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Video: La French Tech at SLUSH 2015

Amelie Argenti - 14-janv.-2016 17:20:05
Slush 2015 was a great success with over 15 000 attendees, 1700 startups and 800 venture capital investors and we are delighted to have been part of it. Many thanks to the 10 French startups that participated through Business France. We look forward to the 2016 edition!    

The development of Finnish company Ensto on the French market

Amelie Argenti - 22-déc.-2015 16:47:23
Short interview with Timo Luukkainen, President and CEO of Ensto: Key Figures: Founded : 1958 in Porvoo, Finland Global Presence : Offices 20 countries Number of employees : 1,600, including 300 people in France What is Ensto’s core business? Ensto is a family business whose headquarters are located in Finland. We have subsidiaries in 20 other countries and employ, 1600 people in total. Our core business is energy efficiency through three main branches: - Ensto Utility Networks , which focuses on electricity distribution and network automation solutions; - Ensto Industrial Solutions , producing riskreduction industrial components; - Ensto Building Technology , which provides energy-saving products and solutions for the construction sector. In France, we have 300 people working at three production sites. Why did you choose France? France has several valuable key strengths. First of all, it is a big market, the second largest after Nordic countries for our company. France is a very technologically developed country, with compelling tax advantages for R&D and innovation investments, which are key points for our business. Given that we work a lot with Northern African countries, France’s location and the French language are also significant advantages. How has the IFA* helped you to expand in France? The IFA* has been very helpful to us as a partner and has always been there for us whenever we had questions about our development in France. We acquired two companies in 2010, and it has been a great success. Thanks to its thorough knowledge of the French business environment, the IFA assisted us during the entire process, which was much appreciated. What advice would you give to a company interested in investing in France? Don’t be afraid of France! French people are determined and reliable workers. France is a big market, is very developed technologically, and has compelling innovation and R&D promotion policies. It is also a gateway to other promising markets. * The Invest in France Agency and UBIFRANCE merged on the 1st January 2015 to form Business France For more information on French market

Interview: Swedish company Doro’s activities in France

Amelie Argenti - 21-déc.-2015 16:39:34
Doro is a Swedish company focusing on telecommunications solutions for seniors. The company was founded in 1974 in Lund and has enjoyed strong growth allowing the group to pursue international expansion. Today Doro is present in Norway, Hong Kong, the US, and France and has an annual turnover of SEK 838 million. In an interview CEO Jérôme Arnaud tells us why Doro chose to invest in France. What is Doro’s main business? Doro is a Swedish company focusing on telecommunications solutions for seniors. The company initially made landline telephones. Since I arrived to lead Doro in 2007 we changed strategy and abandoned this declining market to focus on a forward-looking sector: the seniors market. We produce a wide range of telephones developed for elderly people but also telecare and fall-detection systems, for example. Thanks to this new positioning, Doro is enjoying strong growth as it pursues international expansion centered around France. Why did you choose France? We chose to locate our software development center in France because we were looking for certain skills and highly trained personnel. It is not easy to find seasoned workers in seniors-focused software development, because this sector is relatively new. Moreover, France is a very large, interesting market, and its strategic location enables us to centralize all our European operations here (Italy, Greece, Benelux, etc.). Our development center employs around ten people. Since Doro is enjoying very strong growth, this center is due to expand and we intend to create new jobs in France. How did the Invest in France Agency* help you? Swedes are not always comfortable with French people from a cultural point of view. Their working methods as well as their ways of thinking are totally different. Fortunately, the Invest in France Agency* offers a reassuring framework so that investors can better understand the French market and how to undertake their investments in the best possible conditions. We very much appreciated the advice we were given that enabled us to better manage our French investments. What advice would you give to a company interested in investing in France? Swedish companies setting up business in France can tend to isolate themselves behind clichés about France that circulate in Sweden. However, these clichés are just not true. For instance, that ‘French people work less than Swedish people’: it is quite the opposite! If they want to have a better return on investment, Swedish firms should not go it alone, with their own Swedish consultants and employees, but rather learn how to exploit the key strengths and knowledge of the French workforce. * The Invest in France Agency and UBIFRANCE merged on the 1st January 2015 to form Business France For more information on French market opportunities contact Gilles Debuire, Deputy Regional Director of Business France Nordics: gilles.debuire(@)businessfrance.fr

La French Tech at SLUSH 2015

Nadine Fraysse-Eckstein - 08-nov.-2015 14:07:29
Slush has become one of the largest startup events in the world. It is the focal point for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. The event also offers a unique platform for product launches, open innovation challenges and networking. In 2014, Slush brought together over 14,000 attendees and more than 3,500 companies for the two-day event. More than 750 investors came to Helsinki to meet startups in nearly 3,800 pre-booked meetings. This year Slush will take place on November 11-12th in Helsinki, Finland and for the first time the French international development agency, Business France , has selected 10 French startups to exhibit at the event. The French startups will present their products and solutions at the French Tech demo booths A4-A9 . They will also be attending the French Tech evening event to be held at the Embassy of France in Helsinki , organized together with Arctic Startup , one of the largest technology blogs reporting on startups in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The 10 French startups are: • 3Drudder : a revolutionary navigation controller for virtual reality and 3D • Adways : a technology that helps make any video interactive with a few clicks. • CeleScreen: an innovative service assessing the harmfulness of molecules aimed at cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. • Finalcad : a mobile platform with predictive analytics for the construction industry. • Digitsole : a specialist design and distribution startup for connected footwear products. • Klaxoon : offering learning solutions and new ways to interact in meetings, trainings and conferences. • Monkey tie : Affinity recruitment website with integrated tools for professional development. • Phonotonic : enables a connected object and an app that transforms movement into music. • VideoStitch : specialised assembly solutions for 360 videos in real time. • Wynd : management system for all order and payment methods (cash, website, apps, drive ...). For further information on the French companies attending Slush , please contact Tiina Sounela: tiina.sounela(@)businessfrance.fr
Meistä
Ranskan vienninedistämiskeskuksen Business Francen tehtävänä on auttaa ranskalaisia yrityksiä löytämään yhteistyökumppaneita Suomessa. Avustamme yrityksiä kehittämään liiketoimintaansa Suomessa järjestämällä B to B – tapaamisia ja erilaisia tapahtumia, sekä osallistumalla eri alojen messuille. BUSINESS FRANCEN kautta ranskalaiset yritykset saavat myös kattavaa tietoa Suomen markkinoista. Business France Helsingin palvelut kattavat myös Viron markkinat. BUSINESS FRANCE – ”French Agency for International Development” - on Ranskan valtion vienninedistämiskeskus joka toimii lähes 50 maassa. BUSINESS FRANCE tarjoaa ranskalaisille yrityksille laajan valikoiman palveluja ja auttaa yrityksiä kansainvälistymisen eri vaiheissa. Konsultointi BUSINESS FRANCE auttaa yrityksiä kansainvälistymisstrategian laatimisessa tarjoamalla ammattitait

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