Air Liquide’s innovation approach is based on an open ecosystem, which develops collaborative projects with its customers as well as with other external partners: suppliers, universities, technology institutes, start-ups, and others.
This open-innovation approach is rolled out worldwide, in particular via Air Liquide’s Innovation Campus network. The all-new Paris Innovation Campus was inaugurated in September 2018 and has been welcoming deeptech start-ups since June 2019.
What exactly are deeptech start-ups? These are start-ups which aim to break new technological ground using scientific advances that will create real breakthroughs. In real terms, these start-ups do not simply aim to revolutionize usages but to also fundamentally change their design and production methods.
Thanks to Accelair, its entity dedicated exclusively to deeptech start-ups, Air Liquide will host start-ups developing breakthrough technologies in areas related to energy and environmental transition, industry 4.0, aerospace, agribusiness, and healthcare. In addition to accommodation and access to experimental spaces, selected start-ups will benefit from a support program with Air Liquide experts to accelerate the time-to market of their offer.
During our discussions at the Annual General Meeting and the 2019 Shareholders’ meetings, a large number of you highlighted that innovation was one of the key reasons for your investment in Air Liquide.
“Air Liquide in one word: innovation.”
Ariane P. – Shareholder for 10 years – 2019 Annual General Meeting
“Air Liquide in one word: future.”
Francis B. – Shareholder for 20 years – 2019 Biarritz Shareholders’ meeting
To step up this innovation, the Group invested 300 million euros in 2018 and sought out new partnerships. It now works with more than 100 start-ups across the world. Thanks to your support, Air Liquide is currently the group most focused on innovation in its sector.
Article published on July 04, 2019