USA East Coast
If the Silicon Valley remains far ahead of other cities or technology hubs around the world, the East Coast of the United States is also a destination of choice for the French tech entrepreneurs.
The Economy Intelligence Unit released in 2012 a research report showing that the city of New-York ranks first in competitiveness, besting 120 of the world’s major cities. New-York, also Known as “Big Apple”, now dreams to compete with the Silicon Valley and to become the world’s most-influential digital ecosystem. This represents a major stake for the mayor of New-York, Michael Bloomberg, and its team (especially its Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Haot), but the report conducted by The Center For An Urban Future, “New Tech City” provides legitimacy to that purpose: since 2007, more than 1,000 high-tech startups were founded in New-York (find more figures below) !
In any case, the city of New-York’s digital policy is very ambitious: $2 billion effort to build a science and engineering campus on the city’s Roosevelt Island (New-York Tech Campus), large-scale events (New-York Tech Day, etc.).
New-York City is also a major global center for the media industry (television, publishing, music, etc.), which represents a huge opportunity of business for French digital startups. This sector is indeed facing major structural change, as content is increasingly delivered in digital formats, and now consumed across multiple devices, in multiple locations.
But other cities, like Boston or Seattle are also recognized as top digital cities. The 12th Center for Digital Government’s Digital Cities Survey (2012), which is conducted annually, ranked Boston third among cities with a population of 250,000 or more that utilize digital technology to consolidate services and increase citizen engagement all while cutting costs.
One Digital Roadshow planned in 2013. More information coming soon!
Digital Tech Tour (for more information, see Digital Roadshows specific page) organized in New-York, in December 2012.
In December 2012, five digital startups (Advocate Hypermedia, Adways, Mantano, Spideo and Unowhy) were in New-York to better understand the local media industry, and try to kick-start their business there.
Here are some key elements:
– more than 30 one-one-one meetings: Marvel, HBO, Conde Nast, NBC Universal,…
– 2 large networking events: one at Spark Labs (venture builder & incubator dedicated to creating & growing early-stage digital ventures), one with Institut Mines-Telecom Alumni.
– meetings with French entrepreneurs, VCs, bloggers (VentureBeat), and a chat Bryan Fuhr (SVP Strategy, Havas Digital),…
– a law seminar (at Hodgson Russ), some pitch coaching sessions,…
– a couple of press mentions: Les Echos Business, Rude Baguette.
Take a look at the mission full report here(in French).