Hello Karine. Can you give us a brief introduction to Paris & Co?
Paris & Co is Paris’s economic development and innovation agency. We work in 5 major areas that feed upon and reinforce each other, which gives an overall coherence to our mission. These are:
What will you be showcasing at the CES?
Being at the CES with ENGIE is a way for us to showcase the enormous energy of the Parisian ecosystem, and to open as many doors as possible for startups. This is why we are going to:
Highlight the talents of the startups we work with, like WeNow. They produce a connected box that allows drivers to measure, reduce and neutralize their CO2 emissions. We will also be showcasing a connected cocoon created by LeetDesign, which aims to make workspaces more attractive and creative.
By highlighting these startups and the collaboration with ENGIE, we also want to demonstrate how innovation takes place in Paris: with nearly 12,000 startups in the Ile-de-France region, a pool of highly skilled workers recognized worldwide for its talent, a dynamic support system that is deeply engaged in encouraging innovation, and the highest concentration of headquarters of large companies in Europe – many of whom are becoming the drivers of this ecosystem by getting involved with startups.
Our current priority is to get greater visibility abroad for the Parisian innovation ecosystem. In the third quarter of 2016, France caught up with the United Kingdom and has surpassed Germany in terms of financing startups, and Paris is the main driver of this momentum.
We have launched an ambitious plan to make the ecosystem more international, and the mayor of Paris wants us have 30% of all companies in incubation come from abroad by 2020. We also want to use the CES to attract international startups: we’ve therefore created the Paris Landing Pack, a package that combines access to an incubator, a set of dedicated services for foreign leaders and a housing proposal.
We’re offering a 4-week accelerator program that will allow foreign startups to immerse themselves in the Parisian ecosystem. And we are rolling out a network of start-up exchanges with leading innovative cities across the globe: New York, Montreal, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, etc. This month, we also announced a partnership with London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin to create a network that will facilitate new business opportunities in and among these partner cities.
Finally, we want to demonstrate that Paris is a fantastic urban laboratory in itself. Paris & Co’s Urban Lab provides unique opportunities for companies who want to test their prototypes and solutions “in vivo, in situ” in the center of the 3rd most densely populated city in the world.
We will also present the Hacking de l’Hotel de Ville, which will take place on March 16th and gather more than 3000 startups and other innovators from all over the world. This international event is a showcase of business opportunities for startups; this year, more than 2800 individual encounters were held during a giant meet-up session! The 2017 edition will wear the colors of the Olympic Games, in support of Paris’s bid.
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