At the 37th annual DigiWorld Summit, in partnership with Business France and La French Tech, IDATE will be hosting the first annual DigiWorld Awards, recognising digital industry start-ups created by French entrepreneurs outside of France.
Why identify and reward start-ups created outside of France?
‘We got the idea for these awards when planning the international programme for the DigiWorld Summit. We found that we were meeting more and more start-ups created by French teams who were operating in all corners of the globe,’ explains IDATE’s Deputy CEO, Jean-Dominique Séval.
This is a perfect illustration of the multifarious talents of “French Tech” – a term used to refer to all those who work for or with French start-ups in France and abroad. Entrepreneurs, first and foremost, but also investors, engineers, designers, developers, conglomerates, associations, media companies, public operators, R&D centres… all working to further start-ups’ growth and international reach. French Tech is a shared initiative of which Business France is a founding member, instigated by the French government but sustained and developed by industry stakeholders.
As part of the globalisation action plan for French Tech in 2015, the Government decided to support the emergence of a French Tech Hub in major cities around the world that represent key centres for development for French Tech start-ups. The goal is to “stimulate a collective mobilisation” and to bring the various public actors (Business France, consulates, chambers of commerce, local authorities…) together under a single umbrella with a network of entrepreneurs that have a solid footing in overseas markets (start-ups, conglomerates, investors, engineers, designers and developers), which can serve as mentors for young start-ups wanting to develop their business in that market, and as ambassadors for French Tech with local decision-makers.
The DigiWorld Awards therefore provide a unique opportunity to identify the many entrepreneurs who have created a start-up abroad, and to recognise those who have been successful overseas, perhaps before coming to France!
And the nominees for 2015 are…
The start-ups eligible to be nominated had to satisfy the following criteria:
• Be a company created outside of France by at least one French person;
• With no offices or operations in France;
• And have a digital tech industry business as its main activity: equipment and devices, networks and telecoms, Internet services and applications (BtoC, BtoB…), M2M, IoT…
The Jury made an initial selection from among the roughly forty applications received, choosing three start-ups from each region. A Special Jury Prize will be awarded to an overseas start-up born of the Montpellier Métropole Méditerranée and Région Languedoc-Roussillon development ecosystem.
The winners in each category will receive their trophy at a ceremony held during the DigiWorld Summit plenary session on 19 November 2015, with special guest Axelle Lemaire, France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs.
Prizes and rewards
Each of the prizes will be awarded by the event’s sponsors – Accenture, Capgemini, Ericsson and Orange – which will each provide the winning start-ups with access to their international Innovation resources.
• The winning start-ups will be invited, thanks to our partner Air France, to the awards ceremony being held during the DigiWorld Summit plenary session on 19 November 2015.
• The winners will be added to Wproject (www.wproject.fr), the key listing and promotional platform for French entrepreneurs working abroad.
Accenture will leverage its Accelerated Growth Partnership (AGP) teams, offering personalised support aligned to the start-up’s growth challenges.
AGP Accenture teams have created a unique methodology to evaluate start-ups’ growth challenges and provide Accenture’s expertise in the three following areas:
• Commercial development support: drafting a business case, creating a “use case book”, C-Level clients presentation,
• Start-up’s registration in the Accenture Open Innovation Catalogue, joint sales prospecting…
• Injection of resource: providing relevant technical support, integration, industrialized testing, applications development
• Offering Accenture proprietary assets: pre-developed connectors, Accenture Tech Labs innovations, pricing estimators, marketing formats
The prize sponsored by Capgemini Technology Services, a Capgemini group subsidiary, will allow one of the award-winning start-ups to enjoy global exposure and advice from its teams that are part of a worldwide network.
Applied Innovation Exchange: Capgemini provides support through concrete, exchange-based innovation, in collaboration with its customers in dedicated locations: the Applied Innovation Exchange. Capgemini delivers practical solutions using its SMACT (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and Things) toolkit, to improve its innovation capabilities in all areas. This global network of close to 40 innovation labs provides a testing ground and expertise in every domain, to help further research, ideas and prototyping through Design Thinking. Capgemini thus provides a gateway to an exclusive ecosystem of mature, emerging digital technologies. This Applied Innovation Exchange experience, which is dedicated to technological innovation in all sectors, has forged a fine reputation for enabling start-ups to grow, thanks to a wealth of exchanges during sessions with its customers.
The prize sponsored by Ericsson will allow one of the award-winning start-ups to benefit from the Ericsson group’s support system for start-ups, and particularly Ericsson Garage. But other, potentially complementary approaches are also possible, depending on the project, its level of maturity and its geographical location. In particular, we are able to provide advice and support from Ericsson experts, preferential access to our angel funding for start-ups and incubation possibilities, drawing on our global presence in more than 180 countries. The Garage is an incubator for innovations related to our core business areas. The goal is to work as a start-up and develop the first prototypes that can serve as the basis for future commercial solutions. Ericsson already has two Garages in Europe: one in Kista, near Stockholm, and one in Budapest. A Virtual Garage solution has also been deployed, to enable remote access.
The Orange prize will allow one of the award-winning start-ups to benefit from one or several start-up support resources, depending on the project’s stage of development and requirements. These may include mentoring from Orange international experts, preferred access to our financial vehicles, training in and access to Orange APIs, or market tests/user focus groups thanks to our community of testers.
At Orange, we know that creating a new company is not easy. That is why we support start-ups at a crucial stage in their development, to help them grow and take their business to the next stage. To this end, we have been developing the international network of Orange Fab accelerators since 2013, which now cover four continents. It is a win-win programme with a dual objective: accelerate innovation for Orange customers and accelerate the growth of start-ups by allowing them to access the market more quickly. Start-ups benefit from the advice of international experts in marketing, business models, user-centred design, technology etc. They also receive valuable advice from mentors and experienced entrepreneurs with a background in digital innovation. In certain countries, eligible start-ups also receive financial support, as well as access to dedicated or shared workspaces.
2015 DigiWorld Awards jury members
> Find complete details at: http://www.digiworldsummit.com/awards/
Since 1977, IDATE’s teams of specialists have earned a global reputation for independent, high quality analysis of digital industry markets, through three closely linked areas of activity:
• DigiWorld Institute: a European think-tank for members, policy-makers and players of the digital transformation
• DigiWorld Research: a global observatory of digital markets and innovation
• IDATE Consulting: bespoke market research and consulting solutions
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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 V.I.E international internship program.
Founded on 1 January 2015, from a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has a staff of 1,500 in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.
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