The aim of the day
Bring together start-ups and investors to reinvent, test and prototype new ideas for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A way to look ahead and ensure that these Games are the first to leave a positive mark on the city, through Paris-based start-ups that are innovating across all sorts of sectors – not just construction but also sustainable development, transport, mobility, security, employment, training, tourism and services, etc.
Devoted to Paris’ bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this year’s event showed that Paris is a global economic and innovative hub – and one that is well ahead of the curve in terms of start-up incubation.
Indeed, in 2016, the City of Paris left no doubt over its position as a European leader in terms of capital invested in start-ups (according to the Tech Funding Trends in France report drawn up by La French Tech and CB Insights).
More than 3,000 meetings between start-ups and investors
3,000 innovation stakeholders and visitors flocked to the City Hall in Paris for the occasion: a day that was highly productive in terms of meetings: 600 start-ups attended speed-dating sessions with 100 investors, 100 experts and 50 corporate giants.
Over 3,000 meetings were chalked up during this Start Up Meet Up. There was a room given over to demonstrating twenty or so projects, particularly harking from the Consumer Electronics Show which took place in Las Vegas from 5 to 8 January 2017.
The young enterprises also had the chance to pitch to more than a hundred investors with the hope of raising funds.
What was particularly special about the day? Companies or institutions like Caisse des Dépôts, on the look-out for solutions, were able to present their development strategy during Reverse Pitch organised in the Paris Council Room. They each had 10 minutes to explain their collaboration aims to 120 start-ups.
The Caisse des Dépôts Group made its case
During Reverse Pitch, Sabine Parnigi-Delefosse, Head of Innovation at Caisse des Dépôts, outlined the Group’s economic model and supportive role of the innovation ecosystem via the various projects conducted in the digital, demographic, territorial and energy transition fields.
"We are working on innovation initiatives to put into practice and inform our strategic priorities for the benefit of our partners and customers," she reminded the audience. "For the Group, innovation isn’t just about the digital or technical spheres; it also has a social and territorial scope too."
In this way Caisse des Dépôts was able to meet with innovative start-ups and took the opportunity to present one of the Trophées de l’innovation winners, the Melting Toques project.
Anne Wintrebert, who was fronting the project, had five minutes in which to promote the multicultural Food Truck that could be set up around the different sports sites during the 2024 Olympic Games. Watch this space...