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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 February, 2006
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
over 30
Regions: 
Île de France
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
French Tech
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Research Data Alliance
EIT Health
AFPC
EIT Digital
European Business Network
New European Media
Next Generation Internet
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmailGender
Patrick
Cocquet
Cluster Manager
patrick.cocquet@capdigital.com
Male
Manuella
Portier
ECCP Responsible Person
manuella.portier@capdigital.com
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Communications Equipment and Services
Technology fields: 
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
E-Publishing, Digital Content
S3 EU priority areas: 
Development of regional cultural & creative industries
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
e-education & HR / eHealth & well-being / Media, entertainment, cultural and creative industries / Sustainable City / Industry & services / Technologies, data, AI
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
1010
Number of SME members: 
892
Number of larger company members: 
64
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
71
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
36
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Website
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Cap Digital, the largest cluster in Europe, was created as a result of a public policy for the development of economic sectors with strong growth potential located in the same geographical area. Since 2006, the cluster has been implementing the Paris Region’s strategy for digital content and services, supporting innovative SMEs in this field.

In May 2018, Cap Digital has integrated Advancity, the French cluster supporting sustainable urban innovation and has thus enlarged its ecosystem with new members active in four domains: EcoTechnologies, EcoMobility, EcoConstruction and EcoCity. By gathering stakeholders of digital transformation and energy transition, Cap Digital is now the first European cluster of Future and Sustainable Cities.

Our +1000 members are primarily innovative SMEs but also major universities, higher education establishments, research labs, corporations focused on a specific technology-driven industry and investors.

Our members represent French digital industry’s most active players.

Our definition of a business cluster

  • It aims to create and foster links across market players;
  • To support collaborative research, innovation and growth.

Cap Digital’s expertise is expressed through

  • Our organization, made up of sector-specific communities and experts from among its 1010 members
  • A highly-qualified team
  • An information system that enables us to capitalize on knowledge within the ecosystem and related technological domains

Cap Digital reflects the nature of the digital industry and ecological transition

  • It is flexible and prompt to react.
  • Our objective is to meet our specific members’ needs whilst creating a united group capable of meeting the challenges of a changing global economy.

Our mission

We are at the forefront of the future and accompany this new industrial world being built before our eyes. This place of choice gives us a fundamental role. A role of agitator and facilitator that brings together all players in the digital economy & sustainable development (and more) and makes them work collectively to bring their visions, prototypes, projects, technologies and services beyond everyone’s expectations. To achieve this, we offer our services in support of innovation, acceleration, digital transformation and ecological transition.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Details of support services: 

Six key markets are addressed by Cap Digital members: e-education & HR / eHealth & well-being / Cultural and creative industries / Sustainable City / Industry & services / Technologies, data, AI

Cap Digital provides its members with intelligence (through market & technology watch and forecast, publications, studies), training, helping with recruitment, matchmaking/networking, funding solutions, project reviews, business development and internationalization services.

Support to innovation

Our R&D team offers a range of services to maximize their chances of being funded:

  • Information sessions on regional, national & European calls for proposals and tenders
  • Identification of the right funding window
  • Personalized support
  • Expert assessment of project
  • Certification of projects with the Cap Digital label
  • Support in partners’ search & networking
  • Promotion & follow-up on the member’s projects

Business Coaching & Acceleration

Fundraising, design coaching, internationalisation coaching, our members learn how to pitch to their audiences around the world, how to optimise their offer to a foreign market and make a smooth set up abroad, where to find the right funding and how to get a label of recognition in French ecosystem (e.g. Pass French Tech, EIP) to be able to gain more trust and open more doors on their way up.

Digital transformation & open innovation 

We are experienced in supporting open innovation programs and experimentation by selecting and accompanying the development of functional prototypes by startups to solve problems previously defined by sponsors. In this scope, Cap Digital provides aid for small companies to transfer their digital/technological innovations and tools to big institutions and vice versa, aiding the big institutions to gain access to cutting edge technologies developed by small companies.

Strategic studies & surveys

One of our missions is to provide our members with competitive intelligence to identify and understand tomorrow’s innovations through market and technology watch, prospective analysis, publications, studies and thematic monitoring papers through various tools.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Canada
Israel
Singapore
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Germany
Italy
Spain
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
gi cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
EIT KICs

From its creation, Cap Digital has been involved in +20 EU-funded projects as Coordinator or WP leader. 

The full list is detailed on our website: https://www.capdigital.com/en/who-we-are/our-eu-projects/ 

H2020 / FP7

  • Vital Media 
  • CECIL 
  • URBAN-EU-CHINA
  • Eurotransmedia
  • Research Data Alliance 3
  • REDICT
  • Wear-A-Ban
  • TELL US
  • ACE
  • ImMediaTe
  • Open Cities

INNOSUP

  • INNOLABS

COSME

  • CECIL

EIT HEALTH

  • European Health Catapult (as Coordinator)
  • IL-CAN Gateway
  • Product Market FIT
  • eMapsII
  • Innovation Fellowship
  • Market Coach Network

EIT DIGITAL

  • Startup to Scaleup Launchpad Europe
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Key figures 

  • 750 labelled R&D projects
  • 1,6 bn€ of R&D investment
  • 116 events organised in 2017
  • 890M€ raised by our startups and SMEs in 2017
  • 30 laureates of our digital challenges
  • 10 foreign SMSs accelerated each year
  • 100+ connections between startups and large companies
  • 12.000 visitors at Futur.e.s in Paris festival in 2018
  • 150+ experts to support the process of selecting the nuggets of the digital economy and accelerating their growth
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

What Cap Digital can bring to your project

  • Experience in 20+ EU projects including in project coordination and WP leadership
  • Regional & European Community engagement
  • Open call organisation
  • Business Plan Modelling & Strategy Coaching
  • Inbound & Outbound
  • Organisation of events
  • Visibility at Futur.e.s in Paris festival
  • Dissemination and exploitation of projects’ results

What Cap Digital can do for you

You are a cluster 

  • We can build a EU project together
  • We can help you and your members find a sound French partner for your EU projects
  • We can exchange expertise about Cluster Excellence Management and our sectors of expertise

You are a company or an academic

  • We can build a EU project together
  • We can help you find a sound French partner for you EU projects 
  • We can provide you with useful information on the French digital sector and help you get in touch with the relevant stakeholders