Economy | Regional start-ups perform at Vivatech in Paris

Porte de Versailles, Neptech and HysiLabs announce their collaboration and the South region launches the SudPlace platform

By Geneviève Van Lede, special correspondent in Paris

And let’s get to the show… It’s not CES in Las Vegas, the great global mass of connected objects and consumer electronics, but it looks like it. After two years spent under sanitary restrictions, the Viva Technology 2022 fair, better known as VivaTech, opens this morning in Paris, Porte de Versailles, for four days, with Saturday being a day dedicated to the general public. With an area of ​​45,000 m², 1,500 exhibitors including 1,200 start-ups and 100,000 expected visitors, this great technology event, which aims to become the CES in Las Vegas in Europe, aims to highlight new technologies and show which applications would be in our daily lives ten years from now, or even longer.

The digital version created last year remains accessible online for this 6th edition, which will allow anyone who wants to access the contents and follow the conferences live. But nothing beats physical encounters, face-to-face exchanges. Vivatech receives large groups from around thirty countries, such as Audi, Binance, Google, not to mention all of them.

During these four days, including three dedicated to professionals who aim to promote business exchange in particular and one day open to the general public, the focus will be on Web 3, mobility and solutions that aim to promote social inclusion. We will therefore talk about this new generation of Internet uses based on the “blockchain” (blockchain), cryptocurrencies or even NFTs (non-fungible tokens). We will also talk about sustainable development and green technology. The Southern Region, Aix-Marseille Provence, Toulon Provence Méditerranée, Nice Côte d’Azur, the Sophia Antipolis Agglomeration Community, as well as Risingsud, support 36 regional start-ups working on carbon-free mobility, renewable energies, waste recovery, energy efficiency or better management of water resources, home automation for the carbon footprint, “agritech” and cybersecurity.

At CES in Las Vegas, startups benefited from coaching and advice on how to manage meetings with the press or potential partners who will visit the booth. “Visitors don’t always come with good intentionsrecalled Bernard Kleynhoff, chairman of the economic and digital development commission and president of Risingsud. You have to learn to master your speech, but also look around at what is being done. This is an opportunity to meet partners and potential investors.

With an area of ​​45,000 m², 1,500 exhibitors, including 1,200 start-ups and 100,000 expected visitors, this great technology event aims to become the CES in Las Vegas in Europe.Photo GVL

The scions of the Arbois technology park are the flagship of the regional delegation. The leaders are Ombrea and its smart shade structures designed to monitor the microclimate in crops, and Hysilabs, which has developed a revolutionary innovation for the transport and storage of hydrogen, and Audioze and its Morphée solutions for sleeping. and relax 100% disconnected, no waves and no screen, Biopooltech that is launching its BioHomeTech device at Vivatech.

This high mass of technology is also an opportunity to introduce new products or make big announcements. This is the case of Neptech, a zero-emission ship design company based in Aix, and start-up HysiLabs that develops a liquid hydrogen carrier, who decided to work together to build an electro-propelled passenger transport ship. -hydrogen. The agreement includes carrying out technical and economic feasibility studies for the use of HydroSil, a solution developed by HysiLabs as an energy vector. It’s the first step towards a full-scale prototype, but it’s also “a beautiful territorial synergy“as Pierre-Emmanuel Casanova, co-founder of HysiLabs, admits.

The other announcement of the morning is that of the regional platform SudPlace, facilitator of innovations and transformations in the region South Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. This platform is part of the economic recovery plan to facilitate and develop innovation in the region. This tool for the Region, at the service of the development of innovative start-ups and SMEs and the transformation of the main ones in the territory, has three objectives: to facilitate collaboration between the main and the start-ups, innovative SMEs (sourcing) or the search for support associated through a more readable offer. In short, the most efficient way to bring together the entire innovation ecosystem of the territory.

This 100% free and accessible platform will facilitate procedures and give access to all regional, national and European aid that can be benefited or consult the collaboration offers proposed by those responsible for the territory.

The other nuggets on display

We will also be able to discover Agrove and its connected planters, Acwa robotics and its robot that examines pipes to detect leaks, Birds for change and its awareness tool to educate birds on waste collection, Chargepoly and its charging stations, Maca and its futuristic hydrogen powered flying car. Not to mention Quantia and its eco-friendly water heater, Sakowin, which wants to produce green hydrogen from the decomposition of methane by low-energy plasma, or even Serenysun energies and its first collective self-consumption solar plant.

We will see Géocorail and its blocks of artificial rock destined for underwater structures, Syroco and its speeddraft destined to break the world record for speed in water without carbon emissions. With its probes, Avignon-based company Brad’s technology analyzes the soil and allows farmers to make the right decisions to monitor their crops. The LED light adjusts the light in real time according to the needs of the plants. With its digital solution Millionroads allows users to build their own orienteering routes. And many other innovations.

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