4i® Forum : Grenoble promotes investment towards innovative companies

The sixteenth 4i® (Innovation, Industry, Investment, International) Forum organized by the City of Grenoble took place on 23 May 2013 at the WTC Conference Centre in Grenoble. Its theme this year was "Smart mobility, use and innovations". This event is now recognized at European level as a springboard for helping to create, develop and finance innovative companies and as an important occasion for exchanging views and information. New for 2013 ‐ the Capital Forum has changed and expanded its scope to become 4i® Venture.
The 4i® Forum, approved by the European Community, is anchored in the policy of supporting Innovative job creation led by the City of Grenoble. Since 1998, Grenoble's "Capital Forum", in partnership with local and national players in the field of innovation, has made it possible, over the last fifteen years, to set up meetings between regional project representatives and investors to provide optimal conditions for raising capital.
The 4i® Forum is consequently the impetus for financing companies that are leaders in their field. The new Capital Forum, renamed 4i® Venture, opened up the event to international investors and to a wide range of start‐ups in the Alpine Arc.
4i®Forum, an event organized on a topical theme: smart mobility
Technological innovation plays a significant role in meeting the objectives and challenges of sustainable development and the transformation of urban areas. As the driving force behind development, it has to propose solutions in terms of smart mobility to meet these major challenges, while addressing the new needs expressed by users.
The 4i® Forum is based on three major axis :

  • Technology showcase

The 4i® Forum technology showcase unveils the very latest technological innovations developed in Rhone‐Alps research laboratories. It reflects the vitality of the research and its presence in innovative growth areas. A dozen projects, selected around the theme of smart mobility, have been presented.

  • Round table

The round table is the dedicated time for exchanging views and experiences on smart mobility innovations and practices between local, national and European experts. Round table theme was "Smart mobility, use and innovations".

  • 4i® Venture

The 4i® Venture facilitates organized meetings between innovative companies and investors. This forum is not bound to pursue the "Mobility" theme, which is specific to the technology showcase and the round table. It is an opportunity for innovative Alpine Arc companies to present their innovations in all the various fields (ICT, Cleantech, Life Sciences). This year the selecting group was gathering high level experts from 11 countries, who selected 35 projects out of 250 proposals. The "Jean Michel Lamure 4i® Trophy" awarded the company that submited the most innovative project: the Swiss company Abionic won the Trophy this year for its very innovative system to detect allergies.
The 4i® Forum in brief :

  • Since its creation in 1998, 246 projects have been presented to the Capital Forum.
  • 165 companies formed as a result of these projects are still in business and have developed, generating 1600 jobs in the Grenoble Basin and 2200 jobs in total.
  • Over 525 million euros have been raised by more than 85 start‐ups located in the Grenoble Basin.

For further information, visit www.forum4i.fr