Roses are red, violets are blue, we are looking for French innovators with you

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La French Touch Conference is looking for French innovators
from all over the world!

  • You are French?
  • You have founded a company, expanded into a foreign market or worked in an enterprise abroad?
  • You make French innovation shine internationally?

Or maybe you know someone who fits this description?

Click here to complete the form! 🙂

Call for nominations "French innovators from all over the world"

Book your tickets for the upcoming editions of La French Touch Conference Paris on May 29 and New York City on June 19!

For now, here are this week’s headlines.

La French Touch Conference’s Ecosystem

The leader in cloud and object storage Scality raised €48.5M / $60M, bringing its total of funds raised to €123M / $152M. Fresh funds will be invested in product development, marketing, and human resources. [article in English]
Congratulations to co-founder and CEO Jerôme Lecat who we had the pleasure to host twice at La French Touch Conference!

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Jerôme Lecat on stage at La French Touch Conference Paris 2017

Element, a startup developing mobile software for biometric identity, scored a €10M / $12M Series A. Founded by product designer Adam Perold and French Tech Ambassador, AI Yann LeCun, Element targets the developing world. Yann was one of our former guest speakers on stage at La French Touch Conference New York City 2015. [article in English]

French home exchange company GuestToGuest acquired Canadian home exchange platform This acquisition will enable GuestToGuest to strengthen its presence in the Canadian market. CEO and co-founder of the French home exchange firm Emmanuel Arnaud was one of our former speakers. Throwback to his presence on stage at La French Touch Conference Paris 2017. [article in English]

French Ecosystem 

Paris-based collaborative docs tool Slite raised €3.7M / $4.5M with an aim to widen its team in San Francisco and pursue the development of its tool to increase competitiveness. [article in English]

French FinTech wealth management startup LaFinBox raised €10M / $12M with Swiss bank and insurance SwissLife. Fresh funds will be used to widen its service offering. [article in French]

FlexyBeauty, a French BeautyTech startup, raised €7M to export its SaaS solution into the United Kingdom. Dedicated to beauty and wellness professionals, the company provides solutions to manage businesses, attract clients and increase customer loyalty. [article in French]

Beyond Borders: European Ecosystems

After expanding into Belgium, Germany, the UK, and Denmark, Dutch online florist bloomon entered the French markets. Within only two years, the Dutch startup succeeded in expanding into five European countries thanks to its Series B fundraising in 2016. The funds came from Fortino Capital, INKEF Capital, and French VC Partech. [article in English]

After backing a number of UK tech companies, London VC firm Octopus Ventures raised €230M/ $284M to invest in European startups. [article in English]

San Francisco-based ticketing and event technology platform Eventbrite acquired the Spanish ticketing firm Ticketea with the ambition of making a global footprint in music events. [article in English]

Beyond Borders: International 

On Friday, Consul General of France Anne-Claire Legendre and President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation James Patchett signed a partnership between La French Tech and NYCEDC to support French entrepreneurs who want to develop their startups in New York City and vice versa. La French Touch Conference was really proud to be a part of this moment! [article in French]

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Delighted to read about our former speaker Fleur Pellerin’s work in this article about the role of women in French Tech! [article in English]

One Last Quote…

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.” by Stephen Hawking

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 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.

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