In 2018, the Techstars Paris Startup Accelerator is made possible by its supporting corporate partners AccorHotels, Air Liquide, FDJ, GEFCO, Groupama, Next47 and Total.
Techstars Paris Accelerator corporate partners represent several hundreds of thousands of employees in over one hundred countries; their accumulated market cap and annual revenues are in the hundreds of billions USD.
They not only provide access to fantastic mentors and industry experts, but also access to resources and business opportunities through commercial partnerships for the startups in program.
For the founders selected for the Techstars Paris Accelerator, it’s a unique opportunity early in the life of the startup to have access to C-Level executives of such amazing companies.
In 2017, during Techstars Paris Demo Day, 11 commercial partnerships had been initiated between the startups and the corporate partners of Techstars Paris Accelerator. These partnerships also present an opportunity for startups that participate in other Techstars Accelerator programs across the globe. Techstars is the worldwide networks that helps entrepreneurs succeed; this applies to connecting startups and partners, no matter what program they are involved with.
We are very proud to have GEFCO and Next47 join Techstars Paris Accelerator for its second year.
GEFCO designs and delivers smart, flexible solutions for complex supply chains. GEFCO Group is the European leader in finished vehicle logistics, and a top 10 global supply chain partner. GEFCO offers truly integrated solutions through its global, multimodal network.
With 300 destinations across five continents, GEFCO’s global network of experts push back boundaries and respond with agility to the most demanding supply chain challenges. GEFCO customers benefit from unrivaled expertise in a growing range of 10+ business sectors.
GEFCO will provide to the startups in program:
- Opportunities to run pilots in most relevant Country Operation with relevant facilities and motivated talents
- Strong logistics and supply chain business expertise
- Flexible and responsive work environment that will nurture win-win partnerships
Next47 is a global venture firm created by Siemens that invests in, and partners with, entrepreneurs who think big and build industry-defining companies. With offices in Boston, Beijing, London, Munich, and Palo Alto, Next47 gives startups unparalleled access to one of the world’s largest portfolios of customers in the areas of industry, energy and infrastructure as well as domain expertise in the deep technologies that impact those customers.
We are currently accepting applications for the Techstars Paris Accelerator.
Don’t miss your chance to apply! The deadline to apply is May 13, 2018.
Are you a Startup with a project in IoT? Or are you simply interested to learn more about the opportunities offered by IoT?
Do you like pizzas?
This workshop is made for you! You will learn the basics about the Sigfox Network, some use cases and meet startups that are using Sigfox. You will also discover how the IoT is transforming the business models and all the opportunities that it brings. Open to anyone: technical or business peeps, students, hobbyists or professionals
For its second year, the Techstars Paris Accelerator is looking for startups that can leverage the use of data in the real world. The program focuses on the data-driven transformation of entire industries, including AI & machine learning, blockchain & token-based economies, customer experience, customer & asset management, cybersecurity & intelligent objects.
Techstars Paris Accelerator is looking for entrepreneurs from all over the world, ready to accelerate their companies in Paris’ thriving startup ecosystem. The three month program will take place in our space at the Partech Shaker from September 10 to December 5, 2018.
In 2017, six out of 10 companies selected for Techstars Paris came from outside of France; in 2018 we’re very happy that Techstars Paris Accelerator has been selected to be part of the French Tech Visa program.
Joining the French Tech Visa program will give Techstars Paris Accelerator an edge to recruit great, talented teams from all over the world.
The French Tech Visa is a simplified, fast-track procedure for international tech talent to obtain a residence work permit known as the “Passeport Talent” in France.
For the second year, I am the managing director of Techstars Paris. I’ll be working alongside Program Manager Queta Gonzalez to meet with startups in different cities around the world, from New York to Tokyo, and all over France. We’re excited to connect with the best startups for the program.
What it’s like be part of Techstars Paris Accelerator
From February 19th to May 13th, meet the Techstars Paris Accelerator team in events and office hours all over the world. Find us in a city near you!
Now Accepting Applications to Five Techstars Accelerator Programs Around the World
Techstars has opened applications for five more mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Berlin, New York City, Oslo, Paris and Toronto. Don’t miss your opportunity to grow your business– join the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders. Take the next step and apply now.
The following programs are now accepting applications:
- New York CIty: Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in NYC
- Berlin: SAP.iO Foundry, Powered by Techstars
- Oslo: Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Statoil
- Paris: Techstars Paris Accelerator
- Toronto: Colliers PropTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars
Three Months, 1,500+ Mentors and a Network That Lasts a Lifetime
- Applications Open: February 19, 2018
- Application Deadline: May 13, 2018
- Programs Start: September 10, 2018
- Demo Days: December 5, 2018
Applications are still open for 17 other Techstars global accelerator programs. See the full list here.
Have More Questions? Meet the People who Make it Happen.
Techstars managing directors want to meet you. They’re on the road hosting information sessions and office hours. Here’s a list of all the stops on the Techstars Roadshow where you can sign up for in-person meetings and interactive, online Q&A programming to learn more about specific programs.
Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills or incinerators.
We got the chance to talk to the team behind Techstars Startup Weekend Paris, about their motivations to host this event with the thematic of Zero Waste. Here’s what they shared:
1. What was your thinking behind doing a Startup Weekend, Zero Waste edition? What did you want to achieve?
I saw a lot of Startup Weekends and love the people, the state of mind and the magic happening there. But despite the fact that we are at the heart of the innovation, I saw few projects and people deeply concerned about sustainable development. I wanted to help changing that, so we formed a team of awesome organizers and we built this edition.
“Zero Waste” is a concept that most people understand immediately, it’s a fast growing movement, and a perfect way to get people concretely interested in sustainable development.
Behind the Zero Waste philosophy there is a new way of consuming and living. This more sustainable way needs a new sector full of initiatives and businesses that starts to flourish : the circular economy sector. We deeply believe that there is a lot of business opportunities coming with the rise of circular economy. We wanted to help people and projects going in this sustainable direction.
2. How did you ensure that the theme of circular economy and zero waste was a philosophy throughout your event?
We started by making this event zero waste itself ! The idea was to show that it is possible to have an entire event hosting more than 100 people without producing almost any waste.
We then tried to involve participants in this, explaining it to them in advance and asking them to take their own pens and their own cloth table-napkin, because we won’t provide disposable ones. We also explained a bit more the concept of circular economy, and made a conference about it a week before the SW.
Finally we looked for sponsors that have real interest in sustainable development, because for now almost all companies practice green washing, but very few started to take the problem seriously.
3. What was your highlight from the weekend? What was most challenging?
We were very happy to see the quality of the ideas on the Friday night’s pitchs. All the ideas proposed by the participants were also totally in the circular economy philosophy.
The participants were very interested about sustainable development and the projects developed during the weekend were highly qualitative. I found it awesome to gather in the same place a lot of people and energies interested in the same goal.
Everything went very well, and we didn’t really had challenging parts at the end, even washing the dishes in team for 100 people was quite fun!
4. Do you have any top tips / best practices for anyone who is keen to host a more environmentally-friendly Startup Weekend?
Of course 🙂 Regardless of the Startup Weekend’s theme, you can organize a Techstars Startup Weekend without generating almost any waste. For us it was actually easier than I thought.
I wrote an article with more information about how we did it, and am available to help or to receive more tips. 2 coming Parisian Techstars Startup Weekends will already adopt a zero waste approach to their organization, and I hope much more will go the same way afterwards.
For sure we’ll organize a second edition of Techstars Startup Weekend Zero Waste in Paris, and I hope that others cities will tackle the same theme full of potential!
If you want to organize a Techstars Startup Weekend event, apply here.
After months of searching for the best startups around the world and screening hundreds of applications, on September 11th this year, we welcomed ten teams into the inaugural class of Techstars Paris Accelerator: BeSafe, Eyelights, Hydrologistics Africa, Lovys, Miuros, Pomp, SnapSwap, Terramanta, Wakeo and Zify.
Today, we are excited to have them pitch on the stage of the biggest startup campus in the world, Station F, for Techstars Paris’ first Demo Day.
What Happened in Three Months
During 86 days, the ten teams took part in more than 1500 meetings, workshops and mentoring sessions in the heart of Paris’ tech scene at the Partech Shaker. More than 180 mentors gave their time to provide feedback, coaching and insights in the true Techstars spirit of #givefirst.
Every day, thanks to our six corporate partners AccorHotels, Air Liquide, FDJ, Groupama, Renault Group, RCI Bank and Services, and Total, our startups had access to industry experts, new opportunities, and partnerships.
Every Thursday, the startups took part in workshops on Growth Hacking, Fundraising, Taxes Strategies, Financial Modeling, and Design to help them do more faster.
Every week we had Founder Story sessions with amazing entrepreneurs such as Olivier Mathiot (PriceMinister), Renaud Visage (Eventbrite) and Jeremy Charoy (LALALAB) to share their tips and tricks.
In three months we experienced 12 CEO Breakfasts, 12 CTO Lunches, 12 KPI Review Meetings, 120 Deep Dive Meetings together…and more than 50 dinosaurs given out for big and small victories. Today, the founders and CEOs are going to take the stage to present their businesses, pitch their products and share their vision.
The Techstars Paris Family
With startups coming from different continents and different cultures, the inaugural Techstars Paris class is made up of more than 19 nationalities. They left their homes, families and countries to scale their companies for 13 weeks. But it wasn’t all business; every Thursday we hosted Highs & Lows and Family Dinners to share the good and the (not so) good moments.
Today is the last day of the 2017 program. We’re proud to have them pitching in front of an audience of more than 350 people, including 150 investors. But it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning…Because Techstars is for life.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Thank you to the Techstars Paris team, our mentors and our corporate partners for making this all possible.
Today we are excited to announce Accor Hotels as a new corporate partner of the Techstars Paris Program, along with Air Liquide, FDJ, Groupama, Renault Group, RCI Bank and Services, and Total. AccorHotels will provide its expertise as an open innovation Group working with startups all over the world for the benefits of its customers, partners and employees.
Together, these six corporate partners are helping entrepreneurs from around the world succeed in building businesses transforming the future of future of technology.
13 weeks, 1 Demo Day
Mentoring – Execution – Pitch. For 13 weeks, those elite ten teams are taking part in more than 200 meetings, workshops and mentoring sessions. Techstars mentors accelerate business growth and help entrepreneurs do more faster.
More than 90 mentors have stopped by Techstars Paris’ office to advice each of our 10 startups. Among them we count Helen Lee Bouygues, Nicolas Petrovic, Marc Deschamps, Julien Quintard, Sarah Azan and Martine Gorce-Momboisse, in charge of Global Marketing for AccorHotels Economy and Midscale Brands, who will bring on board her experience in Marketing, Communication and Brand expertise.
Techstars Paris Accelerator Class of 2017
Techstars Paris attracted entrepreneurs from around the globe. Based in the heart of Paris’ tech scene at Partech Shaker, the first class of the Techstars Paris Accelerator reflects that diversity of origins with startups coming from California, Portugal, Armenia, Kenya, India, Luxembourg and France.
Here’s Techstars Paris Accelerator Class of 2017
Demo Day is Coming!
On December 6th at Station F, the 10 startups of Techstars Paris are going to present what they’ve achieved during three months in front of investors, partners, journalists, friends and family.
If you want to be part of Techstars Paris Demo Day email me, I’d be happy to add you to the guest list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is your company ready for Techstars?
We’ve just launched Techstars Paris with some great local partners and have invested in 10 companies who are going through our Mentor-Driven Accelerator program in the heart of Paris, as we speak.
At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between – Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator!
Please join Bertier Luyt, Managing Director for Techstars Paris, Queta Gonzalez, Program Manager for Techstars Paris, and Brian Daly, Marketing Manager, for an evening of networking, an AMA, and more. Techstars MDs and staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.
After months of searching for the best startups in France, Europe and the rest of the world and screening hundreds of applications, I’m excited to announce the 10 companies for the inaugural Techstars Paris class. These elite companies will work at the amazing Partech Shaker startup campus in Paris.
We are grateful for the support of our partners and know that their involvement was a reason many companies applied to our program: Air Liquide, FDJ, Groupama, Renault Group, RCI Bank and Services, and Total.
Techstars Paris attracted entrepreneurs from around the globe — applications from 64 countries, 24% of which came from France. The first class of Techstars Paris Accelerator reflects that diversity of origins with startups coming from California, Portugal, Armenia, Kenya, India, and Luxembourg. Out of 4 French companies, two come from Paris; one from Toulouse and one from Lyon.
The 10 companies joining the program want to launch their product in Europe, and Paris is the place to be when it comes to innovation, quality of the research, quality of engineering, business schools, and level of funding available.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed and we can’t do it alone. We’re grateful for the support of our partners and our mentors in Paris and around the world.
Presenting Techstars Paris Accelerator Class of 2017…
Back then I was building my latest startup project, le FabShop. I remember reading Brad’s blog post about his first visit to the BotCave, his first instinctive reaction as an investor, and his long term vision:
“I believe that we’ll look back in 20 years and 3D printers will be as ubiquitous as laser printers are today.”
I shared the same feeling, but I was in a very different position. I was living in a remote fishing town in Brittany, with no one in 100 miles radius interested in 3D or digital manufacturing. At that time, I had already bought tickets to fly to New York to meet with Bre Pettis, MakerBot co-founder, at Maker Faire.
I started following Brad on Twitter and realized he was a co-founder of Techstars, a Boulder-based company in Colorado.
I believe there are no coincidences, only opportunities that you make happen or not.
In 2010, I had the chance to visit Boulder for the Google Sketchup 3D BaseCamp, where I gave my first presentation ever on 3D modeling for digital manufacturing. That was the very beginning of the idea behind le FabShop “a digital workshop for creating with modern age tools and software.”
Six years later, I am back in Boulder joining Techstars, and it’s my pleasure to launch the first program in France for the company.
Two great brands, Techstars & Paris, are coming together to offer founders around the world the best acceleration program content, supported by a consortium of French corporate companies (Air Liquide, FDJ, Groupama, Renault Group, RCI bank services and Total) that are looking for new opportunities, partnerships and into the future of their own organizations.
For its 10th anniversary, the Techstars Accelerator is landing in France after opening earlier this year in Adelaide, Australia and Toronto, Canada.
When David Brown and David Cohen started the company with Brad Feld in Boulder, Colorado, I am sure they secretly had the idea of expanding worldwide; but Paris probably looked far, far away.
Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed.
Still, the Startup Programs (Startup Week, Startup Weekend and Startup Digest) have found a thriving ecosystem in France a long time ago. It was in France that the first Startup Weekend outside of the United States was held in 2009.
With 56 Startup Weekends organized in 2016, France is the third country in number of events after the US and Brazil.
Over 15,000 French participants have experienced entrepreneurship first hand in more than 40 cities across the country.
Techstars Paris will be located at the Partech Shaker. It’s Partech Venture Capital’s co-working space for startups in the middle of the Silicon Sentier, that neighborhood in Paris where the technology ecosystem concentrates.
In a few months after weeks of construction and decoration work, the seventh and eighth floor of the building will open to the first class of Techstars Paris, just under the roof terrace with a 360° view on Paris.
The French startup scene is ripe for Techstars to launch in Paris. French engineers and talents are drafted worldwide, and the word “entrepreneur” is of French origins.
In 2016, French startups raised €1.3 billion. Champions like Blablacar are expanding their activities worldwide, and others are to follow.
The former government has created some conditions for the ecosystem to flourish, la French Tech, but also BPI (National Bank for Investment) who is the largest VC fund in Europe.
The French Tech Ticket program permits founders around the world to settle their company in France with access to work permits and support. Also the CIR, is a great driver for companies developing proprietary IP and investing in R&D.
What is less abundant is access to an international network of founders, mentors and partners to help build the next great company.
Techstars Paris is an opportunity for founders worldwide to access Techstars and its partners’ resources through the 13 week Techstars’ accelerator program.
Techstars Paris is a City Program
We are open to all great business ideas and innovations. Techstars Paris Accelerator is for technology oriented companies whose business leverages the Paris ecosystem. We’re looking for companies that can have national or global reach. We have seen many interesting uses of the technology in Paris, so we are excited to see new ideas and which companies will apply.
None of this would be possible without the support of the consortium of corporate French companies that made it happen.
Air Liquide, is a French multinational company which supplies industrial gases and services to various industries including medical, chemical and electronic manufacturers.
FDJ, Française des Jeux is the operator of France’s national lottery games, and the title sponsor of the FDJ cycling team. The name of the company translates as The French Games. The company is owned and operated by the French government.
Groupama, an abbreviation for Groupe des Assurances Mutuelles Agricoles is a French insurance group headquartered in Paris with operations in 14 countries.
Renault, Groupe Renault is a French multinational automobile manufacturer established in 1899. The company produces a range of cars and vans, the group brands include Renault, Renault Samsung Motors, Dacia, Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun.
RCI Bank and Services, formerly known as Renault Crédit International, is a France-based international company that specializes in automotive financing, insurance and related activities for the Renault group brands globally in Europe, Russia and South America. RCI Banque is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renault.
Total, energy producer and provider, is the world’s fourth internationally ranked oil and gas company and the second ranked photovoltaic solar energy operator.
Topics of Interest
With such a diverse panel of partners, we were able to identify a short list of common interests the 2017 class of Techstars Paris will focus on.
Techstars Paris is looking for the world’s best companies focused on:
- Artificial Intelligence, Data & Machine learning
- Bots and Chatbots
- B2C & B2B Apps and services, SaaS
- Blockchain and Cybersecurity
- IoT and Connected Hardware
- Energy, Smart city and Transportation
You are not alone
Techstars Paris alumni will connect with a supportive group of mentors from the corporate partners, but also from the entrepreneur ecosystem. People such as Barbara Belvisi Hardware Club co-founder, Marc Goldberg founder of Maslow Capital, Tariq Krim Netvibes and JoliCloud founder, and Sandrine Plasseraud founder of We Are Social, will be on board to meet and share with the startups along with other great mentors.
Techstars mentors accelerate business growth and help entrepreneurs do more faster.
Get unprecedented access to mentorship from corporate partners including Air Liquide, FDJ, Groupama, Renault Group, RCI and Total. In addition to unrivaled mentorship, get access to capital, office space at Partech Shaker and a founder network supporting you throughout your entire lifetime.
This was originally published on Medium.