New technologies, innovation and services

ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition

Inès NICOLAS - 13-mai-2015 18:09:26

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. Each year they organize the ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition, the largest conference in the field of training and development, bringing together 400 exhibitors and more than 10,500 professionals from the industry. The next edition of ATD will take place in Orlando, Florida the 17th-20th of May 2015. Three French innovative companies will attend the conference as part of the French delegation this year:     Halifax Consulting  is a training and consulting firm specialized in commercial performance and management. With 10,000 commercial sales managers trained each year and more than 200 active clients, the company has become a leader in its field in France and abroad, working globally with companies such as Total, L’Oréal, DHL and Pfizer. They offer an online academy focused on commercial performance, managerial performance and custom support. F ind out more here .   E-doceo  is an e-learning software publisher, which has developed a complete software suite for implementing e-learning and blended learning training. Their global solution allows customers to create, manage, and publish their training. e-doceo clients include international companies such as Nestlé, Areva, Randstad and KPMG, as well as the French Ministry of Education. Find out more here .   Manzalab  is an innovative player in the creation of serious games, at a crossroads between videogame and pedagogy. Manzalab internally develops its own technologies and addresses all types of devices: PC offline or online, social networks, mobile phones and touchpads. Manzalab offers tailored services to companies in all kinds of sectors, with clients such as Veolia, AXA, Renault or Sanofi-Aventis. Among their key products is “My job interview”, a game facilitating the integration of young jobless people into the workplace, and “year review”, a serious game to train managers to assess their teams. Find out more here .      


France shows the way to doing e-commerce !

martine.joly - 05-juin-2014 16:49:51

Interview : Alain CIMAZ, Retailing and Services Department Project Manager at Ubifrance 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.   Cross-channel strategies 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.     For Further information about French companies in the e-commerce Sector, news technologies, innovation and services :   > Electronics and IT   > Telecommunications and Space   > Trade and distribution   > Services   > Audiovisual content, Multimedia  


The French Tech Tour 2014 Introduces the Best Innovative Tech Companies in its 2nd Year on Tour

Anne-Laure GERVAIS - 03-avr.-2014 23:44:40

  The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE Hosts 10 French Startups for Packed Week of business meetings, training and events to help them to kick start their businesses in Canada Toronto and Montreal – April 3rd, 2014 – The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE in Canada announced today the 10 selected companies of the 2014 French Tech Tour (FTT) that will be held June 2-6, 2014. Starting Monday, June 2nd in Toronto, 10 companies from all over France will land in Canada to attend this business acceleration program. More than 25 companies applied to be part of the Tour. The final 10 companies were selected by the Tour’s supporting companies, including Bell, Telus, BlackBerry, Air Canada, Emerillon Capital, CGI, KPMG… 10 Participants Bridging the gap between technology innovation and expertise, while fostering new alliances between France and Canada, the FTT has introduced many successful companies to Canada. This year’s class brings innovation in the fields of Big Data, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence SaaS and Connected TV, to name a few. This year’s startups include: frenchtechtourcanada@ubifrance.fr - Anne-Laure Gervais - +1 (416) 977-1257 Bittle is a new generation reporting platform in a SaaS mode that aimed at any kind of businesses that are looking for a complete, packaged and ready-to-use BI solution allowing to generate and easily share dashboards in an entirely secured environment. Dotscreen is a Multi-screen developer & a User Interface specialists that creates, designs and develops interactive apps for connected TV, tablets and smartphones. Followanalytics provides brands with solutions to launch, measure, optimize and extend their presence in the mobile world, in order to better identify and convert leads. DSIA is an innovative provider of supply chain technology solutions, services and consulting which develops Logistar™ , an integrated Saas solution that focuses on the management and optimization of complexes supply chains. Ivalua is a provider of web based Spend Management solutions (Ivalua Buyer) that responds to the essential needs of its users: quick access to information, collaborative work, dialogue with suppliers, real time reporting, information exchange with other systems, etc. Sentinelo develops additional traffic generation solutions for retailers and gives a global overview of all products sold locally in a given perimeter. Stardust is an expert of digital products testing by experimented testers on real devices. StarDust develops “StarDust Label”, which is dedicated to brands and developers to maximize their revenues. Pixeliris develops CopSonic, a Contactless Mobile Payment technology solution using sonic ways through speakers and microphones to exchange the secured data and is compatible with 100% of mobiles phones including featured phones. Spideo creates personalized recommendation engines that make it easier for viewers to discover and access video-on-demand (VOD) and TV content. Systancia offers software for cloud computing mobility and BYOD with total security. Systancia is specialized in virtualization, desktop applications, and cloud computing. The French Tech Tour’s goal is to prepare companies for launching onto the Canadian market. To achieve this, the tour consists of a series of one-on-one meetings with sponsors and other blue chip companies in Canada, training and advisory sessions, and evenings packed with events where the companies are able to pitch in front of business communities. This event is part of French Tech initiative brought by Fleur Pellerin (the former French Minister delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy) to promote "la French Tech" in France and abroad. To learn more about the companies or attend an event to see companies pitching, visit: http://frenchtechtourcanada.ubifrance-events.com "Every year, it is exciting to see the new and disruptive technologies that come through the French Tech Tour. Their levels of enthusiasm as well as the maturity of their products makes them companies that our team and our sponsors think are ready to go to market in Canada. Even more so, it is great to see the lasting partnerships that grow out of the tour and tie our two tech regions together", said Stéphane Alisse, Managing Director, Technology and Services Practice for North America at UBIFRANCE. About UBIFRANCE - the French Trade Office UBIFRANCE is France’s public agency for international business development and it is represented in 70 countries by the French Trade Offices – UBIFRANCE. UBIFRANCE provide French startups with consulting and business development services, in order to promote their products/services and assist in establishing partnerships with Canadian companies. The French Tech Tour is one of our most comprehensive services, formed through a unique partnership with the business and corporate development teams of some of the largest technology corporations in Canada.


PRESS RELEASE: Nomination of Ms. Véronique Bédague-Hamilius

Clement Moulet - 13-mars-2014 16:45:54

  The French government today named Ms. Véronique Bédague-Hamilius as France’s Ambassador for International Investment, Chairman and CEO of the Invest in France Agency (IFA), and Managing Director of UBIFRANCE. Paris, March 12, 2014 In her role as France’s Ambassador for International Investment, and Chairman and CEO, Ms. Bédague-Hamilius will lead the Invest in France Agency (IFA), responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. Concurrently, she will also lead UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, which supports exports by French SMEs and mid-size companies. These two agencies are to be merged to form a single organization with 1,500 employees in 70 countries. “I am very pleased that the French President has appointed me to a strategic position for France’s international economic policy. Along with the teams from the IFA and UBIFRANCE, I am convinced that we will rise to the challenge of merging these two complementary organizations, with a view to raising France’s profile abroad, supporting French company exports, and serving France’s regions”, declared Ms. Bédague-Hamilius following her appointment. Ms. Bédague-Hamilius had previously held the position of Secretary General of the City and local authority of Paris since 2008, heading 50,000 public service employees, after having been Finance Director at City Hall from 2002 to 2008. Prior to this period, she also held a number of positions in the Budget Department at the Ministry for the Economy and Finances, and worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. The Invest in France Agency (IFA) is the national agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It also coordinates initiatives to promote France’s economic attractiveness. The IFA network operates worldwide, with offices in France as well as in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In France, the IFA works in partnership with regional development agencies to offer international investors outstanding business opportunities and customized services. For further information, please visit: www.investinfrance.org UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for international business development , is an industry and trade public institution under the administrative supervision of the Minister of Trade, Finance, of the Minister of Foreign Trade and the Treasury Department. UBIFRANCE has a network of more than 1400 multicultural agents in France and worldwide - 80 offices in 70 countries – dedicated to the support of SME and ISE for export activities. UBIFRANCE also runs the V.I.E scheme (Volontariat International en Entreprise). www.ubifrance.fr Press contacts IFA: cynthia.odsi@investinfrance.org UBIFRANCE: clement.moulet@ubifrance.fr


PRESS: Technology ecosystem putting Canadian startups on the map

PRESS - 06-déc.-2013 17:16:58

While many eyes are on the resurgence in Canada’s publicly listed technology companies, an equally compelling growth story is taking place in the private technology sector. Success stories such as HootSuite, Desire2Learn, Vision Critical and Shopify have been grabbing national and international attention. Their success is also a testament to a rapidly evolving community of startup incubators and accelerators that are squarely focused on helping promising young Canadian technology companies get off the ground, grow and mature. “I think we’re seeing one of those 20-year overnight success stories,” says Iain Klugman, chief executive officer of Communitech in Waterloo, Ont. “There was a significant wave of startup activity occurring years ago with OpenText Corp. (TSX:OTC) and BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Then there was the Internet bubble bust and the global financial meltdown. This is really the next wave as founders and investors are recognizing that we have some of the best grads and the hottest development work going on here. We don’t need to have an inferiority complex anymore.” The Communitech Hub facility hosts two incubators, Launch Pad and VeloCity, as well as an accelerator, Hyperdrive. It also provides space for 120 startups and eight large multinational companies. Klugman says five years ago it had 96 startup clients on its roster. Today, that number is close to 700. “The sheer number of startups is very different and exciting.” The growth in technology startups can be explained by a number of factors, he adds. “Traditionally, startups were focused on having a cool technology and figuring out how to make it work. Now they come and say, ‘I see a market opportunity that I think I can go after and win.’ It’s a much more market-oriented approach.” Entrepreneurship status also garners much more respect these days, says Klugman. “Entrepreneurship is the new black. More people want to be founders of tech companies and are not as easily lured by big global brands. A lot of top talent wants to take a kick at a startup when they graduate.” In addition, there are a growing number of communities working collaboratively to build solid ecosystems to support startups in the Canadian technology ecosystem. “There has been a concerted effort on the part of provincial and federal governments to build these communities because they know good things will come from them,” Klugman says. “That kind of support didn’t exist previously. People don’t have to leave Canada like they did in the past.” Even many of those that have ventured to the United States to build their businesses are returning and setting up shop in Canada because of the lower costs of doing business in some jurisdictions and the availability of world-class, highly skilled talent. Nonetheless, the capital, ideas and people in Silicon Valley remain hugely important for Canadian startups. “Silicon Valley is not without its value to the Canadian startup community,” says Atlee Clark, executive director of The C100 in San Francisco. The non-profit, member-driven organization was started over three years ago to support Canadian entrepreneurship through mentorship, partnership and investment. “There are 300,000 Canadians in Silicon Valley, so we have developed programs to connect the highest potential Canadian entrepreneurs with the 100 most successful Canadians in tech who live here,” she says. The members of C100 are evenly split between venture capitalists, senior technology executives and serial entrepreneurs with demonstrated success. To read the rest of the article, click on the following link: Technology ecosystem putting Canadian startups on the map


Cutting Edge Innovations at the French IT Connection

Anne-Laure GERVAIS - 15-oct.-2013 17:22:11

  The French Trade Commission in Canada – UBIFRANCE – organizes for the 8th year the French IT Connection that gathered the most innovative and fast growing French IT companies. This year they have been selected by the IT Canadian giants as Telus, BlackBerry, Videotron, BlackBerry, CGI. The companies listed below have met with potential business partners and customers during 5 days (3 in Toronto and 2 in Montreal). This first step will help them to accelerate their growth in the Canadian market and to develop strong and long-term partnership. - Jean De Broissia – PDG - PRAXEDO – www.praxedo.com Praxedo is a software editor that aims to help telecom providers and their sub-contractors to improve their performance on field operations . - Philippe Theriault – COO – ENOVANCE - www.enovance.com eNovance is specialized in improving the end-user experience for web and mobile applications (high performance and high availability features), Big Data solutions (elasticity, reactivity, international distribution, performance, resilience), Cloud Computing (automatization, elasticity, “on-demand” services) and Open Source/Open Cloud environments. - Georges Lamy Au Rousseau – PDG - STARNAV - www.starnav.fr Starnav, publishes Head Pilot, a software that turns any webcam into a non-contact mouse and a multimodal communication and automation system PICTOCOM which is a tool that allows you to remote control of your equipment and to communicate by combining sounds and icons to access easily to all your computer applications - Alain Motard – Directeur des ventes Amériques - NETGEM www.netgem.com Netgem provides Connected Home Entertainment Solutions to Multiservice Operators to help them strengthen their end-customer relationship and drive revenue growth -Franck Murray – PDG - IPDIA - www.ipdia.com IPDia is a leader in conception and production of embedded electronic component. The company produces ultra-miniaturized silicon passive component with high performance, high stability and high reliability. It is featured for customers in communication, harsh environment, industrial lighting and medical markets. - Emmanuel Esquieu – PDG – KNOWMORE - www.knowmore.fr Knowmore is a software editor that aims to help large companies to improve their users performance on enterprise software. Knowmore’s solution, K-Meleon Studio, allows employees to train on a realistic and easy-to-deploy simulation of your critical applications. - Ricardo Pastrana – PDG – PERCEPTIVA LABS - www.perceptiva-labs.com Perceptiva offers solutions for measuring and analyzing customerperceived quality of video services. - Frederic Durand-Salmon – PDG – BE PATIENT – www.bepatientsolutions.com BePATIENT, is an e-health patient centric platform which offers innovative solutions to the patient especially in chronic diseases. This single platform provides a global, personalized and participative approach to healthcare providers and industrials.


French Trade delegation on the occasion of the annual Information Technology Security Conference in Montreal

Omar Janjua - 26-mars-2012 19:57:20

  The French Trade Commission in Canada is organizing a Trade Delegation in the Information Technology Security Sector on the occasion of the annual conference of the Information and Communication Security Association of Montréal (Colloque RSI 2012) one of the major information Security events in Canada and a gathering of major IT security professionals from Québec. This trade mission will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of May 2012 and the delegates will be visiting Toronto and Montreal in order to discover the new upcoming trends in the Canadian and North American information Security Industry. An individual B2B meetings schedule with Canadian companies will be organized on this occasion for each member of the French Trade delegation. A business opportunity not to be missed !


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