A business and innovation powerhouse

The highest GDP and most Fortune 500 company headquarters in Europe, a buzzing startup scene and a thriving research community: Discover why companies are choosing the Paris Region to grow their business.

In addition to being home to Europe’s highest concentration (and third in the world after Beijing and Tokyo) of Fortune 500 companies, the Paris Region is consistently highly ranked for ease of doing business.

The region’s diverse economic landscape encompasses all sectors, with notable concentrations in aerospace & defense; automotive & transportation; healthcare & life sciences; eco-technologies; ICT; financial services; film, TV & multimedia; logistics; and cosmetics.

The region’s economic opportunities and renowned academics have contributed to a talented and steadily growing workforce, while recent economic, labor, and fiscal reforms have made France and the Paris Region an especially attractive place for doing business and investment.

With 21 top ranked business schools in the world, and 3 of the top 5 best ranked management Masters programs, companies will find a deep pool of talented workers to help grow their business.

The Paris Region is an innovation capital, ranked #1 in Europe for:

  • Number of research professionals (100,000)
  • Number of high-tech patents
  • Most generous research tax credits
  • Highest R&D spending (€20+ billion per year)

The region is also a premier global startup destination, with 8,000 companies and counting.

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