Highlighting actions that promote French technology
In 2019, the French Tech mission first presented the French Tech Community Fund, a system launched to reward initiatives that develop the image of the French startup ecosystem, both nationally and internationally.
With an increasing participation, this initiative awarded 129 projects this year, the announcement of which was made on October 13, 2022 by Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate responsible for Digital Transition and Telecommunications.
“This 4th edition of the French Tech Community Fund demonstrates the strength of the various French Tech ecosystems, with the ability to implement ambitious projects, aligned with the priorities of our entrepreneurs” says Jean-Noël Barrot. “It is important that the state stands by their side and supports them, with an unprecedented budget this year, to collectively help French startups in their next stages of development.”
In total, an envelope of 3.6 million euros was distributed among the 129 winners. Among the winners, 24 projects have an international focus.
This event has become an essential step forward for French Tech, both in terms of prizes awarded and the number of winners. The number of entries has exploded since its inception, as it has been multiplied by four, reaching 234 submissions in 2022. With an overall budget of 3 million in 2021, 77 winners were then selected based on dynamics. “Talent and Inclusion” (professional integration and diversity), “Responsibility and Impact” (social, economic, environmental impact), “Attractiveness and expansion” (internationally oriented projects).
The 2021 edition notably awarded projects such as ONCOSTART, which made it possible to launch the event “French technology conference OncoSTART”, an event that brought together all the players in the oncology innovation ecosystem over the course of a day.
Selection criteria that represent French Tech’s priorities
This year, the selection was based on several criteria, including impact and schedule constraint. But above all, the projects had to fit into one of French Tech’s current priorities:
- “Expansion and Talent” (growth of French Tech start-ups, in France and abroad, namely through the leverage of recruitment and funding),
- “Disruptive Innovations and Industrial Start-ups”, “Ecological Transition”, to strengthen the mobilization of the French Tech ecosystem in reducing its carbon impact and promoting Greentech startup solutions,
- or finally “Parity and Diversity” for a more equitable startup ecosystem that is open to all.
“Among project leaders, you have only non-profit organizations” remember Mr. Barrot. “You have entrepreneurial communities like the French Tech communities for half, and for the other half associations and organizations like Impact France, SISTA, … that have responded to this call according to their field of intervention”.
It should also be noted that the selected criteria corresponded to the current concerns of entrepreneurs and French Tech, as Clara Chappaz, Director of the French Tech Mission explains: “ The 129 selected projects answer questions faced by entrepreneurs, whether to take the next step in growth or to improve the social impact of their actions. […] With this Community Fund 2022-2023, our ambition is to continue to support initiatives imagined and developed locally, by actors in the field: Capitals or French Technological Communities, associations, collectives, incubators. »
” It is important to support French Tech, to show that France is capable of developing great companies within it” says Jean-Noël Barrot. ” We show with an ecosystem that was symbolized in 2017 by 3 unicorns. They are 27 in number today. These are real issues of growth and sovereignty. […] France is a great entrepreneurial and digital nation, and we have shown that this choice to support innovation and technology allows us to create points of growth, employment, but also to repair certain fractures that have been dug in the territory”.
Announcement of the 129 projects selected for this 2022-2023 edition
After receiving the 129 selected projects, 4 projects were presented to the guest audience:
- Sam Dahmani, Deputy Managing Director of French Tech Lille, had the opportunity to present the TECH & FAB Summit organized by French technology capital Lille contribute to the growth of the industrial startup ecosystem in France.
- At her side, Alexia Reiss, Secretary General of SISTAspoke about her project for conferences organized by the association SISTA to strengthen support for women entrepreneurs and make investment funds aware of the problems they encounter.
- So Stan Coignard, Community Leader of the french technology miami, presented Les French Tech Capital Days, an event of the French Tech Miami Community that will bring together French startups with foreign investors and talent to accelerate their development.
- Finally, Caroline Neyron, Administrative Director of Impact Francerevealed its masterclass project organized in different cities in France to help entrepreneurs improve their social and environmental impact.
Alongside them, other winners who were not present benefited from the support of French Tech, from which here is a selection:
- “France – Canada Women in Innovation Bridge” supported by the Community French technology Toronto encourage meetings and feedback between French and Canadian entrepreneurs who want to establish themselves on the other side of the Atlantic;
- “Onco Startup Summit” organized by the collective OncoSTART which brings together cancer research and innovation players, which will highlight business projects dedicated to the fight against cancer;
- “LFDay”, an international event sponsored by the association The Digital Farmwhich contributes to the influence of French innovations on AgriFoodTech;
- training developed by Living Laboratory of Freedom support startups in the use of products and services with socio-environmental impact;
- An acceleration program dedicated to GreenTech startups (co-)founded by at least one woman, supported by the WILLA incubator ;
- Awareness actions on entrepreneurship, innovation and digital, carried out by the Community French Tech Martinique for the women of Martinique;
- The “Open Green Tech” fair organized by French Community Tech Grande Provence which will bring together startups, companies and public actors around issues related to the ecological transition.