 30 years of exciting entrepreneurial ventures. It is 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 hoping to discover or better understand the inner-workings of the North American high-tech market.

In 2016, Inria partners with NETVA so as to enable at least 2 Inria startups to participate: 1 in San Francisco with the support of the Inria@SiliconValley program, and 1 in Boston

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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, The Urban Life and Mobility Action Line of EIT Digital supports 2 transatlantic innovation activities that build upon collaborative research projects undertaken within the CityLab@Inria and Inria@SiliconValley initiatives, and benefit from the newly created IT Digital’s Silicon Valley hub

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

Inria, CITRIS and PRIME strike 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. The trio of experts will reach out to public and private organizations to expand the scope and implementation of their projects.

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

After a first partnership on Smart City signed in February 2014 (see above), PRIME and Inria signed a second 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 — supports and promotes Inria startups’ network, brings together Inria’s Alumni and organizes an Inria-Industry meeting featuring technologies from Inria research teams and startups.

In September 2014, the U.S. network for Inria alumni and spin-offs was officially launched. It now gathers around 50 members and has its dedicated LinkedIn group.

In addition, PRIME & French Tech Hub are offering soft-landing facilities for 3 selected start-ups from Inria. In August and September, PRIME & French Tech Hub engaged with most of Inria’s spinoffs to detect which ones had imminent projects to develop in the U.S.

Finally, an Inria-Industry conference focused on innovation in the domain of smart cities and mobility will take place on May 11, 2015.

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California France Forum on Energy Efficiency Technologies (CaFFEET)

Since 2012, Inria supports the California France Forum on Energy Efficiency Technologies (CaFFEET) that is 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 aims to promote technical and scientific collaborations between academics, corporate companies and start-ups.  Each year, CaFFEET adresses 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.

Since 2012, 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.