In 2013 the OVH group, the European leader in web hosting, arrived in the Gravelines area of Dunkirk to set up one of the largest data centres in the world, with a capacity of 500,000 servers. This investment of 180 million Euros led to the creation of 50 jobs. Dunkirk is also home to startups, some of which are presenting their innovations at CES in Las Vegas. Geemarc Telecom develops specific telephone products for the hard of hearing and the visually impaired; ILS has a web application to optimise and improve the operation of medical and paramedical establishments and service to patients; the site eco-mairie.fr is a “digital garage sale” whose main strength is that of being really local. After being tested successfully in Dunkirk, it has now been duplicated in many other parts of France. Esi4u is an expert in business management software and data security, offering mobile software and tracking solutions for companies. Formed in 1996, APICEM has developed Apicrypt, an encrypted electronic messaging software for healthcare professionals. The solution is now the leading secure messaging system for the medical sector in France, used by more than 62,000 medical and paramedical healthcare professionals. With other smaller units working in data storage, cloud computing, video games and application publishing, Dunkirk intends to develop the digital sector even further.
A region at the cutting edge of all digital sectors: data, digital, cybersecurity, IoT*
The Hauts de France is the second-largest region for training in the imaging industry: with 3,500 students, you are sure to find your future colleagues here! The Plaine Images cluster, dedicated to digital imaging and the creative industries, is now recognised throughout the world. In addition, setting up in our region will give you access to the first and only European fund dedicated to the “Expériences Interactives” transmedia projects launched by Pictanovo. Similarly, in the six years since it was formed, Euratechnologies has succeeded in becoming a spearhead of the French digital economy through French Tech. With 150 businesses, 3,600 jobs, 100 projects in incubation every year and an international network (San Francisco, Dubai, Shanghai, New York, Belo Horizonte), EuraTechnologies has been classed among the top ten accelerators in Europe by Fundacity, and the first in France. This ecosystem dedicated to the stakeholders of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on data, digital technology, cybersecurity and the Internet of services and things (IoT).