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VINCI opens up to collaborative innovation

For several years now, VINCI has been promoting a strategy of open innovation that has generated numerous initiatives sharing the same goal: to accelerate innovation over the entire value chain, capitalising on in-house and outside skills in a wide variety of fields.

To imagine VINCI tomorrow

To adapt to today's many challenges– energy transition, digital revolution, much shorter innovation cycles – VINCI has set up Leonard, a Group-wide market intelligence and foresight structure.

Find out more: https://leonard.vinci.com

Leonard's missions

Market intelligence

Leonard, a market intelligence structure, works with experts in a wide array of disciplines – sociologists, architects, philosophers and others – to identify emerging trends in VINCI's business activities and markets, with the idea of detecting the first signals as far upstream as possible.


Leonard also develops incubation and acceleration programmes for innovative projects that are open to both Group employees and startups.


Leonard regularly brings together prospective groups whose task is to identify long-term challenges for VINCI, opportunities for change in the Group's business activities and organisation, and new sources of growth.

The first four working groups:
- driverless vehicles and their impact on construction and operation of infrastructure, coordinated by Pierre Anjolras, Chairman of Eurovia;
- the resilience of cities and infrastructure in the face of climate events, coordinated by Jérôme Stubler, Chairman of VINCI Construction;
- digitisation of infrastructure and buildings, coordinated by Richard Francioli, Executive Vice-President, VINCI, in charge of Contracting;
- the new forms of work and their consequences for our management model, coordinated by Franck Mougin, Vice-President, human resources and sustainable development, VINCI.

La fabrique de la Cité

Inventing today the city of tomorrow

Created at VINCI's initiative, the Fabrique de la Cité is a think tank tasked with stimulating reflection on urban innovation and showcasing pioneering initiatives.

Its work is structured around three major themes: adaptation of existing cities, sustainable mobility and the urban economy. The Fabrique de la Cité, guided by an interdisciplinary and international approach, brings urban development actors together around research projects and conferences.
In 2017, the works of the Fabrique de la Cité focused on a variety of complex topics including reception of refugees in European cities, millennials' expectations for the city of tomorrow and scenarios for reinventing urban logistics.

Find out more: www.lafabriquedelacite.com

artnership for sustainable city

A research partnership for a more sustainable city

Eco-design of cities and infrastructure means taking environmental challenges into account in development projects, over the long term. To find practical solutions for implementing eco-design, city actors need methodologies and simulation tools, together with a common space to facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges.

In 2008, VINCI decided to foster development of multidisciplinary scientific knowledge by creating the Paris Tech-VINCI "Eco-Design of Buildings and Infrastructure" Chair, which produces tools and benchmark resources that can be used by all stakeholders to gain better understanding of the issues and make the right decisions for reducing the environmental impact of buildings and infrastructure. This scientific sponsorship initiative, a long-term partnership between VINCI and three Paris Tech graduate schools - MINES ParisTech, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and AgroParisTech – contributes to development and pooling of multidisciplinary scientific knowledge on the issue of eco-design.

In concrete terms, these works lead to creation of operational tools that are used in development of the Group's construction and operating projects. In this way, VINCI companies act as experimental sites for the Chair's researchers, giving them access to a wide array of data.

Each graduate school contributes its special expertise to explore the themes of the energy performance of buildings, transport and sustainable mobility, and biodiversity conservation.

Since 2008, more than 30 work programmes have been conducted in the framework of the Eco-Design Chair, with the participation of over 50 researchers. Conferences are regularly organised to present the results and all the related publications are available online.

Find out more: www.chaire-eco-conception.org



The Ecowork initiative was developed, in partnership with CommonsSense, to foster and accelerate dissemination of the chair's works. Ecowork is a community of researchers and professionals who share the same commitment to the sustainable city and who attend creative workshops to generate innovative and concrete ideas around the challenges of eco-design.

Last updated: 26/02/2019