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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)


Coordinator website

Year Established



Chateau de la Chantrerie, BP 90702, 44307, Nantes (France)


Social Media

Contact information

Jean-Francois Balducchi
+33 2 40 25 13 99



As the Innovation Hub for the Greater Nantes economic and University area, Atlanpole plays a key role within the main multidisciplinary area of innovation in Western France.

Atlanpole is the science based business incubator for the whole region Pays de la Loire. As a EU-BIC and the reference point of contact for two thematic French Tech networks, it fosters the emergence, creation and development of innovative companies, of start-up companies and of small and medium sized enterprises ( beyond 300 companies in the past 20 years, with a 90% start-up 5 years survival rate).

A long time member of both EBN and IASP Innovation networks, Technopole of the Nantes University basin, Atlanpole is the “driving force” of the Greater Nantes Area of Innovation, comprising more than 460 companies, several Sciences Parks, incubators, accelerators, and connecting all Western France innovative clusters from various fields (Digital, Advanced Manufacturing, Biotech, Agrofood, Clean Tech, …) :  Atlanpole is the operational relay in Pays de la Loire region of "Images & Réseaux" , the Western France digital cluster and  the Sea cluster  "Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique" as well. Atlanpole has developed since its origin strong operational partnership with "Pôle EMC2", the Advanced Manufacturing cluster, and is providing full support to the  Western France Bio-Cluster, Atlanpole Biotherapies. 

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

French Tech and thematic French Tech Networks ( Clean Tech, Health...).

Digital For Life: supported by "Les Investissement d'Avenir"

Manufacturing Factory:

Programme des Investissements d’Avenir : Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) - Centre Européen des Sciences de Transplantation et Immunothérapie (CESTI)

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Fishing
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring

Service Examples

Open Innovation Program

Client profile: big companies  

Client needs: they need to find digital solutions to develop their activities

Provided solution to meet the needs: desiging calls for projects to identify and connect with startups to experiment new digital services

Atlanpole manage Open Innovation Programs to help startups testing new services with big companies.

For example, the Digitalforlife program helps the statups and hospitals to experiment news services in HealthTech. We work with 8 hospitals and we helped 9 projects. 

More details:

Individual Innovation Project Engineering

Atlanpole helps companies  to develope news services for industrY, for example In Virtus Technologie.

Client profile: startups

Client needs: support to define its strategy and the deployment of its product and develop relationships with custumer

Provided solution to meet the need: individual « BIC » coaching programme : during 5 years, a coach, a network and specific workshops

In Virtus Technology is specialised in geolocation of equipments in different types of environments indoor or outdoor. Wit hits radio tags and its digital platform, InVirtus allows companys to have an overview of their park. The company was founded in February 2018 by 4 associates, including 2 managers. They want to become a leader in terms of gelocated solutions of specific equipments, especially for industrial companies. They need help to reach this ambitious goal.

In February 2018, in Virtus Technologies was laureate of our program « Manufacturing factory ». During 6 months, the company had the opportunity to benefit from an optimal context to develop its activity : individual coaching, collective workshops and the support of several experts in the key domains of entrepreneurship and innovation : marketing and business development, legal issues, human resources, finance). The industrials partners of the programme (Airbus, Tronico, STX, Michelin) also contributed by opening their plants for visits and meetings and sharing their experience and their networks. At the end of the programme, In Virtus Technologies « pitched » for a committee gathering industrials and fund providers and for a larger audience during a networking event.

After Manufacturing factory, In Virtus Technologies benefits form our individual « BIC » coaching programme : during 5 years, a coach, a network and specific workshops.

More details:

Collaborative R&D Project

Client profile: SMES 

Client needs: find partners and funding to develop collaborative R&D projets 

Prodided solution to meet the need : support for the project's validation, search for partners, calls for projects, support for labeling in connection with the clusters.

Atlanpole helps companies the develope new products with academics.

For example The I-MARECO project with naval industry.

i-MARECO Performance and life cycle of port infrastructure

Port infrastructure must fulfil its functions over a lengthy period of service. This demands surveillance from the design stage accompanied by appropriate maintenance. The infrastructure is also exposed to severe weather conditions and so is prone to deterioration relating to materials, damage to components, settlement of foundations and possible scouring and sedimentation while in service.

A sensible and efficient approach to design now involves introducing a vision of the infrastructure life cycle and thus integrating expected performance requirements into the cycle of use and surveillance and maintenance procedures.

The i-MARECO project will therefore develop an overall cost strategy for maritime infrastructure by putting in place surveillance systems (multi-sensor instrumentation) that will optimise management and performance over time as well as contribute to feedback.

The i-MARECO project will be based on the major works (‘Grand Quai’ development project) which are being carried out by Bouygues at the maritime port of Nantes/Saint Nazaire. The works involve construction of a 350-metre General Cargo and Container Terminal situated at Montoir.

More details:


Organizational form

Public Private Partnership



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



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


Images &Réseaux

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Atlanpole Biotherapies

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

ADN Ouest

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

La Cantine , Atlantic 2.0

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Creative factory

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies
Last updated: 08/09/18 07:53