Director Technologies & Smart City
Invest in Lyon
Cédric Grignard is Director at Invest in Lyon Agency. Beyond identifying the best match technologies to complete Lyon's innovative environment, the agency must apply the (r)evolution observed in the urban economy to ourselves - being mobile, collaborative, radical and daring. Lyon’s position is to be open to innovation, with a great deal over governance to ensure that business and public interest match. Opening the data and making things happen in an effective and flawless manner when it comes to radical innovation is not an easy task. That is what Lyon does.
With a significant experience in international economic development from different perspectives, Grignard has the chance to work with a very dedicated team, bringing added-value solutions from a business stand point, and offering high-value connections to startups but also to major groups.
Lyon has stood up where innovation and pioneering are part of private and public spheres’ DNA. Enabling radical technologies and services to emerge onto its territory is a bet that Lyon’s local authorities are taking in a collaborative, efficient and visionary way. Opening public data + fostering the share of private information is the goal of Data Grand Lyon platform where open data are available to create new businesses.
Enhancing revolutionary techniques in energy-positive mixed-use building is a performance that Lyon achieved last year when the real estate Hikari was celebrated as a European premiere. Those 2 success stories exemplify the truly innovative and daring stand of Lyon in its technology-driven citizen-focused environment-aware strategy.