Bordeaux Metropole: “Wine, work and smile”
On the Atlantic coast and connected to the world, Bordeaux has a great cultural heritage. Its blend of world-class business excellence, quality of life, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, makes beautiful Bordeaux a buzzing global city.
Bordeaux Metropole (with 760.000 inhabitants) is the gathering of the city of Bordeaux with the 27 surrounding municipalities, which have decided to merge in order to be larger and stronger, especially in the economic field.
Bordeaux is internationally renowned for its wine: 700 million bottles produced each year and shipped all over the world.
Tourism is also a major economic field for us. Over 6 million tourists visited Bordeaux last year. Such reference media as Lonely Planet and Los Angeles Times put Bordeaux on top of their list of World Best destinations for 2017.
Visitors are often amazed by the high quality of life, the beauty of the city designated a UNESCO world heritage.
14 Michelin-starred restaurants (2017)
Bordeaux ranks 4th French city of destinations in terms of conferences and congresses.
With 93.000 students, Bordeaux Metropole is renowned for training institutions, source of inspiration for startuppers (INP , KEDGE , INSEEC … ) as well as very active research labs (INRIA, LABRI, NeuroCampus, Institut européen de Chimie …).
Bordeaux gathers two worldwide Competitiveness clusters, Aerospace valley , Alpha Laser
Among our visitors, entrepreneurs are delighted to notice how business friendly is the territory, combining heritage and pioneering spirit. The creative energy of our businesses and the well-known hotbed of talent attract capital in a lot of fields over wine and tourism, especially cutting-edge technologies.
Some references : Aeronautics (for instance Dassault , Thales), laser-photonics ( Amplitude Systems ), e-health ( Interaction Healthcare , Synapse ), cyber-commerce ( C-Discount ), finTech ( VeraCash , Mieux placer ), cleanTech ( Europlasma, Sunna design ), construction and public works ( Fayat ) , smartCity ( Gertrude ), digital creative industries sectors (Asobo , Betomorrow, Akiani ), Big Data (ATInternet, Cheops Technology, Cartegie), industrial 3D technology (Immersion ), Industrial equipment ( Lectra ), A.I. ( Wiidii, Bziiit ), Robotics ( Conserto, Pollen ) …
A powerful dynamic is currently boosting Bordeaux businesses: large companies, SMEs, and also many startups companies, that drive growth and innovation. Bordeaux was one of the first cities in France to enter the “FRENCH TECH” label designed by the Ministry of Economy.
FrenchTech Bordeaux gathers 400 startups, 30 incubators and accelerators.
Newcomers into Bordeaux ecosystem, in last 12 months : Deezer ( music streaming leader in France) UbiSoft (world’s 3rd biggest video games publisher) ; OVH (European cloud leader) ; Solidanim (#1 french in virtual production and motion capture) ; BetClic (European leader of online bets), ManoMano (cyber-commerce French leader of do-it-yourself and garden equipment)…
The attractiveness of Bordeaux keeps on growing as, since 2017, the high-speed train line put Paris only 2 hours away from Bordeaux.
Bordeaux ranks number 1 as favorite city to work in, for French people (Great Place to Work) – Think Institute, 2014,2015,2016 and 2017.
Bordeaux ranks first, ahead of Paris, for the rate of business setup (17.8%) – according to INSEE 2016 (national institute for statistics and economy) ; it ranks 1st after Paris for innovative business setup (l’Expansion business magazine, 2017), and 1st European mid-size city for its foreign direct investment strategy (Financial Times 2018).
This is what we call “Magnetic Bordeaux” : an attractive city for one wanting to enjoy both professional and personal development, achieving the perfect work-life balance.