The “French Tech Tour to India 2016”, a platform to bridging further the French and Indian Tech ecosystems

Purva Marwaha - 26-oct.-2016 07:56:15
Business France, the Trade & Investment Commission of France in India, is organizing, with several stakeholders and partners, the first edition of the “French Tech Tour to India”, a multi-purpose and multi-format platform to run over the Embassy and the Consulate Generals of Delhi NCR, Bangalore and Mumbai from the 24 th  to the 28 th  of October, 2016.     The “French Tech Tour to India 2016” will also enable an active  participation of the “French Tech” ecosystem at the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2016  (Bangalore, 26 th  and 27 th  of October, 2016), with the objective of strengthening reciprocal awareness between the French and Indian Tech ecosystems, and promote France towards Indian Tech companies as a leading Innovation and Business Hub in Europe through a dedicated roundtable, Mr. Bertrand DIARD, Chairman of Tech in France and Serial Entrepreneur (Talend, Influans, Restlet and BonitaSoft), shall deliver a Key Note.   Curated  networking events across New Delhi  (24 th  of October, 2016),  Bangalore  (26 th  of October, 2016) and  Mumbai  (28th of October, 2016) are also been organized. These events will gather representatives from the “India Tech” ecosystem the delegation coming from France on this occasion and the “French Tech” players already active and making in India. In this regard, over 50 Digital and ICTs “French Tech” players are currently availing legal set-ups in India.   The Ambassador of France to India, Mr Alexandre ZIEGLER says “ « French Tech Tour to India will offer its participants a one-week program across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. It will be an immersive program for 9, carefully selected, innovative “French Tech” startups and SMEs who are looking at expanding in the Indian market. I am convinced that the multiple interactions, which will take place over the course of this week, will pave the way for further collaborations, agreements and partnerships between French and Indian Tech stakeholders!. ”     In addition, Mr. Loïc RIVIERE, Secretary General of TECH IN France, and Mr. Mani DORAISAMY, Co-Founder of, one the Indian laureates of the Season 1 of this “French Tech Ticket” are part of the “French Tech Tour to India 2016” delegation, which benefited from the support of Air France, sponsoring some participants and Awardees, thus showing its commitment towards Tech startups and SMEs globally.   For some years now, the French Tech ecosystem has enjoyed a steady and strong development, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers and other talented people. Like India, France has emerged as a leading Startup Power, home to vibrant Tech Hubs and talents, and imbued with a strong entrepreneurial culture.   France stands among the leading ecosystems globally when considering Tech-related Entrepreneurship and Innovation; as ascertained by the fact that France led -for the 6th consecutive year- the race in the “Deloitte Fast 500 2015 EMEA” ranking with 87 laureates.   The “French Tech Tour to India” finds its origin in the statement that with over 5,000 and 6,000 Tech startups respectively, and many large corporates involved in Open Innovation and Acceleration programs, India and France both belong to the Top 5 of the Tech startup ecosystems in the world. Yet, further initiatives need to be developed to exploit the true potential for synergies and value co-creation between the 2 Startup Powers.   Hence, in addition to the “French Tech Tour to India 2016”, and with further initiatives to come, the call for applications for the Season 2 of the “French Tech Ticket” program has been actively promoted over Q3 2016 towards the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. The “French Tech Ticket” consists of a 1-year program to welcome foreign entrepreneurs and early stage startups to set up and accelerate activities in France. It is noteworthy to mention that India ranked first, for the second consecutive year and by a large margin, in terms of the number of applications received for the 2017 promotion, which shall consist in a pool of 70 foreign startups.   On a concluding note,  “Building on the promising level of cooperation shown at the Economic, Investment, Academic and R&D levels, the “French Tech” and “India Tech” is relevant  to co-create further economic value, which gives us even more eagerness to bridge and synergize further the two ecosystems. Business France is thus deeply engaged in this drive aiming at further encouraging “India Tech” players to consider France as both a relevant partner, market and Hub in Europe, and vice versa. The “French Tech Tour to India 2016”, to become an annual rendezvous, shall contribute to this ambition in complement to other initiatives. ” says Mr. Sylvain BIARD, Managing Director Mumbai Office and Head, Tech & Services Department, Business France.          

French Government kicks off French Tech Ticket - Season 2

Purva Marwaha - 27-juin-2016 06:18:00
French Government kicks off French Tech Ticket - Season 2, an opportunity for Indian early-stage startups to grow internationally from France.   After a promising Season 1, which saw over 1,300 applications from around the World and welcomed 23 startup teams in Paris including 2 startups from India, the French Tech Ticket is back. For this 2 nd session, 70 projects will be selected to join, as of January 2017, 41 partner incubators all over France!   Led by the French Government, the " French Tech Ticket " program consists in providing a “welcome pack” to entrepreneurs across Tech-intensive sectors (ICTs, Internet / Mobile, FinTech, HealthTech, BioTech, CleanTech, Aerospace, FoodTech…) from all over the world looking at setting up or scaling up innovative startups in France.    The call for applications for the 2017 promotion has been launched on the 21 st of June, 2016 and will end on the 24 th of August, 2016.   What’s in it for French Tech Ticket winners?                                                                              The laureates will benefit from a welcome package which includes: -           a prize money / funding of EUR 45,000 per project with no loss of equity, -           a fast-track procedure to obtain a French resident permit, -           a 12-month free office space in one of the 41 partner incubators, -           a dedicated acceleration and mentoring program, -           a soft landing pack to help you relocating easily to France, -           and a help desk to help you with administrative procedures. Learn more about the program at and apply from now at the following link:    

Paris French Tech Ticket

Purva Marwaha - 29-mars-2016 11:57:42
Part of the " French Tech " program initiated by the French Government and regional / private stakeholders to support the development of the French startup ecosystem (one of the most dynamic globally, as shown at Tech events such as the CES 2016 , the Mobile World Congress 2016 or the SXSW 2016 ), the " French Tech Ticket " consist in providing a “welcome pack” to entrepreneurs across tech-intensive sectors (Information & Communication Technologies, Internet / Mobile, FinTech, HealthTech, BioTech, CleanTech…) from all over the World looking at setting up or scaling up innovative startups: This welcome packs notably entails its laureates to: -        a fast-track procedure to obtain a residence permit; -        a prize money of €25,000 for one year awarded to each project team member; -        a free office space in a partner incubator; -        a dedicated mentoring; -        a Help Desk to assist winners with administrative procedures; -        a “Paris Landing Pack” to help foreign entrepreneurs relocating to Paris.   Looking at the first promotion of this “French Tech Ticket” (limited to projects to be incubated in Paris incubators, but which shall be from 2017 onwards opened up to any other “ French Tech Metropole ”), the global call for applicants resulted in 722 startup projects being submitted by a total of 1,372 entrepreneurs and 5,677 expressions of interest.   With the dynamism of Technology Entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem in India as well as the potentialities for cooperation between France and India in the technology-intensive industries, it comes as a satisfaction that India has positioned itself as the first country of origin of the total applicants for the 2016 promotion, surpassing the USA and Russia. Also, out of the 23 venture projects eventually selected for the first promotion of the “French Tech Ticket”, whose laureates settled in Paris in January 2016, 2 originate from India : - Dymond Cleantech : An eco-innovative electrochemical water treatment technique using superior quality diamond electrodes for effective water disinfection and purification. - Guesswork : A product recommendation engine for first-time buyers on e-commerce sites.   Further information on the “French Tech Ticket” initiative may be found in the attached press release.   Keep posted about the next global call for applications for the 2017 promotion at the Website of “Paris French Tech Ticket” !      
Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In


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