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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 30 March, 2006
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
New European Media (NEM)
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+33 (0)6 61 80 51 43
Internationalisation Responsible
+33 (0)6 48 80 89 82
ECCP Responsible Person
+33 (0)6 48 80 89 82
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
E-Publishing, Digital Content
Visualisation, Virtual Reality
S3 EU priority areas: 
Creative, arts & entertainment activities
New media & easier access to cultural contents (e.g. heritage)
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
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Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Larger Company
Larger Company
Kolor-Go Pro
Laboratoire Informatique de Grenoble
Technology Center
Rhone Alpes Cinema
Larger Company
Naver Labs Europe
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy

Imaginove is a triple-helix cluster, which federates and contributes to the expansion of projects and businesses in digital content and services industry in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, rated the second one in France due to its economic weight. Imaginove assembles about 200 members, mostly innovative SMEs, but also academics, researchers, laboratories and public bodies. Clusters’ activities stimulate the region’s dynamics and boost its national and global growth. Imaginove experts support innovative SMEs, laboratories and universities in three main domains: Research & Development, Human Resources, Internationalisation and Business development. Imaginove is working closely with other clusters in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region as well as with local centers of excellence. The local centres ecosystem represents more than 500 SMEs (6000 employees), 18 research centres and 12 schools specialised in the artistic and creative industries. Imaginove is working closely with such clusters as Cap Digital, Image&Reseaux, SCS etc. and is a member of a French national network of clusters.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
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
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
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Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
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: 
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?: 
Digital Catapult
Cap Digital
Images & Réseaux
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesName & Description (Regional/National)

Lyon Urban Data  ( European Regional Development Fund) :

The Lyon Urban Data garthers since 2011 public and private actors who have the willingness to create a dynamic around the Smart City thematic. Besides, the « Grand Lyon »  developped in 2012 a smart city strategy with the approach «  Grand Lyon Métropole Intelligente » - « Big Lyon Smart Metropolis ». It integrates some différents elements : energy, innovating dematerialised services, new ways of mobility, territorial tools of innovation. This approach has the objective that the Grand Lyon becomes a lead territory for experimentations and the deployment of innovative services and purposes but also an actor, an enabler or a project initiator linked to his smart city strategy.

So, Lyon Urban Date aims to :

- build, to accompagn and to accelerate the co-creation and the expérimentation of new services and so to contribute of the «  Grand Lyon Métropole Intelligente » approach

- set up and to develop a Living Lab destined to test in real way new services and tools of some purposes around this thematic in cooperation with companies, research laboratories, local collectivities and some users.

- favorise open innovation, to share networks and to implicate users since the beginning of the conception

- permit to its members to build a program by for exemple operating a mutualisation of their skills and their respective ressources.

The operations managed by the association and/or their members lead to the establishing of some specifics conventions stating for exemple the rights and the obligations of each one for the tasks of intellectual ownership.

Imaginove participated to following European projects:

Full partner in CReATE project (FP7) – CREaTE promoted trans- and cross-regional cooperation of stakeholders involved in highly innovative clusters in the creative industries sector. In line with the overall objective of the “Regions of Knowledge” programme CReATE had the objective to strengthen the research potential of European regions, in particular by encouraging and supporting the development, across Europe, of regional research- driven clusters.

Associated partner in ACE Creative project (H2020). ACE Creative is the next generation of the ACE Acceleration Programme. ACE Creative is aimed at start-ups and SMEs mixing the latest technologies with creativity. ACE Creative will leverage a European network of expertise in training, investment and business coaching, ensuring these companies rapidly gain entry and grow into international markets

In these projects, as well as in cluster’s daily activities, Imaginove is animating the digital content end services ecosystem, managing open calls, matchmaking events, linking SMEs, academia, laboratories for further collaboration.

Success Story / Achievements: 

Open Digital Lab

Launched in October 2015 and organised by Imaginove and the Foundation for the University of Lyon, the Open Digital Lab aims to support  e-learnig projects and the emergence of student projects in the areas of digital content and new media. The project is built on a interinstitution  collaboration and enables the sharing of educational resources. ODL brings together 50 students from 5 different faculties to work together in the creation and development of end-of- study projects.


Global Media Connect (GMC)  - a national event organised by Imaginove  three times a year.

The GMC is promoting  the creation of hybrid projects - CCI and new digital usages applied to the content (image, sound, text , data) disseminated through the media ( smartphone, connected objects, tv, internet, robotics ... ) in any form of narration (application, video game, tv series , animation) , and regardless of the technologies used. Since its creation, more than 10 Global Media Connect were organized each one with a different thematic ( transmedia, e-learning, IoT, gaming etc.)


Imaginove is also organising an annual 2-days event, called Talent Day, which gathers more than 500 professionals of CCI and ICT industries.

- FUI project « Creamove » - integration of digital artist - Gwendaline Bacchini - digital dancer, in the consortium

- Project Booster: matchmaking events for representatives from industry, research and SMEs Challenges Big data on the theme Culture and tourism.

- Organising a Think-Tank on the BCI Brain Computer Interface. Presentation of the art project led by

Anahata integrating BCI interface, 3D printing and culture of Cambodia http://think-

tank.imaginove.com/evenement/brain-computer-interface-enjeux-video/ interventions

- Mirage Festival in February 2015 organisation of a round table on the connection between artists

and researchers

- Project Booster: matchmaking events for representatives from industry, research and SMEs

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

First of all, our cluster has in his team an EU project manager, graduated in European affairs and EU project management. She has 4 years of experience, worked previously at Cap Digital Paris Region cluster, where she coordinated Work Packages of 3 EU projects (TELL US, ACE and Open Cities) and was organisating various European and International events at Futur en Seine Festival for 3 years. She joined Imaginove team in October 2015. Her mission is to manage Imaginove’s EU projects and enhance the visibility of the cluster at the European level.

Then, as we already said before, our cluster assembles about 200 members in Digital Content sector and also 5600 contacts. On the European level, Imaginove is a Steering Board member of NEM (The EU Technology platform for New European Media), member of an European Cluster Collaboration Platform with a Bronze label for Clusters Excellence, member of EEN network (Enterprise Europe Network).