Two of Europe’s leading tech conferences, London Tech Week and VivaTech, are collaborating on a cross-channel initiative to connect UK and French start-ups and scale-ups to investors during the week of the two events (13e – 18e June). The new partnership will give some of the hottest tech companies in London and Paris access to venture capitalists and leading companies when traveling by Eurostar between the two cities and at conferences. headlights.
As part of the bilateral trade mission, UK and French companies will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to some of Europe’s leading investors and innovators on the two-hour Eurostar journey between London and Paris. They will be joined on the train by top innovation leaders such as Google for Startups, BP and Openreach, as well as leading European investment firms such as Eurazeo, HVVC and the innovation arm of L’Oréal. , BOLD.
Led by London & Partners, one of the founding organizations of London Tech Week, the first stage of the program will see 12 French start-ups travel to London to explore expansion opportunities in the UK capital during London Tech Week. As well as gaining access to key London Tech Week events and attending a reception with the Mayor of London, businesses will have the opportunity to network with the more than 20,000 entrepreneurs, decision-makers and investors expected to attend. the conference.
French companies coming to London come from some of the fastest growing technology sectors in France, such as Fintech, cybersecurity and e-commerce. On board the Eurostar at Gare du Nord, the delegation included: Blue Frog Robotics; home insureTech provider, Luko; and cloud telecommunications company, LabLabee.
After London Tech Week, French companies will return to Paris alongside a delegation of 14 UK-based start-ups who will travel to VivaTech on a trade mission to explore investment opportunities in the French market. . The 14 UK-based start-ups selected for London & Partners’ Business Growth Program trade mission supporting high-growth companies to explore new markets include: London-based retail technology company, Slip ; video shopping app, Confer With; and cleantech company, Electric Miles.
The unique partnership between London Tech Week and VivaTech in support of the trade mission aims to promote the European technology ecosystem across borders. The collaboration is also supported by economic development agencies in London (London & Partners) and Paris (Business France), as well as by representatives of the UK government’s Department for International Trade.
France and the UK are two of Europe’s leading tech ecosystems, with data from Dealroom showing that tech companies in both countries raised record amounts of tech venture capital investments last year (39.8 billion in the UK, $12.9 billion in France). Their growth has helped Europe become competitive on the global stage, with investment in Europe’s tech sector also reaching unprecedented levels in 2021, with a total of $115 billion raised on the continent last year.
Laura Citron, CEO of London and Partners, said: “London and Paris are two of Europe’s leading tech ecosystems, home to many exciting start-ups and scale-ups. We are seeing a strong appetite from French and UK companies to do business in both regions. We are excited about this new collaboration between London Tech Week and VivaTech, as it demonstrates how the European tech sector can become more globally competitive when we work together, share ideas and investment opportunities.
Tom Cuthell, festival director for London Tech Week, said: “We look forward to welcoming the French delegation and international companies, investors and entrepreneurs from around the world to London Tech Week. This initiative will bring together some of the best talent and start-ups from the UK and France. We are delighted to partner with VivaTech and London & Partners on this trade mission, as programs like this help build bridges between the UK and tech hubs across Europe.
Julie Ranty, Managing Director of VivaTech said: “As Europe’s premier startup and tech event, VivaTech is committed to bringing together the best of the European tech scene and raising the profile of European innovation. We are delighted to partner with London Tech Week to help provide a unified European playground for all our tech startups and companies, with a common development framework, to help them expand across Europe and help them connect across and on the other side of the Channel”
Notes to Editors
Full list of French companies traveling to London for London Tech Week: Axeptio; BloomFlow; blue frog robotics; Bodyguard; settlements; Foxy Nerds; raise; LabLabee; Lizee; Luko, malt; Storage Pal
Full list of UK companies traveling to Paris for VivaTech: BKWai; To talk with; Devonshire; Electric mileage; bright PR; Media Exchange Group Ltd; Movemeback; NuVa Enterprises; SALT, Slip Technology Limited; Softtools; T-DAB.AI; ticket pass; WYSPR.
The full list of partners supporting the trade mission includes: Propel; Oury Clarke; make movements; Head; Partners of globalization.
About London and partners
London & Partners is London’s destination and business growth agency. Our mission is to create resilient, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We are a not-for-profit company and operate as a social enterprise, funded half by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and half by other sources, including our portfolio of business ventures. For more information visit:www.londonandpartners.com
About London Tech Week
London Tech Week is the UK’s most influential tech event. It’s a grand celebration of technology as a force for good that connects the world’s most inspiring founders, corporate heavyweights, government leaders, investors and the next generation of tech superstars. It is organized by Informa Tech, Founders Forum, London & Partners and Tech London Advocates, supported by HM Government, and runs from June 13-17. https://londontechweek.com/
About Viva Tech
Viva Technology is Europe’s premier startup and tech event, recognized worldwide as a powerful catalyst for business transformation, startup growth and innovation for the common good. Since 2016, VivaTech has brought together the world’s greatest business leaders, startups, investors, researchers and thinkers in Paris for a unique experience combining inspiration, networking and a showcase of innovation. From the 2021 edition, VivaTech is enriched with a digital platform that connects a global community of innovators. The 6th edition of VivaTech will take place from June 15 to 18, 2022. More information available at https://vivatechnology.com/media and @VivaTech.
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