Innovation is in our DNA

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole has encouraged innovation for over 30 years, offering exceptional welcoming and assistance conditions.

Succeeding together for startups

Philippe Saurel, Président de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Maire de la Ville de Montpellier

“No one who knew us was surprised when Montpellier was recognized with the French Tech label in 2014.  Montpellier Métropole has encouraged the creation of innovative companies for the past 30 years, notably through programs and services offered by our Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), whose incubators have assisted over 670 startups.”

Philippe Saurel
President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole
Mayor, City of Montpellier

“Montpellier Métropole is a catalyst for initiatives, notably thanks to its dense and effective innovation ecosystem. That ecosystem leverages a hub of research and teaching excellence, the presence of major groups, and above all, young startups that instill exceptional entrepreneurial momentum.”

Chantal Marion
Vice President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole
Delegate for Economic Development, Higher Education and Research, Innovation, French Tech , Craft Trades, Operational Planning, and Urbanism
Chantal Marion Vice-présidente de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

Effort rewarded

Many adjectives have been used to describe Montpellier over the years, notably “pioneer, talented, young, and dynamic.” Local economic development is closely tied with the multitude of stakeholders and success stories for digital activities, such as Dell, IBM, Computacenter, Schlumberger, and more.
Leveraging these advantages, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole was one of the first metropolises to receive the French Tech label, a national initiative launched in 2013 to accelerate French startup development and promote international reach.
Laurent Biasetti, Délégué French Tech

Laurent Biasetti

French Tech Delegate

+334 67 13 97 73

French Tech Pass: the mark of excellence

Driven by this momentum, Montpellier is the leading metropolis outside Paris in terms of the number of French Tech Pass awards. French Tech Pass is a national program whose goal is to help boost high-potential companies in a hyper-growth phase.

Key French Tech objectives: Unite, Accelerate, Reach

Bringing a community together to support the French Tech brand. Marked with French Tech’s pink rooster, the former Montpellier City Hall symbolizes our synergies. Innovation stakeholders can go there to meet, exchange ideas, and participate in various events.
Encouraging private acceleration organizations and venture capital investment has led to the establishment of several private initiatives, with accelerators such as Le Village by CA, Start2You, Dell for Startups, and Sprint by Numa.
French Tech helps innovative local companies with their internationalization efforts, and supports the diffusion of our know-how, notably thanks to the French Tech Ticket program and inviting companies to participate in missions abroad organized by, or with, Montpellier Métropole.

Key dates for innovation in Montpellier

From hi-tech center to French Tech Metropolis

Les salariés de Dell Montpellier conseillent les jeunes pousses du territoire pour accélérer leur développement.
IBM and Dell choose Montpellier
1964 - IBM opens plant in Montpellier
1987 - Montpellier BIC celebrates its 30 years in operation
1993 - Dell establishes Montpellier site
BigUp4Startup, le rendez-vous annuel de rencontre entre startups et grands groupes
Initiative launched
2014 - French Tech label awarded
2016 - 7 thematic networks designated for Montpellier French Tech
2016 - National launch of BigUp 4 Startup, created in Montpellier
Recognition and inauguration
2017 - Inauguration of French Tech Building
2018 - BIC, 2nd top incubator worldwide (UBI Global)
2019 - Inauguration of French Tech Halle