Web Summit 2017: A highly successful harvest for La French Tech


It was what we could call a truly rewarding week at the Web Summit 2017 6-9 November. The 150 French Tech startups hardly went unnoticed since they were present and active in multiple spots around the Altice Arena, and its four pavilions, the venue on the outskirts of Lisbon. They pitched and presented their innovative technologies on and off the stage in the areas of FinTech, MedTech, HR & Recruitment, LegalTech, eCommerce, hardware, software, Big Data, IoT as well as music, sport, travel, recreation & wellness, philanthropy & social good to international investors, influencers and visitors.

Lifeina distinguished for its breakthrough solution for chronic disease patients

French Tech startup Lifeina convinced both jury and the audience this year and took the 2017 Web Summit Pitch! The MedTech designed a portable fridge for the transportation and daily use of essential medication. A breakthrough solution for people suffering from chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and many others. Lifeina stood out from 200 other startups to win the title.

The most sought-after startups at the Summit

Amongst the 2,100 startups present at the summit 5 French startups were in the top 10 of those most solicited by international investors.  4 of these were in AI reflecting the growing recognition of French AI expertise.

Deepomatic  empowers businesses by delivering tailor-made computer vision AI and ensuring they get the most out of their images.

Recast AI, a leading AI bot platform in enterprise customer service. The collaborative platform that builds, trains, deploys and monitors intelligent bots for developers.

CosmoTech helps the C-suite make optimal decisions with augmented intelligence in complex systems.

Tellmeplus platform leverages machine learning and big data to automate the creation and deployment of predictive models, augmenting human experts for faster and more accurate predictions in customer and asset intelligence.

Finalcad digitizing the building industry.

52 high-caliber French speakers on the stage

French Tech unicorns, ambassadors and Fortune 500 companies expressed their views on building the future, Sigfox and BlaBlaCar are just two examples:

Ludovic Le Moan, CEO & co-founder of Sigfox, talking about IoT 2.0 said that we need to create global value around IoT, defining its ROI beyond financial returns to save lives, protect the environment and amongst other areas.

Speaking on a panel on the theme ‘Rethink transport, remake the world‘, Nicolas Brusson, Co-founder & CEO of BlaBlaCar, said that the ambition of entrepreneurs has changed today as in fact has their environment. The European ecosystem will be stronger in 5 years time, he concluded.

French Tech on the Growth Summit Stage

Stephan Bauer, VP Business Development, Snips pitched on Growth Summit Stage which places the spotlight on the world’s fastest growing companies. The dynamic AI French startup develops algorithms to make connected devices autonomous, for example by giving them voice assistance capability.  Integrated technology bypasses the need for a server, ensuring that user data remains confidential.

The wize map in the app

The organizers of the Summit chose Mapwize as the official Web Summit App Map, which was probably used at some stage or another by the 59,115 attendees of the event. Mapwize is the indoor mapping platform for creating new digital services in buildings. The maps are simple to integrate into guidance applications, workspace management, maintenance or security.