French Tech out in force at Mobile World Congress 2016 and 4YFN

Fran Lambert - 18/12/15

For the tenth year running, Business France, the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy, will be organising the French Tech pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona – the unmissable global event for mobile telecommunications, services and content – on 22-25 February 2016. The French Tech pavilion will play host to over 130 innovative SMEs and start-ups.

Exhibitors on the French Tech pavilion will include a number of partner regions such as Brittany, Ile-de-France, Midi-Pyrénées and Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’Azur, as well as the innovation clusters Systematic Paris Région (Ile-de-France) and Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées (Provence).

The French Tech pavilion will be the biggest national pavilion at MWC 2016, covering an area of 615 m2. It will be spread across four blocks in Hall 5 (5B21, 5B41, 5B61 and 5B71) and two blocks in Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 and 8.1E49), dubbed “App Planet”. The companies exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion specialise in a variety of telecoms-related areas: mobile applications, infrastructure, mobile advertising and marketing, mobile games and accessories, engineering services and financial services.

Business France’s offices in Germany, Brazil, China, Spain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the UK, Russia, Singapore and the ASEAN Economic Community are involved in organising the French Tech pavilion by arranging B2B meetings between exhibiting French companies and major foreign groups such as ZTE, Huawei, Bharti Airtel, Samsung, Telefónica and Vodafone Spain.

2016 marks the first time that Business France will have hosted a 120 m2 French Tech pavilion at 4 Years From Now (4YFN), running alongside the MWC on 22-24 February 2016 in Montjuic in the historic centre of Barcelona. The goal is to give French start-ups the opportunity to pitch to VCs and media hailing from more than a hundred countries.

A personality from the digital sector will attend MWC to support the excellence of French innovation in the French Tech pavilion.

Numerous innovations will be exhibited on the French Pavilion at MWC, including the following:

Giroptic produces a camera that makes 360° photos and videos. The device comes with three fisheye lenses and is capable of capturing photos at 8 megapixels and full HD videos, which it then stitches together using an al gorithm to offer 360° photos and video. The 360cam can be fitted to a standard tripod, or used underwater or used in place of a bulb as a surveillance device (thanks to two additional fittings). The files can then be recovered via a USB connection or even live-streamed over WiFi. The company holds the French record for raising the most funds via Kickstarter, having raised over €1.4 million.

Ledger is a French start-up that combines its co-founders’ solid expertise in security, chip cards, cryptography and embedded hardware. The launch of Ledger Nano in over 50 countries has established Ledger as a benchmark in the international bitcoin ecosystem. With offices and a showroom in “Silicon Sentier” in Paris, a production centre in Vierzon, France and a new subsidiary in San Francisco, the young company has just completed its first round of funding and is developing its product range with the aim of making Blockchain technology secure and easily accessible to all.

Wassa is an innovative company specialising in the web and mobility. It designs and develops optimised digital solutions. Drawing on its technical expertise, the company is highly differentiated thanks to its integration of innovative functionality based on research in the field of computer vision. Furthermore, the company was selected by a judging panel to participate in Business France’s accelerator programme, Acceleratech China, which ran from 16-18 November 2015.

RED Technologies is a telecommunications engineering company that develops and markets innovative solutions for managing the radio-electric spectrum based on radio environment mapping. Its patented solutions are aimed at government agencies, telecoms manufacturers and mobile telephony operators. Using its geolocation databases, the company offers technology that can help free up hundreds of megahertz of radio spectrum to cater for the global explosion in mobile internet traffic. Its solutions support the emergence of the Licenced Shared Access (LSA) regime, currently under development, dynamic and unlicenced access to white spaces and radio environment maps.

A full list of French exhibitors on the French Tech pavilion at MWC can be found at: http://mwc.businessfrance.fr

For more information on MWC, visit: www.mobileworldcongress.com

About Business France

Business France is the national agency that promotes the internationalisation of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering international expansion and export growth among French companies, as well as seeking out and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the attractiveness and economic image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the V.I.E. International Company Volunteering scheme.

Established on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed by merging Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is supported by a network of public and private sector partners.

For more information on Business France, visit www.businessfrance.fr or contact:

Fayssal Majid, Project Manager

Digital Technologies department, Business France

Email: fayssal.majid@businessfrance.fr

For more information on this press release, contact:

Fran Lambert, Communications and Marketing Adviser

Business France (The French Trade Commission in the UK)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613

Email: fran.lambert@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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