Deputy Mayors Jean-François Martins and Jean-Louis Missika this week unveiled the 17 startups to be housed at Le Tremplin, a new incubator dedicated entirely to sporting innovation. Last November, Mayor Hidalgo announced the creation of the world’s first incubator devoted to innovative sporting products and solutions, launching a call for applications from young companies starting out in the sports sector.
Testimony to the vitality of Paris in the fields of both sport and innovation, over 100 startups responded, and following a rigorous selection process 17 were ultimately chosen by Paris&Co - Paris’ economic development and innovation agency – to benefit from the incubator’s unique facilities and infrastructure. Before moving to the Jean Bouin stadium in summer 2016, this first wave of start-ups will be installed next week in temporary premises at the INSEP, where they will receive support in developing their solutions and products, and enhancing their business models.
Already classified as a worldwide leader in intellectual capital and innovation, and a popular host city for many international sporting events, Paris now aims to lead the way in terms of sporting innovation.
Taking part in a round table discussion following the presentation of the startups, Deputy Mayor Jean-François Martins underlined that Paris “must not only be a leader in sporting excellence but also in the domain of the sport economy”.
Deputy Mayor for economic development Jean-Louis Missika spoke of Paris’ successful similar projects, such as the world’s first tourism startup incubator, the Welcome City Lab. He emphasized Paris’ place as “an international hub for startups”, and said that the City’s next objective is to ensure that 30% of its incubated startups come from abroad.
Jauffray Dunyach, creator of selected startup E-Cotiz, praised Le Tremplin for its role in "allowing startups to unite their forces and skills, in spreading sports innovation, and in making Paris a hub of France's economic attractiveness".
The deputy mayors commended both le Tremplin and the startups themselves, announcing that “together, they will make Paris a global leader in the field of sport".
'Le Tremplin' (or “Springboard”), the world’s first incubator dedicated entirely to sports innovation, was launched by Mayor Hidalgo in November. Responding to the City of Paris’ commitment to boosting employment and encouraging the development of the sports industry in Paris , Le Tremplin will ultimately offer some 250 entrepreneurs working in the sports-related arena a 2,200 m² working space in which to develop their projects. In addition to offering a fertile working environment surrounded by like-minded innovators, Le Tremplin aims to provide its residents with access to conference space for pitching projects and bespoke business advisory and financing services for start-ups and SMEs. Le Tremplin’s raison d’être is to harness opportunities created in Paris’ rapidly-evolving and highly strategic sports sector by fostering a culture of innovation in an incubator facility housed in an emblematic sporting facility. The projects under development include using big data, intelligent clothing and connected sports gear to enhance sporting performance, and improving player and spectator experience by introducing cutting-edge technology to ticketing, marketing and event-management services.
Jean Bouin stadium is home to the Stade Français Paris rugby team and located at the heart of an area concentrating several of Paris’ most emblematic sporting facilities including the Parc des Princes football ground, Roland Garros, home to the French Open tennis tournament, and the Pierre de Coubertin omnisport stadium.
Le Tremplin’s brings together startups, institutional actors like the City of Paris and the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) and key companies including Nike and La Française des Jeux, the French lottery operator. Together, these different players will be in a position to create invaluable partnerships in pursuit of innovation in sport for the benefit of both athletes and fans.