Did you say “AI”?

This article was originally published in the newsletter we share every Tuesday with our community. If you would like to subscribe, click here.


It is now common knowledge: France is a big fish in AI. Aside from initiatives taken by French officials, many AI experts have made themselves a name in France and across the world.

An opportunity to gain deeper insight into this current compelling theme: review La French Touch Conference’s panel on artificial intelligence last year in New York!

French ecosystem 

Former scientific director of Criteo Franck Le Ouay raised €7,5 million / $9,2 million to fund his startup Lifen. The startup is developing a solution to facilitate medical document exchanges between health professionals. [article in English]

In the meantime, French startup WebForce 3 raised €3 million / $3,7 million from Odyssee Venture and Impact Partenaires. Aiming at bridging the gap between digital skills and the demand of the job market, the French startup created digital skills training programs. [article in English]

Currently ranked fifth European fund, French VC firm Ventech plans to raise €202,8 million / $250 million harp cap in a few months and invest the new fund in European startups. [article in English]

Syllabs is a Parisian startup that developed an algorithm which collects, selects, organizes and formats data according to the targeted audience. The startup just raised €2 million / $2,5 million to expand in new markets. [article in French]

Finally, former Franco-American executive of Google and Square Françoise Brougher was appointed as the (first) COO of Pinterest! Brougher will oversee sales, partnerships, marketing, and communication, as well as business and corporate development. [article in English]

Beyond borders: EU ecosystem

German transport company FlixBus just launched a new service, FlixTrain, with similar amenities such as movies or Wi-Fi. The company is also preparing to launch operations in the US this year, on the West Coast most likely. [article in English]

Business tips

Check out the tips to identify the next big market and plan your international expansion in tech! [article in English]

A penny for your thoughts?

Marketing their products through hip-hop culture on Instagram is the strategy adopted by three founders of Dear Muesli. [article in English]

MuesliSource: DearMuesli

One last quote…

Assume that if you’re building a software today, your market is the entire world” Michael Pryor, Trello CEO, on stage at La French Touch Conference New York 2016.

About Us

La French Touch Conference is an itinerant business event that aims at promoting entrepreneurial successes and building bridges between French, European, and international ecosystems.

Since its creation in 2014 by digital entrepreneurs Gaël Duval and Cedric Giorgi, La French Touch Conference has gathered more than 4,000 entrepreneurs, investors, and key accounts throughout 7 editions organized in the cities of Paris, San Francisco, and New York. Each event hosts fine guest-speakers including top C-level executives, public figures, and officials who address key trends and topics in front of international business audiences.

La French Touch Conference is also the creator of the world’s only flying startup competition, Pitch in the Plane, which gives startups and entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to pitch their concepts in front of investors aboard a commercial flight.


Follow us on  002-twitter     003-facebook.png     001-linkedin    002-instagram

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑