Virtual and augmented reality

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The figures talk for themselves

50% of France's VR/AR community is based in our region

Laval: 1st leading global hub for virtual and augmented reality

Laval Virtual the world's largest VR/AR trade fair


Great business opportunities in VR/AR

Join the top international hub for virtual and augmented reality

With more than 20 years of expertise and the greatest concentration of industrial players in France, Laval is the key sector reference.

Since 1999, the city of Atlantic France has hosted an internationally recognized event dedicated to virtual and augmented reality. Discover the Laval Virtual annual conference, a must-attend for industry professionals and researchers.

Get access to top-level R&D facilities

In Atlantic France, you’ll get the technical support you need. Benefit from Laval Virtual Center, a new integrated VR/AR innovation and R&D technocampus, home to CLARTE and VR/AR engineering students, and Smart Factory Technocampus to develop use cases applying VR/AR (training, manufacturing, and commercialization).

Join global industry leaders, such as Airbus and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, that utilize Atlantic France’s trusted expertise and top-notch facilities in VR/AR technology during design & development phases and/or for training purposes.

Boost your company’s growth thanks to VR/AR applications

Regardless of your line or size of business, application of VR/AR boosts your company’s growth. Virtual reality and augmented reality are being incorporated into many facets of business and industry such as design, manufacturing, retail, education, etc. Atlantic France is at the heart of the VR/AR industry: choosing our region will facilitate your company’s success.



Leading names


Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters

Images & Réseaux

The reference cluster of digital innovation (Intelligent territory, smart home, e-education and e-health …)

Business clusters

ADN Ouest

Digital players cluster


Video game cluster

Innovation platforms

Technocampus Smart Factory

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to industrial uses of virtual reality

IRT Jules Verne

Mutualised research institute dedicated to the industry of the future, seeking to boost competitiveness in strategic industries by disruptive fabrication technologies

Laval Virtual Center

Research center in virtual and augmented reality with a dedicated showroom


Technology resource centre specialising in virtual reality, augmented reality and emerging technologies

CEA Tech

Technology transfer platform, speeding innovation for industry and developing programs on AI and robotics/cobotics.

Research platforms


Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes

Academic resources

Academic resources

  • Arts et Métiers Paris Tech Angers Campus: Engineering School, Master of Research in Virtual and Innovation Engineering, Innovation Process Engineering, etc.
  • Centrale Nantes: Ranked in the top 5 best engineering schools in France. Known for its Ph.D. research studies in Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing.  Other Ph.D. research studies in Computer Science and Automation, & Robotics
  • ESIEA: Engineering School, 5-year course in Digital Science and Technology (Computer Science and Embedded Systems)
  • UCO Laval: University in the fields of video games and virtual reality