About Us

Capacités is renowned for its ingenious contributions when it comes to boosting corporate performance and effecting positive change within our society. This is achieved by inspiring, harnessing and coupling professional expertise with cutting-edge scientific discoveries issuing from Nantes Université’s laboratories.

In a nutshell

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Founded in 20054 areas of expertise95 staff members 13 AREAS OF EXPERTISES350 projects per year INNOVATIONresearch valorisation research & development
Who We Are

Capacités is the private engineering and research valorisation subsidiary of Nantes Université. A leader in the field of innovation, it employs 95 staff members consisting mainly of engineers and doctors of engineering. Capacités liaises directly with scientists and research laboratories, bolstering both companies and communities with its tailor-made services: consulting, expertise and R&D.

Capacités is active in the following 2 sectors:

  • Engineering — top-notch expertise applied to innovation and R&D projects
  • Administrative and financial management — dedicated to researchers

Engineering at the Heart of Research Laboratories


The experts at Capacités carry out their engineering projects from within the very research laboratories for which they are coupling and enhancing technical resources and scientific discoveries. Capacités’s teams have a physical presence in over 10 laboratories, allowing them to cover a very wide range of issues.

Our areas of expertises


The specialists from Capacités complete over 350 projects per year for all manner of clients, great and small, private and public, local and overseas. They are responsible for ramping up innovations in four strategic spheres: health, industry, environment and digital.

Corporate status


Capacités is a private company, of which 93% is owned by Nantes Université  and 7% by Saint-Nazaire’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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