On 24th March, Anne Hidalgo gave the keys to the City Hall to 1,001 startups. They met partners, clients, suppliers and investors and prepare for their international development. This event introduced more than 3,000 enthusiastic participants to one another and promises to speed up numerous innovative projects.
This second edition has been a huge success: more than 3,000 participants took over the City Hall for the whole day, representing 1,001 start-ups, 300 investors, 100 experts and 50 large groups. This event, led by Paris&Co, was resolutely geared towards the international, with entrepreneurs hailing from 50-odd countries. Numerous cities also accepted the invitation to attend: Abidjan, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dakar, Helsinki, Hong-Kong, Madrid, Montreal, Lisbon, Tel Aviv and Tokyo to name a few.
Throughout the day, the participants visited the different City Hall rooms which were opened to them, going from panel discussions to speed dating style events with numerous international participants (more than 2,800 meetings were organised throughout the day!), to presentations in front of investors to try and raise funds, to demonstrations of their solutions in the dedicated “Demo Space”.
They also took part in the « Reverse Business Pitches », where startups and large companies inversed their roles for a unique pitch session lasting ten minutes. Each large account presented their strategies and objectives for future commercial collaborations to the 120 young companies present.
photos: ©Sophie Robichon - Henri Garat - JB Gurliat
Photos: ©Sophie Robichon - Henri Garat - JB Gurliat - Mairie de Paris