Emmanuel Macron and Axelle Lemaire attended in Paris the past Thursday a meeting organised by the French delegation that will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a major date in the consumer electronics industry’s calendar.
The “French Tech” contingent, comprising 120 companies including 66 startups (nearly one in four of the startups will exhibit at Eureka Park, the CES’ flagship destination), will be out in force. The 73% increase on last year’s attendance is symbolic of the remarkable vibrancy enjoyed by France’s breakthrough technology startups in the last few years.
According to Emmanuel Macron, France’s Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, “Innovations by startups will underpin the French economy’s sustainable recovery. It is our entrepreneurs who will create jobs and build the technologies that everyone will be using tomorrow. France has some unassailable advantages: all of this entrepreneurial talent is what makes up the French Tech. It’s my job to do everything I can to ensure that they succeed on the global stage. France is an outward looking country, it would like everybody, upcoming entrepreneurs and investors from all over the world alike, to acknowledge where its strengths lie: this is the message I will pass on in Las Vegas alongside France’s entrepreneurs”.
Axelle Lemaire believes that “France’s digital players are ready for the international stage. The “French Tech Hub” labels awarded recently show to what extent our regions are committed to our digital transformation. They also show that France can be at the forefront in helping new business leaders emerge on breakthrough markets, such as the connected objects and Big Data segments. The government will support this growth momentum to give it greater impetus, offering easier access to funding and to public procurement contracts for startups”. She finished by stating “We will be in Las Vegas supporting our entrepreneurs”.
Ministers Macron and Lemaire will attend the CES in Las Vegas on 6-8 January 2015 to raise the profile of France’s growing entrepreneurial movement, support the French Tech delegation, and send out the message that we are internationally-minded: French companies are key global market players, and France will promote its strengths to attract new talent and capital, both of which are essential to speeding up our economy’s transformation.
Axelle Lemaire’s program
Tuesday 6 January
8.30am Presentation of the CES by Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (Palazzo Ballroom, Level 5, The Venetian)
10.15am Meeting with Jenny Lawton, CEO of MakerBot (Las Vegas Convention Center, MakerBot booth)
11am Meeting with Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems, with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs (Las Vegas Convention Center, 3D Systems booth)
12pm Meeting with Brian Krzanick, CEO of Intel, with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs (Las Vegas Convention Center, Intel booth)
1.15pm Luncheon with French firms (theme: the Internet of Things), with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs
3pm Meeting with the Honorable Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (Hospitality Suite, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas)
3.30pm Meeting with Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission
6.30pm Attend National Venture Capital Association event, with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs and meeting with Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of the NVCA
8pm Dinner with American venture capitalists and business leaders as well as a French delegation, with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs
Wednesday 7 January
8.30am Meeting with Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association and organiser of the CES, with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs
10.30am Official tour of Eureka Park and meeting with French firms, with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs (Eureka Park, TBC – Departure from Business France stand)
1.30pm Press luncheon (theme: French Tech), with Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs and Muriel Pénicaud, Director-General of Business France
4pm Meeting with Arnold Leung, CEO of Appnovation
5.30pm French Tech Happy Hour – Meeting with innovative French businesses from the delegation (Eureka Park, Ubifrance booth)
6.30pm Leaders in Technology Dinner (Palazzo Ballroom, Level 2, The Venetian)
9pm "Talents Sharing" night organised by Medef (Hotel Flamingo)
Thursday 8 January
10.30am Visit to the Valeo booth and meeting with startups focusing on "connected car" technologies (Valeo booth)
11.30am Meeting with American investors
1.30pm Departure for San Francisco
7.30pm Dinner with key American business leaders (residence of the Consul General)
Friday 9 January
7.30am Press breakfast (Café de la Presse)
9.30am Meeting with Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco (City Hall)
9.45am Meeting with the Mayor’s advisers for tech and digital affairs (City Hall)
11am Meeting with female Silicon Valley business leaders on the theme "Women in Tech" (Stanford University)
12.15pm Luncheon with American investors: institutional venture capitalists, Silicon Valley Bank, influential angel investors
4pm Visit to French Tech Hub and L’Atelier, welcomed by Xavier Wartelle, CEO of French Tech Hub and Louis Treussard, CEO of L’Atelier BNP Paribas, followed by a meeting with French entrepreneurs
6.30pm Meeting with entrepreneurs on the theme of the social and solidarity-based economy (residence of the Consul General)
7pm Reception with the French tech community (residence of the Consul General)