Smart Home Techmeeting @ Futur en Seine
Paris Region Entreprises has held a Techmeeting devoted to Smart Homes which on this occasion took place as part of the Futur en Seine digital festival. In organising this edition, Paris Region Entreprises made ample use of its branches in San Francisco, Shanghai and Tel Aviv, as well as help from partners Advancity, Cap Digital, EIT Digital NUMA and Silver Valley.
Startups hailing from the Paris Region, Europe, Russia, Israel and Hong Kong were given a chance to be introduced to key players in the Paris Region ecosystem, to take part in discussions at a networking lunch, and to attend scheduled individual meetings with major groups set up in the Paris Region at a business convention.
The Smart Homes market is experiencing a substantial boom, despite the high cost of related hardware, and is facing a promising outlook thanks to fast-rising energy prices and an aging world population.
Paris Region Entreprises holds techmeetings on a regular basis that address value-added issues for the Paris Region (like that of Smart Homes), which will help to detect planned new installations, to pursue the development of projects underway and to foster the economic growth of those sectors within the Paris Region.
During the event, 18 startups and 8 major groups (ENGIE, La Poste Group, Icade, Leroy Merlin, Orange, Saint-Gobain, Samsung and SFR) introduced their companies through a 5-minute pitch. This was followed by a business convention during which more than 150 individual meetings paved the way for a host of partnerships. This brief, effective format has already proven its worth several times.
" We were invited for the Smart Home TechMeeting and it definately was worth preparing and participating in this truely international meeting. It felt as a red carpet in every aspect: great hostmenship, perfect organization, highly interesting startups, committed corporates and - probably most important for us as a startup - real business opportunities.
The VIP tour to the Microsoft Smart Home appartment added a valuable activity to our journey to Paris. Thank you all. Paris earned its place on our horizon! ", Beate Bouwman, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Woodyshousing, NL.
" The Smart Home TechMeeting organized by Paris Region Entreprise was a unique opportunity for us to meet in one place and half a day with 10 companies. This is a tremendous time saver, Highly recommended ”, Pierre Bonnard, Director Innovation Program, Alcatel OneTouch
“ Highly productive day with a smart selection of start up, surprising and efficient meetings (both pull and push)… Very good session in the International Paris. Thanks to the team and organization ”, Marc Jossermoz, Open-Innovation and Business Development Director, SFR
" I found the Smart Home Tech Meeting to have been well prepared and efficiently run. The guest speakers were most informative and presented the latest cutting-edge technology. As a result, I had more than 10 positive meetings with potential future partners and have already had initial meetings with possible collaborators ". Heinz Zuercher, Head of Market Expansion, Digitalstrom AG Switzerland
" As Ubeeko develops its reference implementation for the connected building, the Smart Home TechMeeting has proved the perfect event to identify potential partners and customers and initiate promising contacts ", Ghislain Mazars, CEO Ubeeko, France
“ We at Breeze are developing the future of air quality monitoring for cities and businesses. For us, the Smart Home TechMeeting was a great opportunity to connect with Paris Region Entreprises and some of the biggest French companies. Air quality is a global issue and France is a very interesting market for us - our participation in this event was both our first step into this market and a great chance to visit this beautiful city » Robert Heinecke, CEO Breeze, Germany
The next techmeeting will take place in the second half of the year and will deal with Smart Energy.