During the ITS Congress on intelligent transport, Bordeaux proved itself to be a key Smart City, followed over the course of the past month by many events in the field of digital technology, bearing testimony to the vitality of the local ecosystem.
French Tech celebrates its 1st anniversary with success
One year on since receiving its French Tech accreditation, Bordeaux Métropole brought together over 1,400 people to review the projects and actions carried out.
In one year, €776,600 has been allocated to 35 digital projects through French Tech grants, awarded in partnership with BPI France.
A digital technology “job market” was also organised with some 50 enterprises proposing 140 jobs and internships, including Concoursmania, the European leader in online games and competitions, and Jobijoba.
Bordeaux, a FinTech stronghold
Bordeaux also organised and hosted the first FinTech event in France, in the Darwin Eco-system.
Round tables and eminent speakers provided an opportunity to define the structure and identity of Fin Techs, as well as to comprehend this new model for collaboration and to share experience between financial start-ups and investors in this expanding sector.
Bordeaux has ten or so enterprises directly linked to FinTechs, in particular in crowdfunding, such as Happy Capital and Hello Asso, which has collected €13 million.
Other examples include Benoolend, which specialises in financing renewable energy in developing countries, and Evollis, a platform for hiring objects with the option of buying, which already employs 21 people.
Bordeaux, capital of immersive and collaborative 3D technology
With nearly 600 participants, #it3D Event was a two-day BtoB gathering for virtual and augmented reality. Held for the 2nd time, the congress was co-organised by Bordeaux company Immersion, a European leader in 3D simulation for industry, and brought together SMEs, start-ups and large groups in aeronautics, transport and energy, around these new technologies which represent an international market that is forecast to reach $150 billion in 2020.
This event was an opportunity for the sector in the region, which already boasts thirty or so enterprises, to launch a cluster specialising in 3D simulation for industry, headed by Immersion.
The next 3D collaborative technology #it3D Summit event has already been scheduled for 2016 in Bordeaux, with the it3D Aquitaine network, which includes twenty or so players (industrial suppliers and users as well as training institutes).
Launch of new initiatives for boosting attractiveness
One of the missions of French Tech Bordeaux is to encourage large groups to help the emergence of start-ups.
Interesting private initiatives in Bordeaux include:
- The Futur Village by Crédit Agricole: co-working spaces to allow leaders of innovative projects easy access to international groups and local medium-sized enterprises.
- BNP Innov: an Innovation cluster providing precise solutions to the specific needs of innovative SMEs.
- Launch of 4 accelerators to help digital technology enterprises to grow more quickly and raise funds: 33Entrepreneursin wine, gastronomy and tourism, Digit’halles for online selling and Hemera headed by the founder and Managing Director of Bordeaux group ConcoursMania.
- Launch of the 1Kubator incubator,a network for the launch of start-ups.
Bu hosting 30 or so international digital technology events on technological innovation each year, Bordeaux Métropole, which has also had the privilege of welcoming Xavier Niel, is promoting its knowledge at an international level.
(Sources: Aquitaine on Line, Objectif Aquitaine, Usine Digitale, Aqui, Invest in Bordeaux)