Micro-enterprises, SMEs and international groups
There are more than 750 companies and 7500 jobs directly related to the digital sector in the CUS. Over 65% of jobs in the digital economy in Alsace and some 50% of its companies are located in and around Strasbourg, which makes the city the digital capital of the region. In all, the sector contains 2.3% of the total number of companies in the CUS but represents 13.3% of company start-ups, thus illustrating its dynamism.
The digital economy has a high concentration of micro-enterprises and SMEs, operating alongside major international groups in telecommunications, software applications, services and also IT consultancy, one of the markets with high added value that strengthens the sector's presence in the region. Strasbourg also has a major electronic payment centre.
The CUS offers a comprehensive range of higher education opportunities in ICT, with the opening of new branches of the ENSIEE and CNAM engineering schools, to go with the courses currently offered by the University. Academic research is well represented with, for example, the medical robotics and imaging courses run by the LSIIT, IRCAD and the University Hospital of Strasbourg
Consolidating the City's European positioning in TIC
The development strategy for the digital economy aims at consolidating Strasbourg's positioning as a European laboratory and is based on the following objectives:
- supporting the development of the 4 key sectors set out in the Strasbourg Éco 2020 roadmap
- putting the city forward as a leader in digital applications
- leveraging digital tools to help improve the daily life of the City's inhabitants and boost corporate performance
- helping enhance the City's image and attractiveness.
The strategy is based on 5 development areas:
- the development of digital networks
- international expansion
- sustainable development and innovation
- digital entrepreneurship
- the intelligent city and e-administration
High-speed networks, mobility and coworking
Very High-Speed connections in business zones
With Very High-Speed connections now a key criterion for companies looking to set up in an area, the CUS has initiated a Very High-Speed certification system in business zones. The Espace Européen de l'Entreprise in Schiltigheim is the first of such zones to receive the certification in Alsace.
Strasbourg, a leading proponent of contactless mobile technology
After receiving certification as a "regional leader in contactless mobile", Strasbourg has now set out to implement a package of NFC (Near Field Communication) services in the transport, tourism and civic information sectors.
This innovative technology also represents a development opportunity for companies within the conurbation. The CUS is encouraging its use through partnerships set up with the University of Strasbourg, the CTS public transport company, mobile telephone operators, banks and local leaders in innovation. The Rhénatic cluster also supports the introduction of mobile technology in companies throughout the region.
La Plage: a space designed for coworking and stimulating new digital projects
The CUS is providing active support for Alsace Digitale and its La Plage project, which features a digital co-working area designed to encourage innovative new projects. The concept aims to bring together the various sections within the digital economy, foster the exchange of expertise and act as a focal point for local start-ups. It is expected to drive the visibility of the digital economy and help increase the City's attractiveness.