France, second country regarding VC investment, for the first time !

VC investment

French Tech Tour Healthcare Israel – May 2017

#healthtech , #frenchtech , #israel , #pharma

Business France, Bpifrance and Medicen are glad to launch a new call for applications for the next session of the French Tech Tour Healthcare Israel.


This is the second edition of a great immersion program intended for innovative French start-up, working in the healthcare area.

This initiative is supported by the main public institutions active in the innovation field in France and in Israel. This program aims to foster collaborations between French and Israeli ecosystems.

10 start-ups will have the opportunity to spend a day in Business France Paris offices on the 19th of April for a pitch session in front of a selective committee made of industrials, investors and institutional.

7 laureates will then benefit from a bootcamp day on the Israeli ecosystem and a pitch trainee on the 28th of April, followed by a whole immersion week in Israel from the 20th to the 25th of May.

This program includes coaching, pitch sessions in front of international investors, visits of large corporates and leaders in the innovation field in Israel (companies, incubators, universities), individual BtoB meeting according to their main activity and focus, networking events and access and visibility during the international conference BIOMED 2017 which will take place in Tel-Aviv on May, 23-25.

A strong network of partners is involved in the program.

French Tech Tour Healthcare Israel is a key opportunity for innovative start-up who want to make a first step in the dynamic ecosystem of the Start-Up Nation, meet providential investors and initiate strong valued partnerships with Israeli companies.


Application open until 12nd of April under:

MEDICEN (click here)

For more information: +

Don’t forget to register to the Viva Technology event

You might have wondered, during a walk in sunny Tel Aviv, about one of these orange-pink “Viva tech” posters, promoting an event in Paris, claiming that “Entrepreneur is a French Word”. What is this event? Why in Paris? Why should you go? Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of attending:

Viva Tech

VivaTech – which stands for Viva Technology - is one of the biggest annual event for game changers, and will take place in Paris in June, 15th-17th. Last year, more than 45.000 visitors and 5.000 start-ups attended the event. Israel was the first delegation in numbers and its start-ups were well represented among the winners of prizes and awards.

This year, more than 50.000 visitors are expected; start-ups, new investors, medias, potential partners… one more time, the event will offer an opportunity for start-ups to build a strong and useful network as well as to acquire a wide knowledge of the environment.

Israeli start-ups can take advantage of many sides of the event. A full agenda of speeches, pitches, awards, side events, tours, and exhibition will ensure an event of quality.  Moreover, the Israeli start-ups will have the possibility to sign up to one of the 80 challenges to get free booth at the event and work with a large multinational (the application deadline is April, 15th), but they can also benefit of the arranged free access and the discount on flights and accommodation thanks to a code that they have to ask us for.

For more information, about the event, the agenda or the people attending, visit the Viva Technology Website:

You can also contact us to get codes for discounts and free access to the event.

IATI Social Impact Weekathon Demo Day at Hewlett Packard Entreprise (on March 30)

#weekathon , #social entrepreneurship

As part of a weekathon* organized on March 30 by the IATI on the theme of social entrepreneurship, five groups - composed of Nokia, Ebay, Motorola, Samsung, HP and Marvell employees - pitched in front of an audience to present their project and in the hopes of winning this event.


An IATI representative introduced the event by defining social entrepreneurship as

-----"the intention to generate a measurable social or environmental benefit/impact, alongside than financial return"

These three conditions of intentionality, financial return and measurable impact characterize a type of entrepreneurship to which the millennials are very sensitive, opening a promising market. Many of them prefer work in line with their values which corresponds to the 17 global objectives of the United Nations :


Israel, again presented as the Startup Nation, has the necessary assets to embrace this trend and develop activities comparable to those of:

  • AngelSense: monitoring system, especially GPS, of vulnerable children (autism, Asperger syndrome...). 
  • Vitalitix: social network linking elderly people in need (eg power outage) and users willing to help them. 


Here is an overview of the pitches, confirming the potential of social entrepreneurship:


  • EATSMARTER : Application allowing more transparency between restaurants and their customers. It responds to the observation that 70% of restaurants offer over-calorie dishes. The app allows to know the composition and different nutritive indices of each dishes proposed by the restaurants and thus promote a healthier diet.

  • CHILDCARE : GPS tracking & alert system for parents (4% of the children deaths in Israel would be linked to heatstroke  in vehicles). The system allows to know in real time where the child is and if he is in danger.

  • CROWDACADEMY : Personalized online education system as "Everyone can learn, everyone can teach". It combines on the same platform explanatory videos and exercises. The added value compared to MOOCs would be the ease of proposing its own "learning unit" whose relevance is noted by Internet users (presented as the Wikipedia of learning due to its open-source characteristic)

  • SAFEDRIVE : In Israel, 1 out of 4 car accidents is related to the use of smartphones while driving. This group offered a device suspending driver messaging applications (other applications, including Waze continuing to operate). To block only the driver smartphone and not the passengers’, the group used an ultrasonic system whose range is limited to the space of the driver.

  • SOCIALBUDDY : Proposed a solution enabling autistic people to read social situations. Indeed, many people have trouble interacting with others because of difficulties in reading emotions or degrees of language. The application listens to the conversation and translate it into clear emotion for the user, using emoticons.

    For instance, in The Big Bang Theory:


At the end of these pitches, the CHILDCARE group was declared the winner by the guests.

  * Week during which groups of people who did not know each other bring together various skills to develop a project, on a given theme, and pitch at the end of the week to compete with the other groups.

10 key figures of the French Startups ecosystem (source : maddyness)

#frenchtech , #startups , #startup , #france , #innovation

The 2015-2016 annual report of the Digital Agency, which oversees the French Tech initiative, is an opportunity to step back and have an overview of this label of the French entrepreneurial ecosystem, which has become global.


This is the number of start-ups in France. 1/3 are in Île-de-France and 2/3 are divided into regions, including overseas.

Between 2012 and 2015, there is an increase of more than 30% in the number of start-ups created, demonstrating the dynamism of the ecosystem

Chiffres FT pour 2015-2016

13 metropolises

Aix-Marseille, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen-Rouen-Le Havre, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Saint-Malo and Toulouse all have been labelled French Tech between November 2014 and June 2015 A way to stand out and gain visibility on the territory with other local ecosystems to form, with Paris, "the French team of start-ups".


9 thematic networks

HealthTech, IOT, EdTech & Entertainment, CleanTech & Mobility, FinTech, Security & Privacy, Retail, FoodTech and finally Sports are all entrepreneurial communities, bringing together start-ups as well as support structures and specialized funds.

The goal? Support the growth of young French start-ups in these fields and help them to expand at the national and international levels.


22 International Hubs

22 cities on five continents! Only Oceania remains where the French Tech has not yet hang its hat. From San Francisco to Tokyo and from London to Cape Town, these metropolises form a global network, relaying the growth of French start-ups internationally. Entrepreneurs know that they can find many "communities of entrepreneurs and French investor, dynamic and settled in their local ecosystem".

Map Hubs

169 young start-ups

It is the number of start-ups that have integrated the program of the French Tech Pass, into three successive promotions. In hyper growth, these French golden nuggets benefit, since 2014, from the network and the increased visibility offered by French Tech. These pearls of tomorrow are identified by the certified metropolises to help them accelerate their development, both in terms of fund raising and international expansion. Notably thanks to the various partners of French Tech: bpifrance, Business France, INPI (French Patent Office), Coface and the DGE.

Promo 2016

200 million euros

It is the investment capacity of the French Tech acceleration fund over five years, by 2020. Managed by bpifrance, it aims to promote the emergence of private accelerators on French territory, which already has more than 300. At the end of March 2017, 38 million have already been invested in seven projects, the most recent of which being Alacrité, located in Lille.

1774 grants awarded

From 2014 to 2016, more than 46 million euros were distributed under in the context of the French Tech Grant, again operated by bpifrance. This grant is intended to support the creation of startups, to allow future golden nuggets to cover their first expenses.


3 million euros

This is the amount of subsidies allocated in 2015 and 2016 to six private projects to promote French start-ups. Reviens Léon, the French Touch Conference, Reboot, NUMA international, Hello Tomorrow and French Founders present synergies with French Tech and contribute to the visibility of the French ecosystem internationally.


93 international start-ups

This is the number of start-ups supported by the French Tech Ticket. This is more than 230 entrepreneurs. This program allows foreign start-ups to be guided by French Tech to settle in France. After a first season limited to the Parisian structures, the program expanded to involve 41 incubators in the labelled metropolises.

178 start-ups

It is the number of French start-ups present at the last CES of Las Vegas (only 44 in 2014). A nice growth that proves the visibility of the French ecosystem internationally. Other Tech festivals, such as the SXSW, the Mobile World Congress or the Web Summit, are other prime targets for French start-ups to develop their network and carry out their ambition to conquer the world.


Article translated from the Maddyness website : Les 10 chiffres incontournables de l’écosystème startups français


Thank you for reading this article, 3 ways to follow-up with the French Tech Israel Hub :


1) Join the French Tech Israel network:

2) Start-ups with a French CEO or co-founder, register on:

3) To all Start-ups, apply now to Viva Technology Challenges by clicking on the following image :



pepites tech


orson logo build responsive website