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Round tableEurope's hub on innovation

Invest in Toulouse organized a digital roundtable with journalists from the UK and distinguished guests to present both the inspiring ecosystem that Toulouse offers and how in the sectors of health, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and transportation, Toulouse's assets are transforming the city in an European center of excellence.

The guests are all founders or CEOs of companies who have decided to come to Toulouse to set up and develop their activities.

Discover how the synergies and collaborations of the Toulouse ecosystem and how the metropolis is asserting itself as a European center of innovation.


  • Jean-Claude Dardelet, President Agence d'attractivité Toulouse Métropole, Deputy Mayor
  • Craig Johnstone, COO of Evotec
  • Corinne Grillet, CEO of Alygne Inc
  • Gilbert Gagnaire, CEO & Founder of EasyMile
  • Nicholas Cullen, Partner at Cabinet d'avocats ALTIJ


The ecosystem of Toulouse is especially favourable to the success of a new business. Project leaders will find that the area combines internationally renowned research centres, the headquarters of major providers of work on an international scale, a network of startups that are among the most dynamic in France and a concentration of very high-quality skills.

Toulouse is an accessible city, with direct links to the other major cities of Europe thanks to an airport that continues to expand. It offers businesses that set up a base here and their employees the perfect balance between a dynamic working environment and an excellent quality of life.

Toulouse Métropole is in the process of undertaking major projects that will further enhance the area’s attractiveness. In the run-up to 2024, a 3rd metro line, Toulouse Aerospace Express, will connect the major areas of employment.

The offer, unique in Europe, is structured around key themed hubs:

  • Toulouse Euro Sud-Ouest, a business district devoted to high added-value services (consultancy, finance, banking, a creative district);
  • Toulouse Aerospace, a campus for innovation in aeronautics, space research and onboard systems;
  • Oncopole focuses on oncology and life sciences;
  • Francazal Mobility Park is set to become the centre of excellence for robotics, drones, selfdriving vehicles and the transport of the future.

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  • 4th largest French Metropolis
  • 5 billion/year in R&D investment
  • 1.3 million inhabitants
  • 20,000 researchers
  • 120,000 students
  • World's capital of aeronautics
  • European capital of space

Invest in Toulouse

In the field of economic development, the mission of the agency and the Invest in Toulouse team is to attract new companies to the Toulouse area, in particular those that provide very high added value, such as R&D, engineering and prototyping. At the same time, the agency also targets the key aeronautics and space sectors, as well as emerging industries like digital and new technologies (on-board systems, intelligent transport, robotics and drones, smart city, the Internet of things) and life sciences (biotech, health, cosmetics). The clear objective is to aid the establishment of projects that will become the drivers for growth across the metropolitan area.

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