French Tech Bridges France & Israel at DLD Innovation Festival


When it comes to La French Tech’s influence, it seems no corner of the world is unreachable, and why should Israel – one of the world’s tech hotspots – be any different? In fact, the roots of cooperation between the two countries run deep. So it’s no surprise that some of the movers-and-shakers of French Tech were out in full force at the recent DLD Innovation Festival, Israel’s premier high tech event, earlier this month. A combination of CES and SXSW, DLD brings together thousands of tech professionals, entrepreneurs and investors from Israel and abroad for an entertaining festival and conference highlighting innovation, digital media, science and culture.

France and Israel have a long history of business and technology collaboration. A delegation of key players from the French tech scene was there to continue this partnership, led by Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, and Mounir Mahjoubi, Secretary of State for Digital. During an interactive panel session, Mounir was able to discuss how the two countries can further their cooperation on technology and economic-related issues.

Several Israel-Franco startups, entrepreneurs and executives demonstrated how they are able to further bridge these two countries together. This ran the gamut from large conglomerates, like ST Microelectronics, whose country manager Stéphane Chouchan presented the ST-up Accelerator, a mentoring program for post-seed startups to startups like French/Israeli-founded Sonorapy (started by well-known entrepreneur Noemie Alliel) that pioneers development in the use of sound waves to detect diseases.

Startups in Israel enjoy much of the same support from incubators and accelerators that France offers, and several French startups have benefitted from the ecosystem in Israel. During the event, a “Happy Hour for French Tech Israel” gave attendees a chance to discover Gvahim’s The Hive accelerator and Keyrus, the Keyrus Innovation Factory, both aimed primarily toward “new immigrants.”

Five French-Israeli startups then went on to a pitch session:


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Furthering the theme of collaboration and shared knowledge, Avner Maman, a French entrepreneur based in Israel, launched a coding boot camp. His Developers.Institute program is a fast-track coding program aimed to help young engineers and anyone else interested in programming to become productive software writers in just three months.

French Tech delegation at DLD event

Of course, money is also key to getting startups up and running, so the launch of a Tel Aviv edition of Startup Hunt from investment facilitator Oneragtime, added further proof that Israel and France can collaborate across many different levels of the tech ecosystem.