“Start-up Tour will contribute to industrial relocation in France”

The Technological Resource Center dedicated to the industrial IoT We Network is organizing a Start-up Tour, the first highlight of which will take place at its site, at the Technocampus Electronique et IoT in Angers, on 7th June.

Charles La Fay, deputy general manager of We Network. © We Network

JDN. You are organizing the first edition of your Start-up Tour in Angers on June 7. How did you create this new event and where does it consist?

Charles La Fay. The current observation, exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis, is the lack of industries in France. Reliance on foreign countries and supply problems have ignited the powder (recently, Eurostat announced that industrial production fell 1.8% in March in the euro zone compared to the previous month, note). We need the French industry, it is also the will of the government through the recovery plan and France 2030. At our level we also want to act, especially since 30% of our turnover is accompanied by industrial start-ups, which aims to solve production problems.

The Start-up Tour will give a voice to those who encounter success or failure to prevent them from happening again. Faced with a loss of welding skills, for example, the founders of start-up Weez-u Welding designed a remote-controlled welding robot. We supported them in choosing electronics, so that they could come up with a lasting solution. We Network participates in industry renewal and influence. We want to prove in this Start-up Tour that moving to France is possible, with solutions to improve processes and reduce carbon footprint.

How will it translate to the site?

We will have a start-up village, a space where we will give visibility to about fifteen of them so they can showcase their solutions. We will also offer an expert counter: participants will be able to discuss, by appointment, for 15 minutes with an expert to ask them a particular practical question. During the event, we will focus on collaboration between start-ups and manufacturers, such as the partnership between the French manufacturer of products resulting from the Hutchinson rubber innovation and the French start-up Dymeo, which designed absolute rotary encoder and obtained. of its industry partner. We hope to accept one hundred people for this first edition.

What are the key questions you are answering today?

“Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lyon and Lille will follow before the end of the year”

Current issues have to do with industrialization, to learn “how to go from a dozen to a million products. One of our round tables will have the theme of explaining how to prepare and succeed in the industrialization of a high- tech product. -tech.The start -up Beefutures, which designs connected hives, will testify in particular with Nantes -based Velco, which develops connected solutions for the cycle industry.Another topic with involving start-ups: how to successfully raise funds We will discuss this with BPI and the company Néolithe.We planned a visit to the electronics and IoT technocampus in the afternoon.We design electronic boards, many think about in choices to be made following a shortage of components.

You mentioned another event specificity …

In conclusion, we will invite the women to speak on set. The industry is presented as a very large sector while there are active women in the sector. Alongside a leader of a start-up and an industry, expert Anaïs Voy-Gillis will speak about reindustrialization.

The Start-up Tour is not limited at this stage to Angers. What’s next in the program?

Industrial relocation is a matter of territory where skills are developed. The Start-up Tour will stop in Toulouse at the end of September to honor start-ups in the region. The event will be organized with IoT Valley. Bordeaux, Lyon and Lille will follow before the end of the year. This corresponds to the area occupied by We Network, which was founded in Angers but benefits from a national activity. The goal is to continue the Start-up Tour through a local imprint around the ecosystem.

Find the program and the registration link by clicking here.

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