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
– Thierry Allegre – Directeur Support Opérations, Martin-Brower France
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
Only 9% of the global economy is circular. This is the alarming analysis presented in the recent report from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), published on the occasion of the Davos World Economic Forum. Transitioning from a linear to a circular economy requires systemic change. There are many ways to do this: across the globe, women and men are actively seeking innovative solutions to the environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. Financing these innovations is key to their development. How can impact investing support innovative projects in the circular economy?
Thanks to experience feedback from key players – institutional, private, financial and international investors – this workshop sets forth the primary courses of action to accelerate and facilitate financing for innovative circular economy projects.
– Antoinette Gühl – Adjointe à la Mairie de Paris, en charge de l’ESS, de l’innovation sociale et de l’économie circulaire
– Frank Gana – Chief Digital Officer, Citeo
– Nada Villermain-Lécolier – Directrice adjointe du Programme d’investissements d’avenir, Caisse des Dépôts
The French and European tech scene have experienced an incredible boom over the last years. Recent figures indicate that Europe is doing very well in the early-stage phase, with a solid funding environment and public support available for entrepreneurs. However, when it comes to scale-ups, there still is a major gap between Europe and the US. Our panel brings together 3 successful scale-ups, all having achieved significant growth on the European market, each one with its very own approach. Learn how they launched new cities, got into new markets and made it to the next level.
With this workshop, the French-German Chamber of Commerce officially launches “Access2Europe” as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Find out about the different Market Access Programmes of our project partners Cube (Berlin), Tehnopol (Tallinn) and Peninsula (Barcelona), allowing European Startups to explore their vibrant ecosystems.
– Mounir Laggoune, Country Manager DACH, Trainline (formerly Captain Train)
– Guillaume Broutart, Country Manager France, Teamleader
– Annika Lucien, Countrymanager DACH, Evaneos
– Romain Dillet, Tech Crunch, « Senior Writer » (Moderator)
– Access2Europe representatives from French-German Chamber of Commerce (Paris), Cube (Berlin), Tehnopol (Tallinn) and Peninsula (Barcelona)
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
– Christophe Rosa – Chef du pôle équipements de la délégation générale aux Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques et grands évènements de la Ville de Paris
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
– Benoit Lepesant – Directeur de projets, Département de la stratégie
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.
– Benjamin Wainstain – General Partner chez Demeter
– 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.
– Martin JUILLARD – Directeur Adjoint, Direction des Entreprises, de l’Economie Internationale et du Tourisme – Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères
– Lionel Baraban – CEO de FAMOCO
– Charles-Edouard Girard – Président de Guest to Guest et Executive Chairman de HomeExchange
– Sara Rozenfarb – Strategy and New Business Development Director, Real Estate Division de Reed Midem