The startup ecosystem in the Paris Region is today one of the most active in the world

Valérie Pécresse
President of the Paris Region

Formerly Minister of Higher Education and Research

It relies on its world-class universities and its 162,000 recognized R&D workforce (including 112,500 researchers) in mathematics, engineering, artificial intelligence and medicine… .
Over half of French startups are now located in incubators or accelerators that are growing at increasing speed throughout the Paris Region.

The strength of the Paris Region is also its creative genius, its potential in creative industries and its design that permeates the entire ecosystem to make it the most innovative in Europe.

In addition to these advantages, the Paris Region provides support and financing for your projects to make them a success!

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Expand your business in Europe's leading economic region!

A world-class region where you will find your customers and partners
  • One of the largest concentrations of major groups and principals in the world
  • 27 "500 Global Companies", the 3rd largest concentration in the world
With the critical size needed to develop and test your products
  • 4th urban area of the world by its GDP
  • 12 million inhabitants with €54,600 GDP per capita

A region in reinvention, full of opportunities:

  • 49 billion will be invested in the next years in transport infrastructure
  • 14 billion in investments/year, 22 towers under construction/renovation

We are reinventing the metropolis, one of the biggest architectural competitions in Europe


And open to the world ...
  • 1.6 million foreign residents (13.4% of the population); 15,100 international companies
  • 112,000 foreign students, including 75,000 in Paris Region's public universities
  • 3 hours from 500 million consumers owing to its exceptional transport network
  • 1,118 conventions and 413 tradeshows, including 210 professional tradeshows

The Paris Region is the leading hub for innovative startups all over Europe and from the financial point of view, the region has become very promising to create a business there [...]

If you consider the wealth  of skills concentrated in the Paris Region and the opportunities generated by the digital revolution underway, it is exactly the place to be to do business!

Brendan Shepard,
Business Development & Partnerships at Zify France

 

 

 

 

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15% French research


300 laboratories


1500 researchers


65 000 students

  • Around 11,000 public and private research entities
  • 162,000 R&D workforce, including 112,500 researchers
  • 19.8 billion euros in expenditure for R&D
  • Leading European region in terms of public-private R&D partnerships. For example, the CNRS works with 1,200 startups and the CEA has over 500 industrial partnerships.
  • 4 out of 15 “Most Innovative Research Institutions in the world": CEA, CNRS, Inserm, Institut Pasteur.
  • 1st of the Top 10 countries with the most winners at the “Technology Fast 500 for EMEA”
  • The cost of a company researcher is 77% lower than in the United States and 30% lower than in the United Kingdom

France is an extraordinary place to do business in highly innovative sectors. For the same level of capital injected, an investment in France for R&D is three to four times more efficient than in Silicon Valley.

Rand Hindi, CEO of the startup Snips (IA),

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Startups Hub

Venez vous développer là où d'autres ont réussi !

Un riche vivier d’entrepreneurs : l’Ile de France concentre plus de la moitié des startup françaises

Plus de XXXX startups technologiques dans des domaines d’expertise reconnue au niveau mondial

Big data IA IoT Biotech/medtech Fintech Cleantech ...

You are looking for solutions adapted to your needs

Financial help
  • Paris Region Starter Pack
  • Innov’Up – Call for experimental projects
  • Innov’Up – Assistance for development
  • Innov’Up – Proto
  • Innov’Up – Assistance for feasibility
  • PM’up
Tax incentives
  • The status of Young Innovative Enterprise (JEI)
  • Innovation Tax Credit (CII)
  • Research Tax Credit (CIR)
Other helpers
The status of Young Innovative Enterprise (JEI)

WHAT IS IT ? The JEI is a system set up to encourage the emergence of young startups that are created with a research and development project.  It consists of a number of tax and social security exemptions.

WHO IS IT FOR? There are 5 criteria to be considered a Young Innovative Company and they apply at the end of every fiscal year:

  • Be less than 8 years old, the reference date being the year the company was founded.
  • Be an SME, i.e. less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50 million or a total worth of less than €43 million.
  • Commit expenditures for research and development that account for at least 15% of the company’s general expenses.
  • Be independent: more than 50% owned by natural persons.
  • Be really new: the company should not have been created as part of a merger, an extension or a resumption of a pre-existing activity.

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?

  • Tax relief

Exemption from corporate tax for 24 months:

  • Total exemption during the first year or the first taxable period. This period may not exceed 12 months.
  • Exemption of 50% for the next period or year.
  • Exemption from the territorial economic contribution (CET) and property tax for 7 years with the agreement of the local authorities.
  • Exemption from social security contributions
  • Exemption from employers’ social security contributions on part of the remuneration paid to highly qualified staff, such as engineers and researchers.


FOR WHAT TYPE OF EXPENDITURES?

The main eligible expenditures are similar to those for the  research tax credit (CIR)  which are:

  • staff costs,
  • depreciation expense for equipment allocated to R & D activity,
  • outsourcing expenses
  • technological watch charge.

 

WHAT’S THE PROCEDURE?
To benefit from the status of a JEI, the company must make a spontaneous declaration to the tax department to which it reports within the first 10 months of its activity.

A complete file (with a template to request prior notice and an explanatory note) is available on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research: ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.service-public.fr/professionnels-entreprises/vosdroits/F31188

Innovation Tax Credit (CII)

WHAT IS IT? The innovation tax credit is a tax assistance system for innovation that forms part of the research tax credit. It also aims to support companies that incur specific expenses to innovate.

WHO IS IT FOR? To benefit from the CII, you must be an SME: less than 250 employees and a turnover less than €50 million or total worth less than €43M.

HOW MUCH? The rate of the innovation tax credit is set at 20% of the expenditures incurred by the company, which are capped at €400,000.

FOR WHAT TYPE OF EXPENDITURES? The expenditures concerned by the CII are those of operations:
prototype design of new products
or pilot facilities for new products

WHAT’S THE PROCEDURE? Your declaration should be made on the same Cerfa form No. 2069-A-SD and in the same way as the research tax credit (CIR).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.entreprises.gouv.fr/politique-et-enjeux/credit-impot-innovation

Research Tax Credit (CIR)

What is it? The research tax credit is a form of tax assistance for innovation that reduces the tax payable by the business by deducting part of the expenses incurred to develop its research activities and improve its competitiveness.

Who is it for? A SYSTEM OPEN TO ALL BUSINESSES Whatever your sector of activity, your nationality or your size, you have the right to claim it!

How much? An advantageous rate: The State reimburses you for 30% of R&D expenses incurred up to 100 million euros with a margin of 5% over and above.

For what type of expenditures? A very wide base: The base for the CIR takes into account not only all R&D expenditure (salaries, social security charges, depreciation, operating costs, outsourcing, patents, watches, etc.),

but also those of innovation (expenditures with the aim of designing new innovative products) undertaken by companies at the rate of 20% within the limit of 400 000 € / year.

What’s the procedure? In order to benefit from the CIR, the company must complete a special declaration (Cerfa n°11081*19 Another number: 2069-a-sd) which it encloses with its declaration of results and which it sends to the business tax department (SIE) and to the General Directorate for Research and Innovation. (DGRI) of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research;

Who should I contact?

Ministère de la Recherche, Direction générale de la recherche et de l’innovation, bureau 1, 1 rue Descartes, 75005 Paris, Tel.: 01 55 55 84 25
Service des impôts des entreprises (SIE).

For more information: https://www.service-public.fr/professionnels-entreprises/vosdroits/F23533

Paris Region Starter Pack

Paris Region Starter Pack: A new financial solution for international companies in the Paris Region

 

FOR WHICH BUSINESSES?

You are an international company with high potential:

Start-up or SME
With 5 to 250 employees
A turnover of up to 50 million euros
You have decided to set up your business in the Paris Region or you have created your subsidiary in the Paris region

 

FOR WHICH PROJECTS?

You have a 3-year growth strategy with a defined financial plan, with potential for job creation, international development and the deployment of your activities;

You contribute to the development of the Paris Region;

You can benefit from funding of your 3-year development project in the Paris Region, which will enable you to finance your business.

 

FOR WHICH OPERATIONS:
Tangible and intangible investments, recruitment, strategic consulting services, international development, patent filing and extension, value chain optimisation (quality, design performance, management, etc.), digital and ecological transformation.


IN WHAT AMOUNT?

A grant of €250,000 maximum

 

HOW CAN I BENEFIT?
If you meet our criteria, you may contact our teams. We can carry out a diagnosis of your development project with you. If the project meets the criteria, we assist you in the completion of the online application form on the Paris Regional Council website.

 

Innov'Up - Call for experimental projects

What is it? Innov’Up is a regional aid scheme that aims to support innovative companies throughout their entire journey, from the idea to marketing.

Innov’Up provides four types of financial assistance:

  • Assistance for feasibility
  • Assistance for development
  • Assistance for prototyping
  • Assistance for experimenting, to test out the innovation and its uses before marketing (subject of this info sheet)

 

“Innov’up experiments” is a regional assistance program set up in partnership with BpiFrance.

 

Beneficiaries

  • A VSE-SME or mid-cap located in Île-de-France,
  • Experimental development type of project,
  • Effective partnership with a place/territory located in Ile-de-France,
  • Collaboration between a project leader and an evaluator
  • Deployment schedule for 6 to 18 months maximum.

 

How much?

Assistance of up to €100,000 in grants with the option of matching grants in advance recoverable up to €1,000,000.

Rates of assistance:
– 45% maximum for companies with less than 50 employees;

– 35% maximum for companies with 50 to 249 employees;

– 25% maximum for medium-sized companies.

For what type of expenditures?

  • Staff costs allocated to the project
  • Costs of instruments and equipment used for experiments
  • Expenses related to proving the concept, carrying out a demonstrator or prototype
  • Up to 49% of costs related to staff for subcontracted technical services,
  • Expenses related to evaluation

 

What is the procedure? Submit a proposal on the platform for regional assistance in Ile-de-France. Projects can be submitted anytime without a deadline.

Who should I contact?
Région Ile-de-France – Appel à projets INNOV’up Expérimentation
33 Rue Barbet de Jouy – 75007 Paris
Tel: 01.53.85.53.85
ami.experimentation@iledefrance.fr

 

For more information: Consult the INNOV’up page  and download the specifications of the call for projects for INNOV’UP Experiments  on the website of the Paris Region.

Innov'Up - Assistance for development

What is it? Innov’Up is a regional assistance scheme that aims to support innovative companies throughout their entire journey, from the idea to marketing.
Innov’Up provides four types of financial assistance:

• Assistance for feasibility
• Assistance for development, to carry out its innovation project (the subject of this info sheet)
• Assistance for prototyping
• Assistance for experimenting

Innov’Up – Assistance for development is co-financed by the Region and BpiFrance

Who is it for? Any business in the Paris region

How much? A grant of up to €100,000, with the option of matching grants in advance of up to €1 million.

For what type of expenditures?
Expenses for research, development and innovation as provided for in community regulations.

What is the procedure? Submit an application on the website “Mon Bpifrance en ligne”.


More information:
consult the INNOV’up page  on the Paris Region’s website.

Innov’Up – Proto

What is it? Innov’Up is a regional assistance scheme that aims to support innovative companies throughout their entire journey, from the idea to marketing.

Innov’Up provides four types of financial assistance:

  • Assistance for feasibility, to validate the cost-effectiveness of its innovation project
  • Assistance for development
  • Assistance for prototyping (the subject of this info sheet)
  • Assistance for experimenting

Organized  in partnership with Cap Digital,Innov’Up Proto aims to support innovation prototypes and to experiment with them as part of  “Paris Region Smart Weeks”, which brings together events dedicated to new technologies in Île-de-France.

 

Beneficiaries Any business

  • located in Île-de-France
  • having 1 year of minimum exercise (date of creation of the company)
  • present only one project per structure.

 

Modes of assistance

  • between 35% and 45% of the financing of the technological prototype project, up to €100,000 per project
  • technological support by the Cap Digital competitiveness center
  • a very high visibility for prototype projects is provided for the general public during the “Paris Region Smart Weeks 2018” and especially during the “Futur en Seine” Festival

 

What is the procedure? The annual call for projects is closed for 2017


More information:
consult the presentation of Innov’Up Proto 2017 and the INNOV’up page on Paris Region’s website.

Innov’Up – Assistance for feasibility

What is it? Innov’Up is a regional assistance scheme that aims to support innovative companies throughout their entire journey, from the idea to marketing.

Innov’Up provides four types of financial assistance:

 

  • Assistance for feasibility, to validate the cost-effectiveness of its innovation project (the subject of this info sheet)
  • Assistance for development
  • Assistance for prototyping
  • Assistance for experimenting

 

Innov’Up – Assistance for feasibility, co-financed by the Region and Bpifrance,is designed to support the business in the preparation and maturing of  its development project, in the phase of upstream studies.

Beneficiaries Any business in the Paris region

How much? A maximum grant of €30,000.


For what type of expenditures?
Expenses for research, development and innovation as provided for in community regulations.

What is the procedure? Submit an application on the website “Mon Bpifrance en ligne”.

More information: consult the INNOV’up page  on the website of the Paris Region’s website

PM'up

WHAT’S THIS? PM’UP is a regional aid scheme that aims to support the growth strategies of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

FOR WHO ? small and medium-sized businesses:

located in Île-de-France,
with 5 to 250 employees,
realizing less than 50 M € of turnover and less than 43 M € of balance sheet

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Internationalization
Diversification
Increase and modernization of the production tool
Optimization of the value chain
Duplication or reorientation of the economic model
Digital and ecological transformations

 

HOW MUCH ? Subsidy up to € 250,000, the rate depends on the project and the size of the company:

Investments: 20% for small businesses, 10% for medium-sized businesses,
Patent filing and extension, Consulting, International and Recruitment: 50%.
Recruitment assistance is capped at € 25,000, up to 3 recruitments per project (€ 75,000)

 

WHAT TYPE OF EXPENSES?

Tangible and intangible investments in capacity and modernization

Filing and extension of patents

Executive Recruitment: DG, DAF, CIO, Director / Sales / Marketing / International
International development: exhibitions (first participation), international volunteering in companies (V.I.E), consulting
Consulting: organization, strategy, market research …

 

WHAT PROCEDURE?

Submit an application online on the dedicated website http://pmup.iledefrance.fr/

Download the application guide and the file of the parts to join on the Ile-de-France Region website

 

WHICH ADDRESS ?

Ile-de-France Region – PM’up

35 boulevard des Invalides – 75007 PARIS

Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 85 53 85

http://www.iledefrance.fr

pm-up@iledefrance.fr

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Consult the presentation of the PM’UP help and download the rules on the website of the Ile-de-France Region

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