Forty-five startups from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region received support from Minalogic and the Regional authorities to travel to the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. No other French region was able to send as many participants to what is one of the world’s most important electronic events (and open to the general public).
The startups were all part of Eureka Park, which hosts promising projects. Participating startups included: Airnodes, Apitrak, Ark, Aryballe Technologies, Clotoo, Diabeloop, Drone Interactive, Euveka, EyeSee, Elichens, Funky Sound Studio, Glowbl, GoTOUCH VR, Hap2U, Hease Robotics, Helite, Heroz, Hexadrone, Holi, Ingenious Things, Joy, Kalray, Kick Maker, Lancey Energy Storage, Lili smart, Lovebox, MeerSens, Miraxess, MonkeyFactory, Moovlab, Motion Recall, Navya, OEKON, Oria / Enhancia, ParkMatch, Perfect Memory, Pop'n Link, PowerUp, SensSight, Short Edition, Smart Me Up, SYLINK, VR Connection, and Yesitis. CEA Tech was also a member of the delegation in order to display the most recent demonstrators from the Leti, Liten and List.
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises Agency took advantage of the event to organize a meeting between startups interested in the U.S. market and the French Cluster, a club of French entrepreneurs in the U.S. The club’s members have excellent knowledge of the American market and provided a unique and original approach to help French startups succeed in the U.S. (expatriation, tax regulations and marketing). Startups that were looking for funding were also able to connect with U.S. investors during face to face meetings. Finally, the agency met with 12 companies that are interested in doing business in Europe. Currently, five of these companies are planning to set up shop for the short, medium or long term in our region and five others are still considering the possibility.