here is the top 30 of the best french cities 2022

What are the best cities for startups? Each year, Startup Blink offers its global and national ranking, an opportunity to see the dynamics of entrepreneurship. In France, the 30 cities most suitable for the development of startups have just been released. And there is movement.

To establish its ranking, Startup Blink’s annual study takes into account several criteria and closely follows the evolution of local startups, accelerators/incubators, hiring, research and development, in addition to coworking spaces. Good news, France is particularly well represented in the world rankings.

What is happening in Montpellier, Biarritz and Grenoble?

We can find that several French cities are making a big advance in the rankings. Dynamics that can lead them to become, tomorrow, very attractive areas for entrepreneurs and investors. Biarritz, ranked 19th, climbed two places in the ranking, as did Grenoble, to 8th.

Montpellier, ranked 9th (+2), was the subject of a special format on lemon squeezer🇧🇷 We came to meet the manager of French Tech Méditerranée to better understand what made the region attractive. In the last three years, many nuggets have come out of there and investors are more and more numerous.

Grenoble, Biarritz, Montpellier, here are three cities to remember by French Tech. We remind you that in the context of Biarritz, on the Basque coast, various events are organized. At the end of August, in the cryptocurrency community, the Surfin’Bitcoin event has been held for three years. In Grenoble, universities and laboratories promote its attractiveness. Verkor, an electric car battery startup, has just raised 150 million euros. In Montpellier, finally, the unicorn Swile revolutionized the world of restaurant tickets.

Paris or Toulouse?

At the top of the rankings, entrepreneurs will increasingly face a dilemma. The podium of the best cities for a startup brought Toulouse, in second position, after Paris that continues to dominate the ranking. Capital is way ahead according to Startup Blink’s score (52,877 vs 4,974). But to choose, entrepreneurs will have to take into account real estate prices, as well as competition.

As Renaud Lataguerra, the founder of We Craft Apps in Nantes (ranked 5), explained to us last summer, one of the most important things for a start-up is certainly mutual help. He explained part of his success by the fact that “all the actors in the territory worked so that companies like ours can exist and develop favorably”🇧🇷 In Paris, competition can become more intense and therefore development can be more complicated. However, for a well-launched startup, Paris is still the 10th most favorable city for a startup in the world rankings, after Tel Aviv.

Lyon overtakes Marseille

Interesting point to note in the rest of the ranking, Lyon has just overtaken Marseille. Third, the city at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône has certainly been successful thanks to the evolution of its infrastructure for entrepreneurs such as the H7 swimming pool, younger sister of the F Station in Paris. Universities and research, especially scientific, are at the forefront. There are many coworking spaces.

According to Startup Blink scores, the difference is not significant, however, between the two cities. It’s more like that with Nantes, who are in fifth place. Aside from a few points, Lyon could also have beaten Toulouse.

No cities in Corsica or Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

“For a long time, France dreamed of having its own Silicon Valley. But we realized that innovation in France was everywhere.”, explained Clément Saad, president of the French technology subsidiary based in Montpellier. His observations last March are still echoed by the number of dynamic cities in France for entrepreneurship. That said, inequalities are still very visible.

Thus, the regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, PACA, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Grand Est each have 4 cities in the ranking of the best cities for startups in the world. On the other hand, Corsica and the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté are not represented. Also in Ile-de-France, there is only Paris in the ranking, enough to notice the equally visible centralization of the economy in our country.

The complete ranking

  1. Paris
  2. toulouse
  3. Lyon
  4. marseille
  5. nantes
  6. Lille
  7. bordeaux
  8. Grenoble
  9. Montpellier
  10. nice
  11. reindeer
  12. strasbourg
  13. walking sticks
  14. caen
  15. Annecy
  16. Rouen
  17. Reims
  18. La Rochelle
  19. Biarritz
  20. Metz
  21. Brest
  22. San Malo
  23. toulon
  24. Compiegne
  25. chambery
  26. Rage
  27. orleans
  28. towers
  29. nancy
  30. Limoges

The ranking of the best cities in France and their position in the world ranking © HelloSafe

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