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Paris Landing Pack_Explore – March 2017

Phutachart CHAIWATANA - 16-déc.-2016 04:29:33

    Paris Landing Pack_Explore – March 2017   Paris&Co launches a new call for applications for the next session of Paris Landing Pack_Explore! Foreign-based startups looking to expand into the French market are invited to apply to Paris Landing Pack_Explore, a business acceleration program organized by Paris&Co.   This 4 weeks program will take place in March 2017 . It will provide selected startups with a complete set of workshops on how to do business in France. It will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to validate their solution on the French market and explore business opportunities in Paris: how to make my startup visible? How to develop my business in Paris? How to make it in Paris, practically?   Based in a co-working space in the heart of Paris and surrounded by startups from all over the world , they will get the chance to dive into the thriving Parisian Tech Scene.   The laureates will also have the opportunity to attend the "Hacking of the City Hall" on the 16th of March. They will have the chance to meet startups,  investors, experts and corporates. The previous edition gathered three thousands of participants from all over the world. In a nutshell: fast-growing startups under 8 years old and looking to expand into France, preferably active in the following fields: IT / Medtech / Traveltech / Tourism /Sports / Foodtech / Mobility & Smart City / Circular Economy Application open until 13 th of January under :        

French Railways & High Speed Rail

Antoine HENDOUX - 14-déc.-2016 12:07:30

        Business France Singapore organized, in collaboration with the Economic Department of the French Embassy and the Land Transport Authority, a French-Singaporean Railways & High Speed Rail seminar on December 7th.   Several French companies had the opportunity to introduce their expertise to decision-maker and technical experts from the LTA. Three workshops enabled to discuss in-depth about: 1. Security and safety; 2. Life Cycle Cost; 3. System Engineering & integration and cost optimization.   This event also enabled to highlight the French know-how in railway systems, as well as our ability to control the value chain, from construction equipment, signaling, safety and security, rolling stock and maintenance, to the system integration.   With 35 years of operation and more than 1.7 billion passengers transported during this period, the French HSR is a popular success. Being continuously modernized and expanded, the network accounts more than 2000 km of high speed rails, and two new HSR exceeding 500 km in length will be opened mid-2017 in the west and south-west of France. The French know-how in cross-border interoperability also represents an asset in the view of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail Project.  

OSEA 2016, the ASEAN Oil & Gas trade show

Antoine HENDOUX - 09-déc.-2016 10:04:13

  Business France Singapore organized the French Pavilion on the occasion of the 21st edition of OSEA 2016, which took place from 29th of November to 2nd of December at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Beyond the regional scope of this exhibition, OSEA benefits from a global visibility and affluence, with 18,000 visitors and 1 000 exhibitors from 48 countries for this edition.   Before the exhibition kicked off, 11 French companies participated to an introductory seminar organized at the French Embassy in Singapore by Business France, in which they were able to find out more about the business opportunities in the country and South-East Asia, as well as the business environment. The Economic Development Board of Singapore, together with two French companies presented the sector’s upstream and downstream opportunities.   Despite the difficulties that this industry is facing, the Oil&Gas remains strategic in Singapore, accounting for 5% of its GDP. The city-State has established itself as one of the world leaders and hub of this industry, especially in the field of oil refining, with an island totally dedicated to the petrochemical industry (Jurong Island) and a geostrategic position.   This event was also an occasion to celebrate the opening of the representative office of MARIT, a French manufacturer of steel chains for the offshore & marine industry, convinced by the potential of the region for the development of its activities.   The exhibitors also had the opportunity to develop their network by meeting with key players of Oil & Gas based in Singapore, during a cocktail held at the French Residence on December 1st, hosted by the Ambassador of France M. Dubertret.    

Smoove to provide Marrakesh with bike-sharing scheme

Phutachart CHAIWATANA - 15-nov.-2016 08:22:13

  Montpellier, 7th November 2016                                                               Smoove won the tender organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to roll out a bike sharing project for COP22, the UN Climate Change Conference, which is taking place from 7 th -18 th November 2016 in Marrakesh.   Medina Bike , set up in partnership with local organisation ‘Estates Vision’, will be the equivalent of “Boris Bikes” in Marrakesh and the first city in Africa to benefit from such a scheme. The fleet, of 300 bikes and around 12 stations, will be installed in the most emblematic locations of the city, such as Koutoubia or Majorelle Garden. The service will be inaugurated for COP22 and will be maintained over time with a renewable contract for an initial term of five years. Similar to Moscow, Helsinki and Vancouver, the Medina Bike business model will include the contribution of a sponsor, which has not yet been selected. Medina Bike is one of the ways to meet King Mohammed VI’s and the Moroccan Government’s goals on practical initiatives for sustainable development for COP 22. The project, which is an initiative of the Moroccan Ministry of the Environment, organised by UNIDO and funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), confirms Morocco’s commitment to the fight against the negative impact of climate change. The twenty-second session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) will bring together 197 states and, according to the organisers, will be the COP of action.   “ Bikes were once one of the main means of transport in Marrakesh, but have gradually lost ground. We hope that Medina Bike will bring about a cycling revolution. We are very proud to have won this prestigious tender. It marks our commitment to promote self-service bike-sharing schemes for more pleasant, greener cities. Thank you Marrakesh! The so-called ‘red city’ has made Smoove the first self-service bike-share provider in Africa! " explains Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Smoove is one of the leading bike-share providers in the world thanks to its innovative solutions: robust, smart bikes with embedded communication technology (‘Smoove Box’) and light, free-standing stations powered by solar energy with no major or civil works required for installation. Smoove’s technological know-how has enabled it to offer an ‘overflow’ feature so that a bike can be returned even if the station is full. Thanks to these competitive advantages, Smoove has experienced accelerated international growth this year. “ This project in Marrakesh is the perfect way to end a very busy and successful year for Smoove. In spring, we installed a fleet of 1,500 bikes in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, followed by fleets in Vancouver, Canada, in July and in Shymkent and Almaty in Kazakhstan later in the summer. We also carried out the second phase of roll-out in Moscow where there are now more than 3,450 bikes !" comments Hélène Papa, Marketing and Communication Manager. Well positioned to renew fleets in major cities “ Our facilities in major cities across the world theoretically make us a strong contender for the renewal of all the first generation contracts, such as Vélib in Paris ," adds Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Competing for the tender alongside Indigo, Moventia and their new shareholder Mobivia, all experts in the field, Smoove has been selected in the competitive dialogue procedure to renew the “Vélib” fleet in Paris. Their bid is in progress and the operator will be chosen in April 2017. Smoove generated €8 million (around £7.2million) in revenue in 2016. This revenue, like the number of employees, has doubled every two years since the company was formed. Their 2017 objectives are even more ambitious. Fifteen per cent of the revenue is reinvested in R&D to meet the demands of the city of the future (E Bike, bluetooth connection, mobile application, IoT, etc.) to better ‘facilitate sustainable mobility’.   For more information about MEDINA BIKE / ESTATES VISION , please visit: For further information on SMOOVE, please contact : Laurent Mercat , CEO of Smoove   / +33 4 67 67 89 00   Hélène Papa , Marketing and Communication Manager / +33 6 75 64 96 68 / 04 11 57 01 19   For further information on this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: Web:      

What France really has to offer

Phutachart CHAIWATANA - 26-oct.-2016 05:57:33

  “Maybe you’re thinking...” is the lead-in question to a new Business France video tackling a number of misconceptions about how France can sometimes be perceived abroad. In just over two minutes, a variety of clichés are dispelled through hard data and no little good humor.   So if you’re thinking that productivity isn’t great in France, maybe you weren’t aware that French employees actually work longer hours than the Germans! Perhaps you also think that the French aren’t born entrepreneurs? And yet France is one of the easiest places in which to found a company, and Europe’s leading country for new businesses!     Why not put the clichés to one side for a moment and just see for yourself what France really has to offer:  

A Global startup competition - 16-août-2016 08:11:10

  Apply to the global competition and get a chance to grow your startup in a booming ecosystem!   70 selected startups will be awarded a full package of benefits including a 45,000 Euros prize money, 1-year incubation, a dedicated masterclass programme… and much more!   Your startup project is in BioTech, Mobile/Web, Big Data, FinTech, Social Innovation or any other industry? With over 40 partner incubators all over France to choose from, you’ll find the right one to lead you to success!   The competition is open to entrepreneurs from all over the world and there’s only one month left to apply!   Check out the French Tech Ticket website for more information and apply online before August 24 th !    

A delegation of South-East Asian companies meets French innovative startups in Paris

Lucile COTELLE - 13-juil.-2016 06:16:58

  On the occasion of Futur en Seine and Viva Technology in June 2016, ASEAN leading telecom operators, the investment fund Innov8, the fintech accelerator The Finlab and the designer of Smart City Surbana Jurong came in Paris to meet French tech startups. On the agenda, more than 30 B2B meetings were organized with firms in the sectors of IoT, Big Data, Smart Cities, M2M… The delegation of companies also visited ATOS and Orange centers of innovation and had the opportunity to meet the management of Lyon Smart City and exchange about key topics such as Smart City, IoT networks and cybersecurity. Lastly, The Finlab has met early stage and series A startups to accelerate them in Singapore. Negotiations have started between the parties: many partnerships and contracts are about to emerge from these meetings. This event has been successful thanks to a close collaboration between the core businesses of the agency: Export, Invest and Promotion France. This first edition has enabled the promotion of French innovation and the positioning of our country as a Tech Innovation leader in Europe                                              

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