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Narwhal Challenge: International Call for Projects

Catherine Ryall - 19-sept.-2019 15:27:45
  The  NARWHAL CHALLENGE  is the first call for international projects in the Finistère area (Western Brittany) in France. This call for innovative projects has been launched by a collective of 8 organisations representing the area’s key economic and scientific stakeholders as well as its world-renowned research community. Sustainably developing the local maritime economy What? The NARWHAL CHALLENGE seeks to attract project leaders and maritime start-ups from all over the world. The aim is to promote innovative initiatives and to foster the growth of projects with the support of the region’s established stakeholders. The wealth of local networks and the collective momentum that characterise the area make it a region ripe for business development. When and who? Candidates have until 4 th October 2019 to apply online at www.levillagebycafinistere.com with their proposal for solutions or services across the following fields: Defence, safety and maritime security Naval industry and sailing Maritime energy and mining resources Marine biological resources Environment and coastal development Maritime ports, logistics and transportation Tourism Networking, visibility and ecosystem discovery Why?  The NARWHAL CHALLENGE winners will benefit from a full week of customised immersion in the region . Their programmes will be planned based on their activity and on the necessary expertise required to develop their projects. The week will consist of various workshops to: Meet the region’s networks of potential clients, partners and investors Share experiences and best practice as well as knowledge and skills in target fields Discover Brittany’s maritime economy and quality of life It doesn’t end here! The next phase of the project will be launched over the course of 2020 and will allow project leaders and start-ups convinced of the region’s potential (scientific resources, testing platforms, first local opportunities and more) to benefit from an acceleration programme lasting several months. Dates for the diary   The Finistère in numbers Its maritime economy 40,400 maritime sector jobs Top European port for seaweed offloading 98 acres dedicated to renewable marine energy Its scientific community A high-level university centre: 1600 students, 730 researchers, the University of Bretagne Occidentale is 12th globally in the the field of oceanography (Shanghai index). Its allure 1391 kilometers of coastline – France’s top maritime area 19,000 international residents in the Finistère Home to internationally renowned institutions       ‘ Setting up your business in Brittany, and especially in the Finistère, is a guarantee of having the advice and help your project requires. ’  Franck Zal co-founder of  Hemarina (A biotechnology firm that has developed a technique of universal oxygen transportation from sea worms) ‘ The exceptional abundance of expertises and scientists here affords the Finistère a unique status in France and in the world. ’  Yann Guichoux - President of   Eodyn   (An innovative company specialised in the space sector and in maritime traffic)   The project’s partners The Village by CA Finistère, innovative project accelerator and member of France’s top start-up support network, and the Campus mondial de la mer created the concept for this call for projects.   Located in Brest, Brittany’s second largest metropolitan area, the Village by CA Finistère supports innovation of all kinds. It seeks to bring together local actors: potential collaborators, start-ups, SMEs, major companies, students, researchers and more. Together, they innovate and create new business opportunities based around 4 domains of excellence: the sea, cybersecurity, health/ageing, and agriculture/agribusiness. The Village by CA Finistère is a catalyst for the region’s innovation and transformation: a place for accelerating innovative projects, stimulating creativity, showcasing existing projects and developing new business opportunities.       The Campus mondial de la mer is a project focused on developing a sustainable maritime economy (blue growth). This effort, spearheaded by the Brest Metropolitan Area, has been jointly developed by federative structures of the marine technology and science communities in Western Brittany: Europôle Mer, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Technopôle Brest-Iroise. It brings together specialist universities, businesses, national research institutes and regional and local authorities. Its main ambition is to make Brittany THE foremost region for research and promotion of oceans and seas. Through coordinated action promoting research, collaboration between laboratories & businesses, and supporting the development & internationalisation of SMEs, the “Campus mondial de la mer” seeks to conquer high-potential markets.       Contact:  Marlène Le Pennec  - Communications Manager /  marlene.lepennec@levillagebyca.com  - +33 6 45 74 56 71 Julien Gras  - Communications Manager /  julien.gras@tech-brest-iroise.fr  - +33 2 98 05 63 14 – +33 7 60 40 83 05 Follow us:  Facebook:   @LeVillageByCAFinistere                                  Twitter:   @VillageCABrest                                                     LinkedIn:  Le Village by CA Finistère
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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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