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French StartUp Cup: the startup regatta!

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08/09/2015

The French StartUp Cup is the first regatta open exclusively to French startups! Hosted in La Rochelle by Sellsy, a local company, it will give 23 teams from all over France the chance discover how similar the values of sailing and sports are to those of startup culture.

The event is meant to be both friendly and festive. This is one of Sellsy’s goals, as is highlighting the ease of doing business and the quality of life in La Rochelle. Indeed, Sellsy has benefited from a number of the business support structures put in place by La Rochelle Urban Community.

Created in 2009, the company provides management solutions for SMEs. Last year, Sellsy opened offices in Paris and in New York to offer its clients – who come from 50 countries – bilingual customer support regardless of their time zone. Despite its international development, Sellsy has retained the agility and responsiveness of a startup.

The idea for the French Startup Cup was born at the beginning of the year, and quickly became so successful that the 10 crews originally planned expanded to include 23 boats and almost 200 participants! The organizers are already planning to host forty boats next year, but for this year they have unfortunately had to refuse additional registrations.

The French Startup Cup was organized in close collaboration with the La Rochelle Regatta Society (SRR), which is sponsored by Sellsy, and which has experience in the field as a co-organizer of the EDHEC cruiser race.

The La Rochelle Urban Community is also a partner of the French Startup Cup, viewing it as a way to promote economic activity and innovation in the area.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 11, the crews of 23 Grand Surprise will meet on the terrace of the La Rochelle Regatta Society on the Port des Minimes. On Saturday, the boats will be prepared and the crews briefed before the race itself. That evening, prizes will be given out at a major celebration.

Event partners will be able to follow the race on a big catamaran.

OpenInnov by Engie is a partner in this event, which shares its values in promoting startups, innovation and collaboration. Also – as if another reason were needed – SigFox, the Toulouse-based startup that ENGIE has invested in through its ENGIE New Ventures fund, is participating in the regatta.

You may also recall that ENGIE has launched a call for projects in partnership with the La Rochelle Urban Community to develop innovative solutions for buildings, which interested startups can respond to through September 20th, 2015.

Good luck to all the teams!

Source: Christine Leroy