Veolia innovates in the territories, adapting the VIA approach in the most dynamic geographic areas in order to increase its sourcing capacity and interactions with the local innovative ecosystem.
In 2012, Veolia launched the Territorial Innovation Accelerator (TIA) initiative - a French version of the VIA program.
As innovation hubs, the TIAs make it possible to source, test and deploy regional technologies. Through these initiatives Veolia is able to bring together large industrial groups that issue joint calls for external solutions within a particular region and so activate the local innovative ecosystem.
These public-private initiatives respond to the strong demand from local authorities to develop and support their sustainable development policy.
In 2014, new groups joined the initiative: Kingfisher, SNCF, Madem.
Calls for external solutions are launched through the local innovation structure, “J’innove”.
Over the last two years, four calls for solutions have been launched on topics such as intelligent building and innovative materials.
2 videos promoting the TIA : jinnove_teaser and jinnove_témoignages
Since June 2014, a second TIA covering the Seine Saint Denis département was created at the initiative of CC93 and three major groups: Rabot Dutilleul, Orange and Veolia.
Calls for external solutions are issued through the local innovation structure “Up’Innov”
To make the initiative attractive, the NIA will be opened to other major groups who will then launch their own calls for solutions.