A promising collaboration between France and the Netherlands
During her visit, Ms Lemaire met with Amsterdam alderperson Kajsa Ollongren, who focuses on the city’s economic development. The minister was impressed by the French Tech initiative’s rapid development. Both politicians expressed their hope that the current exchange between the Dutch and French innovation ecosystems will continue to develop (in line with the exchange agreement established between StartupAmsterdam and Paris&Co in 2016). A number of participants shared their experiences regarding the quality of the French Tech Ticket programme, which offers entrepreneurs the chance to launch an innovative project in France with the help of a mentor programme and funding. France will soon welcome a second round of startups.
A gathering of diverse startups and companies in Amsterdam
Ms Lemaire then met with representatives from the French Tech community in the Dutch capital. The meeting took place at Rockstart's office in Amsterdam, and a number of startups were present, including Sigfox, Kien, Le Studio, MyReputationLab, Cleeng, MedInReal, iLumens, Fuelling, Red Pimiento, Priceline Group and 1000mercis. Other partners also took part, including large corporates Engie and TomTom, and institutions such as the French Embassy and Chamber of Commerce (CCI ). CCI France Pays-Bas launched a series of networking events known as Apéri’tech.
Business France announced the Benelux Digital Days, which will take place in the latter half of 2017. In addition, French Tech Amsterdam revealed that it will soon receive its own website and social media networks. Minister Lemaire indicated that cities will be invited to apply for the ‘French Tech Hub’ label before the end of this year; she strongly encouraged French Tech Amsterdam to participate. The next event will take place on 6 April 2017.
Original article available on the Embassy of France website (in Dutch)