To promote the revival of its economy, Sophia Antipolis is lowering the property contributions of its companies

Sophia Antipolis deserved a recovery plan commensurate with the standing of some of its tenants and the number of jobs created each year.

Elected officials and actors gathered at the Business Pole on Tuesday to present this plan supposed to carry the largest technology park in Europe. With a strong message, in the preamble, from Jean Leonetti, the president of the Sophia Antipolis Agglomeration Community (Casa), which covers most of the Sophia Antipolis territory: “Economic recovery is based on something that is not tangible and that is confidence. However, we are growing strongly, and we will continue to accelerate.”

3IA label and lower taxes

Among the elements giving rise to hope for the future is the 3IA label (The French network of interdisciplinary institutes for artificial intelligence (3IA) is a national program dedicated to research in artificial intelligence. , editor’s note), recently renewed. “It seems that we are beyond the objectives that we had set ourselves. This is the major element of recovery”insists Jean Leonetti.

To ensure continuity in the current growth, and even try to give it wings, the Casa has taken up the challenge of ensuring “financial stimulus. It’s simple: it’s about paying less tax. We have chosen not to reap additional profits and to further lower the property tax for companies (CFE) of a dot.” Finally, as Jean Leonetti said, “without being Keynesian (Movement that considers political support for the economy necessary, particularly in terms of job creation., editor’s note), recovery also means investment. We have made the choice of public and private.

In the private sector, it is the Écotone project, with construction due to start in 2023, and delivery scheduled for 2025.

On the public side, the investment is twofold. The bus-tram continues its route to connect Antibes to the technology park. “We’re not going to slow down, we’re going to speed up. We will be in the north of the town at the end of the year and we still have two years to complete the complete circuit.”

Then there is the innovation center, whose project has been launched. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2024 and it will be financed, as part of this recovery plan, to the tune of 14.6 million euros by the Region and the State (7.3 million each). “It will be located opposite Sophi@tech and will welcome start-ups. It will be, in a way, the catalyst for the cross-fertilization that we continue to develop, with the idea that artificial intelligence is an element accessible to all. Any innovation, since the beginning of the world, arouses anxiety and hope. However, optimistic men, of will, rather choose hope.”

An ecosystem that corresponds to what we were looking for

Pierre Guinet is the human resources director of Akt.io, a start-up born in 2017, specializing in finance, which settled in Sophia Antipolis last summer. “In 2021 we were a fintech start-up (Network of actors specialized in financial technologies., editor’s note) and we had the need to open a center in France. Our founder is from the region, so the idea arose to come and set up our research and development center (R&D) on the territory of the technology park. It’s been done since last summer. A year ago, we had about fifteen employees. Today we have just over one hundred and twenty.”

Over the next two years, the start-up plans to create around 500 positions, recruiting “up to 80% in the region. It is an ecosystem that corresponds to what we were looking for, with multiple players that allow us to access a qualified population, whether in artificial intelligence or blockchain technologies. (Mode of storage and transmission of digital data making any modification impossible., editor’s note)to optimize our products.”

Growth achieved through fundraising, through the marketing of their own cryptocurrency, paid off at 27 million euros. “This allows us to develop this R&D center in a new building, eco-responsible and accessible by public transport. And which meets all our expectations so that our employees can give the best of themselves. And in order to limit the hassles of everyday life. There are connections and partnerships with major institutions such as Inria or the 3IA movement.”

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To promote the revival of its economy, Sophia Antipolis is lowering the property contributions of its companies


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