Regional start-ups put on their show at Vivatech in Paris

Porte de Versailles, Neptech and HysiLabs announce their collaboration and the South region launches the SudPlace platform

By Geneviève Van Lede, special correspondent in Paris

And let’s go for the show… It’s not the CES in Las Vegas, the global high mass of connected objects and consumer electronics, but it looks like it. After two years spent under health constraints, the Viva Technology 2022 show, better known as VivaTech, opens its doors this morning in Paris, Porte de Versailles, for four days, with Saturday a day dedicated to the general public. With an area of ​​45,000 m², 1,500 exhibitors including 1,200 start-ups and 100,000 visitors expected, this major tech event which aims to become the CES in Las Vegas in Europe, aims to highlight new technologies and to show what their applications would be in our daily lives ten years from now, or even longer.

The digital version set up last year remains accessible online for this 6th edition, which will allow those who wish to access the content and follow the conferences live. But nothing beats physical encounters, face-to-face exchanges. Vivatech welcomes large groups from around thirty countries, such as Audi, Binance, Google, not to mention them all.

During these four days, including three dedicated to professionals aiming to promote business exchanges in particular and one day open to the general public, the focus will be on Web 3, mobility and solutions aimed at promoting social inclusion. We will therefore talk about this new generation of Internet uses based on the “blockchain” (chain of blocks), cryptocurrencies or even NFTs (non-fungible tokens). We will also talk about sustainable development and greentech. The South Region, the Aix-Marseille Provence, Toulon Provence Méditerranée, Nice Côte d’Azur, the Sophia Antipolis Agglomeration Community, as well as Risingsud, support 36 regional start-ups working in carbon-free mobility, renewable energies, waste recovery, energy efficiency or for better management of water resources, home automation for the carbon footprint, “agritech” and cybersecurity.

As for the CES in Las Vegas, the startuppers benefited from coaching and advice on how to manage meetings with the press or potential partners who will visit the stand. “Visitors don’t always come with good intentionsrecalled Bernard Kleynhoff, chairman of the economic and digital development commission and chairman of Risingsud. You have to learn to master your speech but also look around at what is being done. This is an opportunity to meet partners and potential investors.

With an area of ​​45,000 m², 1,500 exhibitors including 1,200 start-ups and 100,000 visitors expected, this major tech event aims to become the CES in Las Vegas in Europe.
With an area of ​​45,000 m², 1,500 exhibitors including 1,200 start-ups and 100,000 visitors expected, this major tech event aims to become the CES in Las Vegas in Europe.Photo GVL

The young shoots of the Arbois technology park constitute the main wagon of the regional delegation. The leaders are Ombrea and its smart shade structures designed to monitor the microclimate on crops, and Hysilabs, which has developed a breakthrough innovation for the transport and storage of hydrogen, and Audioze and its Morphée solutions for falling asleep. and relax 100% disconnected, without waves and without a screen, Biopooltech which is launching its BioHomeTech device on Vivatech.

This tech high mass is also an opportunity to present new products or make great announcements. This is the case of Neptech, the Aix-based zero-emission ship design company and the HysiLabs start-up developing a liquid hydrogen carrier, who decided to work together to build a passenger transport ship at electro-hydrogen propulsion. The agreement includes the performance of technical and economic feasibility studies for the use of HydroSil, the solution developed by HysiLabs as an energy vector. It’s the first step towards a full-scale prototype but it’s also “a beautiful territorial synergy“as Pierre-Emmanuel Casanova, the co-founder of HysiLabs, concedes.

The other announcement of the morning is that of the regional platform SudPlace, facilitator of innovations and transformations in the South Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. This platform is part of the economic recovery plan to facilitate and develop innovation in the region. This tool of the Region, at the service of the development of start-ups and innovative SMEs and the transformation of the territory’s principals, has three objectives: to facilitate collaboration between principals and start-ups, innovative SMEs (sourcing ) or the search for associated support through a more readable offer. In short, the way to bring together the entire innovation ecosystem of the territory more efficiently.

This 100% free and accessible platform will facilitate procedures and provide access to all the regional, national and European aid from which it is possible to benefit or consult the offers of collaboration proposed by the principals of the territory.

The other nuggets on display

We will also be able to discover Agrove and its connected planters, Acwa robotics and its robot which examines the pipes to detect leaks, Birds for change and its awareness tool to educate birds in waste collection, Chargepoly and its charging stations, Maca and his futuristic hydrogen flying car. Without forgetting Quantia and its eco-friendly water heater, Sakowin which wants to produce green hydrogen by using the decomposition of methane by low-energy plasma or even Serenysun energies and its first solar power plant for collective self-consumption.

We will look at Géocorail and its blocks of artificial rock intended for underwater structures, Syroco and its speeddraft intended to smash the world speed record on water without carbon emissions. With its probes, the Avignon-based company Brad technology analyzes the soil and allows farmers to make the right decisions for monitoring their crops. Light in the led adjusts the light in real time according to the needs of the plants. With its digital solution Millionroads allows users to build their own orientation routes. And many other innovations.

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Regional start-ups put on their show at Vivatech in Paris

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