French Tech Ticket: the French program for international startups After a successful first edition, the French Tech Ticket program is back for season 2, with more incubators all over France ready to welcome the most talented entrepreneurs, and even more startup-tailored benefits including a € 45,000 prize money for the winners! While 23 startup projects out of more than 700 applications were awarded a French Tech Ticket last year, 70 projects will be selected to join one of the 41 partner incubators all over France! The French Tech Ticket awarded projects will be revealed in December for the new class to arrive in France in January 2017. And we’re delighted to announce that applications are now open! Entrepreneurs from all over the world will be able to apply until August 24 th 2016. So what’s in it for French Tech Ticket winners? The welcome package has been expanded to offer new laureates the best possible start in France, with a combination of funding, incubation, ongoing support and advice: Funding: € 45,000 per team with no loss of equity (€ 20k to cover personal costs and € 25k to cover professional services) Resident Permit: Fast-track procedure to obtain a French resident permit 12 months incubation: Dedicated office space in one of France’s 41 partner incubators. Acceleration program: Tailored program of Masterclasses, Networking Events, Mentoring sessions… Soft Landing Pack: “Welcome Guide” and special offers from our partners to help winners relocate easily to France Help Desk: A dedicated contact to help foreign entrepreneurs through administrative procedures Learn more about the program and apply now! www.frenchtechticket.com
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On the 1 st of April 2016, Business France and the French Embassy to Thailand will organize a special business forum dedicated to cyber-security. The morning session will be dedicated to conferences delivered by both Thai and French experts while the afternoon session will consist in workshops and B2B meetings between Thai and French potential business partners. Our Trade Commission recently received significant marks of interest regarding the Thai cyber market and has already started to mobilize major French players from the cyber ecosystem (experts, clusters, companies and officials) to bring them to Bangkok on the 1 st of April. Thailand is a promising cyber market currently facing severe threats (political hacking, financial cyber-criminality, etc.). We believe French firms offer powerful and trustworthy solutions that could efficiently support the development of Thailand’s cyber-security capacities as well as e-business infrastructures. Are you interested? Feel free to contact Ms. Viparda Sombatwachara, Trade Adviser – Tech & Services firstname.lastname@example.org
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The mobile communications revolution is driving the world’s major technology breakthroughs. From wearable devices to connected cars and homes, mobile technology is at the heart of worldwide innovation. As an industry, we are connecting billions of people to the transformative power of the Internet and mobilising every device we use in our daily lives.
In short, we’re on The Edge of Innovation, and the possibilities are endless. The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead.
About the Event
Depending on the type of pass selected, attendees can take advantage of the many components that make up this industry-leading event:
A world-class thought-leadership Conference featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions
A cutting-edge product and technology Exhibition featuring more than 1,900 exhibitors
The world’s best venue for seeking industry opportunities, making deals, and networking
App Planet , the Centre of the Mobile Apps Universe, where the mobile app community gathers to learn, network and engage with innovators
And the Global Mobile Awards programme, where we recognise industry innovation and achievements
About the French Pavilion
The French Tech Pavilion at MWC 2015 in Hall 5 & Hall 8.1
Mrs Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Minister of the Economy, Industry and the Digital, will be present on the French Pavilion at MWC 2015 with LA FRENCH TECH !
For the ninth consecutive year, UBIFRANCE, The French Agency for International Business Development will host a French Tech Pavilion at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain), from 02 to 05 March 2015. The latest innovations from more than 100 French exhibitors will be showcased on the French Tech Pavilion, making it the largest national pavilion at the trade show this year like the previous years.
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The French Tech Pavilion @ Mobile World Congress
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France offers a mobilized IT ecosystem that is leveraging the best of France to not only satisfy the domestic market but also capture global customers. In fact the domestic market, a kind of reflection of the society’s focus on technology, has been following other developed countries in internet penetration and mobile usage: 54% of the French population uses the internet on their mobile and 74% of smartphone users research products and services on their phone.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that France will be sending the biggest national delegation to 2015’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The size of delegation can be attributed to the quality of French engineers and the well-organized research clusters, many at a regional level, which offer incubation for a variety of independent ideas. For example take Systematic, a cluster from the Paris region, which has helped develop 379 projects and attracted investment of 2 billion euros over its brief history. In fact, Mr. Majid explains that there are even further layers of organization that benefit the start up culture in France: “There are all startups which are very proud of their French roots but are looking globally. An initiative in collaboration with UBIFRANCE, La French Tech, helps them achieve this goal.”
La French Tech is a great collective project for the growth and influence of the French Start-ups and digital ecosystem and has been behind such firms as the award winning Citizen Sciences. Citizen Sciences is a prime example of a French company that is not only matching but also advancing the technological frontier. Citizen Sciences is pioneering application of the field of “the internet of things” – the connectivity of everyday items for the purpose of improving usage and limiting human involvement – towards the human staple of clothing. At the moment they are working on products that will gather multiples of data, from heart rate to specific movements, for athletes as to improve their performance. The company was recognized as a winner of an Innovation Award at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
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Majid Mobile World Congress in spring of 2015 is the perfect springboard for French businesses for global markets. IT has become much more of a global phenomenon and Mr. Majid
Oledcomm is an example of a company that will be joining Mr. Majid in Barcelona. They are doing something truly special. Their products leverage your lighting network into something many of us find unthinkable: wireless communication and Internet services.
Famoco is yet another French company that will be at the MWC in Barcelona and they are working on a problem that we all though would be solved by now – contactless payment. Such advancements require massive logistical coordination and Famoco is making this possible. Look to Famoco to improve your experience in stores all around the world.
The French Tech Pavilion @ Mobile World Congress
The 12% year-on-year increase in cybersecurity attacks that affected businesses in 2013 (Source: IBM 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index ), regrettable as it may be, translates into the fact that the IT-security sector is experiencing sustained growth in this segment of the market. High-profile cases, such as the cyber-attacks on US retail chain Target, have raised awareness among business executives.
While US-based and British companies dominate current business in this sector, client entities are looking for alternatives in order to alleviate their worries of government intrusion. In this respect, French specialist companies are a strong contender in the eyes of many professionals and executives working for SMEs and start-ups, but also at established, larger groups: these clients are leveraging the French know-how stemming from top R&D centres and universities.
In 2013, the French cybersecurity sector was valued at more than $2 billion. The French network-security sector offers a wide range of services, including B2B IT solutions meeting strategic challenges, and comprises many world champions such as Atos, Orange, Sogeti, Bull, Cassidian and the cybersecurity division at Thales.
Thanks to their advanced technical research laboratories, more particularly in cryptology and encryption, French players are recognized worldwide. According to Thibaut Barde, UBIFRANCE’s Project Manager for HexaTrust label, which regroups 20 hi-tech SMEs that are keen to offer a co-ordinated, total service package to their clients. T
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We all use e-commerce (and some of us all of the time), but do we fully realize in our economic crystal balls what the virtual universe of the Internet can do for a business? France does, to the tune of €51,1billion in 2013.
With broadband internet feeding households like never before, this trend is accelerating, up 13.5% this past year, even while traditional sales outlets are declining. Naturally, French e-commerce is part of a European phenomenon: sophisticated, well-educated consumers shopping and comparing on-line, whether it is for train tickets, fashion items, books and downloaded films, not to mention concert tickets or even electronic products and vacations. In fact, France finds itself positioned right in the middle of more mature on-line markets such as the UK and Scandinavia, while catering to fast-growing cyber-markets in Southern Europe.
Impressive numbers – and then there’s Christmas!
The typical cyber-consumer in France spends on average €1400 annually, with a choice spanning 138,000 merchandizing sites, clicking to satisfy 33.7 million purchasers, each one with his or her own very personalized criteria. This represents a 17% growth rate for the number of sites in 2013, fueled by a rise of 5% in on-line buyers last year. Christmas frenzy often spells financial success for many e-commerce sites. For France, December 2013 accounted for a whopping €10 billion of the year’s total results.
The Best in Class go international
15% of French sites export, generating 10% of their sales internationally. The really successful sites, representing over €10 million in turnover, are able to boost these international sales by up to 20% of their total turnover. For 2013, the champions are Vente Privée, with € 1,6 billion, Showroom Privé, €350 million, Sarenza at €150 million and in 29 different countries, while Spartoo out-does them by €130 million in 20 countries throughout Europe.
Traditional companies such as Darty, Auchan and even Air France have grasped the importance of developing interfaces with e-commerce, selling cross-channel, from virtual to POS (Place of Sale). Tourism is an especially heavy-hitter, with Opodo and Go Voyages receiving avid travelers. Even SNCF-Voyages is also getting into the trend with offers covering car rentals and hotels, not just trains, and not just trains in Europe! E-commerce allows companies to envision doing business in entirely refreshing and international ways.
In B to B, the office supplies segment is active, with Bruneau and Viking modeling their entire business on-line, a lesson not lost on Manutan for its equipment.
The rules to play by
With smart-phones now in every pocket, French companies are alert to adapting to international opportunities: respecting local-country consumer legislation, marketing with multi-lingual sites, regularly upgrading to be ergonomic, enriching their offers constantly. The usual rate of transformation from visit to virtual shopping cart is 2.5%; so New Age merchants must be quick to adapt to this new breed of impatient, demanding clientele. The e-consumer wants easy, practical and totally secure payment solutions ranging from credit card to Paypal. They also expect EU legislation on profiling and reimbursements to be strictly adhered to by the e-commerce site.
Up and coming events where Ubifrance can leverage exhibition opportunities for French e-commerce companies will be in Milan on May 20 th , in the UK and Ireland, from September 16 – 18 th , followed by San Paolo, October 6 – 7 th , with BtoB meetings dedicated to private sales.
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Ski area operators must take advantage of a state-of the-art dynamic communication system to improve consumer experience, safety and comfort, and thus increase loyalty. With this goal in mind, Lumiplan Montagne has set out to develop real-time information solutions that are speciﬁc to ski resorts.
For Sotchi 2014 Olympic Games, Lumiplan Montagne installed in the Alpine Ski Center Rosa Khutor a total of 11 hardware totems, combining high-visibility LED screens and dynamic trail maps displaying in real-time the lifts and trails openings. Thanks to Lumiplan’s unique one-time data entry platform Infoneige, the resort can broadcast consistent content on every device: not only on LED screens and dynamic trail maps on the ski area, but also on screens at cash desks, on hotels TV channel, on the official website and on the resort’s own smartphone application created by Lumiplan. All this is run by only one central software!
With Lumiplan’s global information system, ski resorts now have the possibility to use external, incoming information (lift openings, weather conditions, waiting time at the lifts, technical breakdown etc) to then broadcast automatically pre-set messages tailored to each situation. Lumiplan has optimized real-time communication far above any of its competitors, and will continue to do so to help building tomorrow’s ski resorts.
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.