What is Retis ?
RETIS, the French network for innovation, was set up in 2006 merging together France Technopoles Entreprises Innovation (FTEI) and France Incubation. Its creation aimed at strengthening the existing ties between higher education and research institutes, science and technology parks (known in France as “technopoles”), incubators and European Business and Innovation Centres.
RETIS brings together its members fostering the development of innovation through the creation and support of innovative companies. The mission of RETIS is to lead its network ensuring quality through the professionalization and the exchange of expertise of its members on the tools and ecosystem of innovation, to represent them promoting innovation on the national and international level. The network gathers 5 types of complementary structures accompanying entrepreneurs:
38 BICs – European Business and Innovation Centres
Their purpose is to detect and support the creation of innovative start-ups and innovation-driven company expansion projects. Retis is the French national branch of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) which accredits member BICs.
Incubators arose from the French 1999 legislation on innovation. Designated by the Minister for Research, they are tasked with encouraging the emergence and consolidation of plans to form innovative companies creating value from the skills and results generated by laboratories in higher education establishments and publicly-funded research bodies.
5 SCHOOLS INCUBATORS
They are associated to Institutes of higher education and follow a similar purpose as public incubators: they aim at accompanying students, recently graduated and former students leading enterprise creation projects.
49 TECHNOPOLES (Science and technology parks)
Basis of innovation-driven local development policies, science and technology parks encourage cross-fertilisation. Coordinating and sharing skills, creating innovative businesses, promoting the local area – such are the various components of their work. Retis is the French representative of IASP (International Association of Science Parks).
8 COMPETITIVE CLUSTERS (Pôles de Compétitivité)
Linked to a specific area, these associations of enterprises, research and training centres, are committed through a partnership approach to a common strategy of development, aiming at detecting synergies on innovative projects run in common toward specific markets.
The members of RETIS act as SMEs’ implantation and growth facilitators. Their nature makes them eligible for broad partnerships on national and international levels, initiating technological and commercial collaborations.