What is the French Tech?
The French Tech is the nickname of the French government program promoting and supporting start-ups whom are reshaping the world as we know. In other terms, it’s a worldwide community, helping each other to scale-up and work together within the French innovation market.
Created in 2015, the French Tech is united around 51 cities certified in France and 48 abroad. Their 900 members, supported by 2 500 CEOs, are daily creating a world class start-up ecosystem, sharing the same values. We stand for diversity, focus on Tech for Good, and target efficient Scale-ups for our start-ups. For 2019, the French government releases a found of 2M€ shared among the communities to finance local initiatives, like events, partnerships, communication and programs.
The head office, named the French Tech Central is located at Station F, in Paris. It’s the largest start-up campus in the world, hosting the School 42, Facebook, Google, Amazon incubators, with 3 000 desks and 34 000 sqm.
Why a French Tech in Krakow?
France is the 2nd investor of Poland (17,6B€ in 2017) and 1 300 French firms are operating in the country employing directly 250 000 workers. This close historical link is getting stronger thanks to the innovation capacity of Poland. France is attracted by this developing territory where major start-ups are emerging, and proposing product or services needed in the West. This virtuous circle needs to be consolidated by an official organisation and this is the mission of the French Tech.
Today we have the chance to launch the French Tech Cracovie, which is not only a local organization, but the only community present in Central Europe territory. This dimension increases our responsibility and allows us to promote Krakow as a major Technologic Hub in Europe, where French investors will look even more. We commit with our founders – 7 French CEOs – to this challenge.
What are the next steps for the French Tech Cracovie?
The official certification of the French Tech Cracovie by the French minister of economy and finance, and by the French Tech Central occurred on April 3rd. Our next step will be to meet them in Paris in May and get the roadmap for 2019: mission, topics, budget, local structure, visibility, tools we can propose to Krakow start-ups.
All set, we will start to plan our projects, and launch a communication campaign. The first goal is to organize events focus on 3 selected topics: Diversity / Tech for Good / Scale-up.
During the next following months, we will exchange with local communities like OMGKRK to discuss about partnerships and define how we can benefit from each other’s.
Also we will coordinate and participate to local French initiatives with the French Chamber of Commerce, the General Consulate in Krakow, and the Embassy in Warsaw.