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#TechRocketshipFrance Award

Welcome to the Future of Technology!

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 9:00 CET


We are pleased to invite you to the Tech Rocketship Awards, designed to identify Europe’s most innovative, international-ready tech scale-ups.

This first edition of the Tech Rocketship Awards will connect rising French technology start-ups with the UK's leading growth ecosystem of dealmakers, advisors and support networks. We believe that the future lies in the most disruptive technologies, as “there is no one who doubts the transformative power of new technology to empower and to liberate” (Prime Minister LTW 2020).


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This virtual event will be delivered in English and be moderated by David Johnson, UK Country Manager of Maddyness.


9:00 CET Welcome speech – Ilaria Regondi, Deputy Trade Commissioner for Europe, British Embassy Paris 

9:10 CET Tech for People, Society, the Economy & the Planet – Kulveer Ranger, Global Head Strategy & Comms FS&I, Atos

9.20 CET How to navigate your entry to the UK market

Keynote panel speakers 

  • Panel Moderator:  David Johnson, UK Country Manager, Maddyness UK
  • Dr Chris Moore, Technology Specialist, Department for International Trade (DIT)  
  • Dominykas Broga, Programme Manager – International Trade, TechUK
  • Raph Crouan, President, French Tech London

10:00 CET Panel discussion: Successful Investment in the UK

Keynote panel speakers 

  • Panel Moderator: Francois Dewez, Senior Trade & Investment Adviser, Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • David Johnson, UK Country Manager, Maddyness UK 
  • Benoît Jeannin, President, Learn & Go

10:30 CET Key Technology Trends – Gunnar Menzel, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Capgemini Europe

10:50 CET Presentation of the TechRocketshipAward

The ten pre-selected French innovative companies will participate in an elevator pitches competition at the TechRocketshipFranceAward, three of which will be selected for the pan-European pre-selection for the Grand Finale.
(The jury will deliberate between 12:30 and 13.10 CET)

Member of the Jury

  • Tony Hugues, Dealmaker - Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP), Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Lucy Pegler, Director of Tech, Burges-Salmon (UK Law firm of the Year 2020!)
  • Nigel Jones, Member of the Board of Advisors – Prolific North & Sector Specialist Tech & Creative, Department for International Trade (DIT)

11.00 CET 4-minute elevator pitches from 10 most innovative French start-ups (4 minutes presentation – 4 minutes Q&As Jury per company)

12:30 CET Digitalisation and sustainability trends shaping mobility – Speaker TBC

13:10 CET Presentation of the winners and results announcement

13.30 CET Close

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Point Of Contact

Isabelle Hurley
Head of New Technologies & DIT Lyon
Department for International Trade (DIT) France
+33 (0)6 85 80 61 90

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