The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region will send a record delegation of 37 startups to CES Las Vegas on January 5–8. CES is the world’s premier consumer electronics event, and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional delegation will be France’s largest—evidence of the region’s pole position in digital technology.
The 37 startups exhibiting at the 50th annual CES offer a broad range of innovative products for sports, entertainment, the environment, and health and wellness. Ten of the companies exhibiting have already won CES Innovation Awards. The awards are given to the year’s most remarkable innovations, and confirm the caliber and potential of the winning companies.
The region’s delegation will be led by the Minalogic digital technology cluster and the Auvergne region’s economic development agency, ARDE. The trip is financed in part by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional government and the European Union in partnership with clusters Imaginove, Clust’R Numérique, and Numélink. Representatives of manufacturing companies like SEB and STMicroelectronics and elected officials will round out the delegation, which is expected to count nearly 200 people.
Helping startups get the most out of the event through targeted support
CES Las Vegas is a strategic event for participating companies. To ensure that all of the exhibitors are able to take advantage of the business opportunities available, Minalogic and ARDE offered targeted support over several months in the run-up to the event. The “On the Road to CES” program featured six workshops covering the elevator pitch, social media, exhibit booth design, media relations, regulatory issues, and business intelligence.
And the support will continue during the event. Minalogic and ARDE will be on hand to actively facilitate introductions between the region’s startups and international investors and contacts from major corporations.
37 startups (up from 28 in 2016) and 1 research organization
10 CES Innovation Award 2017 winners (up from 6 in 2016)
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region:
- France’s second-largest center for the digital industry with 15,000 companies and 90,000 employees innovating new digital solutions every day
- 4 French Tech cities: Lyon French Tech, French Tech in the Alps, Saint-Etienne Design Tech, and Clermont Auvergne French Tech
- Europe’s eighth-largest region in terms of GDP (€239 billion in 2012)
- France’s largest regional manufacturing economy by number of jobs (490,000 jobs; 18% of all jobs in the region)
- France’s second-leading region for foreign investment, with more than 1,400 foreign-owned firms
“The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, as one of France’s leading regions for digital technologies, is home to one of Europe’s most dynamic digital ecosystems. With the support of Minalogic and ARDE, the region is gearing up to showcase some fantastic technologies. Our startups will do us proud at CES. They are true innovators and entrepreneurs and they will show that the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is a hub for innovation coordinated by some remarkable clusters,” said Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region President Laurent Wauquiez.
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