The support we provide to help R&D projects emerge and get them financed at the national level is highly recognized. In addition, members underline our action to support innovative SMEs and startups to raise funds and to enhance the marketing of their innovations. As a sign of the diversity of our expertise and network, the scaling-up support organization interviewed wishes to enter into partnership with Mov’eo mainly for our network of experts in order to intervene with start-ups in incubation. However, members will need to be made more aware of our action at European and international level. Some have expressed their interest in participating in European projects, going on international missions and even joining the Clusterxchange pilot project. They are not currently involved because of time constraints and lack of knowledge. Therefore, we have planned meetings with some of the members interviewed to identify programmes and actions that meet their needs. One of the members renews its willingness to work on its internationalisation with Mov’eo, after having been one of the champions of the European Start-up Prize for Mobility. In terms of thematics tackled, we will have to place greater emphasis on our large range of action regarding new forms of mobility, as our cluster is still seen sometimes as mainly focused on automotive.
The members consulted feel attached to Mov’eo because we were decisive in the emergence of the company’s first projects. One of them offer to showcase its products in relevant events to show that the cluster support is efficient. For some of them, it will be necessary to take another look at the services that are the most interesting today in relation to their growth and the diversification of their activity. Furthermore, the members stress that we are a legitimate agent to ensure the automotive and mobility sector is a priority in the recovery plan (following Covid-19 crisis). Mov’eo would therefore have a role to play in supporting the country’s industrial excellence and its capacity for innovation.
Members recognize the added value of their Mov’eo membership. While they obviously have technical mastery of the products and services they offer, our support enables them to showcase their projects, products and services to financial decision-makers and to meet new technological and commercial partners within the French and international innovative ecosystem. They put forward the need for more thematic B2B events to make sure they meet the really relevant players, rather than a large audience.
Communication is often very easy between the cluster and its members. Members interviewed highlighted several times their relationship with their main contact in our cluster. One of the members also underlines the relevance of our Newsletter with the challenges of automotive and mobility, and does not miss any. Still, members emphasize the need for personalized appointments to directly determine the services and funding programs that meet their needs. They are aware that they sometimes miss opportunities due to time constraints and the impossibility of reading all the information addressed to them. They acknowledge this information overload from different partners can explain their lack of knowledge about the great diversity of actions and themes we cover. We will have to work on this, especially in time of teleworking.
Our agile behaviour towards our members during the Covid-19 crisis was much appreciated. First of all, the phoning campaign allowed them to express their needs and benefit from all the information to organise the work and benefit from the government support schemes. Two of the members interviewed even received a letter of support from Mov’eo in order to benefit from a state-guaranteed loan, which was granted. Another member interviewed benefited from a proposal writing support provided by Mov’eo. It applied successfully to a regional call for proposal that supported companies willing to produce strategic goods and services to face Covid-19.