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French Retail tech on display at RBTE 2018

Letizia Zitoli - 17-avr.-2018 12:16:09

  13 French exhibitors make up the only national pavilion (stands F200 and F208) at this year’s Retail Business Technology Expo in London on 2 nd and 3 rd May 2018.   The French retail industry is the 3 rd largest in Europe in terms of revenue (£385.65bn in 2016), after Germany (£470.7bn) and the UK (£403bn) according to the French national statistics bureau. Gathering over 520,000 brick and mortar stores , its growth is now largely driven by e-commerce – or more specifically, m-commerce. In 2017, 27 million French consumers spent more than £70bn on online purchases (14.3% annual growth). The number of online merchants keeps increasing, now standing at around 170,000.   Retail Tech is one of the most dynamic sectors for the start-up ‘ecosystem’ in France: in 2017, 44 companies raised £195.8m , second only to the FinTech sector. Globally, the retail industry faces major challenges with the balance between physical and online retail still in transition. Customers demand more from retailers, whether it be in terms of shopping experience or services. The French Tech Pavilion exhibitors on stands F200 and F208 are keen to meet British retailers and seek out foreign partners to help them overcome these challenges: Omnichannel & Ecommerce Platforms   KALIOP is a leading digital agency that supports retailers’ digital ventures to create a unique and global purchasing experience.   ONESTOCK has developed an omnichannel enablement software suite for retailers which optimises order processes, both in-store and online . Jigsaw, in partnership with OneStock, won the Best Multichannel Retailer award at Drapers Digital Festival 2017. PROXIMIS is an e-commerce platform: a smart order management engine and an in-store sales application. Proximis was chosen by Gartner as a platform of reference for digital commerce.   STORETAIL is a digital advertising platform aimed at empowering e-commerce retailers and their vendors with technology to generate incremental revenue and boost sales. Having raised $9 million, Storetail invests heavily in R&D: of their 60+ employees, 50% are fully dedicated to R&D.   Instore Customer Experience Services   AKOUSTIC ARTS ’s directional speaker “A” uses pioneering ultra-directional sound technology.   It’s like listening to music , without headphones.   OCCI specialises in in-store customer behaviour analysis to improve shopper experience and in turn, increase sales.   Online Customer Experience Tools   ALCMEON is a SaaS customer interaction management tool that enables retailers and brands to transform their social media accounts into 24/7 premium customer service channels. REACHFIVE is a c ustomer identity and access management (CIAM) platform aimed at improving customer experience through advanced authentication management.   SPREAD & COLE ’s platform enables retailers and brands to report defective products, order their removal from stores and manage these withdrawn stocks.       SOYOOZ is a unique recommendation tool, based on intended use. Developed using AI, it is capable of providing recommendations for all types of products and services, on the web and in-store, on many devices using different interfaces (web, apps, chatbot, etc.).   UNTIENOTS used AI and machine learning algorithms to develop the ‘Loyalty Challenge’, a promotion personalisation platform. No more mass promotions, shoppers receive targeted coupons and take part in gamified challenges to earn rewards on their favourite products.   And more BOTFUEL is an enterprise-grade chatbot builder platform for developers to run and manage highly conversational chatbots.   USERS LOVE iT has created negOptim, a cloud-based app suite for retailers that covers business and marketing strategy, including negotiation processes, promotional event management and budgets.   For further information, to connect or organise a meeting with the startups, please contact:   Catherine Ryall, Press Officer catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr / + 44(0) 207 024 3613 www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/     About Business France   The French Tech Pavilion at RBTE is organised by Business France, the national agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the economic image and attractiveness of France, its companies and regions. It runs and develops the V.I.E. international internship program. Please visit the Business France website for more information.  


5 French startups to watch at Dublin Tech Summit 2018

Catherine Ryall - 29-mars-2018 11:39:18

The 1 st  edition of  Dublin Tech Summit  in 2017 was one of Europe’s largest tech conferences with  7,835,981 social media impressions, 10,000 attendees (53% international) , 100+ startups, 264 speakers, 69 countries represented and 46 partners. On the back of this success, we are pleased to announce that a French Tech delegation selected by  Business France   will be exhibiting in the  French Tech Area, in the Startup Exhibition Hall , for the duration of the Summit. Read all about the 5 high-potential and rapidly developing startups that will represent France on  18 th  and 19 th  April in Dublin . KEYMETRICS • French software startup, Keymetrics, has developed PM2, an open source process manager for Node.js apps • PM2 has been downloaded more than 45m times and is currently used by big names including Paypal and Tesla • More than 800 developer teams around the world pay for PM2 Plus, the monitoring extension, to monitor, repair errors, programme alerts and scan slow transactions • PM2 Enterprise enables corporations to carefully manage their extended node.js infrastructure with the expertise of the dedicated node.js support team, training, as well as custom dashboards and features. QARE • Qare is a medical service that connects French patients living in France and abroad with GPs and trained specialists practicing in France. • See a doctor via video consultation in less than 5 minutes, 7 days a week from your computer or smartphone • Obtain a medical prescription valid in France and Europe. The app provides a digital health record, personalised medical alerts and health programme. • More than 10 000 members, more than 2 000 consultations, more than 100 patients, 50% repeat usage, more than 50 physicians and 96% patients satisfied. • An innovative benefit for large companies to improve employees’ well-being and health AXIONE • With more than 15 years’ experience and 1,100 employees, Axione, a subsidiary of Bouygues Energies & Services, is designing and building FTTH networks in the South East of Ireland • Axione offers telecommunication services for Irish companies and telecom operators, including dedicated networks (e.g. for site & data centre interconnections) , international wholesale services (Ireland, UK, France and Africa) and radio indoor coverage for office buildings, stadiums and malls • Axione supports the local economy by contributing to the development of local businesses and creating sustainable jobs through training KUZZLE • Kuzzle is a fast-growing tech startup founded in 2016. It enables global banks, media publishing and healthcare companies to accelerate their digital innovation. • Kuzzle is a next generation Backend platform designed to power Mobile, Web and IoT apps. • Their clients include Crédit Agricole Bank, BioGen Inc., William Reed UK, Comexposium Paris and the French Institute for Public Health. • Kuzzle won the Orange Lab award 2016 in Tokyo NOMADMUSIC • Created in 2014, NoMadMusic is a classical, jazz & world music record label. The startup aims to open the borders of musical repertoires and promote access to music to the widest and most diverse audiences possible. • NoMadMusic also designs digital solutions. Their app, NomadPlay, is launching this year. It allows music lovers to play alongside the greatest artists and orchestras in the world. For instance, if you play the piano, it will digitally remove the original piano from the piece and it is up to you to play the piece. • NoMadMusic has won a number of prizes including the City of Paris’ Innovation Prize. For further information, to connect or organise a meeting with the startups, please contact: Guilhem Sirven, Trade Adviser, United Kingdom & Ireland guilhem.sirven@ businessfrance.fr For further information on this press release: Catherine Ryall, Press Officer catherine.ryall@ businessfrance.fr / + 44(0) 207 024 3613 www.youbuyfrance.com/ uk/ About Business France Business France is the French agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the economic image and attractiveness of France, its companies and regions. It runs and develops the V.I.E. international internship program. Please visit the  Business France website   for more information.


MWC 2018: French mobile and telecoms tech out in force in Barcelona

Letizia Zitoli - 20-févr.-2018 11:09:20

  The French Tech Pavilion will be the largest national pavilion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), with an exhibition space of more than 615sq m. It will be spread over 4 areas in Hall 5 (5B21, 5B41, 5B61, 5B71) and 2 areas in Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 and 8.1E49) in the ‘App Planet’ zone.   It is the 12th consecutive year that Business France, the agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organising the French Tech pavilion at MWC. France has a strong history in all that is mobile. For instance, today 99% of French companies have access to superfast broadband. Furthermore, on 30 th June last year, 73.5m sim cards were in use across the Channel (source ARCEP/DGE). Over 100 start-ups, SMEs, French regions and competitiveness clusters will be exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion The exhibitors come from across the spectrum of telecoms: mobile apps, telecom infrastructure, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile games and accessories, engineering services and financial services to name a few. ART-Fi SAR measurement solution designer aimed at helping clients reduce their development and production costs ART-MAN, its flagship product, tests wireless electronic devices in seconds and determines users’ level of exposure to electromagnetic waves Clients include: mobile phone manufacturers, telecommunication agencies and operators, as well as test laboratories   PLUSSH develops customised B2B solutions for live stream HD video broadcasting Clients include Orange, Carrefour, La Poste, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole Award-winning: won La Poste group’s French IOT competition in 2015, start-up of the year 2016 at the Video Online Paris awards and most promising start-up of the year at the Business France Awards at MWC 2016 Raised over €1m in fundraising round in May 2017   LEDGER Security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrency and blockchain apps Continuing to develop a variety of products and services to safeguard cryptocurrency assets for business, including the Ledger hardware wallets line already available in 165 countries Founded in 2014, raised $75m in January 2018   REACH FIVE Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) solution The solution offers companies the profile analysis tools needed for omnichannel and cross-device customer knowledge to harness the potential of data in implementing customised marketing strategies Major brands such as Boulanger, Etam, Allianz, West-France, Intersport, SFR, Engie are already working with Reach Five In 2017, ReachFive raised €2m from major industrial groups and investment funds and won the ‘start-up of the year’ award from the Institut du Commerce Connecté (ICC)   BIGGERPAN Predictive artificial intelligence engine for mobile Anticipates the needs of smartphone users: no need to search manually Ulli, its smart web browser nominated as Mobile Application of the Year 2016 by Product Hunt Biggerpan has since launched pilots with mobile phone manufacturers to integrate its predictive engine into the next generations of smartphones The French exhibitors supported by Business France have caught the eye of major groups such as Huawei, Bharti Airtel, Samsung, Telefonica, ZTE and Etisalat with whom Business France has set up B2B meetings.   For further information and the complete list of French Tech pavilion exhibitors, visit the Business France MWC website. Contact: Fayssal Majid, Head of Tech operations - Digital Technologies Department, Business France fayssal.majid@businessfrance.fr     Business France UK Catherine Ryall, Press Officer catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr / + 44(0) 207 024 3613 www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/     About Business France Business France is the French agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the economic image and attractiveness of France, its companies and regions. It runs and develops the V.I.E. international internship program.   For more information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr  


France’s EdTech trailblazers at Bett 2018

Catherine Ryall - 22-janv.-2018 17:18:55

From 24 th – 27 th January 2018, London will host Bett , a worldwide beacon for education technology. Nearly 40,000 visitors are expected, hailing from more than 130 countries. France’s know-how on display at the French Pavilion (C100) 24 French companies  (start-ups, SMEs and major corporations) will be there to unveil their solutions and services in eLearning, content platforms, on-line assessment applications (eAssessment), MOOCs, cooperation tools, classroom management, new learning and student monitoring solutions, serious games, and more. The French EdTech scene is active, for instance according to Deloitte : 100 new startups or associations have been created since 2015, and more than 200 since 2010 Worth €180 billion each year (€150 billion in schools and universities + €30 billion in professional training) The companies that will be showcasing their EdTech solutions on the French Pavilion are: Avitice  Solutions, Bayard Presse, CIEP, ARTE France Développement, Educlever, Edumedia, English Attack, Humensis – Belin Education, IA France, Institut Français, ITOP Education, Kalyzee, Learnenjoy, Dytrikardi, Kidscode, Learn & Go, Limouzik, Marbotic, Milliweb, Open Digital Education, Qwant Junior, Rapidmooc, Speakshake, SPN, Tralalere and Milliweb. The exhibitors will demo their solutions for the duration of the 4-day event. ‘Being part of Bett Show is a unique experience for exhibiting companies, offering them the chance to meet with teachers, heads of institutions, and Ministerial decision-makers from different countries, learn what international competitors are offering, and benefit from feedback. High-level French decision-makers will be making the trip specially to attend the exhibition, and will also be at the Pavilion’, stated Amina Sambou, in charge of organising the French Tech Pavilion. About the French Pavilion at Bett 2018 The French Pavilion is being organised by Business France , the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Association of Digital Industries for Education and Training (Afinef) with the support of the French Ministry for Education and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Meet 24 French-based companies at the Bett show on the French Pavilion ( Stand C100) . A full list of contacts is available upon request. For more information about the show, visit the Bett site. For more information on this press release and the French exhibitors, please see the catalogue or contact: Amina Sambou Amina.sambou@businessfrance.fr Business France UK Catherine Ryall, Press Officer catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


Straight from CES, French EdTech cluster to exhibit at Bett Show

Catherine Ryall - 16-janv.-2018 13:46:02

The RéSeau des Professionnels du Numérique (SPN) [digital professionals network], which brings together more than 180 French digital firms, will be at the Bett Show for the first time this year, taking a delegation of member companies with them. They will exhibit on stand C100 in the French Tech pavilion powered by Business France . The Bett Show , the major annual international digital education gathering held in London, will take place from 24 th to 27 th January 2018 . The SPN cluster, an accredited French Tech organisation, has launched an international action plan for stakeholders in digital education and training in France. With a strong and active presence in the high tech innovation hub that is the Nouvelle Aquitaine region in the south-west of France, the SPN has been tasked with identifying new projects and promoting the French EdTech scene since its creation in 2001. The French members of the SPN present at the Bett Show : Limouzik has developed a musical web application for education that transforms any connected object into live polyphonic instruments. Limouzik’s founding philosophy is to make music practice accessible to as many people as possible. By allowing users to reproduce, as you would with a guitar, a wide repertoire with everything from classical to pop, folk and more. The startup helps users to become the musicians that they have always wanted to be using its patented technology. Bringing a touch of that je ne sais quoi to digital education    ‘ We are taking part in the Bett Show this year because it is the most important show in the digital education sector which allows international acceleration. Our exhibitors are all owners of innovative projects around the theme of digital education. They will find a friendly area for meetings and exchanges with visitors looking for innovations ’, says Fabien Audat, who is in charge of the SPN delegation exhibiting at the show. Visit the SPN ’s website to find out about their work and the companies they bring together Come and meet them on stand C100 on the French Tech pavilion at the Bett Show. For more information about SPN, please contact: Fabien Audat Market Developer/French Tech thematic advisor - SPN Tel: +33 (0)5 49 03 17 76 www.spn.asso.fr Twitter : @reseauSPN   Facebook : @reseauSPN For more information on this press release or the French presence at the BETT show, please contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission)   Catherine Ryall, Press Officer, catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr     www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/  


25 hand-picked French Tech startups at CES 2018

Catherine Ryall - 21-déc.-2017 12:10:41

  25 start-ups have been selected to exhibit at the French Tech pavilion organised for the 5 th consecutive year by Business France at next year’s CES in Las Vegas, on stand 50626, Eureka Park Hall.   Hand-picked from among 100 companies after a competitive selection process, these 25 highly promising start-ups will present an insight into future technological trends.      " We prioritised innovative companies that display genuine international development potential and which have the capacity to ramp up their commercial development so as to spark the interest of decision makers visiting CES ," declared Thomas Delouvrier, who will be running the pavilion for Business France. “ The prototype presented at Las Vegas must be available later this year in order to fully benefit from the leverage effect of the show .” At the last CES, France:   had the 3 rd largest international delegation (after the US and China)   boasted the 2 nd highest number of start-ups in attendance (200 at the 2017 CES), just behind the US and a long way ahead of Israel and China. 55 British companies exhibited at the event. These figures reflect the maturity of French Tech’s ecosystems, all driven by globally-renowned talent, be it in the form of engineers, designers or mathematicians.    It is expected that France will once again constitute the leading European delegation at the exhibition. A tech scene in ascent 2017 is set to be a record year for French startups. In the first half of the year alone French start-ups have raised €1.7 billion in capital - about the same as in the whole of the previous year, according to CB Insights . 5 of these companies received a “ CES Innovation Award ” at CES Unveiled Paris, the official event that previews some of the innovations to be presented at the next CES: CamToy - robot fitted with a video camera to improve the well-being of dogs Lancey Energy Storage - smart electric heater equipped with a battery and an energy management system. Lancey won a ‘Best of Innovations’ award. myBrain Technologies - connected headphones with neuroscientific properties that measure stress levels and play appropriate relaxing music R-Pur - first anti-pollution mask specially designed for people riding bicycles and motorbikes Unistellar - telescope that amplifies light from stars Who are the other hand-picked exhibitors selected by the jury?   AirNodes – Anna, the first smart mirror, already used in 5-star hotels in France Aurasens - an armchair enabling a new type of sensory journey which combines music with massage BladeShadow - Shadow, a high-performance cloud-based PC Catspad - connected water and food dispenser designed to improve cats’ health Caveasy – wine cellar management solution for storing wine bottles Energy Square – a new wireless ‘power by contact’ charging technology eXsens - a cabin that generates an individual’s digital double, a ‘3D avatar’, that can be animated and used for a range of applications - fitness, health, fashion (e-commerce), advertising, video games...), Green Creative - smart robot that sorts and compacts drinks packaging, and tracks its collection in real-time Hap2U – touch and feel what’s on your screen Shapeheart – a range of heart rate monitoring armbands for sport Jagger & Lewis - connected collar capable of recognizing your dog’s behaviour to help you understand them Joy - connected watch for children, that emits no radio waves, with icons that help young children understand the concept of time Lovebox - connected ‘lovebox’ that lets you send love notes via a mobile application MainBot - smart robot for children aged 7-10 combining educative content and affective behaviour Miraxess - extension that transforms a smartphone into a laptop computer Romy - technology used to formulate fresh facial treatments using active ingredients Snips - voice platform for connected objects that allows businesses to incorporate a voice assistant into their products Team8 - a connected watch for children aged between 5 and 12, that lets them create their super-hero - name, costume, super-powers ... but in order to play the children must engage in regular physical activity Timescope - customised virtual reality terminals dedicated to spaces that are open to the public to offer them time-travel experiences Vandelay presents Lokly its new generation USB key, with a smartphone application to control access to its data and transfer files from one key to another without a computer. Business France will also take 10 other startups to the CES in a ‘Family & Friends’ delegation. In total, therefore, its delegation will consist of 35 companies that will take part in the leading worldwide consumer technology show from 9 th – 12 th January.   For further information: Visit the Business France CES 2018 website Contacts in France Thomas Delouvrier – thomas.delouvrier@businessfrance.fr Maxime Sabahec – maxime.sabahec@businessfrance.fr Contact in London Catherine Ryall, Business France UK, catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


More than classroom furniture: IA France launches the 345 program at Bett 2018

Catherine Ryall - 19-déc.-2017 12:30:50

French company Intégrale d’Agencement (IA France) is to launch the  345 program range, a new concept that transforms traditional classroom tables into educational tools to make teaching easier. The company will be exhibiting at the Bett Show in London from 24 th – 27 th January 2018, on the Business France pavilion, stand C100.  IA France designs and markets furniture for all types of educational institutions, from nurseries through to universities. Its new ‘345 Program’ helps teachers quickly and easily transform and adapt their workspace thanks to an innovative range of modular tables and chairs.   The shape of the tables, dreamt up by designer Bruno Lefebvre, makes it possible to have various arrangements, adapted to all types of teaching: lined up clusters of 3, 4 or 5 (or more) to form groups Table-top markings ensure that changing the setup is quick and easy. More than classroom furniture, genuine educational tools Thanks to their unique shape, tables can be grouped into blocks of both odd and even numbers. More than just a table, 345 Program furniture is designed to be a genuine educational tool. These tables can be adapted to all learning techniques by encouraging high levels of interaction between participants or groups of individuals. The stackable chairs are ergonomically designed to meet students’ expectations and requirements. Designed with teachers “ The ground-breaking design of the 345 Program’s tables and chairs breaks with established codes. They have been designed with input from teachers and trainers, supervised by our designer Bruno Lefebvre, to meet the current need for versatility in classrooms as effectively as possible ”, comments Export Manager Olivier Debas. “ The UK is a priority market for us, and we want to offer the best equipment to help British teachers in their working environment. ” The company is seeking UK distributors and manufacturers for its new 345 Program range. About IA France IA France, established in 1996, also markets furniture for corporate meeting and training rooms. For more information about the 345 program range or IA France, please contact: Olivier Debas Export Manager, IA France Olivier@IA-France.fr Tel: + 33 (0) 4 79 54 56 15 For more information on this press release or the French presence at the BETT show, please contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer, catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/  


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The Tech Services and Press Department assists French companies with their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and the UK. In order to maximise commercial opportunities between French and British companies, the Department organises French Pavilions key exhibitions in the UK as well as meet-the-buyer events, and offers individual prospecting trips and exploratory missions. We cover various industries including telecommunications, audiovisual/multimedia services and technologies, video games, software and IT services, Internet services/technologies and e-commerce solutions, together with B2B services in marketing, HR, real estate as well as the financial sector.     Isabelle Tibayrenc Manager isabelle.tibayrenc @businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3634 Teresa Marshall Senior Trade Development Adviser teresa.marshall@ubifrance.fr   Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3644 Samy Kheloufi Tr

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