Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees merged into a single region on 1st January 2016.
The data of this site mainly concerns the former Midi-Pyrenees region and is currently being updated.


Boosted by aeronautics and space, the IT, electronics and telecommunication sectors have developed well in Midi-Pyrenees. Today, with 34,300 jobs, the region is a major player in ICT at the national level.


Leading French region for ICT and IT outside of the Paris area.

Leading French region in:

  • Publishing application software
  • Computer programming
  • Manufacturing electrical and electronic equipment

2nd French region for:

  • Systems and software consulting
  • Wireline communications
  • Satellite communications

Note: (Sector workforce by region/sector workforce in France) / (dependent labor force by region/workforce in France).
It is accepted that a territory is specialized when the coefficient is >1.

The development of aeronautics and space has been a key lever for the growth of the IT, electronics and telecommunications sectors in Midi-Pyrenees.
Today, with more than 34,300 jobs, the Midi-Pyrenees region in France is a major player in the development of ICT.

With this common base, our large manufacturers and research teams have successfully anticipated new applications and services, and diversified into areas such as:

  • Simulation, virtual reality
  • Real-time computing
  • Human-system interaction
  • Grid computing
  • Critical embedded systems
  • Model driven engineering
  • Dependability
  • Software architecture and engineering
  • Signal processing
  • Scientific and technical instrumentation
  • M2M, open source

Many core competencies have been developed by over 3,400 efficient internationally recognized institutions. This dynamism encourages innovations which have stimulated the emergence of a cross-functional sector able to master the complexity. It builds on major system specialists for automobiles (Continental), rail (Alstom), aeronautics and space (Airbus, EADS Socata, Thales Alenia Space, Astrium).

Key figures

a major sector, composed of 5,300 companies, generating 34,300 jobs, and revenues of €2.7 billion
Nombre d'entreprises et effectifs en Midi-Pyrénées

The vitality of the IT sector

4,600 companies, 19,000 employees
The sector’s workforce has tripled in fifteen years
4 disciplines account for 65% of the sector’s business (computer programming, computer systems consulting, data processing and software publishing).

Spotlight on electronics

374 companies, 8,000 jobs
Midi Pyrenees, the highest academic and scientific focus on power electronics in France.

Telecom, a dynamic sector

365 companies, 7,100 jobs
An region that encourages telecommunications experimentation.


Research & Education

A concentration of grey matter

  • 19,000 students - 100 degree programs
  • Training in all IT subjects Computer systems engineering, applied computer science and mathematics, electrical engineering, systems engineering and embedded micro and nano-systems, intelligent systems, telecommunication systems and computer networks, IT methods applied to management of company networks, statistics and decision support computing, etc. are taught at Paul Sabatier University, in engineering schools including:
    • INP-ENSEEIHT (École Nationale Supérieure d’Électrotechnique, d’Électronique, d’Informatique, d’Hydraulique et des Télécommunications)
    • INP-ENIT (École Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tarbes)
    • INP-ENM (Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie)
    • INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences)
    • ICAM Toulouse (Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers)
    • CESI (Catholic Institute for Arts and Professions)
  • Language proficiency prized by companies: La maîtrise de langages prisés par les entreprises - © ESGC&F

Specialized schools

  • SUPINFO: Bachelor to Masters 2 Bac+5 (5-yr university level) training course in computer science - 300 students - Established since 2006, SupInfo Toulouse: the largest school in terms of staff (outside Paris)
  • EXIA - CESI: Bac+1 (1-yr degree, programmer analyst) to Bac+5 (5-yr degree, Information systems management) training courses - 120 students at Toulouse - Established in 2004
  • EPITECH: expert training in information technology (Bac+5 - 5-yr degree) - 200 students - established in 2007, the Toulouse site is the 2nd French EPITECH center

Top-notch skills

One of the top French regions for the number of publications (4,107)

  • 50 years of research in computer science
  • A concentration of cooperating laboratories that cultivate innovation and build on the legacy of FERIA (Federation of Research in Computer Science and Automation), a pioneer of French joint laboratories
  • 2,600 researchers dedicated to ICT and engineering sciences in public laboratories

A concentration of scientists

  • LAAS-CNRS (Laboratory for the Analysis and Architecture of Systems-ICT), a unique position in France - The largest of CNRS’s own laboratories (640 people)
  • IRIT (Toulouse Institute of Research in Computer Science): One of the highest research potentials in France for computer science
  • ONERA (National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research): The leading French player in aeronautics and space research (420 people)
  • 3 federated graduate schools:
    • Mathematics, Computer Science, Telecommunications
    • Systems
    • Aeronautics, Astronautics
  • Toulouse Mathematics Institute, ...
  • 163 research units explore subjects in this sector

Midi-Pyrenees, a collaborative tradition that fosters projects, innovations and start-ups

... qui fait éclore des projets, des innovations et des start-up

  • TESA Laboratory: A unique organization specialized in mobile communications, navigation and localization, multimedia - 120 R&D projects since 1998
  • TOPCASED: Open source workshop project for the development of systems and critical applications
    Current results: software development services, maintenance and training - revenues: €12M
  • VORTEX: Visual Object: from reality to expression, unifying projects on augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed objects, 3D, 2D images

These start-ups originated in our laboratories:

A local internet exchange point - GIX

To create the necessary technical, regulatory and economic conditions for the emergence of a market in Midi-Pyrenees:

  • Improve the inter-connectivity of businesses, Association TOUIX
  • Direct access to the best offers and operators
  • Benefit from economic and financial advantages
  • Position Toulouse and Midi-Pyrenees among the cities with a GIX.

A solution: the TOUIX Association

A qualified dedicated cluster

The reference organization for ICTs, providing structuring for the sector Digital Place
Digital Place aims to propel Midi-Pyrenees to the top of the digital world.

Its tasks:

  • Capture trends and identify emerging markets
  • Develop trade with competitiveness clusters
  • Foster synergies between labs, start-ups and manufacturers
  • Facilitate access to finance
  • Encourage the formation of intermediate size companies
  • Assist companies overseas.

Other stakeholders and events

Business networks

  • April: pioneer association in France for the promotion and protection of open software
  • LAAS Affiliated Clubs: scientific and technological intelligence organization
  • FniLL: National Federation of the Open-source Software Industry
  • JESSICA: association dedicated to the distribution of innovation through communication electronics, RFID, mechatronics
  • JEInnov: JEI association for training, networking, financing, lobbying
  • La Mêlée: umbrella association of digital economy players in Midi-Pyrenees
  • Toulibre: association of users and developers of free software in the Toulouse area
  • Clusir: Club for the Security of Regional Information Systems, association focusing on risk management related to information systems
  • Sensing Valley: "wireless sensors" cluster
  • Toulouse Android User Group: association bringing together Android users in the region


  • ERTS²: Embedded Real Time Software and Systems. Biennial in February
  • La Mêlée Numérique: annual showcase meeting of ICT skills in the telecommunications sector. Annual in May: Protection of open software
  • L’Université de la e-santé: Seminar of appraisals and business meetings. Annual in July
  • Ludovia: Summer University for recreational and educational multimedia applications. Annual in August
  • Certification Together International Conference: The first event in Europe entirely dedicated to the certification of embedded systems