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Smoove to provide Marrakesh with bike-sharing scheme

Phutachart Chaiwatana - 15-nov.-2016 08:22:13

  Montpellier, 7th November 2016                                                               Smoove won the tender organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to roll out a bike sharing project for COP22, the UN Climate Change Conference, which is taking place from 7 th -18 th November 2016 in Marrakesh.   Medina Bike , set up in partnership with local organisation ‘Estates Vision’, will be the equivalent of “Boris Bikes” in Marrakesh and the first city in Africa to benefit from such a scheme. The fleet, of 300 bikes and around 12 stations, will be installed in the most emblematic locations of the city, such as Koutoubia or Majorelle Garden. The service will be inaugurated for COP22 and will be maintained over time with a renewable contract for an initial term of five years. Similar to Moscow, Helsinki and Vancouver, the Medina Bike business model will include the contribution of a sponsor, which has not yet been selected. Medina Bike is one of the ways to meet King Mohammed VI’s and the Moroccan Government’s goals on practical initiatives for sustainable development for COP 22. The project, which is an initiative of the Moroccan Ministry of the Environment, organised by UNIDO and funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), confirms Morocco’s commitment to the fight against the negative impact of climate change. The twenty-second session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) will bring together 197 states and, according to the organisers, will be the COP of action.   “ Bikes were once one of the main means of transport in Marrakesh, but have gradually lost ground. We hope that Medina Bike will bring about a cycling revolution. We are very proud to have won this prestigious tender. It marks our commitment to promote self-service bike-sharing schemes for more pleasant, greener cities. Thank you Marrakesh! The so-called ‘red city’ has made Smoove the first self-service bike-share provider in Africa! " explains Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Smoove is one of the leading bike-share providers in the world thanks to its innovative solutions: robust, smart bikes with embedded communication technology (‘Smoove Box’) and light, free-standing stations powered by solar energy with no major or civil works required for installation. Smoove’s technological know-how has enabled it to offer an ‘overflow’ feature so that a bike can be returned even if the station is full. Thanks to these competitive advantages, Smoove has experienced accelerated international growth this year. “ This project in Marrakesh is the perfect way to end a very busy and successful year for Smoove. In spring, we installed a fleet of 1,500 bikes in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, followed by fleets in Vancouver, Canada, in July and in Shymkent and Almaty in Kazakhstan later in the summer. We also carried out the second phase of roll-out in Moscow where there are now more than 3,450 bikes !" comments Hélène Papa, Marketing and Communication Manager. Well positioned to renew fleets in major cities “ Our facilities in major cities across the world theoretically make us a strong contender for the renewal of all the first generation contracts, such as Vélib in Paris ," adds Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Competing for the tender alongside Indigo, Moventia and their new shareholder Mobivia, all experts in the field, Smoove has been selected in the competitive dialogue procedure to renew the “Vélib” fleet in Paris. Their bid is in progress and the operator will be chosen in April 2017. Smoove generated €8 million (around £7.2million) in revenue in 2016. This revenue, like the number of employees, has doubled every two years since the company was formed. Their 2017 objectives are even more ambitious. Fifteen per cent of the revenue is reinvested in R&D to meet the demands of the city of the future (E Bike, bluetooth connection, mobile application, IoT, etc.) to better ‘facilitate sustainable mobility’.   For more information about MEDINA BIKE / ESTATES VISION , please visit: www.medinabike.ma For further information on SMOOVE, please contact : Laurent Mercat , CEO of Smoove   l.mercat@smoove.fr   / +33 4 67 67 89 00   Hélène Papa , Marketing and Communication Manager h.papa@smoove.fr / +33 6 75 64 96 68 / 04 11 57 01 19   For further information on this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/      

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A Global startup competition

Phutachart Chaiwatana - 16-août-2016 08:11:10

  Apply to the global competition and get a chance to grow your startup in a booming ecosystem!   70 selected startups will be awarded a full package of benefits including a 45,000 Euros prize money, 1-year incubation, a dedicated masterclass programme… and much more!   Your startup project is in BioTech, Mobile/Web, Big Data, FinTech, Social Innovation or any other industry? With over 40 partner incubators all over France to choose from, you’ll find the right one to lead you to success!   The competition is open to entrepreneurs from all over the world and there’s only one month left to apply!   Check out the French Tech Ticket website for more information and apply online before August 24 th ! www.frenchtechticket.com    

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FHA 2016

Phutachart Chaiwatana - 11-avr.-2016 10:28:09

  Located in eastern France, Franche-Comté is famous for its regional gastronomy. With 18 protected designations of origin (PDO) and 9 protected geographical indications (PGI), this region’s agri-food sector is a dynamic network comprising SMEs, cooperatives and major international groups. With CCI International Franche-Comté, five companies from the dairy and gourmet food sectors will be participating in this year’s Food & Hotel Asia trade show taking place in Singapore from April 12 to 15, 2016 in the French Pavilion (Hall 6 – Booth 6C2-01).     This year CCI International Franche-Comté will be supporting five companies from its region at the Food & Hotel Asia trade show, in the French Pavilion:     CAVALIER makes and distributes worldwide an extensive range of wine vinegars and flavored vinegars, mustards, oils, condiments, spices, dried mushrooms, balsamic cream vinegars and antipasti (olives, vegetable oils and tapenades).   It has developed a new range of cooking wines, now available in 75 centiliter and 5 liter formats. Its products are available both under the Cavalier brand and as private label products.   More information: www.cavalier-france.com/en     PATURAGES COMTOIS CHEESEMAKER   Every year the Hauts du Val de Saône cheesemaking cooperative transforms 35 million liters of milk into soft cheese (bloomy rind, washed rind and mixed) and hard pressed cheese (Emmental Grand Cru, French Emmental, Gruyère). The cooperative, which has developed a high-quality approach, exports 75% of the soft cheeses it produces.   More information: www.paturagescomtois.com     PERRIN VERMOT CHEESEMAKER   In the Jura Mountains, the Perrin Vermot cheesemaker traditionally manufactures and refines AOC-certified cheeses (Comté and Morbier), organic and specialty cheeses (raclette, fresh cheese with herbs and fruit, etc.).   At FHA, it will be presenting the Fromager des Clarines, a soft and creamy cheese from pasteurized milk, carefully protected in a spruce box, that can be enjoyed in warm or cold dishes.   More information: www.jean-perrin.com     KLAUS , a chocolatier and confectioner since 1856, has been based in Morteau since 1903. Right from the start, the chocolatier has had a reputation for quality. Klaus is still the only French chocolate maker to make an entire range of chocolate from the Criollo bean – one of the rarest and most sought-after beans. The company has selected a number of South American suppliers to supply it with this naturally excellent quality cocoa. On display at Foodex: Starine, a range of fine praline-filled chocolate bouchées available in various flavors: caramel, sesame and praline, pieces of lime zest, vanilla macaroon, raspberry chunks and crêpe dentelle.   More information: www.klaus.com         NATURALIM FRANCE MIEL is a beekeepers’ cooperative established in Franch-Comté in 1958. Having long been keen to create its own brand of high-end honeys, it has created the Miel et Miels brand.   At FHA, Naturalim is presenting these collections of rare and delicious honeys, each of them individually selected for their purity and taste.   The Miel et Miels ® range consists of three collections:   Les Miels de Crus: a selection of authentic, balanced honeys from exceptional floral and plant essences.   Les Miels de Terroirs: these honeys take your taste buds on a veritable journey, reflecting the specific characteristics of their region.   Les Mariages de Saveurs: this honey is enhanced by combining it with a balanced union of delicate flavors to create an explosion of flavor.   More information: www.miel-et-miels.fr/?langue=en     Press contact:   Pôle Communication/Presse de Business France local     About CCI International Franche-Comté   CCI International Franche-Comté is tasked with supporting businesses internationally. Its team works with businesses to raise awareness of the opportunities offered by foreign markets, helps them with their international structure and prospecting, and provides expertise in secure trading.     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 VIE international internship program.   Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, 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: www.businessfrance.fr      

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CREATIVE FRANCE

Phutachart Chaiwatana - 07-avr.-2016 04:33:02

  INDIA     Taking care of business   In India, the ‘Créative France’ campaign took off during French President François Hollande’s visit during the India-France Business Summit and the ensuing CEO Forum. The forum meets to discuss various business-related matters, such as immediate policy issues to encourage greater trade and investment, and acts as a way for business leaders to highlight their needs, interests and desired policy reforms for government consideration and action. It was here that ‘Créative France’ was formally launched in the country.   UNITED STATES     What happens in Vegas…   “La French Tech” was a major success at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 190 French startups taking part. As French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron points out, France created 1,500 start ups in 2015 alone, and boasts five so-called ‘unicorns’, rare startups valued at more than US$1 billion. Thirty percent of companies exhibiting at the startup venue Eureka Park at the CES this year were French, making France the third leading representative in this section of the show.       SWITZERLAND       Creativity for industry   The ‘Créative France’ campaign attended the World Economic Forum 2016 Annual Meeting last month in Davos. Centered around the theme “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the WEF opened its doors to 2,500 participants, including entrepreneurs, heads of state and government, NGOs and academic representatives. Led by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, France turned the spotlight onto nine startups   and entrepreneurs: Famoco, Oledcomm, Devialet, Linkfluence, Digitsol / Zhor Tech, 10 Vins, Holi, Djit and Plume Labs. For Créative France, Davos was a celebration of France’s vibrant creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.     Powered by Business France   2015 , UBIFRANCE and INVEST IN FRANCE AGENCY join forces to create BUSINESS FRANCE       Official website: http://creative.businessfrance.fr/      

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Phutachart Chaiwatana - 07-avr.-2016 04:27:56

  Discover the story of Thierry Marx with Créative France : Avant-garde chef https://youtu.be/yuelznIEVtE?list=PLDfE9Oh4V62v-lt0aGxfn4RFHWcdO3IlH  

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  Discover the story of a successful entrepreneurs: Edjing, bringing out the DJ in everyone https://youtu.be/tfYa2_ikaQM?list=PLDfE9Oh4V62v-lt0aGxfn4RFHWcdO3IlH  

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