Startups in the heart of Paris: exploring the city’s creative and innovative core

Today this area of central Paris located in the 2nd and 3rd arrondissements is a hub for major players and events of digital innovation at the national and international level. It is also home to the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), a French institution dedicated to training, research and dissemination of scientific and technical culture since 1794.

In line with cultural changes, this experimental laboratory contributes to the evolution of digital technology and art by encouraging creativity, discussion, sharing and exchange.

Major digital trendsetters and centers for innovation, including the Gaîté Lyrique, a cultural establishment at the crossroads of creative expression, innovation and digital cultures of all forms (music, theater, dance, design, fashion). It is also home to one of the biggest cultural entrepreneur residencies in France.

Creator of NUMA, the Silicon Sentier association brings together 150 companies, community events and workshops, a job board, a co-working space and a test and acceleration program for French startups. And American players such as Mozilla and Microsoft are also putting their software and engineering skills at the disposal of innovative startup accelerators in the heart of Paris.


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    • discover key sites of creation and exchange • meet with major digital innovators