Innovating means taking risks; upscaling means knowing how to manage risk. The bridge connecting one to the other is the proof of concept. Before committing to industrialization investments, this key step lets you identify end user adoption, mistakes made during the prototyping phase, potential hurdles to overcome, and which operational levers to activate. It should also provide answers to the legitimate questions of future buyers or investors: What if this solution doesn’t work in the field? What if users don’t adopt it? What if it has higher maintenance costs than my prior solution? What if it doesn’t meet the new challenges I’m facing?
Optimal proof of concept thus requires access to a representative playing field, with a high concentration of users and a multitude of situations and scenarios impossible to reproduce in a laboratory setting. A zone where inhabitants, passers-by, decision-makers, investors and entrepreneurs are in contact with each other, interact and co-build. And what better playing field than a dense city?
– Jean Louis Missika – Adjoint à la Maire de Paris, chargé de l’urbanisme, de l’architecture, du projet du Grand Paris, du développement économique et de l’attractivité
– Albane Godard – Directrice de l’Urban Lab, Paris&Co
Public service is not immune to the new wave of robotization. Inspecting sewage pipes, repairing high-voltage cables, carrying heavy loads in warehouses or shops… All these high-risk activities are progressively being done by robots, letting humans gain in productivity, cost savings and quality of service to end users.
At the same time, the acceleration of robotization calls into question our current work model. Tremendous technological progress has given rise to profound reflection on the future of employment – and fears about the risks to society caused by massive technological unemployment.
So what projects are startups and laboratories working on now to facilitate our everyday lives and reduce taxpayer contributions? And how will emerging technologies impact our existing careers?
– Emmanuel Grégoire – Adjoint à la Mairie de Paris en charge du Budget, du financement et de la transformation des politiques publiques
– Jean-Baptiste Nicolas – Directeur des Ressources Humaines de la Mairie de Paris
Work in progress
The company charged with procuring Olympic & Paralympic equipment, SOLIDEO, is responsible for equipping Olympic sites and delivering the necessary infrastructure for the Games, as well as planning their future utilization. A great deal is at stake regarding the use of these buildings and other facilities once the Olympic and Paralympic Games are over. Optimizing public transport and access roads, eco-design, recycling and reutilization are just a few of the issues that will be addressed during infrastructure construction, and an innovative approach on these topics is vital. Nicolas Ferrand, CEO of SOLIDEO, and a panel of entrepreneurs experienced in major international events will discuss the challenges and opportunities to be seized.
- – Nicolas Ferrand – Préfigurateur de la SOLIDEO
With the economic paradigm shift society is currently undergoing, and the transition towards a service economy, the transport sector is increasing developing “Mobility as a Service” or “MaaS”. These transport offers promise to transform mobility based on the individual vehicle, by using mixed mobility services provided to end users through an interface. It’s a new business model attracting attention from public and private mobility players, due to the challenges and opportunities it presents.
What are the economic and social challenges to implementing MaaS? What opportunities does it offer cities and corporations? To answer these questions, especially from a Parisian perspective, we’ll welcome experts in charge of defining and implementing the Paris Transport policy.
– Christophe Najdovski – Adjoint à la Maire de Paris chargé de toutes les questions relatives aux transports, à la voirie, aux déplacements et à l’espace public
- – Caroline Grandjean – Directrice de la direction de la Voirie et des Déplacements de la Ville de Paris
Climate change affects us all; but up to now the proposed solutions on how to meet the biggest challenge of the 21st century have been unsatisfactory. Facing up to the crucial issue of our planet’s survival will require massive investment in ecological and energy transition. One solution put forward by key players in finance is to incentivize the financial sector to bet on a sustainable future. “Shift the trillions” as is being suggested by Finance for Tomorrow, the Paris Europlace sustainable finance initiative. But redirecting capital flows begs the question: towards what? To meet the challenges of sustainability, the financial sector is progressively making the commitment to support innovation.
– Demeter Partners
– Anne-Claire Roux – Directrice de Finance for Tomorrow
– Nicolas Weissleib – Fondateur et CEO de PayGreen
Boosting revenue, enhancing notoriety, identifying the right positioning in a niche market… Whatever your company’s objectives, internationalizing your business can be an effective lever for development. When considering growth through exportation, a company must project itself just as much as when it first launched its business. Taking the plunge requires prior planning. Internationalization involves significant risk. Yet reaching out to foreign markets is accessible to any company that makes the effort to prepare for this adventure.
The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) has an action plan for supporting French businesses (startups, SMEs…) abroad. Advice, testimonials and feedback from entrepreneurs who have successfully gone international.
– Ministère des Affaires étrangères
– Lionel Baraban – CEO de FAMOCO
– Charles-Edouard Girard – Président de Guest to Guest et Executive Chairman de HomeExchange