Providing support for innovation-led projects with strong economic and ecological potential
The CUS aims to drive a locally-based economy based on entrepreneurial networks and green-focused innovation, through 3 main development areas:
- Stimulating the Cleantech sectors by supporting entrepreneurship and innovation
- Structuring the territory to increase corporate competitiveness
- Local marketing aimed at green companies.
These 3 development areas will be driven by operational actions aimed at creating and developing green companies and encouraging the installation of existing enterprises.
Cleantech incubator companies
The CUS has an active population of some 50,000 students working within universities and management and engineering schools such as the University of Strasbourg, ENGEES, INSA Strasbourg, ENSAS, EM Strasbourg business school and ECO-Conseil) and research units, such as those within the REALISE network. These are also the region's future entrepreneurs and this is what prompted the signature of a contract between the SEMIA business incubator and the CUS to help support innovation-led start-ups within the Cleantech energy and environment sector. The agreement has already resulted in the creation of the first incubator companies.
Build on competitiveness clusters
The CUS is building on its competitiveness clusters, which are among the region's major development drivers. The clusters are committed partners in joint projects with the CUS, such as the ÉcoCité flagship project for city-centre urban renovation and are also powerful catalysts for innovation. There are five competitive clusters in and around Strasbourg, four of which are in green economy sectors: Hydreos (water quality), Véhicule du futur (sustainable mobility), Énergivie (sustainable construction and energy supply) and Fibres Grand Est (environmentally-friendly fibrous materials). These four clusters play a significant role in structuring and cooperative projects (between companies and research laboratories), to which the CUS can grant funding.
The CUS is also actively involved in improving the environment and offering enhanced services to entrepreneurs, mainly through projects in the energy sector, water quality and environmental performance of industrial processes. These structuring projects have dual innovation and environmental performance objectives which will become effective economic levers in both the short and long-term.
Providing support for projects: premises and networks
The CUS offers support for new green-economy companies seeking premises. Premises are currently available in incubators, start-up centres and business centres, depending on the type of company, and also in the 170-hectare Innovation Park, reserved for companies in cutting-edge activities, which offers ideal conditions for the real estate needs of Cleantech companies, among others.
The CUS also works closely with the Cleantuesday Association and has set up a local branch which organises quarterly meetings to stimulate exchanges between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and cluster representatives.