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Screen-free Storyteller show potential of audiobooks for Child Development

P Atkinson - 04-oct.-2019 11:55:14

    London:  Lunii has created a publishing house for children and it is unlike any other: paperless & screen-free. Available in 9 languages, the start-up’s family favourite ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ is available now in the United Kingdom and Ireland , stimulating children’s imagination & creativity and encouraging them away from screens. According to the PA Publishing Yearbook 2018 , sales of audiobooks increased by 194% in 5 years, & saw a 43% increase in sales from 2017 to 2018 – Lunii opens this increasingly popular storytelling medium up to children. Lunii : Lunii’s ‘My Fabulous  Storyteller’ is an interactive audio storytelling experience for children aged 3-8 . It is a screen-free entertainment system with no EMF emissions designed to stimulate children’s imagination. ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ comes with 48 stories & access to the ‘Luniistore’ (Lunii’s online audio store) where over 1500 more stories, rhymes & quizzes are available to purchase across 9 different languages. In the UK, Lunii is already available in Harrods, Selfridges and in other independent shops for £59.95 RRP. Lunii: a portable, child-sized, interactive experience ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ is similar in size to a paperback, but can hold up to ten story albums. Each album can contain between 6 and 48 stories, adding up to more than 100 stories and 14 hours of listening . By using the selection wheels on their ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ children can build their own stories , choosing whether to follow the tale of a hero or a heroine, as well as picking the secondary character, setting and object. Lunii’s small and sturdy design is just right for children, & can be used with headphones, and so can be used anywhere, anytime. The ‘Luniistore’: an entire pocket library An online bookshop and toy box, the Luniistore is a computer application that enables you to buy and upload original Lunii content onto ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’. There are more than 1,500 stories across 9 different languages available on the Luniistore. Once albums have been purchased, simply plug in My Fabulous Storyteller to a computer via a USB cable to load them. When the Storyteller is full, purchased stories aren’t lost – they are still stored on your Luniistore account, and can be listened to again at any time . The ‘Luniistore’: A growing database The ‘Luniistore’ offers original content adapted to different age groups, following the adventures of pirates, magical kingdoms, good night stories amongst many others. In January this year, Lunii launched a partnership with Petit Bambou to include ‘My Little Meditations’ , 6 guided meditations, “because meditation is not just for adults and because it helps concentration .” The Luniistore also includes Roger Hargreaves’ much loved ‘Mr Men Little Miss’ classics – with a key focus on sound design to replace the stories famous illustrations.   Lunii helping Child Development Lunii’s stories are written with an aim to stimulate children’s imaginations in an active, engaging way, which is impossible to achieve when passively looking at a screen. Alongside treasured bedtime stories and family time, Lunii helps to develop children’s vocabulary. It also encourages curiosity & inspires animated, creative thinking by putting children in control of their stories. According the the company’s founders, Lunii’s expertise is based on “the imaginary & the imagination”. Co-founder Maëlle Chassard researches and writes on the topic, leading her to believe that “building the imagination is something that is crucial to children’s development... I think that the imaginary and imagination are a really good way of obtaining self-knowledge , and self-knowledge leads to fulfilment.” With this in mind, Maëlle says that Lunii’s main objective is “developing and helping personality to grow, by feeding the imagination.” ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’: An international success The original content & works have already been translated into 8 different languages , including English, German, French, Italian & Spanish. The company is spreading across Europe and the USA. 370,000 ‘My Fabulous Storytellers’ have been sold worldwide , & they reached 7.1 million euros turnover in 2018, which is forecast to increase by 76% to 12.5 million euros in 2019 . In France, around 30 schools are already using Lunii, and the start-up’s co-founders would like to develop this network to help Lunii reach a wider audience. In the UK, Lunii is now available in Harrods , Selfridges ,in other independent shops and online .   For more information, please contact: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  / +44 (0)20 8132 4582   About Lunii French start-up founded in 2014 by four friends, Maëlle Chassard, Igor Krinbarg, Éric Le Bot & Thomas Krinbarg, Lunii launched its first product ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’, along with its online audio-bookshop the ‘Luniistore’ in 2016. With 50 employees, 370,000 ‘My fabulous Storytellers’ sold and 146,000 families connected to the Luniistore, the company puts most of its success down to word-of-mouth. Lunii’s aims are simple: to enable children to discover the world, develop imagination, cultivate curiosity & learn without realising. www.lunii.fr  


French compounder Polytechs to unveil new product range at K-fair 2019

Penny Atkinson - 25-sept.-2019 11:15:30

    Polytechs , a independent French masterbatch & compound solutions company, has announced significant changes to their product line, with a new focus on speciality products. They will launch their new lines exclusively at  K 2019  (Hall 5 / D04-01).    Polytechs: investing for the future In 2018, Polytechs’ annual turnover reached €35 million & the company invested €7.5 million in a  new production machine , to complement their ‘reactive extrusion’ range, & in two new buildings, with the aim of increasing their storage capacity. Polytechs has also invested in the  complete restructuring of their product range , as well as the transformation of their communications. The company has undergone an intensive acceleration of their digital transformation, with changes to their brand strategy & product innovation. Following a year of significant investment, Polytechs has introduced a new  3-pillar business model  incorporating: Masterbatches dedicated to  polyolefins surface modification Polymer production and processing industry  productivity solutions A range dedicated to  3D printing Polytechs’ PW Product Range is a global reference in the Cling masterbatches market.  At K-fair, they will announce a new release within this range. Polytechs is also developing a complete range of  agents to   extend the shelf life of foods  (fruits, vegetables, etc.) wrapped in monolayer polyethylene film.   New products for international markets The new business model includes an international approach, which is exploited through Polytechs’  distribution network of over 30 global partners  covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The new ‘3 pillar’ structure covers  new brands & products : Masterbatches dedicated to the surface modification of polyolefins: Polytechs flagship brand,  the Cling Masterbatch PW, range has increased . Polytechs has introduced the PW S, which offers a  real increase to ‘clinginess’ and ‘noise’ for agricultural silage films . Polytechs is also developing a complete range of agents which  extend the shelf life of foods  (fruits, vegetables, etc.) wrapped in monolayer polyethylene film.     Productivity solutions for the polymer manufacturing and processing industry:  Polytechs is implementing  2 new solutions to boost productivity: Flow Xpress & Clean Xpress.  Flow Xpress covers 2 different technologies; the first is a  viscosity modifier for PP  (polypropylene), & the second is a combination of various process assistance products which  reduce friction & pressure exerted on materials in the extruder.  Clean Xpress is a result of Polytechs’ 20 years’ experience in the field which enables them to  provide purge compounds with strong technical support.  This has led to  the most technical & efficient polymer purging solution on the market , especially in the case of materials & colour transitions.     A comprehensive range dedicated to 3D printing (in partnership with  Francofil ): Polytechs manufactures  Olesteel 3D, a custom polyolefin-based compound , with strong mechanical properties & customisable functions. The filament form of this compound is produced by Normandy start-up, Francofil. With their combined skillset & expertise, the two companies have  developed a printable solution to produce tools for OEM maintenance and production lines. Polytechs will be exhibiting at the K 2019 Trade Fair,  Hall 5 / D04-01 , in Düsseldorf from 16 th  to 24 th  October 2019.     CONTACT Mathieu RIOULT  Export Sales Director mathieu.rioult@polytechs.fr  / Tel: +33 (0)2 35 57 81 54   About Polytechs  Polytechs  is a specialty & high quality standard masterbatch & compound solutions company, based in Normandy, France. With 160 employees & over 39 years of experience, Polytechs has a well-established brand name and reputation thanks to their toll compounding activity (for polymer producers & converters) and their masterbatch & compound solutions for the entire plastic value chain – from polymer producers to post-consumer plastic recycling companies. For further information, please visit:  www.polytechs.fr


UK launch of WireT IoT solution to protect businesses post-PSTN switch-off

Penny Atkinson - 04-juil.-2019 17:17:17

eDevice unveils its WireT IoT solution in the UK that prolongs the lifetime of devices after the PSTN switch-off. WireT : ·          guarantees that devices impacted by the shutdown will still be operational post-2025 ·          is completely secure thanks to its PKI infrastructure ·          is already used to connect tens of thousands of devices around the world ·          incurs lower operating costs than current landline subscriptions Challenges of the PSTN Shutdown Worldwide, national carriers are completing the transition from Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to digital broadband technologies. In the UK, BT plan the permanent switch-off of all PSTN services (analogue voice, ISDN2 and ISDN30) by 2025. For voice telephone calls, fixed-line phones will be connected to the RJ11 port of an Internet router that will convert calls to Voice over IP (VoIP). However, this VoIP conversion process does not work for industrial equipment dependent on analogue modems, including but not limited to: ·          Lifts ·          Remote management controllers ·          Franking machines ·          Energy meters Life-saving technology This is also the case for pacemaker monitors and other remote health monitoring devices which host an analogue modem to transmit data from patients’ homes to hospitals. In the UK, around 1.5 million fixed lines are used for telehealth and home patient monitoring and will be affected by the shutdown . eDevice’s WireT solution resolves this problem. Easy to set up: plug and play Despite the advance of the All-IP programme, there is still a future for IoT devices with an analogue modem, if paired with the appropriate equipment. A WireT box works instantaneously across a secure Plug&Play migration; the device phone cable is plugged directly into the WireT as demonstrated here . The box then retrieves payload data on the modem link and sends it via the Ethernet network to remote secure collection servers, guaranteeing that devices impacted by the PSTN switch-off, such as pacemakers, will still be operational post-shutdown. A solid investment: tamper-proof and secure Stéphane Gomes, eDevice’s CTO, shares more details about WireT: “ By using a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), the solution is fully secure & its data’s authenticity is guaranteed. Communications between the WireT box and the application server operate through secure VPNs via eDevice back-end. Each box has a unique tamper-proof certificate that can be revoked remotely in the event of theft or malfunction ”. WireT is already used to connect tens of thousands of devices around the world. It completes eDevice’s range of transition solutions addressing the issue of the PSTN switch-off. eDevice also offers the WireX system, which uses the cellular network as a replacement for the PSTN link, with almost 1 million units in use across more than 130 countries. eDevice’s transition solutions have significantly lower operating costs than current landline subscriptions. Their aggressive pricing allows companies to implement these solutions immediately as the upfront costs are soon recuperated through substantial recurring savings. For more information, please contact: achallot@edevice.com / +33 (0)5 56 12 77 98 www.edevice.com


Clevy to launch in Ireland at Dublin Tech Summit

Julia Balvay - 08-avr.-2019 18:27:32

Founded in May 2017, Clevy is a SaaS platform dedicated to conversational technologies (chatbot, voicebot, callbot). The Clevy platform allows companies to create conversational agents answering recurring questions. Today, Clevy is a leader on the conversational market dedicated to employees and on many use cases (HR, IT, Legal, Change Management…). In 2019, Clevy chose to wider its value proposal and opens it to B2C conversational for clients and consumers.   By providing instant answers to employees and eliminating "polluting" e-mails, Clevy enables companies to improve operational efficiency and worklife quality. Clevy can integrate any other classical communication channel (Workplace by Facebook, Google Hangout, Skype for Business, Slack, Chatbox...). Clevy is 100% owner of its technology and its performance rely on NLP (Natural Language Processing). Our platform has been awarded several times (Grand Prix de l’Innovation Digitale, Grand Prix du Jury RMSconf, Challenge Sanofi, Challenge Manpower, distinction at the AWS Summit...).   Clevy works with both private (Danone, SNCF, Crédit Agricole, Capgemini, Roche, Yves Rocher, SANOFI) and public clients (the city of Orleans, the Ministry of Army, Anah).


French Tech takes centre stage at MWC 2019

Catherine Ryall - 16-janv.-2019 13:38:14

The MWC is a key event for global mobile, services and content that brought together over 2400 exhibitors and 107 000 visitors from 208 countries in 2018. For the 13th consecutive year, from 25th to 28th February 2019, Business France , the agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organizing the French Tech pavilion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona with the support of Orange ,  BNP Paribas and Vivatech .  Over 100 innovative SMEs and start-ups will exhibit at the French Tech pavilion this year. The  French Tech pavilion will be one of the largest national pavilions at the show, with an exhibition space of 630 sq m spread over Hall 5 (5B41 / 5B61) & Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 / 8.1E49) “APP PLANET and hosting companies belonging to a wide range of Telecoms sectors:  - mobile applications - games and accessories - Telecoms and software infrastructures - digital marketing - e-commerce - engineering services - financial services   This year Africa and Scandinavia have been designated as special guest regions at the French Tech pavilion and will take centre stage at various events. Throughout the week, numerous events will be held at the French pavilion notably, The Business France awards ceremony on the 25th of February, innovative product and solutions demos in the Hall 5 demo Room as well as B2B meetings between the exhibiting companies, VCs and corporate groups. You can also receive live updates on our program by following us on Twitter with the  #BonjourMobile .   The French Tech pavilion will also play host to several partner regions such as Brittany, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur as well as the competitiveness clusters “Systematic Paris Region” and “Secure Communications Solutions”. The companies belonging to the Business France delegation will participate in business meetings and exchanges with operators and firms from other regions of the globe : Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Cameroun, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Scandinavia, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, USA.   A wide range of new innovations will be presented at the show, including: KONROW : This French brand of smartphones and tablets designs telephones which answer each of your uses. With Konrow, discover a reliable and accessible brand which proposes you the products you need. With our products and our philosophy, we defend the simplicity and the accessibility, and we offer you an alternative which is meaningful. FOXY NERD STUDIO  develops SaaS Digital Marketing solutions for big companies. Our digital listening & brand awareness solution allows big companies to monitor how customers and people react on their communication on social media and platforms dedicated to collect customers feedbacks. DEJAMOBILE  is a Fintech offering white label software solutions in the field of mobile transaction services. Dejamobile solutions enable payment, commerce and transport companies to deploy secure and interactive mobile services using proximity technologies such as NFC, QR code and Bluetooth Smart. Find the full list of French exhibitors on the MWC French Tech pavilion website .   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. Created on 1 January 2015, Business France came about following a merger between UBIFRANCE and AFII (the French agency for international investments. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It works with a network of public and private partners. For more information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr About French Tech French Tech  is the term used to describe the French start-up community: entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, incubators, public organizations, etc. committed to the growth of French start-ups and to their international prosperity. This community includes unicorns such as Blablacar, Criteo, and Vente-privee and champions like Sigfox, Devialet and Voodoo which respectively raised 150 million euros in 2016, 160 million euros and 170 million euros in 2018. The French Tech initiative is an innovative public policy created in 2013. It is not about the government imposing regulations and limits. I’s about the government supporting the start-up community. For further information: www.meetlafrenchtech.com   Contact: Caroline Ginoux, Head of Tech operations - Digital Technologies Department E-mail: caroline.ginoux@businessfrance.fr


France’s EdTech Trailblazers at Bett 2019

Catherine Ryall - 03-janv.-2019 12:46:53

From 23rd – 26 th  January 2019, 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) A number of 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) Find out more about the companies that will be showcasing their EdTech solutions on the French Pavilion at the Bett Show 2019 . The exhibitors will demo their solutions for the duration of the 4-day event. About the French Pavilion at Bett 2019 The French Pavilion is being organised by  Business France , the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Ministry for Education  with the support of the  French Association of Digital Industries for Education and Training  (Afinef) and in collaboration with Copilot Partners, Ed21, EdFab, the Institut Français in the UK, Réseau SPN and Promethean. Visit stand C100 to meet the companies on the French Pavilion at the Bett show . For more information about the show, see the French Tech Pavilion catalogue , visit  the  Bett  site or contact Francesco Plazzotta .


Vive la French Tech - 160 French Tech startups at CES 2019

Catherine Ryall - 02-janv.-2019 11:08:50

The 2019 edition of CES will see Business France once again organising the French Tech pavilion . With 160 startups in total, it will be the largest European delegation as well as being one of the largest at the show globally.    New for 2019:  26 brand-new startups selected by a jury of Business France-certified experts will be exhibiting their breakthrough innovations. These promising startups were handpicked for their ability to take advantage of their presence at the CES and for their commercial potential. Business France will be bringing together 9 French regions and 120 startups under the national banner of La French Tech. The French government agency will also play host to around 40 startups from other parts of the country   Back again for 2019   For the 2 nd year running, Business France will be running a French Pavilion for the automotive industry in the Central Plaza (LVCC, Central Plaza - CP-4), a space which will showcase how France is leading the way in the Auto Tech sector with connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems along with new mobility technologies. Additionally, Business France will support a dozen startups as part of a ‘Family & Friends’ delegation, made up of firms who have worked with the government agency previously and whose technology shows commercial potential. This year, the main innovative sectors showcased at the French Tech pavilion in Las Vegas’s Eureka Park will be: Health Mobility Voice Assistants  Who are the 26 startups selected for CES 2019’s French Tech pavilion? Archos will present solutions that bring AI and blockchain to a wider audience. The ARCHOS Hello personal assistant combines visuals and voice commands, while maintaining maximum privacy. The ARCHOS Safe-T is a hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. Aveine has developed a connected wine aerator with a temperature sensor. The accompanying app allows the aerator to be adjusted by scanning the label on the wine bottle. It suggests an optimal aeration level depending on the wine in question. Snips is an embedded voice-recognition platform for connected devices. Snips’ vision is to fit a smart voice assistant to every device, making the technology so intuitive that it becomes invisible. The company has already raised over $20m. Carfit uses AI to analyse vehicle vibrations in real time and anticipate the maintenance requirements of coachwork parts without sensors (brakes, tires, wheels, shock absorbers, etc.). Chronolife ’s solution remotely monitors patients with heart problems using a connected t-shirt and app. The system offers continuous monitoring and alerts patients and doctors if required. R-PUR has developed R-PUR NANO, an anti-pollution mask, made in France and specially designed for two-wheel users. It is equipped with a patented nano-filtration® technology that allows users to breathe clean air by filtering toxic particles, fine particles, pollen, etc. in the air. The mask can be connected to a mobile app that tells the users when to replace their filter according to their personal use and the real-time air pollution rate. Vivoka  (NRF) specialises in voice recognition and AI. Their objective is to revolutionize man-machine interaction using the human voice. See the catalogue detailing the full list of startups selected by Business France’s jury to exhibit at the show. Business France is organising the French Tech pavilion at CES 2019 , with the support of Orange , BNP Paribas , the INPI ,  All Circuits , STMicroelectronics , Arrow and France Brevets . For further information, please contact: Maxime Sabahec / +33(0)1 40 73 31 39, +33(0)6 68 67 22 35/ maxime.sabahec@businessfrance.fr


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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 Trade Devel

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