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 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 /  - +33 6 45 74 56 71 Julien Gras  - Communications Manager /  - +33 2 98 05 63 14 – +33 7 60 40 83 05 Follow us:  Facebook:   @LeVillageByCAFinistere                                  Twitter:   @VillageCABrest                                                     LinkedIn:  Le Village by CA Finistère

Hauts-de-France to UK business: ‘Welcome home’

Catherine Ryall - 24-nov.-2016 12:31:04
Hauts-de-France to UK business: ‘Welcome home’ The Hauts-de-France region launches campaign to attract British investors and business leaders v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}   In Hauts-de-France, job creation is a priority, and the region’s many assets are a powerful draw for business. This explains the new ‘Welcome Home’ campaign to attract and assist British investors and business leaders who want to set up shop in Hauts-de-France. Behind the initiative are the Hauts-de-France Regional Council and its partners—Nord France Invest, CCI International, CRT Picardie Tourism, Nord France Convention Bureau and Lille’s Agency. ‘The British people said “no” to Brussels—but not to Hauts-de-France. We’re working together to create a win-win strategy that will boost trade, tourism and economic development. To British investors and business leaders, I say, “you’ve got a home with us.’ Xavier Bertrand, Hauts-de-France Regional Council Chairman Closest to the UK The Welcome Home campaign underscores the region’s commitment to continue working with British partners after Brexit, showcasing Hauts-de-France as the region closest to the UK—a perfect location for businesses that want access to the European market. And geography is only the beginning: like the UK, Hauts-de-France makes creating a pro-business environment a priority. The campaign highlights the region’s outstanding economy, infrastructure and quality of life. It also confirms that key players in the region are actively committed to crafting tailored solutions for their foreign partners and welcoming British investors and businesses that want to stay present in European markets. Hauts-de-France launches Welcome Home campaign on 4 th November Video: released on the Welcome Home website and via social media , the new video promotes Hauts-de-France as a place where British and other foreign entrepreneurs can grow their businesses while enjoying excellent quality of life. In the video, British businessman James Anderson presents the advantages of living in Hauts-de-France in a series of short vignettes that highlight the  region’s many assets: R&D and innovation clusters, easy access, simple procedures for setting up a business, a competitive workforce, excellent quality of life and great food.   New website : a dedicated website at   will allow British business to make direct  contact with regional partners who can help them set up shop in Hauts-de-France. The site will also include ‘how-to’ tips on getting started, organised by type of project: investment,business tourism, international partnerships and European programmes. A campaign featuring posters on the London underground system, banner ads on the websites of major British media outlets and information in brochures, on social media and other targeted vehicles will run in London from 4th November through 30th January. The aim: to make British investors aware of the advantages of doing business in Hauts-de-France and the support offered by the Regional Council and its partners.     4 th November – 2 nd December: place mats will appear in restaurants in The City, London’s financial centre.     7 th November – 5 th December: banner ads will run on the websites of targeted British media outlets (,,,, redirecting users to a dedicated website.     21 st November – 4 th December: a poster campaign will run on the London underground in Baker Street, Bank, Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Green Park, Holborn, Knightsbridge, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Westminster stations.     1 st December : information on doing business in Hauts-de-France will appear in Metropolitan , Eurostar’s passenger magazine , and Business Life , the in-flight magazine for British Airways .     Social media channels will also provide practical tips for British investors and business leaders.   Ad to appear in Metropolitan and British Airways Business Life   The Welcome Home campaign grew out of a commitment made by the Regional Council last summer, when Hauts-de-France representatives met with British visitors in Calais to lay the groundwork for incoming UK-based businesses. The Regional Council has been closely involved at every stage—first producing the video, then creating a toll-free number staffed by English-speaking representatives to coincide with initial contacts, and finally using European aid and support from regional institutions to streamline formalities required for new ventures.     Shared commitment to enhance the appeal of Hauts-de-France The region offers incoming businesses a wide range of advantages:    The right location with the right infrastructure : located near Paris in the heart of Northern Europe, Hauts-de-France is within 180 miles (300 km) of five European capitals. Its robust transport infrastructure includes motorways, railway stations, high-speed trains, international airports and seaports       Favourable business environment : Hauts-de-France does not tax business premises      R&D clusters to serve the business community : key focus areas include e-commerce, mechanical engineering, agricultural resources and composites      A pool of 78 million consumers      Tailored assistance : Hauts-de-France and its partners offer support services designed specifically for each project. These include helping businesses secure financing, create networks, find the right premises and work with the region’s employment and training specialists      Well preserved quality of life : Hauts-de-France offers a wealth of events and activities throughout the year. Attractions include the prestigious Louvre-Lens museum, Pierre Mauroy stadium, the stunning Somme Bay nature preserve and a number of regional parks      Residents with a strong sense of hospitality and community   The Regional Council and its partners—Nord France Invest, CCI International, Lille’s Agency, CRT Picardie and the Nord France Convention Bureau—want to make British investors and business leaders aware of the region’s many strengths and to help them launch successful ventures in Hauts-de-France. Promotional video made by the Hauts-de-France Regional Council. Poster campaign in London underground begins 21 st November Visit v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} PRESS CONTACTS Peggy Collette: – +33 3 28 82 53 03 / +33 6 75 93 38 28 Wilma Rughooputh: - +33 3 28 82 53 18 / +33 6 18 78 12 12 Sébastien Voisin: – +33 3 28 82 53 24 / +33 6 27 51 11 59 For further information on this press release, contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: Web:  


Fran Lambert - 04-avr.-2016 17:23:50
Atout France is announcing the launch of its new ‘France as a modern tale’ video The video is a new twist on the classic fairy tale Cinderella, embodies key French destinations and pays homage to classic French hallmarks such as style, elegance, fashion and romance. The 1m40s video is hosted on the Atout France homepage  and will be distributed virally. Behind the story The film tells the modern story of one of the most famous fairy tales, Cinderella. Unbeknown to many, Cinderella is the creation of the French writer Charles Perrault. By taking a classic fairy tale and interpreting it in a contemporary way, Atout France portrays a tale that reflects modern France through creativity, its historical background, elegance and style. By using a glamorous Parisian setting, contemporary French designers and luxury standards synonymous with France, and subtle symbols, the film sets itself apart as a unique and original destination video. Watch the video in full here Partners and symbolism Through storytelling and Cinderella’s journey, the film incorporates key French partner destinations in a subtle and evocative way. This is achieved by carefully using renowned destination symbols and brand associations placed throughout the story. By portraying French hallmarks and destination associations, values such as culture, history, literature, food, wine, fashion and luxury aspire to appeal to British travellers. French partner   destinations involved and their associations are as follows: Paris – Iconic luxury setting Lyon – Festival of light Toulouse – Known as the pink city Bordeaux – Wine production Alsace – Gastronomy Provence – Flowers of Provence Champagne – Champagne production Alps-Mont Blanc – Mountains, snow, winter sports French Riviera – Glamour Biarritz – France’s leading surfing destination Normandy – Historical France such as the D-day landing beaches Brittany – The Breton stripes and shirts Behind the scenes The video is directed by Eric Beaupré, a Canadian filmmaker and graphic designer, and Laure Bernard, a French photographer and director. Both reside in Paris. Eric and Laure were inspired by French luxury brands, fashion photography campaigns and their artistic vision, echoing whimsical romanticism and a poetic mood. The video was shot at the famous Plaza Athénée Palace in Paris. The video is hosted online at  and on YouTube ,  and will be boosted via Atout France’s social media channels and sponsored posts. ‘What’s your Tour de France?’ campaign The film comes on the back of the launch of the 2016 edition of the ‘What’s your Tour de France?’ campaign. Now in its third year, the aim of the campaign is to increase awareness and strengthen the image of France in the UK, through creative elements such as print advertising and banner advertising on the platforms and escalators of the London Underground. Three radio spots were played on four radio stations across south-west England between 14–27 March 2016. The objective is to drive traffic to the  website. As per previous years, the regular  website has been completely dedicated to the campaign. This year the site been redesigned, and now stands out with a strong visual look and humorous and enticing category labels. Emphasis has been placed on carefully chosen, engaging images, which first of all aim to inspire visitors and redirect traffic to partner websites. There are approximately 70 destinations involved in the campaign and four main carriers: Brittany Ferries, PO Ferries, DFDS Seaways, and . New partners for 2016 are: Disneyland Paris, Novasol and Eurolines END For further information please contact: Anne Pedersen Head of Public Relations, Atout France Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 7061 6624 Web: Note to Editors Full-length video: 1m40s A shorter 30-second version will be used as a teaser and distributed online. Full biographies on video directors are available upon request. The ‘What’s your Tour de France?’ campaign launched on 14 March and will run until the end of June. About ATOUT FRANCE - France Tourism Development Agency Atout France is responsible for promoting the development of the tourism industry, the country’s largest economic sector. Atout France’s primary mission is to maintain a detailed and permanent system for monitoring and analysing supply and demand in the tourist market. Atout France is also committed to promoting destinations and works with its partners to further tourism in France. This is achieved through marketing campaigns, online promotion and working closely with the travel trade sector. Atout France works in partnership with public and private organisations and companies involved in the tourism industry both in France and within UK and Ireland. Atout France develops its missions internationally through a network of 35 offices located in 32 countries. Atout France is represented in the UK and Ireland from its office in London, which employs 16 staff. 

France presents its creative credentials

Alice Faure - 24-févr.-2016 12:56:41
London, Tuesday 23 February 2016 – French entrepreneurs and creative pioneers descended on Shoreditch on Tuesday as a new campaign launched to showcase French innovation and creativity. Créative France is an international campaign to promote French economic development in the UK and around the world.   The campaign is the brainchild of Business France, the agency for the international development of the French economy. Backed by pioneers such as star chef Hélène Darroze and designer Philippe Starck, the campaign draws on examples of French innovation in sectors such as food, technology, healthcare, tourism, transport, culture, luxury goods, fashion and design. Among the innovations on show at the Shoreditch House launch event on Tuesday were Romy Paris , a Nespresso-like machine that makes fresh face cream, DJ turntable app Edjing , which emulates a real turn table, and the Sensorwake alarm clock which shakes sleepers from their slumbers with scent rather than sound. These innovations and others involved in the campaign, from the likes of Airbus and Deezer, bear testimony to the innovative strength and creativity of the French business community. Each innovation on display at the launch event was showcased by one of the pioneers who brought it to market while a panel discussion explored the unique facets of French innovation and business culture.    Panellists included Jean-Baptiste Hironde (CEO and founder of Djit, creator of Edjing ), Christophe Arnaud (UK Managing Director of BluepointLondon and Bluecity ), Quentin Sannié (CEO and founder of Devialet ) and Daniel Benamran (UK Managing Director of BlablaCar UK ). Britain and France are two of the most innovative and pioneering nations in the world. There are already many instances of collaboration between British and French entrepreneurs and France is an attractive destination for UK investors with almost 2,300 British companies employing more than 230,000 people in France. We want to build on that success and that shared affinity for creativity and we hope this campaign will go some way to achieving that goal. - Muriel Pénicaud, CEO of Business France. Muriel P é nicaud also announced the winner of the #CreativeNext contest: Allegorithmic is an innovative company developing a new generation of 3D creation tools, used by the computer games, visual effects, design and architecture industries. #CreativeNext is a Twitter competition to select a French innovative entrepreneur. The winner will have the chance to be part of the wider Cr é ative France campaign with a dedicated visual. *** More on Créative France is available: -  in the digital press folder: -  on the campaign website: The France Attractiveness Scoreboard is available at: Follow us on Twitter: @creativefrance About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on 1 January 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, visit: Press contact Fran Lambert Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France United Kingdom +44 (0)20 7024 3613

Karry: The innovative travel app that lets you make friends on your travels… before you’ve even left!

Fran Lambert - 16-oct.-2015 14:49:10
     French start-up Karry’s disruptive app, developed for iOS and Android systems, allows its users to access a community of travellers going to the same place at the same time as them. The Karry app is intuitive as it satisfies people’s natural desire to meet others and build new relationships when they are travelling around the world. Hailed as “disruptive, intuitive and innovative”, Karry is looking to forge new partnerships within the travel and tourism, travel tech, new tech, social media, community and digital sectors. The new Karry app optimises the way people travel, allowing users to meet other travellers and people living in their travel destination, prior to departure. Karry completely changes the way people look at travelling by allowing them to socialise before they have even left. This travel companion app has the following features: Karry Away:  Users who are about to travel can enter their destination/transit/departure time into the Karry app and be instantly matched with hundreds of others living in or travelling to that destination. Karry Event:  Users can find out who will be at the next major global event before it happens. This new feature was launched at Web Summit 2015 earlier this month, and is due to be redeveloped for upcoming events. Karry Home:  Using its in-built Google Maps function, Karry pinpoints the geographical location of users who are not travelling, who are then able to meet travellers and commuters to their hometown. Going to a major event? Karry lets you see who else is going and get in touch! Karry showcased its innovative new app at the leading trade show for digital start-ups, Web Summit 2015 earlier this month. Thanks to the exciting new feature, Karry Event, exclusively for people going to Web Summit, attendees optimised their participation at the trade show via the Karry app and were able to build relationships with other attendees. Karry aims to tailor its app for many more major social events, such as Coachella, Burning Man, New York Marathon, World Travel Market, Maison & Objet, Winter Wonderland, Weather Festival and the Geneva International Motor Show.  Karry is looking to raise between €200k and €300k to increase its presence in Europe and aims to hold promotional evenings in major tourist hubs, such as London, Paris, Moscow, Barcelona, Milan, Berlin, Ibiza and the South of France. The French start-up aspires to build new partnerships by proposing a tailored version of its travel companion app to international firms whose employees are frequently on the move. Karry is also looking to grow its B2B service for plugging the idea of displaying a Karry tab on booking engines and online travel agencies, thus promoting a travel process where travellers look at flights online, check reviews for the hotel they want to stay at, book a room and then potentially use the Karry app to see who else will be travelling to the same destination at that time or soon after. For a video demo of Karry, click here . To download the beta version of the Karry app, visit the  AppStore . About Karry The Karry app was founded in 2015 by Kevin Machefert and Martin Gunther. The official public beta version of the app was released in May 2015 and was made available on Apple’s AppStore. In the midterm, Karry aims to expand its app rapidly across Europe and North America by creating active hubs of users in major cities like Paris, London and New York. Karry’s Research and Development team is always working on new ways to make Karry even more innovative. By constantly improving its technology, Karry aspires to become an unprecedented leader in what is so far a practically non-existent market. It also hopes to disrupt the travel, tourism and hospitality industries by becoming the unrivalled travel companion app for travellers planning a trip. For further information on Karry, please visit   or contact: Kevin Machefert, Founder / Strategy & Communication: Martin Gunther, Founder / Strategy & Development: For further information on this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications and Marketing Adviser Business France (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: View other press releases at:
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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