Aerospace Valley, ranked among the top three world centers for the performance of its cooperative R&D projects, has won the “Booster” label to accelerate innovation across the country, combining expertise from the digital and spatial fields and the Internet of Things.
“Dream it – Make it – Boost it”
Coordinated by Aerospace Valley, the NOVA project includes five major players in the digital sector who will all participate in the governance and future of Booster: Sigfox, Atos, Digital Aquitaine and the French Tech Toulouse, French Tech Montpellier and French Tech Bordeaux ecosystems, the latter being supported by Digital Aquitaine.
Six specific sectors have been identified at Aerospace Valley as suitable areas of application, in which combining the digital world with space data can create economic value and growth potential. They are energy, maritime and offshore industry, agriculture, economics of developing countries, controlling vision and smart city.
Booster NOVA activities will start in January 2016, the aim being to boost the creation of start-ups and promising projects with international scope and high development potential.
“The Booster label will give us the opportunity from January to encourage a new ecosystem of excellence that combines the expertise of the digital and space sectors, explained Agnès Paillard, President of Aerospace Valley. Space technology is extremely costly, and most added value occurs in the downstream uses of these systems. The hope is that with NOVA we can foster the emergence of new business opportunities and use of space technology across the entire region, through diversification into markets such as health, agriculture, energy and economies of southern regions, where space-based technologies could be used.”
Aerospace Valley: a global competitiveness cluster
Aerospace Valley, the foremost source of employment in Europe for jobs in Aeronautics, Space and Embedded Systems, brings together companies, research laboratories and educational institutions to develop synergies and cooperation.
Numbers are growing steadily (855 members including 503 SME), with large firms, SMEs, research laboratories, universities and graduate schools, local authorities and economic development structures, and which is testament to the unanimous support given to this dynamic initiative.
Key figures: 123,000 jobs, Turnover: €10 billion, 10,000 researchers