In competition with Paris, Amsterdam, Oxford, Luxembourg, as well as Berlin and Munich, ALE chooses the Occitanie region to develop its European services and data activities. The appeal and dynamism of the regional space ecosystem, unique in Europe, convinced the Japanese start-up.
It was during the Toulouse Space Show in 2018, that ALE’s attention was drawn to the quality of the regional space ecosystem. The project was then followed up for two years by Occitanie Economic Development Agency AD’OCC and Invest in Toulouse. Toulouse was in competition with Paris, Amsterdam, Oxford, Luxembourg, Berlin and Munich. Several regional visits were organized for the Japanese start-up, enabling the company to enter into contact with various partners, businesses, research centres, government agencies, universities and engineering schools relevant to the project. Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie Region, met the President of ALE, Lena Okajima, twice: in Japan, during a trip there in October 2019, and in Toulouse, in November 2019.
“I am delighted that the Japanese company ALE has chosen the Occitanie region and Toulouse for the opening of its European office. The region offers a unique spatial ecosystem and enjoys a leading position in Europe. The Occitanie Region and AD’OCC, its economic development agency, provided tailored support for the company’s relocation project. ALE is a particularly dynamic and innovative start-up in the field of climate and environmental protection and the production of shooting stars from satellites”, stated Carole Delga, former Minister, President of Occitanie Region and President of AD’OCC.