Perched in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of the southeastern area of France, Grenoble sits at the foot of the French Alps wedged between the Drac and Isere Rivers. An important scientific hub, the city puts itself out there in the tourist world as being the "Capital of the Alps". A beautiful city with a history that dates back over 2,000 years, it began life as a small Gallic village. For most of its history it was a garrison city on the borders of the Kingdom of France. It's a tourist hot spot for its winter sports, museums and spherical cable cars "les bulles" (bubbles) connecting the town to the summit of La Bastille Hill. Grenoble has a huge community of both foreign students and teachers hanging out at its international school plus plenty of locals attending one of its plethora of education institutions spawning tech savvy souls in physics, computer science and other key tech disciplines, such as information technology, biotechnologies and new technologies of energy. Coworking in Grenoble can be a mingling of nationalities, as much as a sharing of ideas.
One of the leading European cities in term of high-tech industries, think biotechnology and nanotechnology, Grenoble is home to a large number of world-renowned enterprises such as Xerox, Schneider Electric and Hewlett Packard to name a few. It has a green data center since 2011 "Grenoblix" and a World Trade Center with international links. Everything is changing in France at the moment with reforms aimed to help startups rather than hinder them and efforts made to open both its economy and its borders to tech startups. The French mentality is evolving and taking into account the whole world, not just its own country.
France is coming into its own in the tech industries race with government and big business supporting and creating a nurturing environment for its creative individuals. The opening of coworking venues is merely one more step in the ecosystem that may see France leading the European scene.
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