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Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation
ASOI

France: Occitania
Lydia Brunault

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About us

Since its launch in 2007, Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation has become one of the largest innovation world-class cluster for the agri-food industry in France. It brings together more than 400 private and public members active in the Agriculture, Food and Bioeconomy sectors in South-Western France: the Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions.

Our Hub is dedicated to creating opportunities for networking and interaction between the scientific and the economic sectors, strongly rooted in the Regions and open to the world stage. In this way, we help innovation thrive and contribute to the growth of our members and the agri-food industry as a whole.

Companies, investors, research and technology organizations and educational bodies, local authorities and institutions rely on ASOI collaborative and supportive community and services to generate opportunities and build innovative and value-creating projects.

ASOI roadmap is based on 6 Priority Innovation Area (PIA) applied to both crop and animal productions :

  • Water, climate, soil ;
  • Sustainable production ;
  • Farm and factory performance ;
  • Biomass valorizaton and bioeconomy ;
  • Better nutrition ;
  • Innovative food services and usages

Deeply rooted in the south-west regions, ASOI gathers more particularly skills, competences and know-how on vine and wine, Corn, Soya, sunflower, fruit and vegetable production.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 412
    Cluster Members
  • 258
    SME's
  • 61
    Large Companies
  • 53
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

Augier Laurent
Cluster Manager
Brunault Lydia
ECCP Responsible Person
Nguyen The Nicolas
Project Manager
Guichard Isabelle
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A01 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities - Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A03 Fishing and aquaculture - Manufacturing:C10 Manufacture of food products
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Agriculture; forestry; animal husbandry; hunting; trapping; fishing - C\: Chemistry; metallurgy:Fertilisers; manufacture thereof
S3 EU priority areas
Blue growth:Aquaculture - Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - Digital transformation:Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization) - Digital transformation:Robotics, autonomous and cyber physical systems (e.g. vehicles, embedded systems) - KETs:Industrial biotechnology - Public health & security:Food security & safety - Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy - Sustainable innovation:Climate change - Sustainable innovation:Eco-innovations - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable agriculture - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable land & water use - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable production & consumption
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Key members

Profile name Location
Digital 113

France

Plant InterCluster Network

France

Services

Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Advisory Services
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking

Further information

# Network : get-together, interaction and matchmaking

Through our events and activities, we want to help start-ups, SMES, multinational corporations, research institutes and investors start dialogue that can lead to mutually beneficial collaboration.

# Skills : information and competences

ASOI offers a wide range of expertise and know-how covering the scientific field, project engineering, intellectual property or business strategy.

# Projects : build and fund innovation projects

By creating an effective innovation framework, we support our member from idea emergence to project maturation and construction. We identify funding opportunities and provide monitoring

# Growth : on the way to the market

Innovation is grown to its full potential with the best positioning on the market

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020

Name & description

Project name

DIVA (Innosup 2017) - 01/04/2018 - 31/03/2021

The ambition of the DIVA project is support the emergence and development of new industrial digitech value chains with applications to the agrifood sector and related ones like forestry and environment.

Specifically, the project will support innovative SMEs from the agricultural, food and non-food sector, forestry and environment for one part, and ICT SMEs for another part. Through open innovation approaches, , DIVA will instigate the development of disruptive cross-sectorial value chains, accelerate the emergence of innovative solutions brought by SMEs, support their development to build new digitech value chains across EU, validate the technical and economical benefits for all actors along these value chains, and help to commercial duplication at the international level.

To succeed, DIVA proposes a specific support process mainly led by local clusters which are the best innovation brokers to bring SMEs in the loop and accompany them all along the 4 steps of these creativity and aceleration processes. 10 partners which are organized for working with a ICT / Agrifood tandem in each region – will gather SMEs, large end-users industrial leaders, other third parties in DIVA open innovation spaces. By capitalising on the leading-edge specialties of each region, DIVA will foster the local and European cross-fertilization and will create added-value innovation process.

In practical during the 36 months, after the implementation of a so called “digitech value chain inspiration framework”, which gathers and structures all the challenges of the agrifood stakeholders, calls for solutions, for demonstration and for internationalization will be launched to allow ICT SMEs to propose their innovative solutions and to be supported through 5 types of vouchers (until 60 k€) to enhance these solutions. At the end of the process which will reach a minimum of 3000 SMEs, 150 SMEs will be selected and will receive various supports:

  • Due diligence to operate a 360° strategic vision and validate the SME’s needs
  • Technical support to maturate their solutions until TRL 67 and even 8
  • Nontechnical support such as business strategy, business modelling, market strategy, strategic partnership building, IPR and certifications strategy…

75,6% of the 4,1 M€ budget will be directly oriented to the SMEs: 2,7 M€ through vouchers and 450 k€ via direct expertise of the partners.

As for the quantitative objectives, DIVA will create a minimum of 10 new digitech value chain in the agrifood sector, each gathering a minimum of 3 SMEs, with worldwide leadership and high growth potential. Thanks to the contribution of large agrifood stakeholders at their own costs, it is estimated that DIVA will leverage at least a similar investment from the private side to follow and support the development of the innovative solutionsbrought about by SMEs. The contribution of the Regions is also estimated to bring in the loop a similar amount via implementation of demonstrators and complementary support to those SMEs which will not have the chance to be selected for the DIVA vouchers scheme but whose ideas of solutions could be however of high enough added value at the regional levels.

Last but not least, DIVA will pay particular attention to dissemination and communication to spread information through the local and European thematic networks to gather largely contributions. It will also illustrate the DIVA methodology that could be implemented in each (or between) EU-Regions to create a glocal approach, source of territorial activities but international competitiveness and business.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Morocco
Brazil
Chile
Senegal
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Ireland
Greece
Italy
Portugal
Spain

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Name
DIH Network
Website
https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/digital-innovation-hubs
Name
Association Française des Pôles de Compétitivité
Website
https://www.afpc.eu/en
Profile name Location
Plant InterCluster Network

France

Plant InterCluster Network

France

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