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SXSW 2015

Michael Salas - 20-mars-2015 20:21:11

South by Southwest (SXSW)  has become the largest event in the world dedicated to digital and new technologies, in addition to being one of the biggest event for the music and film industry. For one week, thousands gathered in Austin, Texas to exchange ideas and show off their innovation.   This year, France was well represented under La French Tech pavilion where 15 French startups gathered to showcase the immerging technologies that are coming out of France.   Watch the pitch videos below of each of the French startup companies:   DJIT, the editor of edjing the worlds #1 DJ app, develops music mobile applications.   Jellynote is the new social platform about music creation and performance: create and share interactive sheet music, tabs and covers!          Phonotonic is a unique musical experience that turns movement into music. Control the beat, the melody just by moving with the smart object Phonotonic. Don’t Play Music. Be Music.     3D Sound Labs is introducing a new 3D sound technology. We wanted to create the most immersive wearable sound experience, for everybody, everywhere. We wanted to give everyone a chance to live this realistic sound experience. Enjoy the first truly immersive sound.     Adways is a cloud- based interactive video platform to retain your audience and increase your revenues.     Immersis is Catopsys immersive solution for gamers with the pleasure of group gaming in VR worlds.     Augment is a mobile app on iOs and Android to simulate products in augmented reality, in real size.     Slashe , the interactive agency creating immersive storytelling and innovative brand content     Ledger : the best of the smartcard industry to secure your bitcoins.     Pollen : developing the first multi materials 3D Printer to produce fully functional products. Hands free.   Giroptic   Meludia is a web app that tackles an essential lack in music education: the way we learn how to process music into our mind. www.meludia.com   Niland provides music search & discovery engines based on Deep Learning & Machine Listening algorithms.   Racontr : the creation platform that gives life to your stories!

PRESS RELEASE : IsoTemp®, the new line of refrigeration upfit solutions by GRUAU

PRESS RELEASE - 03-févr.-2015 22:05:49

RECAP : Gruau presenting their products at this years Work Truck Show  here   Chicago- February 4, 2015 IsoTemp®, the new line of refrigeration upfit solutions by GRUAU GRUAU is Europe’s leading utility vehicle manufacturer and commercial van upfitter. On the occasion of the Work Truck Show, GRUAU is showcasing its unique IsoTemp® refrigeration solution. Part of the IsoVan® family of purpose-built commercial van upfits, this solution is already available for the full range of commercial vans sold on the U.S. market- including the new Mercedes Metris. Come experience the innovative temperature efficient, lightweight and form-fitting IsoTemp® system at GRUAU’s Work Truck Show booth # 3150 from March 4-6, 2015. Since 1889 GRUAU has developed and manufactured transportation solutions for public and private sector clients worldwide. Upfitting 45,000+ vehicles per year for clients across a wide variety of industries, GRUAU identified a need for high performance refrigeration and insulation upfit solutions. Using its extensive commercial van experience, the IsoTemp® and IsoChem® product series were born. IsoTemp® is a complete refrigeration upfit solution that includes lightweight, low-profile modules designed for efficient climate control while retaining maximum cargo space and preserving the vans exterior. Standard versions are available for MERCEDES (Sprinter, Metris), FORD (Transit, Transit Connect), RAM (Promaster, Promaster City), CHEVROLET City Express, NISSAN NV200, ... The IsoChem® series provides a purpose-built insulation and/or climate control solution. It also features an impervious and easy-to-clean finish that is ideal for transporting hazardous materials. In order to respond to the specific needs of its clients, from small businesses to large corporations, both IsoTemp® and IsoChem® can be customized for: IsoTemp : - Food Delivery - Biomedical Transport - Catering IsoChem : - Chemical Transport - Pest Control Vehicles - Pharmaceutical Transport About GRUAU: GRUAU is the N°1 Light Commercial Vehicle upfitter in Europe converting more than 45,000 vehicles per year for companies around the world. Under the umbrella of the GRUAU GROUP, the company is a referenced supplier to 34 international vehicle brands, and it designs, manufactures and commercializes more than 20 product lines. For more than 30 years under the leadership of Patrick Gruau, 5th generation, our family Group continues to grow. The companys 15 locations (including 3 abroad: Poland, Spain and Algeria) employ a total of 1,100 people. Press contact GRUAU: Laëtitia Chauveau PR & Communications Manager laetitia.chauveau@gruau.com +33 (0) 6 31 51 40 75

French Startups are saying OUI to Innovation. Meet the Ubifrance Delegation Attending CES 2015 !

Michael SALAS - 22-déc.-2014 23:22:31

What is La French Tech? France is undergoing a start-up renaissance driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, and other talented people. It is a new Start-up Republic, home to vibrant tech hubs and a hotbed talent, impregnated with a strong entrepreneurial culture. The name of this movement is “La French Tech”, a banner shared by French startups and the French government which supports them. Launched in 2013, the €200 million initiative promotes French startups under a single brand, both in France and abroad. It also offers mentoring, funding, recruitment advice and other resources to ensure the ecosystem has the right tools to grow. La French Tech at CES 2015 At CES 2015, France will be the best represented nation in Europe with 120 French exhibitors from a wide range of sectors, from healthcare to wearable tech, 3D sound and vision systems, to green tech. France ranks far ahead of the UK and Germany, and the fifth in the world (behind China, the USA, Taiwan and South Korea). In the Eureka Park, the startup marketplace at CES designed to launch new products and services, France ranks second behind the U.S. It accounts for 25% of all exhibiting startups , unlike China which will be poorly represented at the Eureka Park. The success of the French presence in 2014 is demonstrated by massive return in force: in 2015, there will be 66 companies (up from 38 in 2014), a 73% increase . The French representation includes: • Globally renowned startups : Withings, Netatmo, Sen.se, etc. • Big French companies using the digital economy to transform their business: La Poste, L’Oréal, Pernod Ricard …. • In the Eureka Park: 66 French startups, including 18 companies supported under the Ubifrance banner. The CES Unveiled event series In recognition of France’s role as a hotspot of global innovation, CEA held CES Unveiled Paris for the first time in 2013. The CES Unveiled event series brings the CES community together in different regions of the world to showcase new products and tech trends leading up to the International CES. Due to the success of its first edition, CEA returned to France in 2014, showcasing some of France’s most innovative companies. Awards were claimed by Giroptic for its 360cam, the world’s first true 360 HD video camera, Citizen Sciences and its D-Shirt (Digital T-shirt), Withings and its new-generation Activité watch and Withings Home monitoring system, as well as two young startups Lima et Voxtok. For the complete list of the delegation and the innovation they will be exhibiting at CES 2015, click on the link below !

PRESS RELEASE: You can BETT on French companies in London 2015

PRESS - 19-déc.-2014 19:23:24

The French Pavilion at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will showcase 14 cutting-edge French companies. The trade fair, one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, is taking place from 21 to 24 January 2015 at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in London (UK).    The French Pavilion is being organised by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Education Suppliers’ Trade Association (Afinef) and Cap Digital. The French Pavilion is also supported by the French Ministry for Education and by La French Tech, and results from collaboration with Copilot Partners. The French Pavilion will be situated on Stand C-98 at BETT 2015, and will present 14 French-based companies in the educational-technology sector. The British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will take place between 21 and 24 January 2015 at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in the Docklands district of London. The companies that will be showcased on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details are available on request. AVITICE AVITICE has over 20 years of experience in the distribution of high-added-value software in fields including hands-on remote support and user supervision for teaching solutions. The company has also developed complementary solutions in the protection and management of IT parks, shared digital learning spaces, and podcasting. www.avitice.com/EN/   DigiSchool D igiSchool aims to revolutionise education through the use of digital technology. DigiSchool operates as a second school, guiding students through the learning process all the way from primary school to their first job. In light of current trends, all DigiSchool pedagogical content has been conceived and adapted for use with smartphones. www.digischoolgroup.com/en/ EDUCLEVER Educlever has worked alongside leading French research laboratories to develop Cartographie des Savoirs, an adaptive-learning solution designed to increase pupil’s achievement at school. This R&D project, supported by the French government, provides educators with a precise skills map to help them build a personalised, adaptive-learning strategy for each pupil. The solution is currently used by teachers and 4000 pupils in primary schools across France. www.educlever.com ENACO ENACO, the first French-based online business school ( ISO 9001 -certified), offers e-learning diploma courses up to Master’s degree level. Thanks to its e-learning, technical, and instructional expertise, ENACO has developed eTrotter, a user-centred platform combining innovation and ergonomics. www.enaco.fr/ Immanens Immanens develops and provides products and services in the digital-publishing sector, including books, corporate communication tools, magazines, and textbooks. Immanens has developed the services it provides for the education market and works along three lines of approach – Andromede , which is a platform for the education market; Moodle Fizz , which combines tools and services for interactive classroom activities; and a digital-publishing solution based on the ePub3 standard. www.immanens.com/home/ Isograd Isograd has developed TOSA®, the first universal-assessment test and certification for professional desktop software skills. It can be used by job seekers, recruiters, students, training organisations as well as universities, and it covers the main desktop software applications, programming languages and web-design languages. TOSA® is an online SaaS platform with a powerful back office for managing and editing candidates’ information, tests, and results. www.isograd.com/EN/index.php ITOP Education ITOP Education creates, develops and provides digital-school resources tailored to every stage of education, from primary school to sixth form. With more than four million active users, ITOP Education is the French leader in the Virtual Learning Environment market and an editor of pedagogical resources. ITOP Education’s latest project is NIPIB, a unique picture database with detailed scientific and educational indices. www.itopeducation.fr Libcast Libcast is an all-in-one online video platform available as a SaaS solution. The launch of online video monetization and the Dokeos plug-in are just two of Libcast’s recent achievements, proving its ability to perform and innovate. Libcast already has prestigious clients, such as HEC Paris business school, thanks to the platform’s scalability and support on projects including Web TV and MOOC , a lecture-broadcasting portal. www.libcast.com/en MASKOTT MASKOTT provides consulting expertise to manage the definition, planning and implementation of multimedia-equipment projects. The company offers a complete solution for digital projects with a range of hardware and software tools including interactive whiteboards, mobile classrooms, network infrastructures, personal computers, pedagogical content, podcasting, servers, software components, and tablets. www.maskott.com/ Milliweb Milliweb’s technology turns tablets, computers and USB sticks into full-featured desktops for education. The solution includes advanced administration and customisation functionalities and, with the company’s Digital Course Manager , teachers can create their own e-learning sessions and easily transfer them over to students’ devices. Milliweb’s Millibox solution makes blended-learning sessions accessible to all, with or without internet access. www.milliweb.fr NVIDIA NVIDIA is a world leader in visual-computing technologies and is now bringing its unique video-gaming expertise to the education sector. Thanks to its technology, based around grid servers linked to the Cloud, NVIDIA makes serious gaming and rich content-based educational solutions available to students and teachers anytime, anywhere, and on any device (tablets, smartphones, PCs, etc.). www.nvidia.eu Orange Digital School Orange Digital School is an all-inclusive, ready-to-use platform providing all the necessary equipment (carrying case, tablets, video-projector, Wi-Fi/LAN/4G router, etc.), online services, resources, training, software, and support. It gives access to a considerable number of resources, enabling teachers to build courses and students to practise working independently and confidentially at their own pace through personalised learning. www.ecolenumerique.orange.fr/ Streetlab Streetlab develops digital-learning resources that provide realistic simulations of a range of visual defects, offering users a unique, innovative, immersive, and playful experience as well as a better understanding. Scenarios are based on interviews with partially sighted people as well as the expertise of the Streetlab team (ergonomist, occupational therapist, optician-optometrist, etc.). www.streetlab-vision.com/en/ Unowhy Unowhy has created SQOOL , a complete and secure solution combining tablets and Cloud computing. Unowhy provides an integrated educational solution on a touchscreen tablet, manufactured in France and designed specifically for the educational environment. Unowhy’s partner company, Worldline, offers a Cloud-computing solution that enables the storage of educational content and students’ personal data on secure hosting sites. www.unowhy.com About UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE, in partnership with Afinef and Cap Digital, with the support of the French Ministry for Education and La French Tech, and in collaboration with Copilot Partners, is showcasing 14 French-based companies at the BETT trade show on the French Pavilion ( Stand C-98). BETT 2015, one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, will take place at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in the Docklands district of London (UK), from 21 to 24 January 2015. For more information about BETT, please go to: www.bettshow.com For further information about La French Tech, please go to: http://en.lafrenchtech.com/ For more information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to : www.ubifrance.com/uk/     For further information, please contact :   Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London - SW1Y 4SP – UK – Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 - KATE.RILEY@ubifrance.fr  - View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk   Note to Editors Copyright — The UBIFRANCE Press Office in London is waiving its copyright on the content included in this press release, which means that recipients are free to reproduce, modify and circulate it if they wish to do so and as far as copyright law is concerned. If a given publication such as a trade magazine (to which the Press Office subscribes) goes ahead and publishes an article on the basis of this press release, we would like to be informed so as to retrieve the published material, and so as to be able to send it to our client company/entity in France (i.e. the company/entity that provided us with the information contained in the press release in the first place). We keep a printed copy of the published material in the relevant file in our office, and a second copy may infrequently be kept in a press-book that may be shown to potential clients when they visit the Press Office. Other than that, a single scanned copy is sent electronically to the client/entity in France (or, more rarely, a single printed copy is sent by post). This is important to us and to our clients. By reproducing material/content that the Press Office sends to a given publication, the recipient (i.e. the publisher and/or editor) is deemed to have agreed to the limited and legitimate use of the published material — in return and in due course — by the Press Office, as described above. If the recipient of this press release objects to the potential limited re-use of his (her) published material by the Press Office (as outlined above) in the name of his (her) copyright, the said recipient should inform the Press Office as soon as possible, and the director of the press bureau will contact the publication concerned by return of email ( contact.ftpb@ubifrance.fr ), which will be followed up with a telephone call and/or a letter in order to try to find a compromise that would be acceptable to both parties. The Press Office seeks to comply fully and actively with copyright law in all its aspects within the United Kingdom and as per European Union laws and regulations. Embedded images — For journalists and editors who need the pictures embedded in one of our press releases, it is very easy to retrieve them. What you need to do is as follows: within the body of the press release, left-click on the picture; this should magnify the image to a size that is directly usable; then, right-click on the magnified picture and choose the ’Save As’ function; finally, save the magnified image as a JPEG file on the hard disk of your computer, giving it the name that you wish to use in connection with the story concerned. If you have any problems with this procedure, do not hesitate to give us a ring. It is always possible for the Press Office to send you JPEG pictures as attachments in an email upon request. Thank you. Reader responses — Please advise us of publication of this press release and continue to send reader responses to the Press Office. This is the only way we can ensure the follow-up is done efficiently.

PRESS: La French Tech at CES 2015

La French Tech - 18-déc.-2014 22:42:01

The tech world will gather in Las Vegas for CES 2015 January 6-9. The event will feature more than 120 French presenters and 66 French startup companies at the event’s Eureka Park. That’s over a quarter of all the startups at CES – only the US will have more. If you’d like to get more exclusive information about the opportunities the French tech sector provides, ask to join our LinkedIn group here . Follow La French Tech on Facebook and Twitter for updates from CES 2015. http://bonjourlafrenchtech.com/la-french-tech-ces-2015/

Get Ready for this Year’s French Pavilion on Vision Expo East!

Ana-Maria Schell - 16-déc.-2014 23:03:09

Business France is pleased to organize the third International Vision Expo East French Pavilion in New York, in partnership with Lunettes de France, a national umbrella of eyewear trade associations from Paris, Oyonnax and Jura. The event will take place March 20th to 22nd, 2015 at Vision Expo East. The French Pavilion will showcase 17 of the finest French eyewear designers, presenting both contemporary and timeless silhouettes, colors and textures to offer a fresh take on the latest eyewear trends, designs and collections – just in time for spring . We are pleased to welcome this year 5 additional new brands: FIDELA LES FILS DAIME LAMY, GLANCE OF LENS, IHUMAN/CODE ADN, SEAPORT and YVES COGAN. We would like to invite eyewear wholesale retailers, agents and press to visit the French Pavillion from March 20th to 22nd, 2015. For more information on the exhibiting French brands and location, please access the catalogue  here   To learn more about the 2015 International Vision Expo, go to www.visionexpoeast.com and for additional information please contact Ana-Maria Schell . Follow us on T witter @ BF_ fashion style and on Pinterest to get the latest news about the event.  

Silver Lining in French Economy

martine.joly - 27-nov.-2014 10:41:55

Silver Lining in French Economy   France’s Silver Economy is turning into a precious commodity, growing at 4% during the past few years and projected to create 300,000 jobs by 2020. The high value resource behind the silver economy is expected to grow healthily, providing an abundant market for French and foreign business. However, the most shocking element of this market is that it has nothing to do with metals.   Products for consumers over the age of 65 In fact the silver economy is a term that refers to the economy that produces products for consumers over the age of 65, who require services tailored to their specific tastes and needs, from accommodation to health and leisure.   According to demographic projections, 23 million French people or simply one third of the population will be over 65 by 2030 . Many other European and Western countries are experiencing similar developments in their demographics and their retirees are searching for communities across the continents that are very specific. Furthermore, wealthy retirees from Eastern countries are also looking for lifestyles with a certain quality that they may not be able to find so readily back home.   In France : a focus on health and quality of living Amina Sambou, project manager of the Silver Economy at Ubifrance, is confident that France can excel in servicing the domestic and foreign market: “in France, we have a focus on health and quality of living which has already created a market with a strong infrastructure for retirees who are interested in quality of living.” Therefore it is not a surprise that French companies are experiencing interest from consumers in countries like Japan, South Korea, and China who, according to Mrs. Sambou, are “interested in the French way of ageing.”   New French companies are already popping up in anticipation of vast opportunities in the next decade. Silver Valley is the French answer of California’s Silicon Valley, combining technology and location to create a future for the Silver Economy. Less than 10 kilometers from Paris, this collaboration of French businesses will create a nexus for all sides of the market: research facilities for innovation partners, a business park for product and service oriented businesses, and attractive real state for retirees.   The older market segments will become more relevant for all businesses in the next decade Demographics, such as longer life expectancy, decrease in birthrate and retirement of the ‘baby boomer’ generation are certainly reasons why the older market segments will become more relevant for all businesses in the next decade. However, this is not the only reason why businesses need to stay ahead of the market: seniors in France represent 43% of income, 60% of real estate and 72% of financial investments. Therefore, it’s not just the size of the market but also its focus on high value products, which make it a priority for all business strategists. The French organization in this market is unparalleled.   Six French regions have been chosen to lead the Silver Economy in France Six French regions have been chosen to lead the Silver Economy in France, with each producing its own nexus similar to that of Silver Valley. Another example is Toulouse’s aptly named campaign “So Toulouse.” The 4 th city in France has been recently made famous for being recession proof – a beacon of private sector growth in France over the last decade. Part of the success of this city and region has been its focus on education and technological innovation. This has translated into smart services for seniors, including smart homes, e-health services, and a hospital solely dedicated to the elderly. Also, the region’s status as the 2 nd most popular agro food region in France does not hurt its already fantastic pitch.   So far it seems that a large part of the French know-how has to do with elements rooted in France itself. However, much of the French advantage is exportable, and French companies have been finding successes in such events as last June’s Silver Economy connection in Atlanta.   Two pilot programs with two large senior living and homecare organizations… Sandrine Sauvage-Mack, Senior Trade Advisor at Ubifrance, recounts how the French multi product and service conglomerate La Valeriane was able to secure two pilot programs with two large senior living and homecare organizations: “After a great first impression with Leading Age, the American Federation for the ageing populations, they were certain to add more pilots and clinical trials with American universities and research centers.” Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion with 80 offices over seas , will continue promote French companies at events dedicated to the French Silver Economy abroad and at home.   Clic here for more information about French companies http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/search.aspx   Or contact The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in your country.

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