New Technology, Innovation and Services

TestWe showcases innovative secure offline e-Exam at BETT Show 2016

Fran Lambert - 25-nov.-2015 14:09:21

TestWe produces e-testing solutions for educational environments. From Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016, it will be exhibiting its brand new, secure offline digital testing solution on the French Pavilion (stand C88) at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) Show at ExCeL London (UK). BETT is one of the world’s leading events for educational technology. The French Pavilion is being organised by Business France, the French export-support agency. Developer of pedagogical tools for educational institutions (primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities), distance learning institutions and corporate universities, TestWe offers an innovative and disruptive concept: a 100% secure e-Exam. TestWe e-Exam was designed for all types of testing, from on-going assessment to mid-terms and finals, placement testing and quizzes, and is suited to all topics and formats (multiple-choice, short response, essay).  This turnkey solution offers an effective response to the organisational issues that come with examinations: it does away with the constant back-and-forth between teachers and administrative teams as they determine test subjects, takes reprographics and logistics out of the production chain, and makes lost tests and long waiting times for results a thing of the past. TestWe e-Exam rationalises the entire exam chain, from production to correction and grading.  With TestWe e-Exam, the company has come out with two additional tools: • TestWe online platform for professors and teachers can be used for test creation, processing and grading. Operable in SAAS mode, it is thus accessible from any Internet browser, using any tool and without software installation. • TestWe software for test-takers, who are able to submit their tests in a fraud-free, offline (not Internet-dependent) environment, from their own digital tool.  TestWe therefore gives professors and teachers the opportunity to design their exams and assessments using the online platform. Examiners can create any type of exams and assessments they want very easily and very quickly. From now on students can take their exams in the exam room on their own device in an anti-fraud and anti-cheat secure environment. In fact, thanks to the tool’s multi-compatibility, students can use TestWe from any digital device, whether a university or school computer, or their own computer/notepad (BYOD) – a key difference that sets it apart from all other solutions on the market. Free from network, Wi-Fi and broadband constraints, students can thus take their exams from anywhere.  At the request of multiple customers, including business schools, the TestWe solution has been made compatible with the AACSB accreditation system and ECTS grading system. About TestWe TestWe is an innovative company specialising in education. It develops solutions tailored to the needs of educational institutions, professors and students. Although its partners are predominantly based in France, TestWe has expanded into other numerous countries, in particular across French business school campuses in Asia. Gathering technical savoir faire, creativity, technology and pragmatism, TestWe has brought exam support to another level by developing a product that meets the expectations of its clients. Thanks to its solution – a platform for professors and teachers and software for students – TestWe is able to offer a 100% computer based assessment process for the very first time. TestWe will be exhibiting on the French Pavillion (stand C88) at BETT 2016, ExCeL London, from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016. For further information on TestWe, visit  or contact: Clément Régnier, Director of Development Tel: +33 (0)7 56 90 65 56 Email:   For more information about BETT 2016, visit: For further information on this press release or the French Pavilion at BETT 2016, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: View other press releases at:

Learning through a lens: ITOP éducation showcases NIPIB’s extensive online database of microscope slides at BETT Show 2016

Fran Lambert - 25-nov.-2015 14:03:58

How can science teachers demonstrate to their students what the spinal cord, liver, lungs, pancreas, bone marrow and even the cerebellum really look like? Well, unless they are working directly with forensics expert slash serial killer Dexter – whose methods for collecting blood samples are somewhat debatable – they will probably tell you that it’s near impossible to provide educational material this accurate! Fortunately, French company ITOP éducation has developed a safe solution to this issue: Nouvelle Imagerie Pédagogique de l’InvisiBle [New Educational Imaging of the Invisible – NIPIB], an online platform that gives you online access to 216 high res microscope slides. It’s like carrying out research with a microscope, only via a simple web browser. PLUS no one gets hurt. ITOP éducation will be exhibiting NIPIB on the French Pavilion (stand C88) at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) Show at ExCeL London (UK) from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016.. BETT is one of the world’s leading events for educational technology. The French Pavilion is being organised by Business France, the French export-support agency. Thanks to its innovative web technology and high definition images, NIPIB enables you to look at biology, microbiology and geology samples on a microscopic scale. Its “macrozoom” and “virtual microscope slide” technology is so innovative it has only been in existence for the last few years. You can move from “macroscopic to microscopic”, or from “the organ to the cell”, look at data scanned both with a magnifying glass and an optical microscope, right down to a fraction of a micrometre (1500X magnification). “This is a great tool, because with the optical microscopes and small-scale equipment that we have in schools, it’s impossible to have such high definition,” says Romain Marchal, biology teacher at Commercy dans la Meuse secondary school in the Lorraine region of France. “With the viewer, it’s possible to look at two slides at the same time," says Elodie Michel, teacher at Jacques Marquette secondary school in Pont-à-Mousson, also in Lorraine. "For example, slides of healthy human tissue and of the same human tissue infected by pathogens.” On an educational level, these slides are accessible via a technical, scientific online environment that satifies the expectations and needs of teachers and their students. The NIPIB viewer allows you to view the images (100% of which are available online) and select from advanced options such as scale, measurement, annotations, areas of interest and coordinates, thus increasing its overall usability for educational purposes. About ITOP éducation ITOP éducation holds a key position in the French education market. For the last ten years it has provided a full range of innovative software for primary and secondary education. More than 4.5 million users exchange information via its learning management system and access its online educational materials. ITOP éducation will be exhibiting on stand C88 at BETT Show 2016 at ExCeL London from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016. For further information on ITOP éducation, please visit the ITOP Group website or contact: Anaïs Rahli, Digital Marketing Manager Tel: +33 (0)9 70 72 29 33 Email:   For more information on BETT Show 2016, please go to:    For further information on this press release or the French Pavilion at BETT Show 2016, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: View other press releases at:

IoT & Security Event 2016 - Watch This Space!

Marine Vicenzotti - 29-oct.-2015 11:10:03

In 2016, the Tech & Services team at Business France UK will be organising an Internet of Things (IoT) and Security event. The decision to hold this event was informed by the French tech markets development over the past few years into one of the most innovative tech markets in Europe, including the IoT and Machine2Machine (M2M) industries. 2015 has been a successful year for our French entrepreneurs! From our internationally renowned champions (Blablacar, vente-privée, drivy, Sigfox to name but a few) to our amazing young start-ups that have raised millions (IAdvize: €14M, Mirakl: €18M€, Lydia: €4.2M), we have every reason to be proud. Click here   for an overview of our 100 best start-ups. Furthermore, the French government has moved forward. The new law devised by the French Minister for Economy, Emmanuel Macron, has helped to define the borders of the French digital economy (click here   for more information on this law). In addition, La French Tech has announced the four cities in France to be given the new French Tech label (click here   for more information on the French Tech Initiative) and has partnered with Bpifrance (France’s public investment bank) to create “La Pass French Tech”, an acceleration programme for start-ups undergoing hyper growth.  Focusing on the M2M industry in particular, France is home to international innovative companies such as Sigfox, Kerlink and Actility, and has launched the first LoRa Alliance . Telecom operators like KPN, Swisscom, Bouygues, and Orange have already stated their intention to use LoRa technology through the alliance. Security-wise, France is probably at the same stage as the UK, therefore everyone is asking the same question: “how can we prepare ourselves for the risks that connecting every single device might bring?” There are certainly French companies out there who have their own take on the subject. We are sure that British companies do too, hence our wish to bring everyone together and take this debate further. Please let  the Tech & Services team at Business France UK  know if you are interested in attending this invite-only event. More information on the event will be published nearer the time.

What is “La French Tech”?

Fran Lambert - 26-oct.-2015 18:23:52

La French Tech refers to all the people working for or with French start-ups, in France or abroad. This includes entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, developers, associations, bloggers, media, large companies and government agencies; all the players working towards growing and promoting start-ups internationally. La French Tech: a vibrant ecosystem For some years now, La French Tech has shown incredible dynamism, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers and designers, among other talented people.  La French Tech comprises medical technology (medtech), green technology (cleantech), biotechnology (biotech), finance (fintech) and industrial enterprises. To find French companies specialising in the field of new technology and innovation, click here . For more information on La French Tech, visit:  

Karry showcases at Web Summit 2015 the innovative travel app that lets you make friends on your travels… before you’ve even left!

Fran Lambert - 16-oct.-2015 14:49:10

     French start-up Karry’s disruptive app, developed for iOS and Android systems, allows its users to access a community of travellers going to the same place at the same time as them. Karry is intuitive as it satisfies people’s natural desire to meet others and develop new relationships when they are travelling around the world. Hailed as “disruptive, intuitive and innovative”, Karry will be showcasing and giving demos of its new app at Web Summit 2015 in Dublin (3-5 November), which has been set up by Business France, the French export-support agency, in partnership with French Tech. It will also be looking meet new partners in the travel and tourism, travel tech, new tech, social media, community and digital sectors. Karry optimises the way people travel, allowing app users to meet other travellers and people living in their travel destination, prior to departure. Karry completely changes the way people look at travelling by allowing them to socialise before they have even left. The Karry travelling companion app has the following features: Karry Away App users who are about to travel can enter their destination/transit/departure time into the Karry mobile app and be instantly matched with hundreds of others living in or travelling to that destination. Karry Event App users can find out who will be at the next major global event before it happens. This new feature is being launched especially for Web Summit 2015 on 3-5 November 2015, and will then be replaced with features for other upcoming events such as Maison & Objet, Winter Wonderland and Weather Festival. Karry Home Using its in-built Google Maps function, Karry pinpoints the geographical location of app users who are not travelling, who are then able to meet travellers and commuters to their hometown. Karry Passport The “Karryiers Flow” feature displays the Facebook profile pictures of all app users in HD. App users simply tap on another user’s photo to check out their profile and chat with them further prior to travelling. Karry Places App users can check out any restaurant, bar or hotel reviewed by another user by accessing their “Karry Places” map and identify other users by where they hang out. Alternative and “insiders only” places can also be added. Come to Web Summit 2015, meet the Karry team, try the app! Karry is looking forward to giving demos of its new app at Web Summit 2015. Thanks to the exciting new feature, Karry Event, exclusively for people going to Web Summit 2015, attendees will be able to optimise their participation at the trade show via social media and build invaluable relationships with other attendees based on a shared interest in new technology. Karry aims to tailor its app for many more major social events, such as Coachella, Burning Man, New York Marathon, World Travel Market and the Geneva International Motor Show. Karry hopes to meet potential investors at Web Summit 2015. It is looking to raise between €200k and €300k to increase its presence in Europe and hold promotional evenings in major tourist hubs, such as London, Paris, Moscow, Barcelona, Milan, Berlin, Ibiza and the South of France. The French start-up aspires to build new partnerships by proposing a tailored version of its travel companion app to international firms whose employees are frequently on the move. Karry is also looking to grow its B2B service for plugging the idea of displaying a Karry tab on booking engines and online travel agencies, thus promoting a travel process where travellers look at flights online, check reviews for the hotel they want to stay at, book a room and then potentially use the Karry mobile app to see who else will be travelling to the same destination at that time or soon after. The beta version of the Karry mobile app is available now on the AppStore . About Karry The Karry mobile app was founded in 2015 by Kevin Machefert and Martin Gunther. The official public beta version of the app was released in May 2015 and was made available on Apple’s AppStore. In the midterm, Karry aims to expand rapidly across Europe and North America by creating active hubs of app users in major cities like Paris, London and New York. Karry’s Research and Development team is always working on new ways to make Karry even more innovative. By constantly improving its technology, Karry aspires to become an unprecedented leader in what is so far a practically non-existent market. It also hopes to disrupt the travel, tourism and hospitality industries by becoming the unrivalled travelling companion app for travellers planning a trip. For further information on Karry, please visit or contact: Kevin Machefert, Founder /   Strategy & Communication: Martin Gunther, Founder / Strategy & Development: For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 |  Email:

Lumenaki launches version 2.0 of world’s first personal content platform allowing users to manage all digital memory from their mobile - Web Summit, 3-5 November 2015

Fran Lambert - 06-oct.-2015 11:33:18

French start-up Lumenaki’s promise “Record, Recall, Relive” is fulfilled by its innovative new iPhone app, which it will be showcasing in November at Web Summit 2015 in Dublin, set up in partnership with French Tech by Business France, the French export-support agency.   Described as a “Life Content Manager”, Lumenaki is the first mobile platform to offer all services needed to manage our digital memory: a personal content management system, an online publishing tool and a private social network. Users can securely gather, organise, publish and control all their digital memories and life moments from a single mobile app. From smart photo apps like Dropbox Carousel, Google Photos and Facebook Moments to storytelling tools such as Storehouse, Steller and now the Microsoft Sway app, there are a whole host of apps to help us visually present moments in our lives and tell their story. Yet this experience remains somewhat incomplete; partly because presentation is often impersonal and reflects little emotion, and partly because not one of these apps succeeds in managing all our personal content in a way that recreates those unique moments that make our lives special. These moments cannot be summarised in photos and videos alone. They also include other personal content and contextual information which, once gathered, help to make up the complete journey. We create a large amount of this content every day on top of our photos and videos (quotes, notes, contact information, check-ins, posts on social networking sites, etc.) but it is useless if it is scattered across too many different sites and applications. We can’t benefit from our digital memory unless we reconnect all these aspects of our lives. Lumenaki takes a radically different approach by providing a new service to fully manage and control users’ digital memory. Its innovative new mobile service offers a unique way to securely capture, gather, organise and share all of its users’ personal digital content using a single mobile app whose design and user interface enhances content and makes it possible for users to relive the emotion of the moment. Lumenaki’s new iPhone app enables users to: • Centralise all their personal content and life moments in one secure place: photos, videos, previous and future social posts, notes, thoughts, addresses, contacts and maps; • Organise their content into thematic albums and personalise them as they like; • Relive the emotions experienced at the time; • Decide who has access and who can contribute: invite and revoke readers, co-create and collaborate thanks to shared albums, publish albums online like a blog or keep them for their eyes only; • Maintain full control and ownership. Following positive user feedback and in line with its vision, Lumenaki has now developed version 2.0 of its mobile platform, which it will be showcasing at Web Summit 2015. Version 2.0 will boast a new dashboard, a new way to organise and browse albums, a tutorial to help first-time users and a smart album suggestion assistant, among other exciting new features. The Lumenaki app is free and available to download on the AppStore . Version 2.0 of the app will be available to download on 29th October 2015, one week ahead of Web Summit. About Lumenaki Lumenaki was founded by CEO Cédric Garcin, who has over 20 years of experience in complex international digital and technical projects, alongside COO David Dzialowski and CSO Michael Goossens, Lumenaki investors and active partners. The company has raised €245,000 of seed funding to date and is currently preparing for a new round of fundraising. For further information on Lumenaki and its founders, please visit  or contact: Cédric Garcin, Founder and CEO Tel: +33 (0)6 21 64 83 76 Email:  For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:

Immersive social media: Beloola paves the way for online virtual reality at Web Summit 2015 in Dublin

Fran Lambert - 29-sept.-2015 16:03:59

Beloola will be showcasing its innovative online social platform at Web Summit 2015 on the French Tech Pavilion, which has been set up by Business France, the French export-support agency, in partnership with French Tech. Exhibiting on Thursday 5 November in the main hall next to French Tech (T802), Beloola was selected by a jury of French and Irish experts based on the disruptive innovation of its product and the relevance of its technology.  Beloola’s new virtual reality platform gives a preview of what is likely to be the future of an Internet where users will interact with content and meet other users in virtual environments and in real-time, providing a much more immersive web experience. The Internet has pretty much remained the same for 25 years now; an endless galaxy of pages where the sheer overflow of information has led to younger generations favouring mobile internet and its straightforward applications. Convinced that the web had become boring, French entrepreneur Tom Gauthier founded Beloola with a view to disrupting the Internet and demonstrating what is likely to become a new web standard in the future. The platform represents a transition towards a new version of the Internet that is centred on virtual reality. Beloola provides a much more immersive Internet experience thanks to its 3D graphics and navigation, enabling an Internet browser to engage the user as much as a games console. Show your life with emotion  Every user has their own avatar and can interact with others. People with shared passions can therefore congregate in the same 3D environment and share the same content in real-time. Content is enhanced by total immersion in the 3D environment and user emotions are heightened. Be the architect of your own 3D immersion Almost all content available on the major platforms available on the Internet (Spotify, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can be integrated into the user’s 3D virtual space. All of these 3D virtual spaces are user-owned and user generated and Beloola provides an intuitive builder tool to allow users to build structures and add 3D objects and assets. Beloola as a business tool Any kind of business or private entity such as a brand, a sports franchise or a fan club can use Beloola to create its own tailored 3D virtual space and provide a new experience for its community. The platform also allows its audience to be monetized thanks to the integration of e-commerce sites directly within the 3D environment and also through cross-selling, advertising, behavioural targeting and premium subscriptions. Examples: ● ● ●   Beloola is available anywhere and anytime. The whole platform runs under webGL, a dynamic 3D programming interface for web pages and HTML5 applications created by Khronos Group. This technology allows for Beloola to be available on any operating system and for users to access Beloola without any additional software or plugin. Beloola is being optimized for mobile and virtual reality headsets such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear and Google Cardboard. The latter will allow users to navigate from a subjective point of view. Beloola is currently participating in Boost VC in San Mateo, California, a start-up acceleration program specialising in bitcoin and virtual reality founded by the Draper family. About Beloola Founded by Tom Gauthier in 2009, Beloola was developed and adapted by V-Cult, based in Lille, France. V-Cult was the first company to emerge from the EuraTechnologies incubator. V-Cult raised funds in 2009, 2012 and 2014 and participated in several competitions such as MidemLab in 2012, where it was nominated as one of the ten most promising music industry start-ups in the ‘Marketing and Social Engagement’ category. The company was also a finalist in the French Touch Conference in New York in 2014 alongside 12 other French start-ups, and was nominated in the ‘Seed’ category, representing French start-ups with the most international market potential. For further information on Beloola, please visit  or watch its YouTube trailer:   • Twitter: @Beloola • LinkedIn: • AngelList: For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:

The New Technology, Innovation and Services (NTIS) Department assists French companies with their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and the UK. In order to maximise commercial opportunities between French and British companies, the Department organises French Pavilions at a number of key exhibitions in the UK as well as meet-the-buyer events, and offers individual prospecting trips and exploratory missions. We cover various industries including telecommunications, audiovisual/multimedia services and technologies, video games, software and IT services, Internet services/technologies and e-commerce solutions, together with B2B services in marketing, HR, real estate as well as the financial sector.   The Department has recently integrated all press services (communications and marketing), and is also in charge of the promotion of the VIE Programme in the UK. NTIS Anne Dessemond Manager, NTIS anne . dessemond@ubifran


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