Last Thursday, Anne Hidalgo handed the keys to City Hall to 1,162 startups for the 3rd edition of the “Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville”. This event, which included the world’s largest startup meetup, brought together nearly 4,000 participants and 70 nationalities based on the themes of sports innovation and the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For the third consecutive year, Anne Hidalgo and Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika handed the keys to City Hall to startups last Thursday, for an entire day of meetings and professional exchange focused on innovation.
A “Hacking” resolutely turned towards Paris 2024
This edition proved to be an unequivocal success: more than 4,000 participants of 70 different nationalities took over City Hall all day long, representing 1,162 startups and several hundred experts, investors and corporates. Massively relayed across social networks via the hashtag #HackingParis2024, the event reached 29.2 million people on the internet.
This year’s “Hacking”, organized by Paris&Co, the economic development and innovation agency of Paris, was resolutely turned towards the opportunities that hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games could generate in every sector: sports, urban planning and development, the environment, transport, logistics, tourism, health, food and even culture.
“Participating startups attended a nonstop series of workshops, speed-meetings and pitches to French and foreign investors in hopes of raising capital, and got the chance to demo their innovative solutions. More than 3,200 meetings were scheduled! During the Reverse Business Pitch, startups and corporates switched roles during a unique pitch session. Each company presented its strategies and sales collaboration objectives to 150 startups”, explained Loïc Dosseur, co-CEO of Paris&Co.
“Parisian innovation is an asset for the Games”
“Paris is the European city with the largest number of startups: more than 1,500 are created here each year! Over the last ten years, Paris has invested more than €1 billion in innovation. The city boasts 60 incubators with an additional 15 currently underway, 80 co-working spaces and 23 fablabs. In 2016 we opened “Le Cargo”, the largest incubator in Europe, and “Le Tremplin”, the largest incubator located within a sports stadium. This summer, I will also inaugurate “Station F”, the largest incubator in the world”, stated Anne Hidalgo on the occasion of this event.
“This innovation ecosystem based on sharing and collaborative working is an asset for the Paris 2024 Olympic bid, helping us invent new solutions to benefit athletes, delegations, visitors and sponsors. The “Hacking” has once again demonstrated the amazing potential and numerous economic opportunities that hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games would represent for Paris”, the Paris Mayor emphasized.