Support structures for innovative businesses in Métropole du Grand Paris

Apur is involved in setting up, on the scale of the Greater Paris -Métropole du Grand Paris-, an observatory of support structures for the creation and maturation of innovative businesses with a follow on accompaniment for businesses that have been supported.

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From observation to observatory
In 2015 Apur began, in collaboration with its partners, a process of observing economic innovation in the Metropolis and its territories. This was based upon a two-fold awareness: on the one hand that radical transformations of the economy and society were taking place, which were having a constantly increasing impact on the city and the ways of living in it, (new economies, innovative uses, ways of working, ways of moving around, digital transformation, environmental imperatives…), on the other hand, it was difficult to describe these changes using statistical data and tools currently available in order to measure their impact, and from the angle of assessing public policies.

On this vast subject, Apur’s efforts where mainly focused on structures accompanying innovative businesses. In 2016, a documented atlas was published with places mapped and an analysis of developments in progress. Like the study, the database of places was put on unrestricted access. This work of listing formed a useful basis but did not make it possible to answer legitimate questions like: How many innovative businesses are accompanied each year? What has become of them? What is the profile of accompanied company owners?

2018: Planning the observatory
At the outcome of the survey carried out on 27 business owners and a collective work with a number of business support structures, Apur proposed yearly monitoring indicators for innovative businesses being or having been accompanied by structures. They have to provide information on the rate of survival, the number of jobs created, the profile of company owners and the premises they have occupied. In order to assemble these data on structures, to articulate them with complementary sources and to process them, a “standard file”  for collecting data was created. These elements are summarised in the study The trajectory of innovating companies: towards common indicators?

2019: Gradual implementation of the observatory
This observatory is intended as a long-term initiative, because even for innovative businesses, it is often necessary to stand back after a number of years in order to appreciate the changes and progress made. Its objectives are multiple: to form a “dynamic” panorama of innovative businesses and structures, to have more viable and updated data available to describe the ecosystem of innovation, to facilitate the work of structures in recovering data and sharing information, to simplify businesses’ responses. It could also facilitate the identification of companies in order to carry out further studies on targeted subjects.

The method will be tested in 2019 with at least twenty Métropole du Grand Paris structures, of which there are over a hundred. The publication of the first results is planned for the autumn.

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