Facilitateur d'innovation, de l'idée, du concept à sa concrétisation. Inventons-ensemble!
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Innovation facilitator from idea to realization

The City of Innovation and Knowledge Aix-Marseille (CISAM)

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…

Aix-Marseille University
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…

M Accelerator


ZEBOX is a global startup accelerator gathering a network of entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and ecosystem experts paving new paths toward sustainability starting with the supply chain.
Founded in 2018 by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions. ZEBOX is now supported by 20 international companies. Operating in 5 regions of the world, ZEBOX provides its community with a unique set of programs, resources, and opportunities.


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….

Press review, press release, news…

The latest news from CISAM

  • Destimed: CISAM takes stock of 3 years of entrepreneurial creativity

    DestiMed looks back on the 3-year event of the City of Innovation and Knowledge Aix-Marseille (CISAM) with a fine highlight of its partners: Aix-Marseille University, M Accelerator, OBRATORI and ZEBOX.   In this article, you will find the highlights of the CISAM’s 3rd anniversary event,......

  • LNP: Three years after its creation, CISAM is growing

     On June 9, 2022, CISAM celebrated its third anniversary in the presence of its founding members and all the players in the innovation ecosystem. Discover the article of the newspaper Les Nouvelles Publications which comes back on the success of this unique place of incubation......


    On Thursday 9 June, the City of Innovation and Knowledge Aix-Marseille (CISAM) brought together its four partners and all the players in the innovation ecosystem to celebrate the three years of existence of this unique place of entrepreneurial creativity.   More than 200 people attended......

  • CISAM: from the filing of a patent by AMU to the creation of a start-up…

    Innovation drives our daily lives and the economic development of a country. All the objects and technologies we use every day are the result of public and private research. Patenting allows these creations to be preserved and made profitable and encourages technological advances.   Aix-Marseille......

  • Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis elected European Innovation Capital

    After Athens, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dortmund, Aix-Marseille-Provence is the new European Innovation Capital 2022! The Metropolis has decided to apply for the prestigious iCapital prize in 2021. After several selection stages, the European Commission has just given its verdict and selected the Metropolis’ application!......

  • CISAM: one of the 25 places of Innovation in France

    We’ve been keeping this under wraps all summer, but it is our top news story for this fall 2022: CISAM is one of the 25 places that are changing innovation in France. This study, conducted by the Banque des Territoires (CDC group), France urbaine, the......

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The City of Innovation and Knowledge Aix-Marseille (CISAM) - Le Castel - 61, Bd des Dames – 13002 Marseille Mob. +33 413 554 101