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A strategic position at the centre of Europe

Carte Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is a strategic and favourable environment for companies wishing to develop and establish their activity. Bordering Switzerland for 230 km, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté has two regional airports and six international airports nearby. Mobility is also facilitated by fourteen TGV stations, making it the largest rail network in France. Nine motorways serve it, and 1,330 km of internationally recognised waterways criss-cross the landscape. Its location is undoubtedly strategically favourable to cross-border and international entrepreneurship.

42 million inhabitants less than 4 hours from the centre of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
230 km of common border with Switzerland, a privileged cross-border cooperation
1h34: Dijon-Paris in 1h34
2h08: Besançon-Paris in 2h08
6 international airports nearby and 2 regional airports
14 TGV stations
9 motorways forming a strategic crossroads
1,330 km of internationally renowned waterways

Foreign Direct Investments

6th place for attractiveness

In 2021, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté remains one of the top French regions for FDI (Foreign Direct Investments): with 117 projects from foreign companies and an increase of 29% compared to 2020, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté consolidates its 6th place and confirms its attractiveness for receiving foreign investments.

3rd place for projects in production

More remarkably, it ranks 3rd in terms of regional distribution of projects in production. This year, the automotive sector occupies a central place in regional investments. The automotive sector is the first sector to receive jobs. The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region hosts 14% of the total foreign investment in the automotive and equipment manufacturers sector. Even more remarkable, the region ranks 3rd in terms of regional distribution of projects in production.


A region of industrial excellence

A strong industry and recognised companies

Photo voiture Peugeot

Peugeot 3008 on finishing line, Sochaux site – ©Communication Sochaux

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is home to a strong industry and companies recognised throughout the world. It is also sought after for its traditional know-how in agri-food and agriculture. It has five competitiveness clusters and a gross domestic product (GDP) of 76 billion. The region is described as a region of industrial excellence:

Burgundy-Franche-Comté is the leading region in terms of the weight of industrial employees in the total number of employees (almost 1 in 5 employees work in industry)
1st region for private investment in R&D (weight of expenditure by private companies)
Nearly 60% of the industrial workforce is specialised in the mechanical/metallurgy, transport equipment, agri-food and plastics sectors
16,100 industrial establishments
10 industrial territories

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region also stands out thanks to its efficient and responsive ecosystem:

5 competitiveness clusters
16 clusters
13 technology platforms
14 high service level incubators

Remarkable growth

As the figures show, the strategic choices of investment in research, training and industrialisation are creating an ecosystem favourable to economic development. With a trade surplus of 20.9 billion euros in exports, the region is the second largest exporter in France, with a GDP of 76 billion euros. Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is a fertile breeding ground for knowledge and know-how with a flourishing industry, and is supported by its Regional Economic Agency, which is constantly making a name for itself for the excellence of its skills. The region also stands out as France’s leading agricultural region in terms of added value creation, with 63% of the region’s territory eligible for a PDO/PGI quality label and 168 PDO/PDO/PGI labels

Land of research, innovation and sustainable development

4 national public research organisations

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is home to four national public research organisations, the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), and finally, the INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale)

The region is firmly committed to the medicine of the future with its four health establishments, the Etablissement Français du Sang Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (EFS), the Centre Georges-François-Leclerc (CGFL), the Dijon University Hospital and the Besançon University Hospital, and has thus created a cutting-edge technical and scientific environment in which the jewels of the French medical industry, including the Urgo Group, have been established.

A regional ecosystem labelled Communauté FrenchTech

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté’s ambition is to stimulate its ecosystem, to encourage initiative and collaboration, and to participate in France’s influence. The region wishes to open up and expand its networks, to contribute its skills to the development of its territories and to help future world leaders in technology to grow. To this end, a programme focusing on several areas has been created: Foodtech, HealthTech, FinTech, Smart City, IoT and Industry 4.0.

Territoires d’Innovation de Grande Ambition (TIGA)

Following a call for projects launched in November 2018, 2 innovation territories in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté were selected. These territories benefit from an envelope of €450 million in subsidies and investments, enabling them to finance disruptive transformations in the fields of digital, energy, agro-ecology, mobility, skills :

  • Model territory for the “sustainable food system of 2030”, supported by Dijon Métropole
  • Transformation of an industrial territory – creation of an innovation ecosystem and development of green technologies, supported by Pays de Montbéliard Agglomération and Grand Belfort

Strong collaboration between industry, education and research

The Burgundy-Franche-Comté region sees strong collaboration between industry, education and research. 5 competitiveness clusters are actively working to achieve these different objectives, working within the region:

  • Vitagora Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Ile-de-France (660 members) : Federates around the concept of well-being through nutrition: gustatory pleasure, preservation of health capital and preservation of the environment.
  • Pôle Véhicule du Futur Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Grand-Est (435 members) : Solutions for vehicles & mobility of the future: automotive components, electric/hydrogen vehicles, connected and autonomous vehicles, infrastructures and associated uses, serviced mobility, industry 4.0.
  • Nuclear Valley (360 members): Brings together the global engineering skills for nuclear energy production as well as the manufacture of key components for this sector.
  • PMT (274 members): Positioned on high value-added sectors such as biomedical, security, space-defence-aeronautics, electronic banking or energy.
  • Polymeris (over 544 members): Aims at the development of the plastics industry, especially internationally.

4 national research organisations

  • CEA (Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives)
    A major player in research, development and innovation, the CEA is active in four areas: defence and security, nuclear and renewable energy, technological research for industry and fundamental research (material and life sciences).
  • CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
    The CNRS is a public research organisation under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. It is multidisciplinary and covers all scientific fields: human and social sciences, biology, nuclear and particle physics, information sciences, engineering and systems sciences, physics, mathematics, chemistry, earth and universe sciences, ecology and the environment. Examples of laboratories: ICB, CSGA, LE2I, FEMTO-ST, ThéMA, LERMPS,…
  • INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)
    INRA is a multidisciplinary centre whose research focuses on agro-ecology, taste and food. Territories are at the heart of society’s concerns and the challenges of tomorrow.
  • INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale)
    The only French public research organisation entirely dedicated to human health, it ensures the strategic, scientific and operational coordination of biomedical research.

4 health facilities

  • CHU Dijon
    As the region’s leading cancer treatment centre, the Dijon Bourgogne University Hospital has state-of-the-art technical platforms and expertise in a number of specialities – digestive, pneumology and paediatric oncohaematology. It also works on other research areas, including:

    • Lipid metabolism, inflammation, diabetes and vascular risk
    • Functional and molecular imaging
    • The genomics of developmental abnormalities
    • Sensory, motor and cognitive disabilities …
  • CHRU Besançon
    The Besançon regional and university hospital centre focuses its research work on four themes:

    • Technological innovation
    • Biotherapies: cancer immunotherapies, transplants and grafts, cell and gene therapy
    • INCREASE university-hospital federation on inflammatory diseases
    • Risks and vulnerability: infectious, neuro-cardiovascular, ethics/medical progress and vulnerable populations, quality of life.
  • CGFL (Centre Georges-François Leclerc)
    The CGFL is the 2nd centre in France for the inclusion rate of patients in clinical research. In the field of research, the CGFL focuses on the following areas:

    • Personalised medicine in medical oncology
    • Functional and molecular imaging
    • Radiotherapy and radiobiology
    • Epidemiological research and quality of life
  • Établissement Français du Sang Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
    Cellular engineering, medical biology, tissue and placental blood banks, research, teaching and production of advanced therapy drugs. Labelled as an industrial integrator of the Grand Défi Biomédicaments:

    • Placental blood bank Grand Est
    • Biothèque transfusionnelle Grand Est

Discover the training courses

University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

  • 11 locations

Sciences Po, Dijon campus

  • Spécialisation européenne avec un focus sur l’Europe centrale et orientale > 200 students

Engineering schools

  • Institut Agro Dijon (Institut National d’Enseignement Supérieur pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement) > 1 284 students
  • Arts et Métiers > Cluny et Chalon-sur-Saône, 540 students
  • ENSMM (École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques) > Besançon, 780 students
  • ESEO (École Supérieure d’Électronique de l’Ouest) > Dijon
  • ESIREM (École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Matériaux et en Informatique/Électronique) > Dijon, 655 students
  • ESTP (École Spéciale des Travaux Publics) > Dijon
  • ISAT (Institut Supérieur de l’Automobile et des Transports) > Nevers, 840 students
  • ISIFC (École d’ingénieurs spécialiste du dispositif médical) > Besançon, 170 students
  • ITII Bourgogne (Institut des Techniques d’Ingénieur de l’Industrie) > Auxerre, 227 apprentices
  • UTBM (Université de Technologie de Belfort Montbéliard) > 2 790 students

Business schools

  • BSB (Burgundy School of Business) > Dijon, 3 000 students
  • ESTA (École Supérieure des Technologies et des Affaires) > Belfort, 330 students

Other training sites

  • Campus Mecateam (maintenance ferroviaire) > Montceau-les-Mines
  • CESI (Centre des Études Supérieures Industrielles) > Dijon
  • CLA (Centre de Linguistique Appliquée) > Besançon
  • ENAC (École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile) > Saint Yan
  • ENFP (École Nationale des Finances Publiques) > Nevers
  • ENG (École Nationale des Greffes) > Dijon
  • ENIL (École Nationale d’Industrie Laitière) > Besançon Mamirolle, Poligny
  • ENSA (École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts) > Dijon
  • Formation ESPERA Sbarro – UTBM (automobile) > Montbéliard
  • IUVV Institut Jules Guyot (Vigne et Vin) > Dijon
  • Parcours Mécanismes et Industries du Luxe > Vesoul/Besançon
  • Pôle d’excellence en robotique et vision industrielle > Dijon et Chalon-sur-Saône

2nd French region with the most UNESCO World Heritage site

Photo Tour de la Citadelle de Besançon

8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The wealth of architectural heritage in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is exceptional. It has eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, as varied as the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Notre Dame-du-Haut chapel in Ronchamp by Le Corbusier or, a masterpiece of medieval art magnificently restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, the basilica of Vézelay, high up on a hill nicknamed “the eternal hill”, the citadel of Besançon as part of the network of fortifications built by Vauban:

Abbaye cistercienne de Fontenay
Basilique et colline de Vézelay
Citadelle de Besançon (Les fortifications de Vauban)
Chapelle de Ronchamp (Le Corbusier)
Climats du vignoble de Bourgogne
De la grande saline de Salins-les-Bains à la saline royale d’Arc-et-Senans
Prieuré de La Charité-sur-Loire (Chemins de Saint-Jacques-De-Compostelle en France)
Lacs de Chalain et de Clairvaux (Site palafittiques préhistoriques)

Performing arts

The performing arts are not to be outdone, with the Eurockéennes de Belfort crowned best world music festival at the last Arthur Awards ceremony in London, the equivalent of the Oscars for musical shows, and Chalon dans la rue, well known to programmers who come there to do their shopping after the Avignon festival.

Photo mosaique et climats

The land of fine wines 

Lovers of fine and good things are not deceived! In the list of the most expensive wines in the world, the Burgundy wine, Romanée-Conti, is in first position. The Burgundy is internationally renowned for its 33 grands crus classified, including Aloxe-Corton, Chablis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Ladoix-Serrigny, Montrachet, Vosne-Romanée, etc. The Jura vineyards cover approximately 2,000 hectares with 4 geographical AOCs (Arbois, Côtes du Jura, Château Chalon, l’Etoile) and 3 product AOCs (Macvin, Marc du Jura, Crémant du Jura).

An appreciated and rewarded gastronomy 

50% of the hotel rooms have four to five stars and 38 restaurants have been awarded the highest distinction by the Michelin Guide. The taste for refinement and a certain quality of life is a tradition in Bourgogne, which can be felt and enjoyed as many unforgettable experiences as a river cruise on the Nivernais Canal or a trip on the Centre Canal, which links Burgundy-Franche-Comté with the Loire and the Mediterranean.

  • 38 Michelin-starred restaurants
  • 168 appellations of controlled origin (AOC/AOP/IGP)
  • The Cité internationale de la gastronomie et du vin in Dijon
  • 3 Wine Cities: Beaune, Mâcon and Chablis
  • 5 “Sites Remarquables du Goût” (Remarkable Taste Sites)
  • The OIV in Dijon

Cité internationale de la gastronomie et du vin

The Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin, in the centre of Dijon, has 1,750 m2 of exhibition space providing the keys to understanding the “French gastronomic meal”. Listed as an intangible heritage of humanity, it is also a space for economic, commercial and tourist development around gastronomy and wine.