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MagicEvent.com showcases its apartment rental platform on stand B912 at the Business Travel Show 2016

Alice Faure - 10-févr.-2016 12:29:47

MagicEvent.com, a French start-up dedicated to peer-to-peer accommodation for business travellers, will showcase its reservations platform on stand B912 at the Business Travel Show, Olympia Grand London on 24-25 February 2016. Launched in 2014, MagicEvent.com is the leading peer-to-peer accommodation and service website exclusively dedicated to business travel. MagicEvent offers over 20,000 types of accommodation – studios, apartments, villas – in 60 cities across Europe and around the world, such as Paris, Cannes, London, Barcelona and Hanover. Providing a real alternative to hotels, business travellers are increasingly using apartment rentals for reasons related to cost, space and comfort. All accommodation on MagicEvent.com is selected to meet the needs of business travellers in terms of comfort and safety, and are in close proximity to exhibition and conference centres or in the centre of town. Accommodation is rated between 1 and 5 stars based on objective criteria related to comfort and amenities. “More and more business travellers have tested apartment rental on peer-to-peer websites for personal travel, and are looking to benefit from the same advantages for business travel,” explains Valéry Linÿer, CEO and Co-founder of MagicEvent.com. “This type of accommodation provides savings of 30% to 60%, without including the costs saved on restaurants and transport.” MagicEvent also offers a mobile concierge app for reserving numerous services during a stay in Paris. Prior to their trip or while travelling, professionals will have access to room service, as well as car and laundry services and practical/tourist information to help with their stay. To facilitate the reservation and management of accommodation expenses by companies, MagicEvent.com has developed services that are 100% business-oriented: group agreements for large companies, an expenses monitoring and optimisation tool for travel managers, the Magic Business Card loyalty programme for executive assistants, the Pro Travel Agency offer for travel agencies, and white label sites for events organisers. “We have simplified the reservation method as far as possible to allow payment by bank transfer, or monthly invoicing,” adds Valéry Linyer. “Our tools perfectly meet the needs of companies looking to promote this type of accommodation and monitor the expenses and travel of their employees. Travel managers can have complete confidence in MagicEvent since our entire offer is adapted to business travel, in terms of location, comfort and safety.” Since its launch, the start-up has raised capital three times, to the sum of €3,000,000. It employs around 20 employees in France, Germany and Madagascar. About MagicEvent.com Launched in 2014, MagicEvent.com is the first sharing economy portal dedicated to business travellers. They can find accommodation next to exhibition and conference centres, and services in major European business cities. MagicEvent.com was founded by three partners: Valéry Linÿer, William Lecerf and Eric Christophe. Valéry has spent his career working in the events industry in France but internationally. He has set up events in Paris, Cannes, Hong Kong, Geneva, Abu Dhabi and Doha, and has attended many other events across all sectors. “It is often difficult to find somewhere to stay during these major international events. A shortage of hotel rooms leads to an immense increase in prices and extended transportation times. Business travellers have more and more budget constraints. Renting an apartment offers more space and sometimes more comfort for a better price.” William specialises in short term rental and related services in Cannes. He works on many events and conferences across the city. Eric Christophe, previously an Information Systems Director for a major financial group, is in charge of development and SEO. The start-up carried out fundraising in 2013 with several funders. Further fundraising to the sum of €1 million in November 2014 allowed MagicEvent.com to accelerate its development in Europe, setting up offices in Paris and Cologne. In September 2015, MagicEvent.com fundraised €1.5 million, which will allow it to develop its website for international clients and develop new services for business travellers. Among the start-up’s shareholders are Benoît Bassi, Partner and President of Bridgepoint Business in France, and board member for the Bridgepoint Group, and Michael Benabou, Co-founder of Vente‑Privée.com. The Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI) and other investment companies are also helping the start-up to develop further. For further information on Magic Event, go to www.magicevent.com or contact: Bérengère Bonnet Marketing/Communications Director MagicEvent.com 182 Avenue Charles de Gaulle 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine France Tel:  +33 (0)1 84 02 10 72 Mobile: +33 (0)6 86 86 37 12 Email:  b.bonnet@magicevent.com For a video on MagicEvent.com, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bfTNwM4veU For further information regarding this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:  fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr

Optimise user experiences on your mobile app: ip-label showcases its mobile APM tool on the French Pavilion at Mobile World Congress 2016

Alice Faure - 09-févr.-2016 11:28:22

 i p -label is a frontrunner in the application performance management (APM) market. The Mobile APM offer from ip-label lets customers measure and optimise user experience throughout the mobile application’s lifecycle. This French software vendor will showcase its new service on the French Pavilion (stand 5B41) at MWC 2016 in Barcelona on 22-25 February 2016.   Assess the experience of each and every user ip-label’s new mobile APM tool is the only one of its kind on the market because of its dual approach: it tests how well mobile apps are operating with real users as well as on batteries of test-calibrated devices By combining active monitoring (robots running 24/7) and real-user monitoring (RUM), the mobile APM comprehensively tests all apps running on Android and Apple devices, providing:   evaluation of user experience thanks to our Mobile Index; 24/7 monitoring of operations; e-mails or SMS alerts when incidents arise; details on errors and crashes encountered on any device, OS, OS version, and third-party service.       ip-label has already exhibited at a number of high-profile international trade shows such as Connected Cars 2015 in London, where it presented a successful conference session on issues related to the performance of connected car services. It is looking forward to sharing its experience in optimising the performance of mobile apps at MWC 2016. Stop by the French Pavilion (stand 5B41) any time between 22 and 25 February to meet ip‑label and watch a demo of the new mobile APM at its stand next to Systematic Paris Region and French Tech in Hall 5.   “Quality of experience is nothing less than essential. A negative user experience can hurt your mobile app (uninstall, abandon, etc.), your brand image, and your business, too (star ratings and comments by app store users). Our mobile APM tool was designed to audit and improve what really matters to user experience.”   – Christophe Depeux, Managing Director, ip-label.       About ip-label ip-label has been a leader in the APM market since 2001. Its solutions measure the quality of user experiences for all digital services (including web, business, mobile, voice and telephone applications). More than 1000 customers the world over rely on ip-label to audit and optimise the availability and performance of crucial applications. Its local teams, plus a network of certified partners, provide assistance and expertise to accompany customers in their digital transformation. ip-label’s clients include: Allianz, AXA, Air France,  EDF, European Parlement, HSBC, Orange, Nordea, Pernod Ricard, Metro Paris (TER/STIF), Swisscom, Mobistar, Total,  voyages-sncf and Vueling.                                                                                  For further information on ip-label, contact:                                                                                Dan Jayes Marketing Manager djayes@ip-label.com   Tel: +33 (0)1 77 49 53 15 Web: www.ip-label.com   https://youtu.be/L6XsXaMW-wM     For further information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613   View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/        

SYSTRAN showcases new language service APIs to build ground-breaking apps at Mobile World Congress 2016

Fran Lambert - 08-févr.-2016 10:37:55

  SYSTRAN, the leading provider of intelligent language technologies, will be showcasing a cloud based application program interface (API) platform offering natural language processing (NLP) services on the French Pavilion (stand 5B61) at MWC 2016, 22 25 February 2016. The aim of this new platform is to let independent developers and companies explore the vast ocean of multilingual data and obtain these data in an analysis-friendly form. The world is awash in digital data and relevant information is mostly textual and unstructured. Making sense of all these data has become a huge challenge. In this context, NLP technologies are the only way to understand them quickly and monetise them. In addition to generating greater insight, these technologies also help automate functions intelligently and make products or software applications easier to use. Leading the way in language technology for over forty years, SYSTRAN will demonstrate a new collection of REST APIs for text extraction, translation, and NLP. These web services are aimed at independent developers, IT service providers or in-house IT departments that need to exploit and analyse both structured and unstructured multilingual content, such as user-generated content, social media, web content and more. As a start, available technologies are machine translation (MT) and dictionary lock-up, NLP (language detection, named entity recognition, segmentation and tokenisation, morphological analysis, syntactic Analysis, transliteration) and text extraction (document filtering, speech to text and soon optical character recognition). For each technology, SYSTRAN provides the API reference documentation, client libraries (which can be downloaded from Github) and sample codes to give a quick overview of the service. A free trial is also possible using a SYSTRAN account or an existing social media login such as Google, Microsoft, GitHub or Naver. Numerous languages are supported including Asian and Middle-Eastern languages. “The MWC is the perfect place to present our new web services and we hope that making our core NLP technologies available will help developers unleash their creativity and come up with ground-breaking application ideas,” says Arnaud Dufournet, Marketing & Communications Director at SYSTRAN. Come and visit SYSTRAN on the French Pavilion (Stand 5B61) at MWC 2016! About SYSTRAN For over four decades, SYSTRAN has been the market leader in language-translation products and solutions, covering all types of platforms, from desktop to internet and enterprise servers. To help organisations enhance multilingual communication and increase productivity, SYSTRAN delivers real-time language solutions for internal collaboration, search, eDiscovery, content management, online customer support and e-Commerce. With the ability to facilitate communication in 130+ language combinations, SYSTRAN is the leading choice of global companies, defence and security organisations, and language service providers. SYSTRAN is also the official translation solutions provider for the S-Translator, a default-embedded app on the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series. Since its early beginnings, SYSTRAN has been pioneering advances in machine translation and NLP. Its latest achievement, a new-generation Hybrid MT, combines the predictability and language consistency of rule-based machine translation with the fluency of statistical MT. SYSTRAN is headquartered in Seoul with offices in Daejeon in South Korea, Paris in France and San Diego in the USA. For more information on SYSTRAN, visit www.systransoft.com  or contact: Arnaud Dufournet Marketing & Communications Director Tel: +33 (0)1 44 82 49 00 Email: arnaud.dufournet@systrangroup.com For more information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr View other press releases at:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/

Great Minds Think Alike: French Innovators At Emtech

Alice Faure - 05-févr.-2016 11:57:57

      France is undergoing a start-up renaissance driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, and other talented people we can call "innovators". It’s a new Start-up Republic, home to vibrant tech hubs and a hotbed of talent, impregnated with a strong entrepreneurial culture. The name of this movement is "La French Tech", a banner shared by French start-ups and the French government which supports them. Launched in 2013, the €200 million initiative supports French start-ups and places them under a single and powerfulbrand, both in France and abroad. In 2015, Business France was given the responsibility to promote the French Tech brand and initiative internationally. This means showing the world that not only is France an innovation hotspot, but that it is also going through a deep cultural and mentality change, making it more start-up friendly than ever. This catalogue is meant to break the myth of aclosed-to-foreign investment country of bureaucrats where innovation is stifled. France has always celebrated creativity, but in the past we were too shy about marketing and developing our ideas. Today, innovation is being unshackled from theory and encouraged to grow in the real world. While our English may still sound very French (and even that is changing!), we do speak the language of business and our start-up communities are thriving. We did invent the word "entrepreneur" after all… This is just a start. There is still much we can do to unleash the full potential of French creativity, but the ambition and talent are there, waiting to be unleashed as this silent revolution gathers pace. The following pages present some of the young faces behind this silent revolution. They are the ten winners of the French edition of the MIT Innovators Under 35 , and they embody this generation of bright people trained in the best schools, who dream big, are open to the world and welcome the ideas of others. Their stories speak better than any graph, figures orcomplicated argument we could come up with. They show that France is breeding a new generation of entrepreneurs equipped to provide the most innovative solutions to world’s problems. See for yourself! France has a track record in disruptive technology, from the Minitel service, a precursor to the internet, to the SIM card. Today’s start-ups bathe in the same pools ofcreativity and innovative research, and enjoy world-class digitalinfrastructure and a supportive business environment. For some years now, theFrench Tech ecosystem has shown an incredible dynamism, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, and other talented people. France is a new start-up Republic, home of vibrant tech hubs and talents impregnated with a strong entrepreneurial culture. The name of this movement is "La French Tech", a brand shared by French start-ups and the French government, which supports them. Our renowned tech know-how and talented engineers have turned into business-orientated entrepreneurs who think globally and dream big (in English!). While start-ups make headlines abroad, in France, new generation of charismatic entrepreneurs are inspiring others to follow their lead. Belying its reputation as a nation of bureaucrats, now 37% of all French people say they want to start their own business (source: Viavoice, October 2014). The rest of the world is starting to take note. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, the French delegation created quite a buzz. The aim is to showcase young talent and leaders in science and technology who are at the cutting edge of economic and social development. 2015 marks the third "Innovators Under 35 France" event, selecting and rewarding projects with the potential to have a real impact and positively affect millions of lives. The first two "Innovators Under 35 France" events have already distinguished 20 exceptional young minds working in a number of different technological fields. More than 150 applications were presented this year. We are proud to present the ten winners and their remarkable projects on the following pages. These bright young people, who have all benefited from an education system that is well adapted to train the best of tomorrow’s innovators, have found creative solutions to the world’s problems in a unique and unprecedented way. About Business France Business France is the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering international expansion and export growth among French companies, as well as seeking out and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the attractiveness and economic image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the International Company Volunteering (V.I.E.) scheme. Established on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed by merging Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is supported by a network of public and private sector partners. For more information on Business France, visit:  www.businessfrance.fr

What if we were to cast aside current preconceptions of France?

Alice Faure - 03-févr.-2016 11:24:12

Créative France favours the element of surprise, immersing us in a landscape full of hidden treasures showcasing unexpectedly ingenious features. On one side, a typical French garden reflects the excellence and expertise for which France is renowned. On the other, France emerges as a nation full of creativity, innovation, disruptive technology, strong commitment and collaborative partnerships. French creative culture does indeed exist, fostered by a unique approach combining cutting-edge technology, savoir-faire, art de vivre, realism and innovative inventions. This combination reflects change in a society that is not only inspired by its roots but driven by its entrepreneurial spirit. The flagbearers for this creative culture of surprises, technology, poetry and effective inspiration are mostly young businesses looking for an edge in their designs. From coming up with an idea to implementing it, French creativity demonstrates its power to enrich our daily lives, improve the quality and sustainability of products and services, and play its part in advancing society. Amidst this creative landscape, a musical instrument lies alongside beside surgical pliers; an exoskeleton stands beside an amphibious boat; a wall plate hangs beside a photovoltaic film. French design embodies this bold blend of culture, economy and industry, by finding a creative balance all of its own that is recognised the world over. This creative melting pot owes nothing to chance, channelling its extraordinary ability and versatility into envisaging and initiating dialogue across different professional cultures. Projects both big and small presented as part of the Créative France campaign showcase an impressive human adventure and reveal a message of optimism and confidence. CRÉATIVE FRANCE , POWERED BY BUSINESS FRANCE

Success for French exhibitors at the world’s leading education technology event, Bett Show 2016 – London, 20-23 January 2016

Alice Faure - 02-févr.-2016 12:21:40

Created in 1985, Bett Show has emerged over the years as the world’s leading education technology event. The 2016 edition has confirmed this position with 800 exhibitors, an estimated 35,000 visitors, 50 international delegations and more than 500 stakeholders.  The French Pavilion, organised by Business France in partnership with the AFINEF, Cap Digital and the Ministry of National Education, brought together 15 companies (start-ups and SMEs). Over four days, the French Pavilion was frequented by numerous international visitors, and hosted Anglo-French meetings and networking events to improve business relationships.  Moreover, for the first time, the French Pavilion played host to a major ministerial visit from Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research, who was able to talk to several French exhibitors. The Minister said that French investment in e-learning strategy is the first public investment plan currently in Europe and is based on four pillars: training, resources, equipment and innovation.  After achieving full marks this year, Business France hopes to reconvene in 2017, hopefully with a larger French Pavilion to welcome many more candidates! The Minister concluded her address in the Bett Arena with the words: "Let’s change things, let’s invent, let’s invest."

A high-quality and varied French offering on show at Oceanology International 2016

Fran Lambert - 01-févr.-2016 17:54:49

Sixteen innovative French companies will be showcasing products, technologies and innovations across a 180m 2 area on the Business France pavilion (stands J200, K200 and K300) at the Oceanology International 2016 trade show, ExCeL London on 15-17 March. Business France, the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy, will be organising the pavilion in partnership with the Méditerranée and Bretagne Atlantique “Pôle Mer” innovation clusters. Oceanology International is Europe’s only event targeting marine exploitation, research, the offshore industry (oil, gas and renewable energies), instrumentation, geophysics and all sectors applicable to the marine environment. As such, it represents an ideal opportunity for French suppliers keen to meet with key decision-makers, find a partner or introduce their products and technologies to foreign professionals in the sector. According to the Pôle Mer clusters, France’s maritime economy currently represents revenue of €53 billion and employs 300,000 people. The world’s second largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with a maritime surface area of 11 million km 2 , France definitely has a strong hand to play when it comes to capturing a significant share of these expanding markets. New activities, which did not exist ten years ago, are now worth almost $190 billion. Between now and 2020, emerging markets such as extraction of marine minerals, marine energy, algae-based biofuels and aquaculture should generate global sales of almost $450 billion a year. Come and see the full range of French expertise at stands J200, K200 and K300 on the Business France pavilion , where the following companies will be exhibiting: CADDEN SARL : supplies sensors and systems for positioning, guidance, oceanography and navigation – www.cadenn.fr CISCREA : cameras and subsea lighting, subsea junction boxes and switches – www.ciscrea.fr COMEX SA : the global leader in human and robotic subsea engineering, technology and intervention – www.comex.fr FIT ESIC : an engineering company specialising in high-precision surveys and measurement – www.fit-esic.fr FLUIDION SAS : autonomous sampling and measurement systems for environmental monitoring – www.fluidion.com HYDROPTIC SARL : measurement and control devices and meteorological equipment – www.hydroptic.com IFREMER : marine exploitation research institute – www.ifremer.fr LAPP MULLER : custom cabling systems for maritime and subsea work – www.lappgroup.com OPEN OCEAN SAS : online decision support solutions for the marine industry (on-demand metocean studies) – www.openocean.fr OSEAN SAS : subsea lighting and electronic systems for subsea intervention – www.osean.fr POLE MER BRETAGNE ATLANTIQUE and POLE MER MEDITERRANNEE : innovation clusters with a global reach; development of the maritime and coastal economy – www.pole-mer.fr SATT OUEST VALORISATION : offers businesses attractive innovation resources resulting from public research – www.ouest-valorisation.fr SIG FRANCE : marine seismic equipment, sparker and boomer sources, acoustic sources and electrodes (the multi-strand model of which is well known on ships) – www.marine-seismic-equipments.com SUBSEA TECH : subsea cameras, subsea intervention and inspection, and surface drones – www.subsea-tech.com TECHNICAP : a full range of products and measurement instruments for the marine industry – www.technicap.com A full list of French exhibitors on the Business France pavilion at Oceanology International 2016 can be found here: www.oceanologyinternational.com/     About Business France   Business France is the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering international expansion and export growth among French companies, as well as seeking out and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the attractiveness and economic image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the International Company Volunteering (V.I.E.) scheme.   Established on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed by merging Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is supported by a network of public and private sector partners.   For more information on Business France, visit www.businessfrance.fr or contact:   Claude Ménard, Project Manager Business France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 30 97 E-mail: claude.menard@businessfrance.fr Website: www.businessfrance.fr   For more information on this press release, contact:   Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:  fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/

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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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