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Toulouse, ville innovante

Artificial intelligence

Toulouse: 50 years of history in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. The area is one of the most dynamic R&D regions in Europe: the early days of French robotics and AI happened in Toulouse.

Major French Tech and IoT city, Toulouse is where aeronautics, space and digital savoir-faire intersect to create the emerging technologies of tomorrow.

4000IT companies

52000IT employees

75+startup programs

160+R&D centers

French Tech Capital

With 4,000 companies in the digital sector and more than 700 startups, our region is the #1 companies’ concentration in France outside Paris.

The Toulouse area an exceptional network of 75+ innovations catalysts: incubators and accelerators programs, coworking spaces, from ideation to industrialization, for software and hardware businesses in all kinds of sectors, the right partner for each and every step of your development is in Toulouse.

The IoT sector in Occitanie gathers 98,000 employees, representing 8B+ Euros of yearly turnover. Digital employment in Toulouse (52,000 jobs) exceeds the employment areas of Bordeaux (31,800) and Marseille (22,400). Digital sector jobs represent 7.9% of total employment in the Toulouse area, compared to 7.3% in Lyon.

Local academia is also 160+ R&D centers strong and trains 20,000 highly qualified IT students.

5 sectors of excellence: IoT & Manufacturing, Cleantech & Mobility, HealthTech, Edtech & Entertainment, Retail & E-commerce.

To finish, active public authorities, clusters and networks federate this vibrant community.

Toulouse is France's excellence centre in artificial intelligence

Toulouse has been one of the selected French city to build its interdisciplinary institute for AI called ANITI: Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute. Toulouse academics have been working on AI for more than 40 years.

It gathers an ecosystem of more 150 artificial intelligence companies, 33 laboratories (20% of the local R&D forces involved), 9 technology platforms offering cutting edge equipment and 1500+ industrial employees.

Invest in Toulouse, robotique

Strong local AI companies are evolving in strategic businesses:

  • Robotics & drones
  • Language recognition & bots
  • Smart & Connected City
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Embedded critical systems
  • HR & customer support
objets connectés

IoT & Digital Manufacturing

The IoT Valley is Europe's reference business ecosystem specialized in the internet of things and connected objects currently building the world's largest IoT Campus.

Focused on innovative companies, the association has more than 40 startups and an acceleration program: LeConnected.Camp. It is almost entirely financed with private funds through partnerships with major groups such as the French railway company SNCF or the social protection and asset management organization AG2R La Mondiale, and industry leaders like Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, EBV Elektronik, and many more. 

iOT Valley à Toulouse

The IoT Valley brings together over 600 members in 20,000 m², and because it is constantly developing, they have started the construction of a 10-hectare campus in the outskirts of Toulouse, which is entirely dedicated to connected objects. The objective is to accommodate more than 300 startups from all over the world!

As Toulouse is the French largest industrial ecosystem, IoT and the digital sector are supporting manufacturing innovation. From advanced industry 4.0 training centers to a dense network of solutions providers, our ecosystem is a gateway to many business opportunities & synergies in digital transformation needs of small and medium-sized enterprises in industrial sectors.

Grand Matabiau

Grand Matabiau Digital Campus

The Grand Matabiau Campus will eventually have 50,000 square meters of offices and business premises dedicated to digital technologies, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. The Metropolis wants to bring together all the companies and start-ups of the territory, and to attract others to this office area which will take place on the Faubourg-Bonnefoy, walking distance from the high-speed train station Matabiau. The ambition is also to host a major digital school to make Toulouse a European campus of excellence in the tech industry.

The setup of a totem building dedicated to digital innovation will enable the concentration of all the players in this sector, bringing together academia, industry, institutions and professional associations. The real estate offer near the train station and in the city center will allow the hosted companies to attract young talents and give them the opportunity to work and live close by, offering them a greener urban lifestyle.

2024: Gare RAYNAL, 3000 sqm Totem building to introduce the project
2026: SERNAM1, 29 000 sqm office space to federate the IT community 
2027: SERNAM2, 7 000 m² extra office space


Head of Business Development


Tel +33 6 46 70 88 39

Julien TOULOUSE - Responsable du Développement Commercial - Invest in Toulouse