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GDF SUEZ, partner of the City of Paris’s 2014 Innovation Grand Prizes

Sustainable mobility

The award ceremony for the City of Paris’s 2014 Innovation Grand Prizes took place on December 2nd, 2014 at the Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris. 500 applications were submitted in 7 categories, and were analysed by 108 well-known actors from Ile de France’s innovation ecosystem. Stéphane Quéré, GDF SUEZ’s Innovation Director, contributed to choosing the winner in the Eco-Innovation category.The reward: a cheque for 15,000 euros each and a spot in an incubator or young business centre run by the Paris Mayor’s office.

GDF SUEZ joined up with Paris Région Lab as a partner in the City of Paris’s Innovation Grand Prizes, which aim to support the creation of innovative companies&mdashyounger than 5 years old&mdashin areas of strong growth, as well as those destined to improve the life of the city and to develop Paris’s economic fabric through their innovations. A goal in line with GDF SUEZ’s stated objectives.

Winner for “Health and Wellbeing”: Dreem Devices

Winner for “Eco-innovation”: Oureparer

Winner for “Personal Services”: Ornikar, the first online driving school

Winner for “Digital Technologies”: Tradelab,

Winner for “Digital Content”: SportEasy,

Winner for “Innovative Business Services”: Rebird,

The jury also awarded two honorary mentions: one for “Project Design” for Oureparer for the ergonomic design of their site and its interface, which help in repairing things; and the other for “Social Project Innovation”, given to for their work in supporting social inclusiveness.

Rebird, winner in the “Innovative Business Services” category, is a pioneer and leader in the field of acquiring and processing flight data from civilian drones. Its proprietary algorithms, created by company’s technical teams, put the French business&mdashcreated in 2012&mdashon the cutting edge of the automation of commercial drone flights. Created after the development of regulations by the DGAC authorising the latter, Redbird acquires and processes data acquired by the tiny remote-piloted aircraft.

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Source: Hugo Whitemore

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