French Tech Rise
Today, 80% of funds raised go to start-ups in the Paris Region. Our objective with this program is clear: to ensure that entrepreneurs who decide to launch their start-up in the region have the same chances of success in obtaining the financing they need for their development.
French Tech Rise aims to give all start-ups the same access to funding, regardless of their location.
How the program works
The program is divided into 3 phases:
In the 1st phase, the Capitales and Communities of the French Tech France network are organizing events dedicated to meetings between investment funds and start-ups in the fund-raising phase, under the “French Tech Rise” brand. There are already over 80 events taking place across France by 2023.
In the 2nd phase, the French Tech Capitals and Communities select the 20 “champion” start-ups in their region, invited to the national event for privileged meetings with renowned investors.
In the 3rd phase, the national event takes place, with privileged meetings with investors and the presentation of prizes to the start-ups most appreciated by the jury.
As part of French Tech Rise, start-ups selected by their French Tech Capital or Community are invited to the national event and have two main advantages:
Presentation of the “Future120”, “Impact” and “Coup de Coeur” awards to 3 winning start-ups, in the presence of Jean-Noel Barrot, Minister for the Digital Sector.
Exchange opportunities with investors
Thanks to the presentation of their project, individual meetings are arranged between start-ups and investors.
Over the course of a day, venture capital funds meet and listen to the projects of over 45 start-ups, with the aim of raising funds.
Diversified investment portfolio
Coming from all regions of France and overseas and selected by the representative French Tech Capitales or Communities, the start-ups come from a wide range of sectors: from industry to MedTech, via AgriTech.
January 2021Launch of French Tech Rise
French Tech Rise is a Mission French Tech program created to promote the dynamism of French Tech ecosystems throughout France. It puts start-ups from all regions in the spotlight, in front of recognized venture capital funds (including Bpifrance).
December 20222nd French Tech Rise national event
The 2nd edition of the national French Tech Rise event was held at the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty. There were 47 investors and 20 start-ups taking part, for a total of 132 meetings.
January 2023French Tech Rise” brand certifies events dedicated to meetings between investment funds and start-ups
Since January 1, 2023, the Capitales and Communities of the French Tech France network have been able to use the “French Tech Rise” brand to boost the visibility of their events dedicated to meetings between investment funds and start-ups in the fund-raising phase. More than 80 events have already been held throughout France.
November 20233rd French Tech Rise national event
Currently in the midst of selecting participating start-ups, the French Tech Capitals and Communities in France and overseas are working with Mission French Tech to prepare the 3rd edition of the national French Tech Rise event.
Among the 20 start-ups selected in 2022, 3 winning start-ups received the following prizes:
- The “Future Unicorn” prize rewards a start-up that has convinced the jury of its ability to enter hyper-growth and become one of France’s technological champions. In 2022, it was awarded to Data Soluce from French Tech Capital Brest+.
- The “Impact” prize rewards the start-up that has convinced the jury of its ability to generate a positive social and/or environmental impact for society. In 2022, it was awarded to Agriodor from Capitale French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo.
- The “People’s Choice” prize is awarded to the start-up that most impressed the public. In 2022, it was awarded to Siva Industrie from the French Tech Réunion and French Tech Mayotte communities.
including at least one start-up per French Tech Capital or Community.
during the annual French Tech Rise event.
For the class of 2022, the Capitales or French Tech Communities representing their region have rolled out a call for applications to select their “champion” start-up, which will travel to the national event. To apply, start-ups had to meet the following criteria:
- Have the prospect of raising funds within the next 18 months
- Be in Series A or Series B, seeking financing of minimum 2 million euros – maximum 10 million euros
- Be a company less than 10 years old
- Be headquartered in France
- All sectors combined