Quartiers métropolitains d'innovations

Innovation et numérique

Since October 2022, the Greater Paris Metropolis has been operating its “Quartiers Métropolitains d'Innovation” programme (also known as “Metropolitan Districts for Innovation”). The largest urban experimentation project in Europe and a first on the metropolitan scale, this scheme is part of a wider strategy to support innovation within Greater Paris. Operated by Paris&Co, the innovation agency of the territory, it enables participating municipalities to host entrepreneurs (start-ups, associations, SMEs, cooperatives, schools, citizens, designers, etc.) over an 18-month period to experiment with innovative solutions designed to address major urban issues and benefit local residents.

QMI, an "open-air laboratory" at the heart of Greater Paris

Since March 2023, 4 municipalities in the metropolitan area have signed up to the first edition of the programme : Aulnay-sous-Bois, Meudon, Noisy-le-Grand et Sceaux. Selected for their interest in hosting innovative experiments and accelerating their ecological and social transition, these municipalities reflect a wide variety of urban contexts and challenges faced in their areas. Throughout the programme, they will be guided, assisted, and supported by experts from the Greater Paris Metropolis and Paris & Co to select the most suitable sites in their “innovation district”, prepare to welcome the experiments in the best possible conditions and then assess the results at the end of the 18-month deployment period.

30+ solutions to meet the challenges of a changing landscape

The aim of the innovative solutions will be to drive the transformation of uses and lifestyles within the innovation districts. To be selected, they must address one or more of the major urban challenges posed by the ecological, digital and social transition in dense urban areas :

  • Upgrading public spaces and improving their management. Creating more desirable places, new local services, adapting street furniture, simplifying waste collection... •
  • Adapting to climate change and improving the quality of urban ecosystems. Protecting life, planting vegetation, improving air quality, the role of water in the city, etc.
  • Improving accessibility, active mobility and flow management. Low-carbon transport, intermodality, responsible logistics, traffic calming, links between neighbourhoods, facilitating pedestrian and cycle routes, etc. •
  • Promoting the circular economy and sustainable waste management. Reuse, awareness-raising, development of local channels, etc.
  • Boosting commercial appeal and local activity. Developing social links and inclusion...
  • Anticipating and improving urban renewal projects. Reducing nuisances and disruptions, coordinating stakeholders, enabling transitory and temporary planning, etc •
  • Accentuating the ecological and energy transition of buildings. Combating run-down housing, refurbishment and transformation of uses, etc.

The Quartiers Métropolitains d'Innovation programme is built on unprecedented collaboration between public players, private structures and the local fabric, with the aim of creating and perpetuating a shared culture of innovation and experimentation at the heart of Greater Paris. The scheme is part of a new approach to urban development: more cooperative, iterative and connected to users' needs.

This is why the programme has been designed around a multi-stakeholder, multi-expert approach. Historic partners have been working alongside the Greater Paris Metropolis since the beginning of the process :

  • Paris&Co, the innovation agency for Paris and the metropolitan area, which runs the programme and is responsible for supporting the municipalities and experimenters. -
  • Choose Paris Region, the attractivity agency of the Île-de-France region, in charge of supporting all projects with an international dimension.
  • The Banque des Territoires, offering advice and expertise on project financing.
  • The Institut Paris Region, responsible for carrying out sensitive assessments of innovation districts.

Major urban players are also partners in this programme, providing expertise to innovators and accelerating the scaling-up of projects: ADEME, Altarea, Citeo, Enedis, Groupe RATP, Paris Habitat, Paris & Métropole Aménagement, SEGRO, SEMAPA, Ville de Paris.

Quartiers Métropolitain d'Innovation - 8 mars 2023

For further information, please contact inno-num@metropolegrandparis.fr