Since the beginning, Gridbee is supported and financed by Incubateur Paca-Est, a business incubator created in 2001 by the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, the University of the South Toulon-Var, the Departmental Councils of Alpes Maritimes and Var, and INRIA Sophia-Méditerranée. Based in Sophia-Antipolis, Nice and Toulon, it is financed by the Conseil Régional Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Incubateur Paca-Est supports and coaches projects coming from or linked to the French public research, and offers customized support, training, the assignment of a budget during incubation (up to 24 months) and hosting facilities.
Bpifrance supports the Gridbee Communications project. Bpifrance assists project developers to see more and further and bring out the champions of tomorrow. Boot up the stock exchange listing, credit to equity, Bpifrance offers, in every region, financing solutions tailored to each company’s stage of life. Bpifrance will invest about 8 billion euros by 2017 in French companies.
Gridbee Communications is hosted in Grasse in Espace Jacques-Louis Lions, a former perfume factory rehabilitated in business incubator. InnovaGrasse, managed by the Communauté d’Agglomeration du Pays de Grasse, brings together a community of young innovative companies. Real living place, InnovaGrasse hosts innovative start-ups who need assistance and who find in this place all the elements for their development.
Gridbee Communications is a member of the SCS Cluster, one of the major players in the area of Secure Communication Solutions. The SCS Cluster covers the value chain of the ICT business, from Silicon to uses, based on focused and differentiating smart specialization areas (Contactless, Networks, M2M & Mobile Services, Security & Digital Identities).
Gridbee Communications is one of 400 players from industry, research and training of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Corsica, Guadeloupe, Réunion and the Principality of Monaco grouped within the Capenergies competitivity cluster. Capenergies is positioned on the development and deployment of energy systems to provide concrete solutions to replace fossil fuels.
Gridbee Communications joined the UIMM Côte d’Azur (Union des Industries et Métiers de la Métallurgie), which has 130 branch unions dealing with technical and economic issues and 85 regional trade associations that relay, at the territorial level, the action of the UIMM. Beyond his union objective UIMM brings to local trade associations and companies under its control advice and ongoing support in all areas under its jurisdiction.
Gridbee Communications is a member of the Utility Networks Division of the EUA (Energy & Utilities Alliance), which has been active as a trade body for over 100 years. The Utility Networks Division represents and promotes the interests of energy & utility network companies by providing a range of value-adding services.