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« Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville 2017 »: 1,001 start-ups from around the world to innovate in large international sporting events


On 16th March the third « Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville » event will take place, which has been an initiative of the City of Paris and Paris&Co, Paris’s economic development and innovation. For one day, it will bring together start-ups, corporates, investors, both French and international, who will exchange concrete business opportunities specifically within the framework of the organisation of large international sports events. The call for applications to participate in this day of meetings and business exchanges are opened.


"Once a year in Paris, French and international innovators now have access to a major event offering them the opportunity to share, connect and build, through their innovations, in the city of tomorrow. This year, we invite them to come and discover the stakes of the world's biggest sporting events," said Loïc Dosseur, co-CEO of Paris & Co.


More than 1,000 start-ups for 3,000 business meetings


More than 1,000 start-ups will be selected to take part in the Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville in order to participate in 3,000 business meetings. In 2016, 1,040 start-ups took part in the event, including 200 foreign ones, representing 50 countries.


Sizeable Support

For its third edition, the Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville event will be supported by the Paris City Hall, and large international groups such as AccorHotels, Air France, Elior Group and Orange, but also by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and the start-up Bureaux à Partager. The Hacking 2017 will benefit from both French and international media coverage.

6 events will punctuate the day

The program of this day will include:

- A large StartUp MeetUp, a large-scale speed-dating that will give participants the opportunity to interact with each other for a few minutes in order to initiate a dialogue, which they can pursue at their leisure afterwards;

- 2 pitch sessions during which each start-up can, in three minutes, in the Paris Chamber Hall, appear before a panel of international and corporate investors;

- Conversely, a Reverse Business Pitch will be organised so that large companies present their innovation programme to a start-up audience in order to convince them;

- A DemoSpace and DemoPitch, where about forty start-ups and large groups will be able to exhibit their innovations in a demonstration space and through dedicated pitch sessions;

- 8 workshops will also punctuate the day to allow start-ups to grasp the stakes involved in organising major international sporting competitions: food, safety, transport and mobility. Not unlike what was done for Euro 2016 or the Handball World Cup.




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