PM announces 10 new French Tech Hubs worldwide
Economic diplomacy – Innovation/French Tech Hubs/global network of French entrepreneurs abroad – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance
Paris, 14 October 2016
During a visit to Montreal on the theme of innovation, in the presence of Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for the Digital Sector and Innovation, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced the names of 10 communities of French entrepreneurs abroad to which the state has awarded the French Tech Hub label.
Of the 17 applications, 10 were deemed mature enough to fly the flag for French start-ups abroad by bringing together around them local public and private actors (entrepreneurs, investors, start-ups, incubators, accelerators etc.) with the aim of promoting the development of French start-ups on the ground.
The 10 French Tech Hubs awarded the label in this second wave are: Beijing, Berlin, Dubai, Los Angeles, Milan, Sao Paolo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taiwan and Vietnam.
They join the pre-existing network comprising: Abidjan, Barcelona, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Israel, London, Montreal, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo, bringing the number of French Tech global network members to 22, representing nearly 300 entrepreneur mentors – including 50 iconic French Tech entrepreneurs – and 1,000 registered start-ups.
“Launching start-ups on the international market is a real challenge. We have been keen to support this by putting in place several mechanisms, including the French Tech Hubs. I saw how the ecosystems had mobilized and how enthusiastic they were during my visits to the hubs which had already been given the label, such as London, Abidjan and New York. Once again, French Tech is becoming more established with this global network, enhanced by 10 new hubs, and is an essential tool today for raising the international profile of the French start-up ecosystem”, said Axelle Lemaire./.