EcoVadis, the first collaborative platform providing sustainability performance ratings and improvement tools for supply chains, and Together for Sustainability (TfS), the chemical industry sustainability initiative, announce the renewal of their partnership to further advance sustainable practices in the supply chains of the chemical industry.
TfS membership has more than doubled since it was founded four years ago. In addition to the six founding members, TfS has accrued members from Europe and the United States and intends to continue growing globally. TfS member companies have joined forces to assess and audit their suppliers and share the results.
The benefits of this collaboration affect both sides: suppliers receive one request from TfS rather than multiple requests from each individual customer, and TfS members share the results. Through the use of these synergies, more efforts can be expended on improvement measures. EcoVadis is the cooperation partner of TfS for assessments and the assessment program has expanded to have significant impact, with a total of more than 7,800 supplier companies engaged to date.
The TfS assessment program is supported by the EcoVadis cloud collaboration platform and CSR rating service, which is backed by a global team of 250 people and provides performance improvement tools for suppliers across 110 countries.
“TfS is pleased to extend this partnership with EcoVadis, and we look forward to building on the success we have achieved thus far with the assessment program,” says Rüdiger Eberhard, President of TfS and Chief Procurement Officer of Evonik Industries. “With more than 70% of suppliers improving their scores upon second evaluation, this has given us great confidence in the effectiveness of EcoVadis rating and collaboration system.”
“In only four years, TfS has become the benchmark for what industry collaboration for Sustainable Supply Chain should be” adds co-CEO and co-Founder of EcoVadis, Pierre-François Thaler. “It has scaled and driven impressive results through the clear vision and very strong commitments of the Chief Procurement Officers within the member companies. We are very proud to be continuing with TfS’ pioneering effort to drive improvements of CSR practices in chemical supply chains”.
TfS AISBL is a joint initiative of chemical companies for sustainable supply chains. It was founded in 2011 to develop and implement a global program to assess, audit and improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry. At present, it has 16 member companies worldwide and intends to grow globally.
For further information on TfS, please visit www.tfs-initiative.com or contact:
Dr. Gabriele Unger, General Manager, TfS
Tel: +32 (0)2792 7515
EcoVadis operates the first online collaborative network enabling companies to manage the sustainability performance of their suppliers across 150 sectors and 110 countries. EcoVadis reliable ratings and easy to use monitoring tools allow companies to manage risks and drive eco-innovations in their global supply chains.
For further information on EcoVadis, please visit www.ecovadis.com or contact:
David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis
Tel: +33 (0)1 82 83 86 09
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Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Advisor
BUSINESS FRANCE Press Office in London
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Audiovisual content, Multimedia
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.
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.
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 www.beloola.com or watch its YouTube trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVXr3luEJLc
• Twitter: @Beloola
• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/v-cult/
• AngelList: https://angel.co/beloola
Communications & Marketing Advisor
Business France Press Office in London
SW1Y 4SP - UK
Adways will showcase its innovative and intuitive SaaS cloud-based platform Adways Studio at Web Summit 2015 on the French Tech Pavilion, which has been set up in partnership with French Tech by Business France, the French export-support agency. Exhibiting on Wednesday 4 November in the main hall next to French Tech (T802), Adways was selected by a jury of French and Irish experts based on the disruptive innovation of its product and the relevance of its business plan.
Come and experience how Adways’ user-friendly technology, developed to make any video interactive in a matter of minutes, enables users to share information more easily, engage with their audience and generate revenue.
With a simple drag-and-drop action, users can add hotspots to the video and link it to additional content. This HTML5 technology is multi-device compatible and can be integrated with the leading video players on the market to enhance their content: OVP (online video platform), publishers, pure-players, e-commerce and e-learning. For each interactive video published online, users have access to advanced analytical data, such as the number of views, completion rate and even the click rate on each interactive element. For editorial interactive videos, the average click rate is around 20-25%.
Adways targets five markets:
1. Advertising (to increase both completion rate and revenue): Advertising agencies add call to action on their online videos to promote their products and increase their client base;
2. Media: Media players streaming interactive shows on catch-up/on-demand TV with exclusive bonus features;
3. Corporate: Companies creating interactive videos to improve the impact of internal and external communications;
4. Film: Filmmakers and producers creating interactive films to offer an immersive experience to their audience;
5. Education: Teachers and trainers enriching their online courses with videos enhanced and structured by different chapters and quizzes;
Clients in these markets have one thing in common: their ongoing quest to improve viewer engagement with their videos. Adways provides the key to successful and engaging videos. Its clients include main Media Agencies suchs as Dentsu/Aegis or Havas, brands such as Volvo, Decathlon, Orange, and TV channels like Arte, M6 and Discovery Channel.
Adways offers a monthly licence subscription service to clients wishing to use the Adways Studio platform. Clients in the advertising industry are offered a CPC or CPM pricing model.
This year, Adways has accelerated its international development in Europe and the United States. As a dynamic, multi-award-winning and fast-growing actor on the French start-up scene, the company is proud to represent French Tech at Web Summit 2015 this November. The trade show in Dublin represents a great opportunity for Adways to promote its new and innovative platform and meet potential clients with whom it can develop its business in Europe.
Adways was co-founded by CEO Jacques Cazin and CTO Clément Tellier in 2010, around the time that online video consumption exploded on the Internet and the iPad, among other tablets, was introduced. The spread of tactile devices calls for videos to be watched in a new way, where users can actively engage with information.
Conceived with the purpose of making interactive videos, Adways aims to provide people with better ways of engaging with the information in videos. Its disruptive cloud-based platform enables users to add content (such as photos, videos, websites and social media feeds) directly to their videos.
Adways comprises an experienced executive team made up of 22 interactive video specialists. The company is based in Paris and also has trade offices in New York and in Japan.
To see how Adways Studio works, watch this video: http://adways-studio.com/video/video-adways-studio-presentation.mp4
For a free demo, click here: http://adways-studio.com/try-adways-studio-interactive-video.php
Links to interactive videos:
• Volvo: http://adways-studio.com/gallery/interactive_video/volvo/
• Decathlon: http://adways-studio.com/gallery/interactive_video/decathlon-2/
• Orange: http://adways-studio.com/gallery/interactive_video/orange/
• Arte: http://adways-studio.com/gallery/interactive_video/arte-28-minutes/
• M6: http://adways-studio.com/gallery/interactive_video/m6-top-chef/
• Discovery Channel: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/deadliest-catch/shipping-out/
Fran Lambert, Communications Advisor
Business France – The French Trade Commission in London
SW1Y 4SP – UK
Electronics and IT
Botify will be showcasing its innovative SaaS 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 3-5 November in the main hall next to French Tech (T802), Botify was selected by a jury of French and Irish experts based on the disruptive innovation of its product and the relevance of its business plan.
Come and see Botify’s solution to one of the most critical issues for a broad range of businesses with digital assets. The platform provides web marketers with data and intelligence to optimize their sites and structurally increase organic and social media traffic. This solution is relevant for any website with a high volume of pages and for any business for whom organic traffic is key.
For search engines, the ability to crawl a website rapidly and efficiently is paramount in enabling them to index the relevant data, assign a ranking and direct organic traffic. Sub-optimal website structure can significantly inhibit this process, which is why Botify is an essential tool for aiding the crawling process via optimally structured websites.
Botify’s solution comprises:
- Powerful website crawling: This offers a complete overview of the website’s structure.
- Third-party data import: Webserver log files (indicating which pages are crawled by search engines), Google Analytics, ranking, external linking, internal customer data, etc.
- Reports/analyses to view results and benchmark with competitors.
Thanks to its user-friendly interface, Botify’s platform does not require any coding skills and is used for a variety of company functions, fostering collaboration between teams that had previously operated separately.
Botify hopes to meet partners and suppliers in the digital sector (such as Google and AWS) at Web Summit 2015, as well as media groups and other potential clients.
It also hopes to use this opportunity to build relationships with senior-level digital marketing representatives in the e-commerce, publishing, lead generation and travel sectors.
Founded three years ago, Botify already operates in France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Since its launch, Botify has won more than 6,000 clients spanning 25 countries, ranging in size from SMEs to global enterprise clients across sectors such as e-commerce (Decathlon, Lazada and Rocket Internet), media (Axel Springer, Refinery29 and Dailymotion), lead generation (RetailMeNot and Yellow Pages), e-travel (Expedia, Blablacar and Odigeo), beauty (L’Oréal), catering (Ozon) and digital agencies (Digitas and iProspect).
For more information on Botify, visit: www.botify.com
Business Fran - The French Trade Commission in London
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GIROPTIC will be showcasing the innovative GIROPTIC 360cam 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), GIROPTIC was selected by a jury of French and Irish experts based on the disruptive innovation of its product and the relevance of its technology.
The GIROPTIC 360cam is the world’s first 360°HD camera featuring three lenses and three microphones, enabling the world around to be simultaneously captured in a single photo or video file for the first time in photo and video history. The GIROPTIC 360cam mobile app also means the camera can be controlled remotely via Wi-Fi and that content can be viewed and shared online.
Come and experience the true magic behind the GIROPTIC real-time fusion technology embedded in the 360cam. With the press of a button, users can capture incredible 360° video footage at a resolution of 2K (2048 x 1024) at up to 30 frames per second, and stunning 4K pictures (4096 x 2048). Files are recorded as jpg (photos) and mp4/h264 (videos) so can be edited and shared straightaway.
Users can choose the mode they want to capture the world in:
1) Video and time lapse to record life on the move.
2) Photo and photo burst to catch specific moments.
Users can also take advantage of the unique live mode to broadcast and share the full moment in real time. The 360cam’s user-friendly design means that no more than two buttons are needed to manually operate the camera.
The first immersive 360° camera, the GIROPTIC 360cam is also waterproof, making it the most versatile camera on the market. It can be used for a wide variety of functions.
Users who want to travel and record on the go: The 360cam has a removable and rechargeable battery and a tripod mount to adapt it to any camera accessory.
Users who want to keep an eye on what’s happening when they’re away or even make a cool 360° time-lapse of their party: The 360cam can be attached to a light bulb mount and powered using any light socket to stream content directly via Wi-Fi.
Professional broadcasters who want to live-stream 360° content without worrying about Wi-Fi performance: The Powered-Over-Ethernet base can be attached to stream a live 360° feed directly from the camera.
With cameras currently in production and the launch a few weeks away, Web Summit 2015 in November represents a valuable opportunity for GIROPTIC to showcase its brand new product. The leading summit for digital start-ups, Web Summit will act as a link between GIROPTIC and major players and innovative start-ups in the new tech industry, providing a platform for developing new partnerships, fostering new innovations and combining expertise from different sectors.
GIROPTIC, based in Lille, France, with an office in San Francisco, USA, specialises in 360° imaging technology. After six years of research and development and four generations of products, GIROPTIC has developed and patented a unique real-time image fusion process from multiple sensors. On May 20th 2014, GIROPTIC launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its first consumer product: the GIROPTIC 360cam. In 45 days, the start-up raised over $1.4 million, becoming France’s largest crowdfunding campaign.
GIROPTIC paves the way to a new 360° era, for consumers and professionals, where photos and videos won’t be limited to a single frame.
The GIROPTIC 360cam forever changes the way we capture and experience life around us.
Up. Down. All Around.
For more information on GIROPTIC, visit http://giroptic.com and http://360.tv
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Wicross will showcase the definitive version of its purpose-built Internet of Things platform at Web Summit 2015 on the French Tech Pavilion, which has been set up in partnership with French Tech by Business France, the French export-support agency.
Exhibiting on 4 November in the main hall next to French Tech (T802), Wicross was selected by a jury of French and Irish experts based on the disruptive innovation of its product and the relevance of its business plan. Wicross will also be among the guests of honour at French Tech Night.
Experience this revolutionary platform at Web Summit 2015, which proposes a “connected experience” for its users. Developed by Wicross to allow users to easily share data generated by their connected devices with their favourite brands, the platform allows brands to propose services that are completely tailored to each individual client, boosting client retention and return on investment.
Companies wishing to propose a unique connected experience to their clients can easily integrate this solution into their various online and mobile digital support systems. Wicross then acts as a trusted third party, sparing its B2B clients both from the complex task of integrating connected devices into their information systems and from the vast array of data shared by their users.
Users will benefit from an improved customer experience; single synchronisation of their connected devices via their Wicross account, with the option of then connecting these devices in a single click to other compatible applications through a tunnel designed specifically for mobiles.
Wicross will be exhibiting on the French Tech Pavilion in the main hall at Web Summit 2015 with a view to meeting companies already familiar with IoT (such as those in the health and insurance sectors) wishing to launch innovative services, and meeting potential future hardware partners offering devices that can be integrated into the platform.
There is also the exciting opportunity for visitors to see the company give a demonstration of its innovative platform at Web Summit 2015, using a nutrition/sports coaching app that functions alongside Wicross. This will allow visitors to experience:
- how their connected devices (what they have brought with them to the trade show) can be synchronised in real time via the Wicross platform;
- how the platform works as a whole (user experience, data transfer from devices to the app, and the possibility of offering users personalised recommendations after their data has been processed).
In addition to meeting new customers, Web Summit 2015 represents a special chance for Wicross to meet customers and sales leads with which it already shares links. It will also give Wicross the opportunity to unveil new and important partnerships.
“We are delighted to have been chosen by Business France to participate in this event,” says Guillaume Magnan, CEO of Wicross. “Our presence at Web Summit on the French Tech Pavilion will increase our visibility, reflecting our international ambition in a market that has gone global.”
For further information on Wicross and its new platform, please visit: www.wicross.com
BUSINESS FRANCE Press Office in London, SW1Y 4SP - UK
Bakery, Grocery, Baked goods, Miscellaneous
Following its success in France, pasta restaurant chain Francesca® looks set to open five new restaurants in England this autumn. Its flagship restaurant at 215 Baker Street, London, opened in 2012.
Francesca® will soon be opening a restaurant in Birmingham’s brand new shopping centre, Grand Central.
People on the move will also be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine on the food courts of four motorway service stations: Beaconsfield (M40 J2), Cambridge (A14 – M11), Baldock (A1M J10) and Peterborough (A1M J17).
Whether it’s a little corner of Italy in the heart of Birmingham or just off the motorway, members of the public will be able to sample high-quality, fast casual dining at Francesca® (eat-in or take away), with a choice of up to 18 freshly prepared sauces and three varieties of durum wheat pasta, as well as an assortment of salads, antipasti, lasagne, cannelloni, panini, desserts, real Italian coffees and wine.
Founded in 1998 with over 50 restaurants in France and abroad, Francesca® provides healthy and balanced meals that live up to Italian cuisine’s excellent reputation. Francesca®’s company model proudly reflects the traditions upheld by high-quality Italian food and its respect for consumers and suppliers.
Francesca Albanese, co-founder of the Francesca® franchise, makes it her priority to source top-quality ingredients straight from Italy, which she then transforms into 18 deliciously fresh, homemade pasta sauces. All pasta dishes are free of preservatives or artificial flavours, and are based on traditional recipes and cooking techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation in Francesca Albanese’s family.
Francesca Albanese is fond of flavours promoted by the cucina contemporanea Italiana. Restaurants only use Pomi d’Oro tomatoes from the Naples region (southern Italy), extra virgin olive oil from the Puglie region (southern Italy) and GMO-free products. All dishes are served with authentic parmesan cheese imported from Parma (northern Italy).
Whether eating in or taking away, Francesca®’s menu offers each customer a diverse range of good, authentic Italian cuisine. The menu includes antipasti, salads, mains, desserts and coffee — all at affordable prices. Francesca® restaurants also offer seasonal menus and regularly add new dishes.
Restaurants offer a full and varied range of meals throughout the day. The delicatessen area also allows customers to take home the flavours of Francesca®’s cooking. Restaurant interiors combine chic décor with a friendly ambience, balancing the simplicity of Italian life with the sophistication of Italian culture.
The restaurant chain is currently in the process of expanding into the United Kingdom, and is opening restaurants at the following locations:
1. Beaconsfield services (24 September 2015)
2. Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre (30 September 2015)
3. Cambridge services (22 October 2015)
4. Baldock services (21 November 2015)
5. Peterborough services (19 December 2015)
The Francesca® brand is offering one free meal to any journalist who wishes to know more about its restaurants, the company and its franchise. Journalists wishing to benefit from this special offer and discover the Francesca® concept are invited to contact Business France – The French Trade Commission in London (details below).
In 1997, Francesca Arbogast-Albanese and Bertrand Arbogast decided to share their love of Italian cuisine by founding Francesca®, a traditional Italian restaurant, in Strasbourg (eastern France).
In 2004, the company chose to offer takeaway dishes to its customers, which is where the fast casual restaurant idea originated. At the beginning of 2015, there were 50 restaurants across France, Switzerland, Canada and UK. From September 2015, people will not only be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Francesca®’s flagship restaurant in Baker Street, London, but also in Beaconsfield, Baldock, Cambridge and Peterborough. Birmingham Grand Central will be their first UK restaurant located in a shopping centre.
For further information, please visit: http://www.francescauk.com
avril 25, 2012
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.