Trista Bridges raises $1m, marking the first investment for ISAI's Seed Club

Last month, ISAI not only announced the closing of their ISAI Venture II fund, but also announced that they were taking their first foray into seed-stage investing through their newly created ‘Seed Club‘. Via Seed Club, ISAI plans to co-invest with angels who are already investors in their principal fund(s) in 5-6 seed stage startups per year. The first […]

Bpifrance's Le Hub seeks to drive innovation through better ecosystem collaboration [Sponsored]

Bpifrance's Le Hub seeks to drive innovation through better ecosystem collaboration [Sponsored]

Bpifrance is obviously a key stakeholder within the French tech ecosystem.  Since 2000, they’ve provided financing to 60k companies, have had at their disposal 18 billion euros to invest in the ecosystem, and have helped finance 200 venture funds. For startups in particular, this support ranges in everything from subsidies to loans to direct and […]

Privacy Advocate Tristan Nitot on France's surveillance law "This law is a major step towards a police state"

Privacy Advocate Tristan Nitot on France's surveillance law "This law is a major step towards a police state"

With all the data that the IoT and Connected Hardware revolution will generate, securing these devices as well as all the information they utilize and generate is increasingly becoming a concern.  Add to that the increasing level of electronic / internet surveillance by governments around the world, ensuring the protection of our devices and data poses a formidable […]

Learning and talent management leader Skillsoft buys Vodeclic

Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management have announced that they’ve just bought Vodeclic, a leading provider of next generation video tutorials via a purpose-built and easy-to-navigate cloud-based platform.  The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Vodeclic offers content in 6 different languages and their platform is offers a variety of innovative features, including: Interactive assessments […]

Techstars to hold Paris launch event this week for their new Berlin-based food and travel tech accelerator

Techstars has been one of the most successful accelerators in bringing their program to different cities throughout the US and now in Europe. In the last couple years, Techstars’ expansion strategy has taken a interesting turn as they’ve partnered with corporates to build out several vertical accelerators around areas such as entertainment (Disney), mobility (Ford, […]

Aerospace and defense giant Safran launches €50 million venture fund

Looking to reinforce their innovation and transformation focused strategy, French aerospace and defense leader Safran has announced that they’re launching a €50 million corporate venture fund. The investment period of the fund will span 3 years and will focus on innovative startups aerospace, defense and security industries. Safran Corporate Ventures will seek to invest in startups […]

iAdvize acquires Bringr, integrating social and customer engagement

Leading customer engagement platform, Nantes-based iAdvize, announced today that they’ve scooped up social media publishing and monitoring tool Bringr for 700k euros.  After rounding out the various ways companies can communicate and engage with customers by integrating “click to community”, community chat functionality earlier this year, adding-in Bringr will enable iAdvize to offer a more […]

Hotel Tonight's growth accelerates in France and beyond (Part II)

  This is the second installment in a two part series about Hotel Tonight. In the first installment we spoke with co-founder and COO Jared Simon. In this installment we’ll also be speaking with VP International and Paris office head Amir Segall and French Market Manager Marie Hardel.   How is the Airbnb phenomenon affecting what you […]

BNP Paribas, leveraging Open Innovation to build the 'Bank of Tomorrow' [Sponsored]

The Bank of Tomorrow As with many sectors, the financial sector is undergoing fundamental shift thanks to technology.  The rise of Fintech is changing how both consumers and companies bank. While regulation is a challenge for Fintech, it’s evident that over time, laws will evolve and new models of financial management, investing, and banking will […]

OuiShare, at the cutting edge of the Collaborative Society

What started as an initiative spearheaded by a loosely connected group of social innovators across various countries, has become a phenomenon. A few years ago, OuiShare was seen as one of, if not the leading think tank (or rather ‘do tank’) on the Sharing Economy and their OuiShare Fest, as the can’t miss international event on the […]