With a pandemic that has revealed the interdependence of countries and the very different conceptions of society among the North American continent, Europe and Asia, it now seems clear that Europe must assert its own particular values and paradigms. Many initiatives have already borne fruit, the European startup scene is bubbling, and creatives and investors have taken note. Last year Europe attracted a record amount of investment (from USD 93 billion according to CB Insights to USD 116 billion according to Crunchbase). The number of new European unicorns has been multiplied by 3.5 in 2021. And it's not over yet: a dozen European countries have committed to creating a USD 10 billion fund dedicated to financing the most promising startups (nearly USD 3.5 billion has already been secured) during the Scaleup Europe conference (source: Les Echos).
Viva Technology is eager to support the Ukrainian tech ecosystem and is setting up a Ukrainian Pavilion over the four days of the event, where seven Ukrainian startups will be invited to participate, rotating after two days, for a total of 14 startups.
During the four days of the event, Viva Technology visitors will be able to support the Ukrainian population by using JC Decaux micro-donation kiosks, installed in Hall 1 of the Porte de Versailles. Donations and sums collected via a special kitty, in partnership with JC Decaux, via a special kiosk set up in the startup zone, will be donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Keynote speakers: Since its inception, VivaTech has been a landmark event on the European continent. Many European scaleups will be present at VivaTech: Rodolphe Ardant (Founder and CEO - Spendesk); Clara Chappaz (Director - La French Tech); Jeronimo Folgueira (CEO - Deezer); Chloé Mayenobe (CGO - Solaris Bank); Romain Moulin (CEO - Exotec); Thomas Plantenga (CEO - Vinted); or Kagan Sumer (co-founder - Gorillas). This year, the question of how Europe can continue to grow its unicorns and become a world leading startup ecosystem will be addressed by leading personalities such as Roxanne Varza (Director - Station F); Romain Moulin (CEO - Exotec), Michiel Kotting (General Partner - Northzone) or Nahoko Hoshino (Director EMEA - SoftBank Vision Fund) Regulation and cybersecurity issues will also be discussed, notably by European Commissioner Thierry Breton, Garry Kasparov and Jimmy Wales.
Country pavilions and European organizations
Europe's top startup and tech ecosystems will be represented at VivaTech. Countries such as Germany, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands as well as Switzerland will come with startups and innovations. Organizations and institutions will also be present such as the European Innovation Council, EIT Manufacturing, EIB (European Investment Bank) and the European Space Agency, which is coming with more than 32 space startups to showcase innovations in space progress in Europe. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) will showcase the Galileo satellite on its stand and highlight the Cassini initiative designed to meet the needs of European space tech companies.
In partnership with international investment bank GP Bullhound, VivaTech has established its "Top 100 Next Unicorns" sponsored by EIC, CapGemini Ventures and White&Case, to identify the most promising European scaleups likely to become unicorns in the near future (startups valued at more than USD 1 billion and founded after 2000). They will be rewarded on Stage 2 of VivaTech, during the Next Unicorn Awards 2022, on 15 June at 5pm. (More information available by following this link.)
VivaTech aims to help boost the European Tech sector around the European Acceleration Summit initiative by bringing together key players in the global ecosystem (accelerators, startups, investors and public players) and opening the doors to foreign players wishing to play an active role in Europe. The tailor-made program created in 2022, is structured around sessions on current challenges in the European ecosystem - with contributions from Roxanne Varza (Director - Station F); William Bao Bean (General Partner - SOSV), Michiel Kotting (General Partner - Northzone) and Nahoko Hoshino (Director EMEA - SoftBank Vision Fund), a study, produced in partnership with Roland Berger, which will analyze the best practices and the different success factors to become a scaleup. Also, on Thursday morning, in the VivaTech Pitch Studio, the Demo Day will take place: the largest incubators and accelerators in Europe and the world will present two startups and their respective programs. 16 investors will in turn present their investment thesis to these startups, (among them, Orange Ventures, Eurazeo, SOSV, Partech, Stride VC, Notion Capital…) Finally, a VIP Tour of the most prestigious technology hubs in Paris like Station F will be organized during the four days of VivaTech. The European decade begins at VivaTech!