Post written by:

Jean-Dominique Seval

Research Business Unit Director, Deputy CEO

At the 39th annual DigiWorld Summit, in partnership with Business France and French Tech, IDATE will be hosting the third annual DigiWorld Awards, recognising excellence in digital start-ups created by French entrepreneurs outside of France, in four categories: Africa and the Middle East – the Americas – Asia – Europe. (outside of France).

Why recognise and reward companies created outside of France?

“French Tech” encompasses everybody who works with or for French start-ups, both in France and abroad. Entrepreneurs, first and foremost, but also investors, engineers, designers, developers, conglomerates, associations, media companies, public operators, R&D centres… all working to further start-ups’ growth and international reach. French Tech – of which Business France is a founding member – is a joint initiative that was kick-started by the French government but sustained and developed by industry stakeholders.

Since 2015 a good number of French Tech Hubs have been created in more than 15 major cities around the globe, all of which represent key centres for development for French Tech start-ups. The goal is to “stimulate collective action” and to bring the various public actors (Business France, consulates, chambers of commerce, local authorities…) together under a single umbrella with a network of entrepreneurs that have a solid footing in overseas markets (start-ups, conglomerates, investors, engineers, designers and developers), which can serve as mentors for young start-ups wanting to develop their business in that market, and as ambassadors for French Tech with local decision-makers.

The DigiWorld Awards thus provide a unique opportunity to identify the many entrepreneurs who have created a start-up abroad, and to recognise those who have been successful overseas… perhaps before coming to France!


Extract from the 2016 ceremony