OSEO was born in 2005, by bringing together ANVAR (French innovation agency) and BDPME (SME development bank), around a mission of general interest supporting the regional and national policies. Its mission is to provide assistance and financial support to French SMEs and VSEs in the most decisive phases of their life cycle : start up, innovation, development, business transfer / buy out. By sharing the risk, it facilitates the access of SMEs to financing by banking partners and equity capital investors.
Supported by the Ministry or Research and Technology, the European Social Fund and the local communities, the impulse incubator is an open system that makes it possible to advance from an idea to a project and from the project to an enterprise. It is part of a national network of 31 similar incubators whose objective is to develop the results of public research by the setting up of new innovative companies.
Provence Promotion, the economic development agency of the Bouches-du-Rhône, was created by the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the County Council. Its goal is to help both French and foreign companies establish themselves successfully in the region.