Frenchies, veggies and two more editions of La French Touch Conference!

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WE ANNOUNCED IT LAST WEEK!

La French Touch Conference is back for not one but two new editions!

La French Touch Conference is back for two editions: one in Paris on May 29, 2018 and one in New York on June 19, 2018!

La French Touch Conference Paris will highlight those entrepreneurs & innovators who represent France abroad and build bridges between French and International ecosystems.

La French Touch Conference New York – our 5th NYC edition already! – will, for the first time, have a European Touch to it!

Are you excited? So are we! 🙂 In the meantime, here is our last NYC edition’s recap video and this week’s news from the ecosystem!

French ecosystem 

Hari&Co (formerly known as Le Boucher Vert) a French FoodTech startup that develops culinary products made of pulses raised €23M / $28M last week to continue developing its products and expand through Europe starting with Germany, the UK, and Benelux. [article in French]

French Healthtech startup specialized in digestive surgery Safe Heal raised €6M / $7.4M in a series A funding round led by Sofinnova. The funds will enable Safe Heal to finance research and development, launch commercial operations, and start an international expansion. The company is currently recruiting patients in France and looking at extending enrollments in hospitals in Germany, the UK, and the US. [article in English]

French crowdfunding startup KissKissBankBank, bought by La Banque Postale acquired the FinTech startup Goodeed, specialized in donations financed by ads. [article in French]

Human Resources platform Andjaro – formerly known as  OuiTeam – which permits companies to use internal resources instead of hiring temporary staff raised €5M / $6.2M to develop internationally starting with the United Kingdom. It already started recruiting a local team with the ambition of opening an office before the summer. [article in French]

Andjaro's team

Beyond borders: EU ecosystem

Never miss your favorite French TV show again! French startup Molotov that provides a streaming service allowing people to watch French television on their devices wherever they are is no longer geoblocked in Europe after the European Council adopted a regulation to ban “unjustified geoblocking” across the European Union. Molotov now wants to develop this same service with European channels. [article in English]

British FinTech startup Tide raised €11M / $14M to develop its mobile-first banking service and open the platform to other markets outside the UK next year. If they choose to enter the French market, they will have to compete with the French banking startup Qonto. [article in English]

Beyond borders : International 

Movibia’s French business accelerator Via ID focusing on new mobilities aimed to invest in Southeast Asia. After opening an office in Singapore in November 2017, it just acquired a share of the Indonesian unicorn GoJek, a transport, logistics, and payments startup. [article in French]

Did you know that…

More and more Hip-hop stars such as Jay Z – who invested into the French MusicTech startup Devialet through its company Roc Nation – are investing in startups? [article in English]

One last quote…

“A company that grows is a company that learns every day. The difficulty lies in handling this growth while maintaining both the system’s agility and the start-up winning mindset” – Augustin Paluel-Marmont co-Founder of Michel et Augustin.

 


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.

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