Following two years of upstream work by Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France-AEPI, a large Grenoble-Isère delegation led by Christophe Ferrari, President of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, took part in the Taipei Smart City Summit & Expo in Taiwan.
The President of Grenoble Alpes Métropole, Christophe Ferrari, was the only French elected official invited to the Mayors’ Summit, one of the highlights of the Taipei Smart City Summit & Expo in Taiwan on March 22-25. Other European and American guest panelists at this major global smart city event came from Eindhoven (Netherlands), Pisek (Czech Republic), Orlando (USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel). Together, the officials signed the “Taipei Smart City Declaration” to proclaim their commitment to promoting the use of new technologies (mobility, environment, energy, etc.) to improve citizens’ lives.
Solicited by Grenoble-Isère ecosystem stakeholders such as Minalogic, Digital Grenoble and Tenerrdis, several representatives accompanied the President of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole: CEA-Tech, STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, Orange, Poma, e2V, and the BH Technologies public lighting and waste management start-up.
A trip to promote the Grenoble-Isère ecosystem
"The mission in Taiwan, organized by Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France-AEPI and Business France, showcased for Taiwanese investors and business and institutional stakeholders our attractiveness in mobility, energy, the environment and healthcare. It will up to us in the years to come to develop the strong ties we were able to create with our Taiwanese partners," reported Christophe Ferrari, President of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole.
The invitation followed two years of groundwork done by Grenoble-Isère, France-AEPI to promote the Grenoble-Isère ecosystem in Asia. The agency, which has a representative in Taipei, took charge of organizing the mission aimed at promoting Greater Grenoble’s achievements, projects and businesses in mobility, the environment, smart grids and smart health.
Grenoble-Isère, France-AEPI worked closely on the project with Business France, the government agency tasked with supporting France’s international business development, and the French Office representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei. Further support for the mission was provided by the Taiwanese Office in France and the Taiwan Computer Association, which organized the trade show.
The French delegation took advantage of the Smart City Summit & Expo to promote "French Tech", the French digital technology innovation structure. In parallel with the trade show, Grenoble-Isère, France-AEPI organized a MedTech seminar, attended by a hundred or so people, including all of the businesses in the Grenoble-Isère delegation in Taipei.
Véronique Peguignat, AEPI Director of International Actions, concluded: “Through the mission in Taiwan, we discovered a highly dynamic economic and technological environment, receptive to partnerships with France and our region. Our very informative visits revealed several highly innovative incubators and accelerators and we were able to lay the foundations for collaboration expected to develop in the months to come.”
Picture : Christophe Ferrari, President of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, presented Grenoble’s mobility, environment and energy management achievements (photo AEPI-Hubert Kilian)