Vaucluse is a player in the South of France’s digital industry scene, and its geographical location means it can benefit from R&D, events and dynamics occurring in the nearby major cities.
600 enterprises, with 3 530 jobs, have already set up in Vaucluse.
Vaucluse hosts high level training and research centers:
The CERI – IT research and training center
The LIA - Avignon IT Laboratory, which welcomes a large number of foreign researchers
Avignon Geomatics Laboratory
A world-class competitiveness center: the Secured Communicating Solutions Center (SCS)

The CRI, or Research Tax Credit (CIR,) which recognizes investments related to R&D, is considered the most generous financial aid in the European Union.



ICT industries on an international scale in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region:

  • 25 world leaders in their fields
  • 16 research and training facilities and organizations
  • 1 200 public-sector researchers
  • 1 500 engineers graduating per year
  • 60 000 ICT jobs



Different pathways developing in Vaucluse to serve key markets :

  • Museology
  • E-Tourism applications
  • RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification)
  • Technological applications for cultural, educational and artistic implementation
  • Open source software …



Competitiveness centers / clusters :

SCS Secured Communicating Solutions
The SCS world-ranked competitiveness center is an essential recognized player in the field of Secured Communicating Solutions, covering the full ICT range from silicon through to implementations: Microelectronics, Telecommunication, Software.

PRIMI : The Mediterranean Transmedia Center (PRIMI) is a cluster grouping professionals from regional activities in audiovisual and films, animation, video games, Internet and multimedia.

Targeted training :

The University of Avignon et des pays du Vaucluse
Founded more than 700 years ago, today the university welcomes over 7 500 students in premises dedicated to Teaching and Research which are considered among the most beautiful in France.
Internationally recognized for its courses: Sciences of Information and Communication, Cultural Development Strategy, Cultural Mediation, digital cultures for performing arts, for national heritage, museums and cultural tourism.

The AGORANTIC Federating Structure for Research :

“Culture, national heritage and digital companies”
AGORANTIC is the leading structure in France for culture and the digital industry, and enables researchers to provide a greater understanding of cultural and national heritage implementations for innovative digital tools. It enables basic and applied research with players in the region’s creative economy.
Its work is based on five research fields: Cultures and virtual societies - Social and cultural networks on the Web – Territorial intelligence by internet - Mobility, intelligent transport and ICT – Building a scientific cross-expertise

LIA : the Avignon IT Laboratory

The Laboratory’s activities are organized around three main themes: Language, Networks and Operational Research.

Language :
Activities in the fields of automatic language processing, Man-machine dialog, Vocal interactions

Operational Research and optimization :
Application of OR methods and algorithms to the optimization of resources in various contexts, including networks and the automatic processing of written and oral natural language.

Networks :
Application of work carried out on network architectures and protocols to develop security and cellular phone systems.

CERI – IT Research and Teaching Center
The Avignon University CERI groups IT training courses.



French Tech :

For “French Tech”, its role is to encourage the emergence of innovative start-ups. It reinforces cohesion among different local players who will associate to help these young companies to develop, thus generating economic value and employment.

The Bridge :

The Bridge is the European acceleration and development platform of innovative digital solutions around events, cultural content, tourism and mobility.

Based on 9 festivals in the Provence region (Vaucluse, Gard, Bouches-du-Rhône) which are European leaders in their artistic fields and attract 2 million spectators every summer, The Bridge welcomes startups of the digital economy on two innovative projects.

A unique thematic accelerator in Europe, dedicated to new digital applications for Culture, cultural content, cultural events, tourism and mobility, welcoming startups for sessions of two months of intensive acceleration. It accompanies the seed stage projects for their prototyping and analysis of their business model. It accompanies their first funding from private investors and BPI France. It is part of an international network of 14 single accelerators in San Francisco, Berlin, London, Paris, Abidjan, Bangalore, Tel Aviv, … allowing deployment and accelerated global test solutions.