Antipodes 2017 to combine Kiwi ingenuity and French Tech creativity [fr]
Capitalizing on the success of Antipodes 2016, the Embassy of France and its New Zealand partners are looking into taking kiwi ingenuity and creativity to the French Tech and Digital ecosystem by sponsoring the participation of New Zealand creative entrepreneurs and startups to 2 major international events in Paris next June 2017 : Futur-en-Seine and Viva Technology.
Antipodes aims to provide a yearly platform for collaboration between French and New Zealand artists, scientists, creative technologists, academics, researchers, and businesses.
Its objectives include increasing mutual knowledge, enhancing connections between creative academic and research organisations and generating long-term partnerships and collaborative projects between the two countries.
Selected applicants from New Zealand will benefit from a return international ticket sponsored by the Embassy.
They will have the opportunity to get free registration passes to attend one of the two events, showcase their work and participate in a range of activities, from pitch to networking sessions.
Futur-en-Seine is an international digital festival in the heart of the Paris Region, presenting the latest digital innovations to professionals and the general public.
Since 2009, the festival has been exploring trends, selecting the best of innovation and having it tested by its large number of visitors: 300,000 in 2016.
The festival intends to co-design innovation, holds an ambition of empowerment, and advocates a global approach by innovation on great challenges of our society –health, education, environment, -that is centered on citizen and users.
By gathering visionary entrepreneurs, inspiring players and promising talents, the festival builds and shares a vision of the digital world: diverse, creative and daring!
The New Zealand delegation to Futur-en-Seine is a joint initiative from the French Embassy, Massey University’s College of Creative Arts and Auckland University of Technology’s Colab.
The New Zealand delegation will comprise of up to 8 creative entrepreneurs, designers, digital artists and researchers creating new usages using technologies, looking for wide public and user-centric exposure and BtoC.
VivaTech is the new global meeting for game changers, bringing together the most innovative startups and global players in digital transformation.
After a first edition in June 2016, VivaTech has established itself as a major technology event, bringing together 45,000 visitors, 5,000 startups, 800 speakers and 250 investors from 106 countries.
Highlights of the 2017 edition include keynotes speakers such as Tony Hseih, CEO, Zappos ; Peggy Johnson, Executive VP, Microsoft ; Ambarish Mitra , Co-Founder & CEO, Blippar ; David Kenny, General Manager, IBM Watson ; Bob Pittman, Chairman & CEO, iHeartMedia ; Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc ; Dan Schulman, CEO, Paypal ; Daniel Zhang, CEO, Alibaba and many more.
VivaTech brings together international startups, investors and major corporate groups through the Vivatechnology Challenge Platform, where startups apply to offer a tech response to brand challenges on various sector verticals (Fintech, Healthtech, Luxury, Transport, Tourism, HR etc.).
There are no barriers to entry: the floor is open to everyone from all sectors, all you have to do is bring your potential.
The French Embassy will sponsor up to 8 New Zealand startups selected through the VivaTech Challenge Platform by covering international return tickets.
Selected startups will be free from registration costs. Applying startups must be less than 8 years old, with innovative tech solutions, looking for international investors and partners and seeking an opportunity for a pitch or to showcase a viable commercial product internationally in a BtoB environment.
For more information and to apply, see the call for applications.
These two events are part of a global movement that France has experienced in recent years: the country is increasingly positioning itself as a major player and place of innovation and tech through several public-funded large-scale initiatives and programmes such as Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus ; La French Tech, gathering the community of French startups in France and overseas, or the French Tech Ticket programme to attract gifted and ambitious individuals from all around the world and help them set up and develop their startup in France.