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FDISTRATEGYAWARDS 2020


companies working in visual effects, vir- tual reality and IT.


“AS WROCŁAWHAS FOR MANY YEARS BEEN DRIVEN BY KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION, TODAY IT IS A RECOGNISABLE IT AND R&D HUB, AND ALSO THE SECOND LARGEST START-UP


ECOSYSTEM IN POLAND” Magdalena Okulowska, president of the board, Wrocław Agglomeration Development Agency


Lifesciences Basel Area Business&Innovation Basel is one of the world’s leading loca- tions for life sciences, with a tremen- dous range of facilities and companies. Basel has a number of life science cam- puses, such as the Roche Campus, the University Hospital Basel, Life Sciences Campus and the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area. More life science infrastructure investment is planned for the future, with the Switzerland Innovation Park taking up residency in the new ‘GRID Campus of Collaboration’ in 2022. Basel is well rep- resented in the health tech and bioin- formatics sectors, with a thriving com- munity of start-ups. These start-ups are helped by the area’s ‘DayOne Accelerator’. Basel’s infrastructure investment, talent pool and sectoral capabilities are evident in the location’s data; there are more than 700 life sci- ence firms and more than 1000 aca- demic biomedical research groups.


Proptech London&Partners London is the largest commercial real estate investment market in the world and is also a leading tech research cen- tre, so it is no surprise that the city per- forms well in the property technology sector. The city ishometomore than 500 proptech companies, representing 25% of Europe’s proptech industries. London’s universities offer eight Master’s degree courses focusing on real estate, meaning the talent pool within London is sure to attract investors. The city also benefits from a growing proptech ecosystem, with the UK PropTech Association and incubators such as HubHub.


Advancedmanufacturing Sheffield City Region Sheffield City Region is part of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, a proposal to boost economic growth in the north of England. The region is a leader in advanced manufacturing andmaterials, benefiting from world-renowned research withtheUniversity of Sheffield, the Royce Institute for Research and Innovation of Advanced Materials, and the McLaren Composites Technology Centre. Boeing Sheffield manufactures actuation systems for Boeing’s Next- Generation aircraft, while Rolls Royce develops turbine blades for jet engines at Sheffield’s Rolls-Royce Advanced Blade Casting Facility. Investors can benefit


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from Sheffield’s well-established facili- ties and pioneering research ventures.


Logistics Spri SA—Invest in the Basque Country The Basque Country has a strong net- work of transport infrastructure and logistics. It is at the heart of the ‘European Atlantic Axis’, a high-speed rail line linking A Coruña on the Atlantic with Vigo, close to the Portugal–Spain border. The region has strong transport and logistics infra- structure, such as the Port of Bilbao. The region also benefits from amobility and logistics cluster, which aims to facilitate cooperation, innovation and interaction to improve the mobility supply chains.


BESPOKEAWARDS


Triple-helixapproach Invest in Lyon (Aderly) Lyonembodies the triple-helix approach to FDI, with an impressive network of 36 higher educational institutions keen to participate in start-ups. It also involves the public sector through initiatives like the Public Investment Bank, which sup- ports the finance of research projects. The scale of Lyon’s approach showcases the city’s success; more than 1000 start- ups can work with over 300 corporates and over 150 investors in the region. Prospective investors in Lyon can look forward to a superb talent pool within crucial fields such as robotics, big data and chemistry, in addition to generous financial packages.


Accesstofunding Berlin Partner for Business and Technology Berlin offers an array of funding and financing options for investors and startups, fromtax breaks to public sub- sidies. Through a service called ‘GründungsBONUS’, startups can get up to 50% of costs incurred within the first two years subsidised (to a maxi- mum of €50,000). Tax-free refunds are also offered to private investors who invest at least €10,000 in young, innova- tive small enterprises that are less than seven years old. The city boasts more than 120 ven-


ture capitalists and hundreds of ‘busi- ness angels’, who are all part of a public network through Berlin Partner (a pub- lic–private partnership) and IBB (the business development bank of Berlin). The IBB also offers IBB Beteiligungs-


gesellschaft, a venture capital company that invests in Berlin SMEs and start-ups at an early stage. Initial investments


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