The Association des Amis de la Fondation Seguin, chaired by Valérie Lefèvre Seguin, is in the process of creating Fondation Seguin, which will be dedicated to innovation. It will be located at Varagnes.
Varagnes is situated in Annonay in the Ardèche (South East of France, Rhône-Alpes region), on the side of a triangle between Lyon, Grenoble and St Etienne. Varagneswas Marc Seguin's  last residence. He was an XIXth century exceptional engineer and entrepreneur, with an international approach to engineering. A major actor of the industrial revolution. He was involved in the construction of the first ever-permanent wire cable suspension bridge in Geneva and was a friend of George Stephenson whom he helped to win the Rainhill Trials thanks to his fire-tube boiler He built the first railway line in France between Lyon and St Etienne.
Marc Seguin and his descendants transdormed Varagnes into a place dedicated to scientific research, technological innovation and artistic creation, making it a unique place.
The Association' ambition is to perpetuate the vocation of this place. It is about bringing together in Varagnes those willing to promote innovation and to make it an iconic place.
For more information on Varagnes, see Wikipédia « Varagnes, demeure de Marc Seguin » : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domaine_de_Marc_Seguin
See Wikipedia on "Marc Seguin" on suspension bridges under “wire cable” and on George Stephenson under “Liverpool and Manchester Railway”.