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The Le Blan-Lafont building, the centerpiece of the EuraTechnologies campus, is the result of the outstanding renovation efforts of two former textile factories: Le Blan and Lafont, first built in 1896 and 1900 respectively. In 1989, following the general collapse of the cotton industry, and after having served as one of the seven largest cotton mills in France with nearly 2,500 employees, the Le Blan-Lafont factory filed for bankruptcy. In 1996, the Communauté Urbaine de Lille (Urban Community of Lille) decided to undergo a conversion effort: and so, EuraTechnologies, the economic center of excellence dedicated to the ICT domain was inaugurated on March 26, 2009.

More than a century of history: “from thread to fiber”

History:


The Le Blan-Lafont building, the centerpiece of the EuraTechnologies campus, is the result of the outstanding renovation efforts of two former textile factories: Lafont and Le Blan, first built in 1896 and 1900 respectively. In 1989, following the general collapse of the cotton industry, and after having served as one of the seven largest cotton mills in France with nearly 2,500 employees, the Le Blan-Lafont factory filed for bankruptcy. In 1996, the Communauté Urbaine de Lille (Urban Community of Lille) decided to undergo a conversion effort: and so, EuraTechnologies, the economic center of excellence dedicated to the ICT domain was inaugurated on March 26, 2009.

Chronology:

2006 (Year Zero): installment of Digiport, building F.

2006 – 2008: 25 companies, 300 employees. Signing of agreement with Microsoft. CapGemini takes up residency.

2006 – 2009: building F, inauguration of the Le Blan-Lafont building (7,500 visitors over two days): 60 companies, 800 employed, ten projects in incubation.

2006 – 2010: building F, the Le Blan-Lafont building, the Cube building: 110 companies, 1,400 employed, 59 companies on the waiting list. Signing of partnership with Stanford University. Le Blan-Lafont is 100% completed. 30 projects in incubation. 75 trained as part of the academy.

2006 – 2012: building F, Le Blan-Lafont, Cube, Canal, Urbawood: 130 companies, 1700 employed, 96 companies on the waiting list. Cisco, ASOS, and Tata take up residency. Opening of telepresence room. 60 projects incubated and 45 companies created. 213 events held with 20,000 visitors. 600 jobs created since 2009.

2006 – 2014: 139 companies including IBM. 30 startups created in the year, with 2,500 employed. Growing beyond the limitations of its structure—time to expand.

2006 – 2018: The biggest incubator in Europe with more than 100 project leaders coming in each year, as well as 300 companies with 4,000 employed.