A "Pôle de compétitivité" (French competitive cluster) is in a given area, an association of companies, research centers and training organisations committed to a partnership approach aimed at creating synergies within jointly-run innovative projects. The governement and regional authorities allocate a special budget to collaborative research projects approved by these clusters.
Located in the Pays de la Loire, VEGEPOLYS has been recognised in France as the international plant cluster.
VEGEPOLYS is based on an unique concentration of organisations operatings in the plant word :
- Ornamental horticulture
- Fruit & vegetable growing
- Wine growing
- Medicinal and aromatic plants
around the plant workd in upstream and downstream processes.
The cluster brings together companies involved directly and indirectly in plant growing with trade associations, unions, and development bodies as well as local chambers of trade and commerce.
Its goal is to become a world reference for innovation in the world of plants.
- 8 branches
- 450 researchers and teaching researchers
- 30,000 jobs
- 4,000 companies
- 25 higher training courses
- 2,500 students
With the support of :