French Tech Rise

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Launched in 2021, French Tech Rise is the Mission French Tech program that aims to reduce inequalities in access to financing for start-ups in the territories and promote the dynamism of French Tech ecosystems throughout France. It puts start-ups from all territories in front of recognized venture capital investment funds.

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.

Clara Chappaz

Director
French Tech Mission

Program Description

Program goal

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.

Program Benefits

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:

Visibility

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.

Special meetings

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.

Program Background

January 2021 Launch 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 2022 2nd 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 2023 French 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.

April 2024 3rd 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.

2022 Laureates

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.

Key figures

20 start-ups took part in the event

including at least one start-up per French Tech Capital or Community.

47 VCs were present
132 appointments made by funders

during the annual French Tech Rise event.

Selection Criteria

In 2022

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

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