Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is one of the most dynamic French regions in greentech. Frédéric Guilleux, director of the Technopôle de l’environnement Arbois Méditerrané, dedicated to companies and start-ups in environmental and energy transitions based in Aix-en-Provence, can testify to this. “We see that in France, the funds invested in greentech are increasingly importanthe said. They were 1.2 billion euros in 2020 and 2.2 billion euros in 2021. We expect more tremendous growth in the coming years. »
“These are very young and very innovative companies with an average of 20 employees with international-oriented markets, Comment by Frédéric Guilleux.
Frédéric Guilleux estimates around 200 greentech startups in Bouches-du-Rhône alone. Although there is no official data, experts estimate that 10,000 workers are employed in the sector in the southern region. And that’s just the beginning. “These are very young and very innovative companies with an average of 20 employees with international-oriented markets, Comment by Frédéric Guilleux. We can also note that the time to market is only 5 years, whereas digital or biotech takes 20 years. So greentech does not need much capital to expect a quick return on investment. » Greentech finds its market fairly quickly, and quickly becomes profitable, such as the start-up of the Arbois Méditerranée Environmental Technology Park, which has a sustainability rate of 97% after 5 years. Which is much more than the average company.
In the future, the greentech phenomenon should accelerate. Frédéric Guilleux noticed that his Technopole installation files were growing steadily. It has around 70 installation projects under review so far, with an average of 30 files in recent years. Fundraising is also expected to double each year.
According to Frédéric Guilleux, three factors explain the impressive growth of greentech in the southern region. First, proximity to the sea and mountains means entrepreneurs are naturally sensitive to environmental conservation. The second reason is the presence of an industrial fabric such as aerospace or chemistry that seeks to develop its own processes in conjunction with major research institutions. An ecosystem conducive to the emergence of startups. Finally, the last reason for the rise of greentech lies in the active political will of the public to protect the environment. In this case, Region Sud Invest is dedicating 20% of its available funds to GreenTech over 4 years.