Lekiosk raises 5.6M€ to go international

Lekiosk, the self-professed ‘World’s first 3D newstand’, has just announced that they closed a series B round, raising 2.85M€ from CM-CIC (who also invested in Deezer) and 2.75M€ from CDC Entreprises (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations). They plan to leverage their newly raised funding to extend their geographic reach beyond France and (recently launched) UK […]

Supermarket giant Carrefour launches 1st virtual store in France

Supermarket giant Carrefour launches 1st virtual store in France

This week in the Part-Dieu region of Lyon, France, passersby were surprised at a new type of “pop-up store” – a 9×9 stand filled with images of 300+ supermarket goods lined with barcodes – Carrefour’s 1st experiment at a virtual store. The test store will be available until October 18th, thought another store is expected […]

SGW France – Keeping Social Good Social

SGW France – Keeping Social Good Social

Hats off to Mailforgood and its brainchild, Social Good Week France – a string of events celebrating “digital solidarity” from September 25 to October 2. Rallying around the theme of “How new technology is changing the world,” the initiative brought together a number of France’s top civic innovators in eight cities across the country. Needless […]

Giftiz Incentivizes Games to create Active Gamers

Two of the biggest and most daunting challenges in the games sector are enticing gamers to try new games and getting them to be highly engaged within the game (i.e. longer and more frequent game play). It goes without saying that, as a first step, the game itself must be fun and engaging, but this […]

French study shows Child Tablet use on the Rise

Research shows that sitting motionless for hours contributes to weight gain, attention disorders and drops in intelligence. At work, on the train and at home people stay glued to glowing tablets, computer screens and mobile devices. How have our habits changed with the increasing dependence on smartphones? Have we taught our kids that accessing ‘’instant” stuff […]

London hosts the Global Daily Deals Expo

After a successful European summit this past march, the Global Daily Deals Association (GDDA) will be hosting a full-fledged expo at the end of this month in London. The event is set to bring together speakers from Fourquare, LivingSocial & hundreds of industry experts to talk about the future of Daily Deals. The event fill discuss topics […]

Rude VC: The Resources vs. Agility Trap

These are times of tremendous uncertainty for France’s startup ecosystem. Uncertainty of how the new administration of President Hollande will treat startups. Uncertainty over upcoming revisions in the tax code that will affect entrepreneurs and investors alike. Uncertainty in the French jobs market. Uncertainty hanging over the euro. Uncertainty over how exothermic macroeconomic events, such […]

Ifeelgoods partners with leading e-gifters InComm

Ifeelgoods, a leading digital promotions platform and specialist in Facebook credits, has announced that they are entering into an exclusive partnership with InComm, a global leader in e-gifts and prepaid products.  As Ifeelgoods aim is to enable marketers to engage with and convert audiences through fulfilment of gift rewards via Facebook (ie Facebook credits), iTunes, Amazon […]

Kontest "reboots" its Facebook Contest Platform

Last week, Paris-based startup Kontest launched the v2 of their Facebook contest managemnt platform, with new features, a new look, and new analytics. The two-year old startup has been working with brands like Adobe, Orange, Easyjet, and Samsung, as well as agencies like Publicis & Valtech to help brands entertain their community while making efficient […]

CNC-Oseo-RIAM can help fund your "image" startup

Although it has existed in its current form since 2007, the CNC-Oséo RIAM call for proposals is still a little-known way of getting funds for projects that deal with the “production, channelling and distribution of interactive or non-interactive images and/or sound, in a linear or non-linear form”. One of our most renowned French startups, Dailymotion, is using […]