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Facilitateur, d’innovation, de l’idée, du concept à sa concrétisation

The Cité de l’innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille

The Cité de l’innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille (CISAM) is born out of the skills and ambitions of the largest French-speaking university, the largest metropolis in France and two multinationals: CMA CGM Group and L’OCCITANE Group. With a shared desire to develop scientific culture and innovation in order to benefit economic growth, these partners have corne together around a new concept: bringing together all the resources needed to stimulate innovative approaches and streamline the process, in a single location.
A place for meetings, creation, project incubation and acceleration, CISAM is establishing itself as an essential space for innovators in the Aix-Marseille area.

Promotions, initiatives & innovations


  • Promote scientific, technical et industrial cultures.
  • Encourage expression and citizen initiatives, in terms of wealth creation and innovation.
  • Embody at national level the assets of an innovative community.
International, accélérations & réseaux


  • Accelerate exchanges between industrial actors and research laboratories.
  • Provide critical resources to companies and project leaders.
  • Create a Mediterranean network for ail places and actors in innovation.
  • Accelerate the diffusion of innovative solutions internationally.
Founding members

Bringing together actors in innovation for the first time

The Cité de l’innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille welcomes those who inspire, create, support and value innovation, including :

Aix-Marseille Université


Aix-Marseille University has everything it takes to meet the challenge of innovation: efficient structures, excellent research structures and a wide range of training opportunities. With its multidisciplinary potential, the university strengthens interdisciplinarity within its interdisciplinary and intersectoral research poles (PR2I). The development of labelled technological platforms at the service of the laboratories and economic actors as well as the territorial innovation clusters (PIT) contribute to the promotion of research…

M Accelerator


Metropole Aix-Marseille-Provence has created M accelerator, a structure that aims to accelerate the development process of innovative start-ups in the region and attract foreign start-ups to the region. This public offer for accelerating startups is combined with services dedicated to Open Innovation in collaboration with major groups. M Accelerator is also intended to become a unique place for exchanges and partnerships with African and Mediterranean accelerators…

ZEBOX  Incubator


ZE BOX is a human-sized incubator / accelerator, an ambitious community. ZE BOX offers personalized support and an exciting and innovative experience for entrepreneurship. Founded by Rodolphe Saadé, President and CEO of CMA CGM, ZE BOX is supported by master partners in their fields such as Accenture, BNP, EY, Centrimex. Four sectors are privileged: transport, mobility, logistics and X.0 industries with advanced technologies at the heart of each project…

Startup studio Obratori

L’Occitane group

OBRATORI, the startup studio that reveals ideas and turns discoveries into success. OBRATORI is the incubator and accelerator of projects oriented towards innovation in the fields of cosmetics, well-being and digital solutions for distribution. Created by the L’OCCITANE Group and supported by numerous private and public partners, OBRATORI aims to promote job creation in the South region, through business creation. It is a unique place, conducive to the creation and promotion of Innovation, innovative….

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    Cité de l'Innovation et des Savoirs Aix-Marseille (CISAM) - Le Castel - 61, Bd des Dames – 13002 Marseille Mob. +33 413 554 101