French Tech Hub launched in the UAE
Centre will help accelerate the development of French start-ups looking to expand
UAE has joined a global network of French Tech Hubs after launching in Dubai.
Dubai UAE is the first city in the Middle East to be included in the network.
H.E. Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE, officially announced the launch of the French Tech Hub in Dubai UAE at GITEX 2016. The centre will support the French Startup community and foster exchanges between France and the UAE for entrepreneurs as well as investors.
The French Tech Hub Dubai UAE is expected to bring entrepreneurs together with investors, incubators, research institutions and other key players committed to the growth of start-ups.
Founded by a group of French Tech companies in the UAE (Daxium, Effilab, Iconiction, Parrot and Carpool Arabia), and supported by the French Embassy, Business France and the French business Council in Dubai & Northern emirates, the French Tech Hub Dubai UAE will allow its members to showcase what they offer and accelerate the development of French start-ups looking to expand. It will also reinforce the attractiveness of the global French Tech initiative.
Each French Tech Hub is accredited by the French government and focuses on internationalisation as a means of growth. The French Tech Hub in Dubai will allow companies to penetrate international markets and compete globally. It will also attract entrepreneurs, top talent, and investors from all around the world to come to France.
Miraillet added: “In the end, Dubai was selected because of its recognition as a local centre of excellence that provides key support for technological businesses”.
Ambassadors for the French Tech Hub in Dubai include entrepreneurs Idriss Al-Riffai, founder and CEO of Fetchr, and Hervé Cuvilliez, co-founder and CEO of Diwanee. They are joined by Marie de Ducla, industry head, FMCG and Luxury MENA at Google, and Patrick Thiriet, chief strategy officer at Choueiri Group. With the support of TECOM Group, the ambassadors will help to promote the French Tech Hub Dubai initiative in the UAE.
French Tech Hub Dubai UAE joins the pre-existing network comprising: Abidjan, Barcelona, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Israel, London, Montreal, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo, bringing the number of French Tech global network members to 22, representing nearly 300 entrepreneur mentors – including 50 leading French Tech entrepreneurs – and 1,000 registered start-ups.