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The “French Tech Tour to India 2016”, a platform to bridging further the French and Indian Tech ecosystems

Purva Marwaha - 26-oct.-2016 07:56:15

Business France, the Trade & Investment Commission of France in India, is organizing, with several stakeholders and partners, the first edition of the “French Tech Tour to India”, a multi-purpose and multi-format platform to run over the Embassy and the Consulate Generals of Delhi NCR, Bangalore and Mumbai from the 24 th  to the 28 th  of October, 2016.     The “French Tech Tour to India 2016” will also enable an active  participation of the “French Tech” ecosystem at the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2016  (Bangalore, 26 th  and 27 th  of October, 2016), with the objective of strengthening reciprocal awareness between the French and Indian Tech ecosystems, and promote France towards Indian Tech companies as a leading Innovation and Business Hub in Europe through a dedicated roundtable, Mr. Bertrand DIARD, Chairman of Tech in France and Serial Entrepreneur (Talend, Influans, Restlet and BonitaSoft), shall deliver a Key Note.   Curated  networking events across New Delhi  (24 th  of October, 2016),  Bangalore  (26 th  of October, 2016) and  Mumbai  (28th of October, 2016) are also been organized. These events will gather representatives from the “India Tech” ecosystem the delegation coming from France on this occasion and the “French Tech” players already active and making in India. In this regard, over 50 Digital and ICTs “French Tech” players are currently availing legal set-ups in India.   The Ambassador of France to India, Mr Alexandre ZIEGLER says “ « French Tech Tour to India will offer its participants a one-week program across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. It will be an immersive program for 9, carefully selected, innovative “French Tech” startups and SMEs who are looking at expanding in the Indian market. I am convinced that the multiple interactions, which will take place over the course of this week, will pave the way for further collaborations, agreements and partnerships between French and Indian Tech stakeholders!. ”     In addition, Mr. Loïc RIVIERE, Secretary General of TECH IN France, and Mr. Mani DORAISAMY, Co-Founder of, one the Indian laureates of the Season 1 of this “French Tech Ticket” are part of the “French Tech Tour to India 2016” delegation, which benefited from the support of Air France, sponsoring some participants and Awardees, thus showing its commitment towards Tech startups and SMEs globally.   For some years now, the French Tech ecosystem has enjoyed a steady and strong development, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers and other talented people. Like India, France has emerged as a leading Startup Power, home to vibrant Tech Hubs and talents, and imbued with a strong entrepreneurial culture.   France stands among the leading ecosystems globally when considering Tech-related Entrepreneurship and Innovation; as ascertained by the fact that France led -for the 6th consecutive year- the race in the “Deloitte Fast 500 2015 EMEA” ranking with 87 laureates.   The “French Tech Tour to India” finds its origin in the statement that with over 5,000 and 6,000 Tech startups respectively, and many large corporates involved in Open Innovation and Acceleration programs, India and France both belong to the Top 5 of the Tech startup ecosystems in the world. Yet, further initiatives need to be developed to exploit the true potential for synergies and value co-creation between the 2 Startup Powers.   Hence, in addition to the “French Tech Tour to India 2016”, and with further initiatives to come, the call for applications for the Season 2 of the “French Tech Ticket” program has been actively promoted over Q3 2016 towards the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. The “French Tech Ticket” consists of a 1-year program to welcome foreign entrepreneurs and early stage startups to set up and accelerate activities in France. It is noteworthy to mention that India ranked first, for the second consecutive year and by a large margin, in terms of the number of applications received for the 2017 promotion, which shall consist in a pool of 70 foreign startups.   On a concluding note,  “Building on the promising level of cooperation shown at the Economic, Investment, Academic and R&D levels, the “French Tech” and “India Tech” is relevant  to co-create further economic value, which gives us even more eagerness to bridge and synergize further the two ecosystems. Business France is thus deeply engaged in this drive aiming at further encouraging “India Tech” players to consider France as both a relevant partner, market and Hub in Europe, and vice versa. The “French Tech Tour to India 2016”, to become an annual rendezvous, shall contribute to this ambition in complement to other initiatives. ” says Mr. Sylvain BIARD, Managing Director Mumbai Office and Head, Tech & Services Department, Business France.          

The French Tech will actively take part at the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2016

Julian HOARAU - 19-oct.-2016 06:36:32

  With over 5,000 and 6,000 Tech startups respectively, and many large corporates involved in Open Innovation and Acceleration programs, India and France both belong to the Top 5 of the Tech startup ecosystems in the W orld. Further initiatives shall yet be developed to truly exploit the synergies and value co-creation of the 2 Startup Nations.       As part of this endeavor, the season 2 of the “French Tech Ticket” program has been extensively promoted in India, with Indian entrepreneurs and early stage startups noteworthy leading, again this year, in terms of number of applications received.     This “French Tech Tour to India 2016 ” , w ill serve several objectives and will consist of an immersive program for 10 innovative “French Tech” startups and SMEs that have been selected by a Jury, the participation of the “French Tech” ecosystem in the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2016 (Bangalore, 26 th and 27 th of October, 2016) and culminating in 3 networking events in Delhi NCR, Bangalore and Mumbai. Seeking to build reciprocal awareness between the respective stakeholders and to bridge the French and India Tech ecosystems, these networking events will gather representatives from the Indian Tech ecosystem, the delegation coming from France, and the 50+ “French Tech” players in India.       Come and meet French startups @NASSCOM Product Conclave 2016 on October 26th & 27th - Bangalore.  

High level discussion on "Next Generation of Infection Prevention"

Julian HOARAU - 06-oct.-2016 06:59:43

  High level discussion on “ Next Generation of Infection Prevention” within the framework of the “Make in India” program   Business France has successfully organized two interactive sessions for the French company Schülke, 100% subsidiary of Air Liquide Group on “ Next Generation of Infection Prevention”. The seminar was held in the presence of H.E Mr Alexander ZIEGLER, Ambassador of France in India at the Residence of France in New Delhi on Tuesday, on 27 th September and the second one was held at the hotel Taj Coromandel, Chennai on 29th September with the participation of the Consul General of France in Pondicherry.   This event shaped an Indo-French discussion & created awareness on important topics; nosocomial infections, health care guidelines, desired standards of hospital hygiene & infection control and efficiency & application of next generation products.   The discussion also highlighted french creativity via the launch of innovative products in the area of healthcare by Schülke and celebrated the success of their flagship brand Microshield, a product which is well known among healthcare professionals in India and has been in existence for 25 years. The interactive sessions gathered together more than a 100 participants; senior Indian government officials, medical directors & CEO’s from public and private hospitals, senior healthcare professionals and the Indian & French business communities respectively.     The dual seminars concretely demonstrated the initiatives taken by French companies to bring the most recent technologies available in Europe to India, to adapt them to the Indian context and manufacture them in India to benefit the larger interests of the healthcare sector in India.  

"Rafale jets exceptional, IAF will like to have more" Raha

Julian HOARAU - 05-oct.-2016 08:48:55

  New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) Describing the Rafale fighter jets as "exceptional", IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha today said the force would like to have more of the aircraft and insisted that the recently signed contract for 36 fighters was better than other such deals.   He also spoke about "unsolicited offers" that India has received from Boeing, Saab and Lockheed Martin to manufacture fighter aircraft in India and said the company which offers the best deal will be selected.   He said Saab’s Gripen is a "good fighter" as compared to others like F-16 of Lockheed Martin but the decision will depend on many factors.   "Any air force will be proud to have aircraft of the Rafale class which is in mid-weight category. In terms of its weapons capability, air-to-air missiles, beyond visual range, air-to-ground, its avionics, instrumentation and warfare suite, it is exceptional and one of the leading aircraft of the current generation," Raha said.   Asked if 18 more aircraft would be procured, he said, "Well, we would like to have more. But it is a decision that will be taken in the near future."   The 7.878 billion Euros (Rs 59,000 crore) deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets was signed on September 23. The new planes will give a big boost to IAF’s defence and strike power.   The most important aspect of the deal, apart from the fact that the Rafale is a 4.5 generation fighter jet, is the firepower that India is getting in the form of long-range and Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles.   Rafale jets will come equipped with state-of-the-art missiles such as Meteor and Scalp. Meteor is a BVR air-to-air missile with a range in excess of 150km.   "It is better in terms of price, performance-based logistics, missiles among others," he said on the Rafale deal in comparison to the MMRCA tender and deals signed by France with other countries in world.   On the induction of light combat aircraft Tejas, he said it would be done in six squadrons, including the upgraded version.   He said the next version called Tejas ’Mark-A’ would come with better radar, weapons, avionics, and its production will start in 2021.   Raha also said IAF would also be upgrading the Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter jets besides the Jaguar.   On the integration of BrahMos missiles with the Sukhoi 30 MKI, Raha said, "We hope to fire a live missile in three months."   The IAF chief, who heads the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC), a body of the three service chiefs, said he hoped the government would resolve the issues of the 7th Pay Commission and that the forces have decided to implement it based on the government’s assurances.  

Schülke celebrates 25 years of Microshield® success in India

Julian HOARAU - 28-sept.-2016 12:07:10

    Schülke celebrates 25 years of Microshield® success in India   Schülke India Pvt Ltd, 100% subsidiary of the French groupe Air Liquide celebrated today, in the presence of the Ambassador of France in India, H.E. Alexander Ziegler, 25 successful years of Microshield. The company specializes in hygiene and preservation and their mission is to fight disease and contamination before they emerge.   Schulke welcomed Microshield® into its family of infection prevention products in February this year. For more than a century Schülke has been working towards fighting disease and contamination. This association promises to further bring innovation and new products to market and reduce the risk of infection.   “India is a strategic market for Schülke. We will continue to further develop the strong Microshield brand in India and we are committed to add value to our customers, whether it is through products or through services.   We have an excellent team in place. Customers can expect from Schülke innovative Hygiene Solutions from Experts – for Experts!” says Alexander Mueller, General Manager,Asia Pacific   Since India is such an important market for the company, Schulke has also launched a state of the art molecule called Octenidine which is a result of the company’sinvestment & commitment to R&D. Due to its excellent antimicrobial efficacy and tissue compatibility, Octenidine may be used for different topical applications applicationsin the field of infection prevention /product contamination in the form of Drugs, Medical devices & Cosmetic products, where fast action and a long lasting effect are required. Examples for such applications are the decontamination of skin of patients colonised with MRSA, the treatment of acute and chronic wounds heavily colonised or locally infected by pathogenic bacteria and the care of central venous catheter insertion sites. With octenidine a highly effective and compatible innovative antimicrobial compound for topical use is available.   Schulke currently has some products based on Octenidine available in India like Octenisan Wash Lotion, Octenisan Wash Mitts and Octenidol Mouthwash. The company plans to launch more products in the near future reaching out to more patients.   According to the World Health Organisation, hands are a major source that lead to the spreading of hospital acquired infections and in 2009 the WHO published guidelines on hand hygiene in Health Care. Therefore, a lot of emphasis and awareness has been placed on the importance of proper hand hygiene.   About Schülke India:   Schülke and Mayr GmbH wasfounded in 1889 by Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr. Since 1996, we have been a 100 % subsidiary of the *Air Liquide Group, world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health. Our headquarters in Norderstedt near Hamburg are the focal point of all our activities. Here, all of our central divisions work hand in hand: from Research and Development, Management, Production and Marketing, to Sales and Logistics. As one of the market leaders in infection control, we provide major impetus from here: for our continuous global growth – and for successful hygiene solutions for our customers. The quality of a whole hygiene chain is equal only to that of each link within that chain. That is why we are uncompromising in our holistic approach. In this way, we create more than economic success: sustained value for the environment and society.   Schülke has been driving its transformation from a tradition-steeped chemical enterprise to a modern partner for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. With 15 international subsidiaries and a presence in more than 80 countries, the company generates an annual turnover of more than 250 million Euro. Disinfectants, antiseptics, preservatives, biocides, medical skin care products, active ingredients for deodorants and system cleaners form the main focus of the range of products that the company develops and produce.   They have a national presence in all the major cities in India to support Healthcare Professionals in Hospitals and Nursing Homes and offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai”   For more about the history and heritage of the company, you can visit our website:   *Air Liquide Healthcare Supplies medical gases, home healthcare services, hygiene products, medical equipment and specialty ingredients . In 2015, it served over 7,500 hospitals and more than 1.3 million patients at home throughout the world. The Group’s Healthcare business reached € 2,799 million in revenues in 2015 , with the support of its 13,500 employees . *These data do not include Airgas, whose acquisition was completed on May 23, 2016.       About Business France:   Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France.It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.For further information, please visit: and .   Company contacts:   Mr Deep Sharma   Managing Director   Schulke IndiaPvt Ltd   @:       Press contact:   Ms. PurvaMarwaha   Business France, French Trade Commission in India   Trade Officer. Tel: 011 4319 6306   @: purva.marwaha  

France, top choice for Indian Students

Julian HOARAU - 19-sept.-2016 08:45:08

France, which ranks third among the world’s most innovative countries, is also among the top three most popular destinations in the world among international students. Studying in France is a unique experience. France has centuries’ old universities that offer excellent education in art, innovation, science and technology, and more. France’s higher education and research institutions rank among the world’s best, such as the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS Paris) Ecole Polytechnique, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Universite Paris-Sorbonne, HEC, INSEAD and many others. This explains why France ranks as one of the world’s most preferred destinations for international students. In 2015, the QS team voted Paris the "best international student city" for the third year in a row. Students from India and the world over can study in these institutions either in English or French medium. Students opting for programmes taught in French at state universities in France get the benefit of tuition-fee waiver like any other French citizen. Last year, several thousand Indian students opted for higher education in France, a jump of 50% over the past five years, a number that is increasing every year. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France last April, both countries agreed on allowing Indian students to stay in France for two years, one for the period of studies and one after completion of their course for the purpose of acquiring professional experience, with a reciprocal arrangement for French students in India. Prime Minister Modi said on the occasion, "Indian youth, who come to France to study and want to continue here for some time after studies, can do that now." "This agreement will further bolster the Indo-French relationship in education", as urged by President Francois Hollande during his State visit to India in January 2016. This year, the Embassy has offered nearly 400 scholarships under its flagship "Charpak" programme for students pursuing Master’s degrees, exchange semesters and research internships. French companies, such as MBDA, also offer scholarships to Indian students, including tuition fee waivers and a monthly stipend. This has also resulted in measures to facilitate the issuance of visas for Indian students and Indian alumni, as well as an increased number of scholarships offered by the Embassy of France and its corporate partners. In a major development in May 2012, French authorities decided to ease considerably the conditions for obtaining a work visa after studies completed in France. This allowed a large number of students graduating from French business and engineering schools to extend their stay and acquire work experience in France. Furthermore, the Embassy of France in India decided to facilitate travel to France for all Indian citizens who have studied in France. Since July 2013, all Indian citizens that have graduated from a French higher education institution and are subsequently applying for a tourist or business visa for a trip to France, are being granted a visa with a long validity period - up to five years if the studies in France were at the Master’s level or higher. In parallel, the Embassy of France in India has simplified visa procedures for Indian students wishing to study in France. Special attention is given to students living far from any French Consulate or "Campus France" office (governmental agency promoting French higher education) to simplify and expedite the visa procedure. Also, visa applications by Indian faculties and officials are now being processed as a matter of priority. Campus France will establish partnerships with various Indian higher education institutions in order to accelerate exchanges with French institutions and for their alumni. We recommend this Video for you INTANGO LTD   Recommended By Colombia Through its France Alumni events and services, the Embassy ensures that the partnership between India and France continues. For this purpose, it organizes an Enterprises-Alumni job fair, which provides alumni who have studied or worked in France the opportunity to meet potential employers looking for skilled employees for their company. The last such fair was organized in the capital on February 19, 2016, where many companies participated and around 200 jobs were showcased. More than one thousand India-based French companies, such as Cap Gemini, Safran, Saint-Gobain, Renault, Orange, etc., are success stories illustrating this partnership between France and India France Alumni was created at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development by Campus France to be an efficient digital multilingual platform to unite, inform and guide foreign students who have studied in French higher education institutes. Every year, 100,000 foreign students graduate from the French education system. France Alumni informs those who have completed their higher education of job opportunities and allows them to stay networked, adding value to their stay in France with a professional context. In order to offer the right information at the right time, resources related to education courses in France, sections dedicated to major French companies, job offers and themed newsletters are updated on a regular basis. The website also informs them about French business, economic and cultural life in its magazine section, as well as the most interesting events for alumni.   France Alumni is a dedicated platform for former foreign students who wish to enhance their experience by registering in a wide French network. Campus France is the governmental agency promoting French higher education, functioning under the aegis of the Embassy of France in India. It currently has offices in ten Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.   Any Indian student can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France. The Campus France counsellor also contacts the French institutions the student is interested in, to offer their application, unless the student is already in contact with them. Campus France organizes direct meetings between French academies and Indian students in various Indian cities on a biannual basis.

Top French technology companies in renewable sector visit India

Julian HOARAU - 09-sept.-2016 12:31:56

          Top French technology companies in renewable sector visit India,   pledge to contribute to India’s energy targets with cutting-edge technologies       New Delhi, 9 th September 2016       A French delegation specialising in the renewable energy sector with prime focus on innovation, energy production and control visited India from 5 th -9 th September 2016 . The delegation comprised leading French technology companies, and representatives of associations and federations of the French renewable energy sector.       These companies are actively looking for partnerships to contribute to the renewable energy targets in India through innovative solutions and technology cooperation. They presented their expertise and cutting-edge technologies ranging from solar trackers, water turbines to software for energy information systems, and more.       They also took part in the Renewable Energy India Expo held in Noida (7 th -8 th September) during which they presented their innovative solutions.       The French delegation, which travelled to Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Roorkee , met key R&D players in the renewable energy sector in India, including NISE, IISc Bangalore; IIT Bombay, WISE, L&T, Tata Power, IL&FS , etc. They also met officials at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in New Delhi.       Their weeklong programme in India concluded with a seminar, jointly organised by the Embassy of France in India and The Energy and Resources Institute, on “Implementing the Paris Agreement: partnerships for innovation and technology”.       For further information: / 9899334670       LIST OF PARTICIPATING FRENCH COMPANIES         HeliosLite : A technology provider of disruptive photovoltaic tracking solutions for on and off grid applications.       Optimum Tracker : An innovation-driven company specializing in design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of patented Solar Trackers and Fixed-Tilt structures for large PV Power Plant.         QOS Energy: A software provider specialising in energy information systems, such as Qantum®, a solar monitoring software and O&M management platform that helps maximise the performance and availability of more than 3500 renewable plants worldwide.         Trace Software : Through its archelios suite™, Trace Software provides a unique solution that enables to work on all the aspects of a photovoltaic project – from the feasibility study to the complete generation of the calculation notes and documentation needed for its implementation.         Verteole : This company has gained a worldwide reputation in the self-consumption field and the development of autonomous systems (lightning, Wifi, radio network, camera, and so on.)         FINERGREEN : A financial advisor dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.         IED (Innovation Energy Development): An independent consulting and engineering firm, IED is involved in the provision of sustainable energy services, from the study phase right through to the construction and commissioning of infrastructure, such as distribution networks and renewable energy production plants.         Hydroquest : Designs, manufactures and installs innovative hydrokinetic water turbines for rivers, estuaries and oceans, based on unique crossflow patented technology, for electricity producers throughout the world.     iDTEC : An engineering company, it is working on an off-grid hydrogen-powered suite of urban services, including domestic energy, drinking water and domestic electricity.       SER (French Renewable Energy Industry Association): Gathering more than 380 companies, the association federates the actors of energy transition in France.     Tenerrdis: A new energy technology cluster based in Grenoble, it aims to bolster the competitiveness of emerging new energy technology industries through innovation.     NOTE TO EDITORS   India has tremendous ambitions in renewable energy as attested by:   -               the creation of the International Solar Alliance   -               its goal of generating 40% of its energy from non-fossil sources in its energy mix by 2030   -               its program for deploying 175GW of renewable energy by 2022.       French companies intend to contribute to achieving this target. Business France is supporting them in finding synergies with Indian counterparts and institutions, with the aim of developing technical cooperation.       France is the third largest foreign investor in India, with an estimated investment stock of around 20bn€, which has contributed to creating around 3 lakh skilled jobs in the country.  

Thibaut Fabre, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!   Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India . We assist French-based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts in the following growing sectors: - Agro-business; - Lifestyle, Consumer Goods and Healthcare; - Infrastructure, Transport and Industry; - ICTs, Retails and Services.   Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework.  


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