VIVA TECHNOLOGY is the billed as the World’s rendezvous for startups, innovators and leaders. The conference is being held from May 24-26 at Paris’ Porte de Versailles Convention Center, and will be opened by President Macron of France. Once again play host to more than 300 guest speakers, including CEOs Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber), Ginni Rometty (IBM) and Satya Nadella (Microsoft), with diversity being a major point of focus.

The VivaTour of Innovation: Stops in 24 cities around the globe

During the 6 months leading up to Viva Technology, the VIVA team travelled to 24 cities – including some of the most dynamic startup hubs on the planet – in search of new innovations. Their goal: source the most promising startups and gather thousands of entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to take part in VivaTech 2018.

2018 Startup Challenges: 95 nationalities represented

This year, Viva Technology has expanded its global influence by way of its Startup Challenges: 50% increase in applicants and 1,500 startups selected to exhibit or pitch at the event are international, with 95 different nationalities represented. The “top 10” countries with the most entries are France, the USA, the UK, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Russia, South Korea, and South Africa.

VivaTech 2018 will host 20 pavilions and delegations from various countries

This year, more than 20 countries will present their leading startups and all the latest innovations from their ecosystem. That’s 5 times more than in 2017, with:

  • 10 European pavilions: Berlin, French-German Pavilion for the industry of the future (Industry 4.0), Italy, Luxembourg, the UK, Russia (via the Skolkovo Foundation), Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wallonia;
  • 6 African pavilions: South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia;
  • 3 Asian pavilions: South Korea, Japan, and Singapore (part of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation);
  • Misk Fondation (Saudi Arabia)
  • 20+ international delegations are expected, including representatives from Canada, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mauritius Island, Mexico, Poland, Quebec, Spain, and more.

Over 200 startups will be presented in these pavilions

Japan will showcase 15 startups specializing in artificial intelligence. For the first time, the French-German Pavilion will bring together a number of prestigious schools, universities, and institutions to work on the joint research projects of more than 30 startups, covering topics such as the industry of the future, AI, blockchain, and machine learning.  And on the Israeli Pavilion, visitors will discover some of the most promising startups for the European market in the verticals of our labs and major partners.

Afric@tech: Africa, the new frontier of the digital revolution

In Africa, digital technology is developing at an astonishing rate. This development is accompanied by the emergence of an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, startups, and incredibly dynamic support structures.

According to Partech Ventures, funds raised by African startups have increased by 870% since 2012, reaching $366 million in 2016 for the 77 startups that were financed. Likewise, according to a study by the GSMA, the number of incubators, accelerators, fab labs, and other coworking spaces in Africa has surpassed that which was calculated for Asia in 2016. These African prototypes were created to respond to the key issues regarding MedTech, FinTech, EdTech, and energy management, and are ready for immediate use on the global scale.

This evolution is made even more interesting when we consider the three main particularities of digital development in Africa: Further explanations with Julie Ranty and Maxime Baffert, the Managing Directors of Viva Technology. More than 100 of the most promising African startups will meet collaborators from all over the world at VivaTech.

Major partners – Orange, BNP Paribas, AccorHotels, Airbus, Engie, RATP, Sanofi, Thales, Total, Vinci Energies, and the AFD – have selected 49 startups from 14 different countries across the African continent with the hope of developing joint projects with them in the future.

The 6 country pavilions will welcome 52 startups from South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal (represented by the UN and the incubator Jokkolabs), as well as the Mazars Africa network.

In the Afric@Tech Lab, the French Development Agency (AFD), Sanofi, Total, and Vinci Energies, along with a special selection of startups, will discuss the problems they encounter on the continent: prevention, access to healthcare, blockchain in the energy industry, and sustainable development, will be among the major issues explored in this space shared by both large corporations and startups. The lab will also feature exclusive events and presentations, as well as a pitch area.

A cycle of conferences will take place on the entire morning of Thursday, May 24th on Stage X, and tackle the continent’s most crucial issues with regard to innovation, support structures, and the funding of this budding, innovative network.

Speakers mainly from Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and Tunisia) will testify to the emergence of an ecosystem that is in full bloom. Some of the well-known participants will include Viola Llewellyn, the CEO of Ovamba in Cameroon and a specialist in the funding of African SMBs, Aaron Fu, Managing Director of Mest in Ghana, the largest African incubator, and Tomi Davies, President of ABAN in Nigeria, one of the most powerful networks of angel investors on the African continent.

The African point of view will be present throughout the event with #Afric@Tech

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