Open innovation

The Colas Group has rolled out an open innovation approach that aims to develop collaborative innovation with the key players of its main ecosystems, industrial partners, start-ups, etc.

The Open Innovation approach

The goal? Develop collaborative innovation

This approach is based on two cornerstones:

  • Collaborate through experiments: the Innovation department and the Group's operational entities are open to experimentation and the co-construction of innovative solutions.

Open Innovation at Colas is a way to bring together start-ups and operations. Many solutions have been tested directly in the field, such as digital support and site management solutions.

Other solutions were co-built with the field, as evidenced by projects with virtual reality or augmented reality technologies, which required special adaptation for our industry.

If you have a project in synergy with the activities of Colas, contact us to see if we can work together to roll it out across the Group. Contact: cecile.coulombez@colas.com

  • Investing to strengthen partnerships: the Colas Group has its own investment fund, CIB Développement. This Corporate Venture structure takes minority stakes in innovative start-ups in synergy with the Group's businesses.

For example, Colas invested in RB3D, an Auxerre-based company specializing in the construction of cobots and exoskeletons, with which the Group co-developed Exopush, an exoskeleton intended for workers who apply asphalt mix by hand.

If you have a project that needs funding, feel free to contact the Colas Open Innovation teams. Contact: cecile.coulombez@colas.com