Under blue Mediterranean skies, it’s a town that’s proud to be green. Montpellier, in the south of France, is proving not only that it’s possible to be business-friendly and eco-friendly, but that these two values can feed each other. Local public initiatives and private startup dynamism are combining to provide an economy that is more respectful of the planet. The town shines as an example of Greentech.
It’s a good place to prosper, as proven by startups like Watertech, Bulane or Comwatt that have raised impressive figures in funding and export their wares far outside of France. The big projects being supported by the town itself are aligned with this push for ecological sensitivity. Take Med Vallée for example, a planned hub of healthcare, sustainable agriculture and environmental entrepreneurship. It has big ambitions of becoming a European-level leader in Greentech, combining the public and private sectors.
UNESCO has recognized this eco-vivacity and has selected Montpellier as the home of ICIReWaRD, its flagship international water science research institute (or, to explain the acronym, the International Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Water Systems Dynamics).
Let’s take a quick tour through Montpellier’s eco-startup landscape via four companies that are marrying economy and ecology.