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Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)


Coordinator website

Year Established



3 parvis Louis Neel, 38000, Grenoble (France)


Contact information

Isabelle Guillaume
0033 438781947

Contact information

Laure Quintin
0033 6 04911799



minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in collaboration with a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs, intends to provide for all economy stakeholders willing to benefit from the advantages of digital technologies in their businesses (SMEs, small caps, large enterprises, public organizations, etc.):

  • access to necessary technologies and skills
  • an understanding of use cases, the value chain and the supply chain
  • an acceleration of R&D
  • support services related to innovation
  • field trials for experimenting with digital innovations

In order to achieve these objectives, minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes leverages the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region’s capacity to reinforce the hardware-software continuum on 6 key digitization technologies:

  • high-performance computing and simulation
  • artificial intelligence
  • cyber-security and privacy
  • connectivity (5G and Internet of Things)
  • integrated and smart microelectronic components
  • cyber-physical systems

The ambition of minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is to serve the industry of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and at the same time to expand and serve at national and European levels. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region has exceptional public and industrial infrastructures to design and develop smart objects integrating software and components, ranging from imaging sensors to components for low-power computing, and also services necessary for digital transformation of enterprises.

Minasmart gathers key actors in the Region to support the regional SME to master their digitisation. These actors are: 

  • Minalogic, Global Innovation cluster for digital technologies in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region
  • CEA, a strong RTO with 2 large Institutes in the Region. It is a public body established in October 1945. The CEA is active in three main fields: Energy, information and health technologies, defence and national security. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research. CEA has a workforce of around 15,000 employees, platforms and testbeds.
  • INRIA, the French national research institute for the digital sciences
  • Regional Digital Campus: A single place offering learning and support driving digital transformation both in terms of technology and skills, building strong exchanges between enterprises, RTO and education.
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprise, The regional public agency for business development
  • The Universities in Grenoble, gathered in an alliance represeitng a fully integrated research and innovation university.
  • Université de Lyon, a world-class academic site of excellence
  • IRT Nanoelec, technological research institute in information and communication technologies, and more specifically, micro and nanoelectronics.

Minasmart objectives are:

  • To create global tech champions: with services such as access to technology & world-class platform (CEA, INRIA), collaborative R&D (Minalogic), access to funding (Minalogic), access to large accounts (Open Innovation days), access to European programs (SAE, Silicon Europe)
  • To support the digital transformation in traditional SME: For this Minasmart provides visibility thanks to a unique comprehensive & strong DIH in the region as well as an adapted offer  and the a large coverage and regional reach thanks to the regional agency with 11 locations in the region.

minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, en interaction avec les autres DIH structurants européens, a pour objectif d’offrir pour tous les acteurs de l’économie nécessitant d’intégrer des technologies numériques dans leurs activités (PME, ETI, grandes entreprises, organismes publics...) :

  • un accès aux technologies et aux compétences nécessaires ;
  • une compréhension des cas d’usage, de la chaîne de la valeur et de la chaîne d’approvisionnement ;
  • une accélération de la R&D ;
  • des services d’accompagnement à l’innovation ;
  • des terrains d’expérimentation et de tests.

Pour atteindre ces objectifs, minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes cristallise les capacités de la région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes pour renforcer le continuum matériel / logiciel sur 6 technologies clés de la numérisation :

  • le calcul haute performance et la simulation ;
  • l’intelligence artificielle ;
  • la cyber sécurité et la vie privée ;
  • la connectivité (5G et internet des objets) ;
  • les composants microélectroniques intégrés et intelligents, dont les capteurs ;
  • les systèmes cyber-physiques.

minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes a pour ambition de servir l’industrie de la région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes et en même temps de rayonner et servir au niveau national et européen. La région dispose à cet effet de plateformes et d’infrastructures publiques et industrielles exceptionnelles pour concevoir et développer les objets intelligents intégrant du logiciel et des composants, allant des capteurs d’imagerie jusqu’aux composants pour le calcul très basse consommation, et aussi les services nécessaires à la transformation numérique des entreprises. De plus, fort des liens internationaux de Grenoble dans les domaines combinant le matériel et le logiciel, tissés au sein de projets européens pilotes pour les réseaux de DIH tels que EuroCPS, FED4SAE et SMARTEES, et des réseaux d’excellence liant des centres de compétences comme l’alliance SILICON EUROPE, le DIH nouera des liens étroits avec ses homologues structurants en Europe.

minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes s’appuie sur des nœuds distribués sur la région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, notamment à Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne et Clermont-Ferrand, et a des liens privilégiés avec les autres DIH nationaux majeurs tels que DIGIHALL à Paris-Saclay, et les DIH européens issus de l’alliance SILICON EUROPE.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Minasmart members are actively contributing to 2 linked national and regional initiatives related to Factory of the Future:

  • AIF : Alliance Industrie du Futur Minalogic is represented in this Alliance via the AFPC (Association of French Pôles de Compétitivité) and contributes espacially to the Working Group "Vitrines du Futur) by selecting the most promising solutions / companies in our region.
  • Collectif des pôles Industrie du Futur. This regional working committee gathers all clusters that have direct interest and activities in the topic of Factory of the Future. Minalogic brings there its specific expertise on all technologies & services for digitising the factory of the future.
  • HubFrance IA INRIA is member of this association. The objectif of HubFranceIA is to struture the French industry on Artificial Intelligence by mobilizing the national ecosystem made of large industrials, mid-caps, SME, start-ups, NGOs, Universities, RTO, clusters.

Minasmart's member CEA is leading 2 projects  funded under the initiative Smart Anything Everywhere




Auvergne Rhône Alpes RIS3 strategies

Minasmart members were actively involved in the definition of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes RIS3 strategy.

Minalogic is leading the excellence domain dedicated to Digital technologies and smart robotics. 

Minasmart signed cooperation agreements with all regional clusters that are participating to the 6 other excellence domains selected in the regional RIS3 strategies in order to better address the relevant SME in these domains and to better defuse digital technologies into these actors. The 6 remaining excellence domains are:

  • Personalised health and chronic infectious diseases,
  • Manufacturing processes and eco-efficient factories,
  • Energy networks and storage,
  • Energy-efficient intelligent buildings,
  • Smart mobility technologies and systems,
  • Sports, tourism and mountain activities.

Market and Services

Market sectors

TRL Focus

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support

Service Examples

Smart Systems and Software Carnot Institute

Short presentation

Institut Carnot Logiciels and Systèmes Intelligents (LSI), Smart Systems and Software Carnot Institute: to access scientific skills, resources and services of Grenoble laboratories in favor of innovation.

LSI is one of innovation ecosystem stakeholders at the University of Grenoble. LSI gathers researchers and engineers from highly ranked laboratories within the digital sector.

Client Profile:

LSI targets all companies from SMEs to large corporations from all activity sectors

Client needs:

Companies willing to develop smart technologies or integrate them into their products and processes.

Provided solution to meet the needs

Technology survey, technological state of the art, feasibility analysis, custom development.

Experimentation, basic research, CIFRE thesis, common laboratory with industry.

Technology transfer / licensing 

Pre-industrialization and proof-of-concept structure: design and creation of models, prototypes or appealing products.

Success stories / Key figures:

  • 250 contracts R&D / year
  • 500 researchers and engineers 
  • 18 M€ Revenue
  • 450 Patents
  • 60 Start-up
  • Turing Award 2007

Open Innovation Center - Grenoble


Digital Based Innovation is making a bigger impact than ever on business growth. To get ahead of competitors and stay ahead businesses must innovate. Digital Based Innovation is also the key to successfully navigating today’s rapidly-shifting business environments and making opportunities out of challenges like digital transformation, the energy transition, and integrating new technologies into products and services.


To meet the new digital innovation needs of companies and territories, the Open Innovation Center, within the Giant Campus ecosystem, leads multi-partner collaborations involving GIANT laboratories, companies and other actors in the chain of value, with a systemic approach combining technological innovation, uses and business models.


The different partnerships of the Open Innovation Center are :

  • GIANT Partnership : One of GIANT’s main objectives is to organize the scientific Presqu’ile site into seven academic and technical centers for excellence. The aim of GIANT is to respond to major challenges confronting our society today, such as Information-Communication - including Artificial Intelligence, CyberPhysical Systems, Connectivity, Cybersecurity…- Energy and Health.
  • Exploration Partnership « Ideas Laboratory » : An ecosystem of multi-sectoral actors collectively seeks innovative solutions of partnership through uses, art or design. It is dedicated to the detection of breakthrough innovation projects.
  • Artists ans Scientists Partnership « Atelier Art & Science » : Sciences Research residencies give the opportunity for artists and scientists to work together over a period of time from a few days to several months. The Atelier Arts Sciences operates with a joint team of Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences - Meylan and CEA Grenoble.
  • Product Innovation Partnerships : This projects combine high-tech R&D, exploration of new uses for technology, and innovative business models. Teams is made up of CEA technology, marketing, and user-centered design experts and employees of the partner company.  The projects hosted on-site focus on new products and services, emerging technologies, and multi-technology topics. Several projects have already begun, like the 3D printing project with HP.
  • Start-up hosting « Village by CA »: A complete hosting solution for start-up comprising offices, meeting rooms, conference rooms an reception rooms, all with modern design and high-speed connectivity.


Project Zest with Groupe Brunet :

Groupe Brunet, Bouygues, CEA, EDF and Renault  launched in 2013 an open innovation project in order to develop a 100% autonomous energy equipment, disconnected fluids (water and electricity) and mobile (mountable and removable). This projet allowed to create the start-up called ZEST.

EASYTECH : Digital transformation for SMEs

Short presentation:

Easytech is a technology transfer program created by IRT Nanoelec, supported by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and operated by Minalogic.

Client profile:

Easytech targets SMEs from all business sectors (from traditional to high-tech)

Client needs:

Companies that want to integrate smart technologies into their products and processes.

Provided solution to meet the needs

Easytech supports (via coaching and funding) innovative projects including digital technologies coming from Research Organisations.

The programme offers to these SMEs 3 services:

  1.       Expertise: to help SME to go from functional specifications to technical specifications.
  2.       Creativity sessions: Creative thinking to help SME to find new products, new services or to improve their process,
  3.       Support to prototype development: Develop a demonstrator in partnership with a laboratory or engineering school. (Subsidy : up to 50% of the R&D partner quote – max 100k€ )

All allong the process RDV conseils are organized to answer SME questions (marketing and technical) and to establish trust between them and the partners. During these meetings project ideas are challenged with feedbacks.

Success stories / Key figures:

Up to now, Easytech has supported more than 450 projects that led to 224 contracts, 14 patents and the realization of 150 prototypes.

Regional Digital Campus

Short presentation

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region adopted in 2017 a strategic digital roadmap for 2017-2021 with three main ambitions: a region that is 100% connected; a region that creates and promote digital jobs; and a region that creates digital services.

One of the keystone of this strategy is the Regional Digital Campus: a unique place in France, that drives digital transformation both in terms of technology and skills, building strong exchanges between enterprises, RTO and education. By making the Regional Digital Campus a priority, our Region has decided to commit itself to act in order to boost training and ensure adequacy of employees' skills with the needs of the businesses to guarantee fast and long term employability and develop entrepreneurship. In that framework, the Campus is member of the EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.

By locating several innovative degrees and academic courses, supporting clusters, and aiming industrial digital transformation, the objectives of the Campus are:

  • To develop the employability of young people (through initial training) and of workers (through vocational training including upskilling and reskilling) -> an educational campus,
  • To attract and retain our human capital in the region -> a place for people excellence,
  • To promote entrepreneurship, ensure the excellence of companies in the digital sector, and to empower the industrial transformations lead by digital innovations -> a place for technology and innovation excellence.

At large, Campus objectives are: employability, digital culture, economic growth.

Client Profile & needs:

The Campus is dedicated to serve: education, transformation, innovation; so all individuals and companies that have to integrate digital skills and smart technologies are welcome in our ecosystem:

  • Individuals who need to find digital courses or to empower their digital skills.
  • Companies (mainly SMEs) that look for help in their digital transformation.
  • Major companies that want to strength innovation and technological transfers. 

Provided solution to meet the needs

The Campus is a unique place that drives an original approach to emphases regional digital assets. It is a combination, on a same place, of academic courses, innovative schools, clusters, projects, all oriented on digital skills development and companies’ digital transformation. In itself, the Campus is a hub and a platform.

The first phase of the Campus has been launched in September 2017 and consists in setting-up a physical place of training and exchanges. The idea is to complement the academic trainings of excellence available in the region through universities and engineering schools and federate public and private actors contributing to promote digital skills at regional level. The aim is to provide not only innovating trainings but also business services essential for employment and growth.

The selected residents of the Campus are digital centric, innovative, technology up-to-date, focused on companies’ needs and employment oriented.

To fulfil this ambition, 50 training initiatives have been certified with the Label “Campus Région” across the region, among which 8 schools located in the Campus flagship, for more than 800 students including girls as 40%.

As an example, Le 101 ( is a coding school without teachers, totally free for young people with or without a degree, and offering a real prospect of employment. The Campus also hosts courses in webdesign for deaf students fully taught in French sign language (, and more than 15 other courses in digital skills and smart technologies. 

It is also really serving businesses as it hosts 4 key partners, working daily for companies: Digital League, the regional digital cluster, Entreprises et numérique (ENE), a technical center which offers multiple guiding and support services for SMEs, Minalogic, the well-known world class competitiveness cluster leader in France for new technologies as well as Imaginove, the cluster for content and digital uses.

This active digital ecosystem constitutes a real talent accelerator for the digital transition of businesses working on a common ambition: employment and economic growth.

Success stories / Key figures

Although the Digital Regional Campus is quite recent as it has been launched less than 14 months ago, we can consider it is already a success in terms of applications for training and for labelling.

The next step for the Campus planned for 2020 is its extension and moving in the near subsurbs of Lyon, in Charbonnières-les-Bains, where more than 3,000 learners will study on an 11 hectares’ site.

This new location will host new partners on a complementary aim: industry for the future (or industry 4.0). New trainings and services will be integrated and the Campus will offer new facilities for the students and working community such as coworking, rental spaces, housing, hotel services. The whole community is expected to be finalized in 2025 with an objective of more than 5,000 learners, places for companies, a scaling-up of the research facility and the emergence of an advanced research factory of the future.


More details:

Open Innovation Days

Open innovation days are open innovation accelerators designed to bring together:

- a large corporation looking for innovation opportunities in the digital technology field

- and a curated portfolio of innovative startups & SMEs.

The goal is to facilitate business opportunities and partnerships.


Client needs

Grow their business by developing new business contracts or technology cooperation agreements.


Provided solution to meet the needs

An Open Innovation Day is curated by Minalogic for a specific Large Corporation. Throughout this day-long event, the Large Corporation can meet up to 50 innovative SMEs and start-ups providing solutions addressing their unique needs. For startups & SMEs, the Open Innovation Day represents an invaluable opportunity to establish a business relationship with the Large Corporation.

Value proposition for Large Corporations:

  • Efficient networking format: opportunity to meet a large number of start-ups and SMEs in a single day
  • Targeted sourcing of participants: start-ups and SMEs are handpicked by Minalogic to address the specific needs of the Large Corporation.
  • High success rate: an average of 50% of start-ups & SMEs establish a formal business relationship with the Large Corporation after the event

Value proposition for start-ups & SMEs:

  • Relationship building: access to key decision makers and opportunity to more deeply understand their corporate strategy
  • Business exposure: format of event is designed to support startups & SMEs by showcasing their unique and innovative solutions to key decision makers (e.g., through pitch and B2B meetings)

Since 2012, Minalogic has successfully organized 21 Open Innovation Days, including one at the European Level in partnership with the Silicon Europe Alliance for the Thales Group.


More details:

Amiqual4Home Innovation factory

Short presentation

Amiqual4Home (A4H) is an equipment of excellence (Equipex) in the field of Ambient Intelligence. It is funded by the French Research Agency within the Investissements d’Avenir program. The project offers a plateform for research and innovation composed of:

  1. prototyping workshops
  2. experimentation facilities
  3. mobile tools for observing human activities outsite of the lab.

Amiqual4Home is managed in coordination with local experimentation and prototyping platforms Predis, Domus and FabMSTIC.

Amiqual4Home is a platform of Inria, Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble-INP and Schneider Electric, and is managed by Inria for partnership purposes.

Client Profile:

A4H Innovation Factory targets start-ups and SMEs from all activity sectors, especially Smart Homes, Internet of Things, Social Robotics, and any multidisciplinary project combining Human and Social Sciences with Computer Science.

Client needs:

Companies that want to integrate innovative smart technologies or specific functions into their products.

Provided solution to meet the needs

Amiqual4Home offers the following equipment to public and private actors

  1. A Creativity Lab prototyping workshops
  2. Smart home instrumented apartment
  3. Technical Building Group (BGT) open Smart Energy
  4. Mobile equipment: Minikits, mobile eye tracker, NAO robots, etc…

It also offers a team of experienced engineers for expertise or developments in innovative hardwaresoftware systems.

A4H Innovation Factory equipments can be used autonomously, or as part of a collaborative or bilateral project with one or several of the founding partners.

The formalization of the projects can be done either through an agreement for access to the facilities or via a R&D and technological transfer collaboration agreement.



Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)



Partner Type

Research & Technology organization



Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Campus Région du numérique

Partner Type

Educational institute


IRT Nanoelec

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Entreprises

Partner Type

Economic development agency


Université de Lyon

Partner Type



Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes

Partner Type



Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
Last updated: 13/12/18 14:51