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21 May - The 1st Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris


On Wednesday 20 May, the Paris Hôtel de Ville opened its doors to welcome everyone involved in innovation, i.e. startups, investors, corporations, state decision-makers, foreign companies operating in Paris, etc. as well as the innovators of the future, i.e. students and job seekers attracted by the world of startups.

Organized by Paris&Co, the purpose of this day was to facilitate meetings and create new synergies between all the participants in order to demonstrate the dynamism of the Paris ecosystem. As Anne Hidalgo pointed out in her speech to open the event, Paris is an enormous hotbed of innovation, with over 130,000 sqm of premises for incubators, 5,000 startups in the Paris region and around 1,500 new startups created each year. The goal of the city’s administration is ambitious: to make Paris a global hub for the innovation economy.


The animation "an entrepreneur in Paris" by Paris&Co:

The success of the first Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville will support this goal. Over the course of the day, the 300 startups present held over 1,600 meetings to discuss their services, meet future clients, create partnerships, meet job applicants, etc. About 30 buyers from the city’s administration and elected officials also met with these startups.

Paris&Co, the economic and innovation development agency of Paris, coordinated the entire event with the assistance of many partners around four main themes:

  • Start Up Meet Up brought together 260 specially selected startups in a large speed dating event to meet with clients, partners, suppliers and purchasing advisors. Céline Lazorthes, CEO of Leetchi and Mangopay, sponsored the event.
  • The 50 Startups Council. Fifty companies were given the opportunity to pitch in the historic Salle du Conseil de Paris to 170 investors and corporate directors. The event, launched by Jacques-Antoine Granjon (founder of vente-privé, was also live streamed to other innovation hotspots around the world.
  • Start Up Job Day gave startups looking for special talent the opportunity to present themselves to about 100 carefully selected job seekers.
  • Public Purchasing for Innovation brought together several departments of Paris’ city administration to give a presentation to companies about the ‘Public Purchases’ portal and the city's different markets. This event was a major opportunity for the startups to make buyers aware of their innovations.
  • After welcoming over 1,600 people across all the events, the day ended on an international note: International investment evening. Directors of foreign companies operating in Paris and International students met during a presentation by French Tech Ticket and a speech by Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup and organiser of Tech Meetup at the White House, which took place on 17 April.

The French Tech Ticket scheme had been launched earlier in the day by Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for Digital Affairs, and Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for economic development and attraction of investment.