Pôle Hippolia

Business cluster

Hippolia is the only government-certified competitive cluster in the horse industry. It comprises a Board of Directors which represents the industry, an independent Committee of Certification

 Experts (who issue certificates to innovative projects) and an energetic operational team, all bound by confidentiality.

The cluster has its headquarters in Normandy, and is composed of a network of more than 200 members throughout France: entrepreneurs, start-ups, VSBs, SMEs and major groups, and also research teams, training providers and institutions.


The Hippolia Cluster has an ambitious goal: “To position the French horse industry at the forefront of innovation with its beating heart in Normandy.” :

  • Project support : customised
  • Network management : organisation of events to develop the network and promote exchanges
  • Economic intelligence : regular information updates to help members respond to market trends (watch bulletins,…), Hippolia LAB (the only consumer panel of the horse industry), Hippolia Observatory
  • Innovation promotion : newsletters, website, social media, conferences, events…



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Project support: 

  • Project building support, funding search,…
  • Certification
  • Resuming the Horse Angels project, the only Business Angels network of the equine industry
  • Business development solutions for Hippolia members

Economic Intelligence:

  • 7 Watch Bulletins (Science watch, New product watch, International watch, Legal watch, Industrial property watch, Public procurement watch, European funding watch)
  • Hippolia LAB (the only consumer panel of the horse industry)
  • Hippolia Observatory :
    • Triennial report : Economic health overwiew of the industrial and service companies of the horse industry
    • Sector-wide approach : Consumer trends on business segment
    • « business confidence » of the horse industry (Hippolia / Horse Development) 
  • Monthly Webinars
  • Patent registration assistance
  • « Ad Hoc » studies


Network Management:

  • “Horse Pitch & Match 2022” organized by “French Tech Caen Normandy”
  • Online B to B meetings
  • Hippolia Day
  • Hippolia Morning and HippoliApéro (nationwide)
  • Partnership development : media, law firms, communication agencies, strategy / marketing counseling, market studies, …



  • “Hippolia Meet Up 2021” : the first BtoB trade fair for the Horse Industry in France
  • Inviting members to participate in French and Foreign events to promote their activities : Hippolia start-ups village – Equita Longines & Bordeaux Horse Show ; Innovation trophies awarded at the Paris Horse Show ; “Getting into a digital saddle” space at the Angers Horse Show ; France Hippolia space – Spoga Horse.
  • Communication diagnosis
  • Members highlighting
  • Sharing members’ Press releases