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The call for projects to combine the second session of the French Tech springboard, at the Center Val de Loire, will be launched in the coming days of the Digital Loire Valley. The regional branch of French Tech and BPI France, the association that brings together players who are evolving in the digital sector, already organized the first edition of this incubation program for startups last year. A dozen projects were selected by Digital Loire Valley to follow with this support paid for at all costs for approximately 19 months. Each of the winners received a contribution equal to 42,000 euros, in the form of venue and specific advice, i.e., a total envelope of 500,000 euros for this initial promotion.

The innovative nature of the files is considered as a priorityexplained Guillaume Vanneste, director of Digital Loire Valley. The activity generated by these startups should also be beneficial for the local economy. Thanks to the contributions of digital technology, they will contribute primarily to the growth of key sectors of the Center Val de Loire.»

Three examples within the first promotion illustrate these basics. Thus, the company Trackengo, based in Ciron in Indre, created the first two digital straw management tools. Intended for farmers and straw merchants, its applications in Reckeo and Kropeo aim to contribute to agriculture 4.0 in the Center Val de Loire, one of the leading regions of cereal and market gardening in France.

Based in Thenay en Loir et Cher, inside the agri-food accelerator Food Val de Loire, Greenbox, created by Vincent Buchwalder, produces plants of high industrial and environmental value for the cosmetics and food supplement sectors. In Cher, Bourges, Philip Davies developed adaptable mini-batteries for electric bikes. Through his startup Airvolt, he proposed giving a second life to assisted bikes at the end of their lives, destined for destruction.

Among the young shoots of Center Val de Loire incubated since 2021 by French Tech Tremplin, is finally Smart Borne. Designed by Kenny-Marcel Nyamugabo, a psychology student at Tours, this interactive selective sorting terminal for beverage packaging is remarkably original. As an incentive, the device rewards users through vouchers at organic stores and fair trade thanks to an integrated QR code system.

Multiply digital nuggets in Center Val de Loire

With the creation of the Digital Loire Valley in 2021, the Center Val de Loire is one of the last regions of France to acquire a proactive and unified tool in terms of new technologies. A gap that French Tech intends to fill by building a truly digital community at the level of six territorial departments. The Center Val de Loire already has a significant ecosystem with several nuggets of national and even international fame. These include Ledger at Vierzon in Cher, designer of virtual safes for cryptocurrencies. Dessia Technologies, the creator of an artificial intelligence platform in the field of engineering, has set up part of its teams in Orléans on the Loiret in 2021. With Tours, My serious game has become one of the leaders of online education.

To offer first-class exposure to the region’s most promising companies, approximately fifteen of them were invited by the regional council to its stand at the Viva Technologies trade show. Cybele Tech and Farm Viz, two companies specializing in connected agriculture, Transition One, working in car repair, Vlad, manufacturer of batteries in the field of health, Lify air, which makes solutions to prevent pollen allergies, will benefit at first. -class visibility during this major annual event dedicated to technological innovation.