We are really glad to announce that the 2nd edition of La French Touch Conference Paris will take place at Morning Coworking Trudaine, a former school since turned into a coworking space handled by Morning Coworking.
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and now … this week’s headlines!
French private equity investment company Ardian announced last week that it raised €230M / $280M for its latest Growth Equity fund. [article in English]
French accelerator based in Toulouse and Montpellier WeSprint raised €2.9M / $3.5M with an aim to open a third center in the South of France, the goal being to enroll a hundred startups by 2020. [article in French]
French startup Singlespot provides predictive drive-to-store solutions and scored €6M / $7.4M in a fundraising round led by Iris Capital. Fresh funds will be used to strengthen the startup’s position in France and support its development in Spain, Uk, Italy, and Germany. [article in French]
Eight French startups specialized in autonomous and connected cars have been selected by Ubimobility to join its accelerator program in the USA
. [article in French
Beyond Borders: EU Ecosystem
The European Commision and The European Investment Fund announced a new pan-European venture capital funds-of-funds program that will raise a total of €2.1B/ $2.5B to invest in venture capital funds around Europe. [article in English]
Swedish Giant Spotify acquired San Francisco-based licensing startup Loudr to ease the identification of rightsholders
[article in English
French Group AccorHotels acquired Glasgow-based restaurant reservation platform ResDiary, enabling it to expand on a more global scale. [article in English]
The UK-based EdTech startup Kopernio has been acquired by the American research analytics software company Clarivate.
[article in English
Beyond Borders: International
FinTech startup created in California by the Frenchman David Gurle Symphony raised €54M / $64M. Bpifrance are among the new investors. French funds will be used to accelerate the company’s growth. [article in English]
The data and media alliance Gravity, which gathers large companies such as Lagardère Active, Fnac, Darty, M6, Les Echos, L’Equipe and Prisma chose American startup Nexus to activate its data. [article in French]
A Penny For Your Thoughts
“How more women in AI could change the world”. Read this article on Venture Beat
One Last Quote…
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 entrepreneurs Gaël Duval and Cedric Giorgi, La French Touch Conference has gathered more than 4000 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.
Next editions in Paris on May 29
and New York City on June 19
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.