Rennes is a vibrant city and a world-class technological hotspot in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Located in the western part of France (Brittany), the city is a major education and high-tech R&D centre of global renown. Rennes is actually one of the few clusters in the world at the convergence point of media, telecommunications and information technologies. Recent history of Rennes demonstrates many critical breakthroughs as a matter of foundation and development of world standards in ICT: ATM, MP3, JPEG, OFDM, Turbo codes, MPEG4.
By opening a satellite in Rennes, in September 2012, EIT Digital offers the opportunity for students, entrepreneurs and researchers to access a top-flight education on the cutting edge of innovation and with a strive for excellence. The satellite is managed by Jean-Marc Jezequel.
EIT Digital is a key player on the Rennes regional scene. It is integrated within major national and regional initiatives to promote French entrepreneurship (PEPITE, French Tech) and complements major national strategic educational investments in the area of computer science in Brittany (Ouest Valorisation TTO and B-Com Institute of Technological Research).
The EIT Digital partners in Rennes to date are: INRIA, Telecom Bretagne (Institut Mines Telecom), Alcatel-Lucent, Orange, Thales, University of Rennes 1, the competitiveness cluster Images & Réseaux and the SME JCP Connect.
With over 60,000 students from a total population of 225,000, Rennes is one of France’s liveliest and student-friendliest cities. EIT Digital hosts 4 Masters and 1 Doctoral Training Centre.
4 technical majors of our Master School as well as an Innovation & Entrepreneurship minor are hosted in Rennes:
- 1st and 2nd year of the Masters in Cloud and Network Infrastructures, Cyber Security, Data Science and Fintech at the university of Rennes1.
Doctoral Training Centre:
As part of the EIT Digital Doctoral School programme, the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is hosted by the co-location centre so as to ensure that the doctoral students can work in an open and creative environment. The DTC in Rennes is managed by Yvonnick David and partners with Orange, Thales, the B-Com Institute of Technological Research and the Kereval SME.
In Rennes, EIT Digital contributes to increase the flow of technologies from academia to market. Local partners of EIT Digital are key players with numerous collaborative maturation projects, notably in innovation areas such as Future Cloud, Future Networking Solutions and Privacy, Security & Trust.
As an example, EIT Digital co-funded in 2013 and 2014 the maturation and experimentation of a Future Cloud innovation activity developed by INRIA. This led to the creation in Rennes of the Mediego start-up. Its innovation will radically change the navigation on the Internet by placing users affinities and preferences at the heart of the search process.
Each year, Rennes hosts the The Future Cloud Symposium that brings together big and small companies, start-ups and researchers to talk about business opportunities in the Cloud.
EIT Digital is also involved in the EIT Digital Accelerator with its partner, the Images & Réseaux competitiveness cluster in Rennes. Both help local start-ups and SME expand in Europe.
EIT Digital Rennes is located on the second floor of the ‘Digital Hub of Rennes’ Beaulieu campus (Pôle Numérique Rennes Beaulieu) close to major industrial corporations, 300 SMEs and the two main ICT labs in the West of France: IRISA and Inria.
EIT Digital Rennes
Pôle Numérique Rennes Beaulieu
Building 09 B – 2nd floor
Campus de Beaulieu
263 av. du Général Leclerc
35042 RENNES cedex
Transportation: How to come and visit us?
Rennes is directly connected by TGV (High Speed Train) to Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Nantes.
It links Paris Montparnasse train station to Rennes in only 2 hours. There is a TGV every 30 minutes at peak-time, for a total of 20 Paris-Rennes and 21 Rennes-Paris TGV per day.
How to reach us from the train station?
- Public transport (20 min): First, take the metro line A (direction J.F. Kennedy). Get off at Rennes République station. Then, take the bus line C4 or 6 (direction ZA Saint Sulpice). Get off at Rennes Tournebride stop.
- Taxi (15 min). Taxis are available when you arrive at the train station.
There are 3 flights per day from/to Paris which last 1h15. 18 French cities and 11 European cities are accessible on same day return flights.
How to reach us from the airport?
- Taxi (15 min): We strongly advise you to take a taxi to reach the CLC from the airport. They are available at the airport.
- Public transport (20 min): First, walk to the bus stop “Saint-Jacques Aire Libre aéroport”. Then, take the bus line 57 (direction Rennes). Get off at Rennes République stop. Take the bus line C4 or 6 (direction ZA Saint Sulpice). Get off at Rennes Tournebride.
Bus or metro single ticket: 1, 50€ / Taxi: around 30€.
When arriving from Paris, take the South ring (Rocade Sud). Exit 3a-Porte de Beaulieu, direction Porte de Beaulieu/Rennes-Centre/Cesson-Sud. At the roundabout, take the first exit Boulevard des Alliés/D386. At Taillis roundabout, take the third exit Rue de Rennes. Turn right into Beaulieu Campus. Park the car on the parking lot on your left.
When arriving from the city center, stay on the main street (avenue Sergent Maginot) that crosses the city from East to West and follow the signs Beaulieu campus. When entering Beaulieu Campus, park the car on the parking lot on your left.
GPS: 48.1155, -1.6385
Hotels: Where to rest?
Close to the campus:
- Brit Hotel Atalante Beaulieu: 1 Ter Route de Fougères, Cesson-Sévigné
Restaurants: Where to eat?
On the go or daily lunch:
- ISTIC Cafeteria: sandwiches & salads
- AhDagio: snacking & pasta, 2 rue des Cours de Coëme, Cesson Sévigné
Business lunch, close to the campus:
- Paris New-York: 276, rue de Fougères, Rennes
Business dinner, in Rennes downtown:
EIT Digital in Rennes welcomes partners, students, start-ups and all players from the ICT innovation ecosystem in Rennes in its premises to work and network. Our offices are cosy and visitor friendly.