At the 38th annual DigiWorld Summit, in partnership with Business France and French Tech, IDATE will be hosting the second annual DigiWorld Awards, recognising excellence in digital start-ups created by French entrepreneurs outside of France, in four categories: Africa and the Middle East – the Americas – Asia – Europe. (outside of France).
Rewarding French Tech
talents around the world
Find and recognise start-ups created outside of France
Why recognise and reward companies created outside of France?
“French Tech” encompasses everybody who works with or for French start-ups, both in France and abroad. Entrepreneurs, first and foremost, but also investors, engineers, designers, developers, conglomerates, associations, media companies, public operators, R&D centres… all working to further start-ups’ growth and international reach. French Tech – of which Business France is a founding member – is a joint initiative that was kick-started by the French government but sustained and developed by industry stakeholders.
Since 2015 a good number of French Tech Hubs have been created in more than 15 major cities around the globe, all of which represent key centres for development for French Tech start-ups. The goal is to “stimulate collective action” and to bring the various public actors (Business France, consulates, chambers of commerce, local authorities…) together under a single umbrella with a network of entrepreneurs that have a solid footing in overseas markets (start-ups, conglomerates, investors, engineers, designers and developers), which can serve as mentors for young start-ups wanting to develop their business in that market, and as ambassadors for French Tech with local decision-makers.
The DigiWorld Awards thus provide a unique opportunity to identify the many entrepreneurs who have created a start-up abroad, and to recognise those who have been successful overseas… perhaps before coming to France!
DigiWorld Awards programme and rules
- The start-ups eligible to be nominated must satisfy the following criteria:
- - Be a company created outside of France by at least one French national, with no offices or operations in France;
- - Have a digital tech industry business as its main activity: equipment and devices, networks and telecoms, Internet services and applications (BtoC, BtoB…), M2M, IoT…
- - Companies of all sizes are eligible.
- The winners will be highlighted in the promotional material for the 2016 DigiWorld Summit being held from 15 to 17 November in Montpellier, France, promoted in the participants community and in the media plan for the Summit and the awards ceremony taking place on 16 November 2016.
- A Special Jury Prize will be awarded to a fifth company from among the start-ups with international ambitions that have emerged from the Occitan Region ecosystem.
- The trophies will be awarded at a dedicated ceremony with special guest, Axelle Lemaire, France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, during the DigiWorld Summit plenary session of 16 November 2016. The winning start-ups will be chosen by a jury of industry luminaries chaired by Pierre Chappaz, President of Teads, and whose members include:
Ministère de l'Economie et des Finances
Secrétaire d’Etat chargée du Numérique et de l'Innovation
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Early Stage Investor
Start-ups nominated for the 2016 DigiWorld Awards
A Special Jury Prize will be awarded to an overseas start-up born of the Région Occitanie development ecosystem.
The 2016’s Edition Winners
The 2015’s Edition Winners
Africa-Middle East Prize
Created in 2008 by Sébastien Lacour (COO) and Christophe Viarnaud (Group CEO & Chairman), Powertime allows users to get prepaid electricity online, monitor their meter and pay their bills using their phone, tablet or computer.
Created in 2013 by Sébastien Béal, Locarise analyses shopper behaviour inside and outside stores using a network of sensors that capture Wi-Fi signals by emitted mobile phones.
The Americas Prize
Created in 2012 by Aymeric Vigneras, Sharalike makes creating a video-slideshow as easy as launching an app. It automatically selects the best of your recent photos and creates a montage that can be shared in a single click.
Special Jury Prize
Languedoc-Roussillon – France
Created in 2007 by Sébastien Payen, Fruition Science is a start-up that helps winemakers and oenologists optimise the quality and yield of their grape production and their resources (water, inputs).