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Hacking de l’Hôtel De Ville 2017: More than 1000 start-ups hold high the banner to support the Paris bid for the Olympic & Paralympic Games 2024


PRESS RELEASE – 19 January 2017


Hacking de l’Hôtel De Ville 2017: More than 1000 start-ups hold high the banner to support the Paris bid for the Olympic & Paralympic Games 2024


On 16 March 2017, the “Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville” will mobilize the entire innovation ecosystem to support and accompany the Paris 2024 Olympic Games bid.

High stakes for start-ups and global groups alike. “The stakes at hand reach far beyond sports alone. For start-ups and global groups alike, this is a golden opportunity to seize the Paris bid’s core areas of development: sports of course, but also the environment, transports, logistics, urban planning, construction, food & beverage, etc” says Loïc Dosseur, co-CEO of Paris&Co.


Beyond the global gathering inherent to the very nature of the Games, the Paris bid represents an incredible opportunity for economic development, especially for start-ups. In the short term, a study by CDES in Limoges forecasts that the Games will have a significant economic impact:

  • 250 000 new jobs created
  • 4 500 new housing and accommodations
  • A 3-Billion-euro budget invested in infrastructure
  • A 3.2-Billion-euro organization budget (100% financed by the Games)


Parisian start-ups therefore have a strong card to play at every stage of the bidding process.

“Paris and France are fertile ground for innovation, and the Paris 2024 bid intends to put forward these assets in the bidding phase and throughout the 7 years leading up to the Games. The Paris 2024 bid seeks to federate and foster these talents, to make 2024 a true catalyst of social progress and an accelerator of innovative projects that inspire the world.” Tony Estanguet, co-President of Paris 2024.


A major event in the innovation landscape

With 50 countries represented and 1 040 start-ups in 2016 (of which 200 come from abroad), the “Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville” has become an integral part of the innovation ecosystem. Initially launched by the City of Paris and Paris&Co, the “Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville” brings together start-ups, global groups, athletes and international innovation experts to participate in a one-day program to create opportunities and boost business: pitches and reverse pitches to international investors, meeting spaces, demos, recruitment, etc. “The Hacking is an annual highlight for major corporations, because it gives them the chance to develop partnerships with hand-picked start-ups and enhance the visibility of their innovative achievements” points out Loïc Dosseur. To this end, Orange, Accor Hotels and Elior have already confirmed they will be partners of this year’s event.

All the stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem, both French and international, are invited to participate. Sign up to attend on the “Hacking” website starting 19 January 2017.


Press release (PDF, 314 Ko)