Cape Town French Tech Hub French Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron announced Cape Town, one of the most innovative hub in Africa, as one of the 6 new “French Tech Hubs” Cape Town, Paris – February 4th, 2015.
In a gathering of over 500 representatives of the French Technology sector in Bercy, Paris French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of 6 new “French Tech Hubs”, adding to the 5 existing for nearly a year. Cape Town, South Africa therefore joins San Francisco, London, Tokyo, New York or Hong Kong amongst the host of these Hubs, located at the heart of the most innovative cities in the world. “La French Tech” is a increasingly powerful force aggregating thousands of companies, ranging from start ups to large technology groups, joining in an effort to cooperate and co innovate. “La French Tech” community was for instance the largest contingent of non american companies present at the 2016 Consumer Electronic shows in Las Vegas. According to the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA annual ranking, France has the largest number of hyper-growth firms in the «Europe, Middle-East and Africa» area, for the sixth successive year.
The South African French Tech project aims at rapidly scaling up the capacity of the French Tech ecosystem to work with South African unique engineering talent and innovation skills to incubate and accelerate innovative technology ventures.
The initiative is supported by a group of leading French companies such as Methys, Orange, Dassault System, Gemalto, Schneider Electric and Efront which are working in close cooperation with the Silicon Cape community, local and national South African agencies such as Wesgro, CiTi and SEDA .
Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France in South Africa, said “i am delighted that Cape Town has been designated as a ‘French Tech Hub’. This success rewards all the efforts made by a dynamic community of French entrepreneurs, rooted in Cape Town, who takes advantage of a leading innovation ecosystem in Africa. This success will also encourage business and human talent exchanges between France and South Africa, in innovation and especially in the digital industry”.
Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, said “Wesgro welcomes the news that Cape Town has been selected as a new French Tech Hub. The French community in the Cape has made an outsized contribution to tech entrepreneurship and innovation in “Silicon Cape”, and we are thrilled that this contribution has been formally recognised by the French government. As the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro is responsible for promoting the Cape as the leading tech cluster in Africa. The designation of Cape Town as an official French Tech hub is an important vote of confidence in our tech ecosystem, and will help to drive investment, trade and technology transfers between our region and France.”
Christophe Viarnaud, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Methys, added “Methys has been investing for over 6 years in South Africa, through organic growth and acquisition. Most importantly, we have been able to generate through our Cape Town based incubator Methys Labs several successful start up projects leveraging on a wonderful combination of French Tech and South African innovation. Mobile commerce start up Powertime for example recently won the Digiworld Award for start up of the Africa-Middle East region, demonstrating the leadership of South Africa in the field of mobile payments. Methys is very pleased to work with our partners at Dassault Systèmes, eFront, Gemalto, Orange, and Schneider Electric to deliver a vision of Cape Town as a major Hub for French Technology investment. We hope to attract to South Africa and to the ‘Silicon Cape’ R&D, development, and design centres for leading or innovative French Tech companies, and help South African tech companies scale up with the support of the French Tech Network “.
Methys is an international Digital Transformation technology firm with operations in France, Benelux, UK, Tunisia and South Africa. Methys is focused on customer success, driving maximum business performance. Leveraging on partnerships with key technology providers and a rich set of methodologies blending functional and technological excellence, the passion of Methys people is about giving you the means to enhance the performance of your business. www.methys.com
Wesgro is the official Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency for the Western Cape, located in Cape Town. www.wesgro.co.za Press contacts Carole Rossetti – Methys, Communication & marketing officer: firstname.lastname@example.org Hanaa Trifiss – Methys Labs , Cap40 &French Tech Hub Community Manager: email@example.com
The French Tech label in Cape Town: Orange proud to support South Africa’s digital growth internationally Press release Johannesburg 4 Feb 2016 Orange Business Services welcomes the French government’s decision to award Cape Town with title of French Tech n Orange Business Services is one of the founding members of the French Tech Hub in Cape Town.
Orange Business Services has welcomed the French government’s decision to award the French Tech label to the city of Cape Town at the end of January. This announcement came as part of the “French Tech Hub” program launched a year ago, which promotes the vitality of the Francophile Tech ecosystem abroad.
Orange Business Services is one of the founding members of the French Tech Hub in Cape Town. As part of its “open innovation” approach, Orange supports start-ups through its Orange Fab accelerator and Orange Digital Ventures investment arm. Orange is proud to be advancing the knowledge of the new digital world, while exploring its potential and encouraging the creativity of its partners.
Cape Town’s labelling comes after that of world-class cities such as New York, San Francisco, Tokyo and Israel, and in line with that of Moscow, Montreal, Hong Kong, London, Barcelona and Abidjan.
The title was presented in Paris by France’s Minister of Economy, Finances and Industry, Emmanuel Macron, and Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs, Axelle Lemaire.
The purpose of the French Tech Hub program is to create a bridge between French and South African entrepreneurs, particularly within the digital innovation space. It will support the emergence of French start-ups in South Africa and assist South African start- ups to expand in France, through partnerships with the 9 French Tech Hubs in the country.
“France is ranked as the 9th largest investor in South Africa, with more than 300 French companies operating within the country.
Obtaining the French Tech label shows that South Africa stands out as a major technological hub in Africa, and the world,” says Yannick Decaux, South Africa Country Manager, Orange Business Services.
“We have been operating in South Africa and connecting South Africa to the World for 66 years and this recognition confirms the relevance of our decision to have South Africa as our regional headquarter for Africa.”
For more information on the program, visit http://capetown.lafrenchtech.com/ About Orange Business Services
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