NETVA 2012: A Great Success
- Boston, September 10-15, 2012 -
From September 10th to 15th, five promising French start-ups, laureates of the 2012 national competition NETVA (New Technology Venture Accelerator -www.netvafrance.com), were in Boston to participate in a unique and customized coaching and business development program organized by our office. The ultimate objective of NETVA is to connect these innovative companies with Boston-based corporate and academic partners.
The NETVA program, initiated by the French Embassy’s Office for Science and Technology (OST), has been awarded “Best Research and Innovation program” at the 7th annual Economic Initiatives Competition, held in Paris on May 28th, 2010. NETVA ultimately aims to develop innovative French start-ups in the U.S.
NETVA provides customized support for small innovative French businesses as they attempt to grow and succeed within the dynamic and competitive environment of the United States. Selected nationwide by a French-American committee, the ten laureates of the 2012 NETVA competition (including five going to San Francisco) were granted an intensive crash course week in Boston from September 10-15, during which they received customized coaching from local entrepreneurs and experts of early stage international development. Moreover, they were matched with a personal U.S. mentor as well as with prominent technology and entrepreneurial leaders in the Boston area. Last July, both the laureates (10) and the candidate start-ups (62) were offered a three-day long preparation workshop at the invitation of the Microsoft Inc. headquarters in Paris.
NETVA partners with a large range of Boston institutions, including “MassChallenge”, the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACCNE), the French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCEF), MLSC and MOITI. The highlight of the 2012 NETVA competition took place on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:15 pm at the “MassChallenge” headquarters in South Boston. Entitled "European vs. American Markets: Opportunities and Challenges for High Tech Companies,” the event was moderated by Robin Gaster, lead researcher at the Nat. Academy of Science and VP for Research at Alliance for S&T Research in America. The event was designed to provide transatlantic high tech entrepreneurs with an orientation in market strategy. Marie Landel & Associates was the generous sponsor of the event.
The 5 start-ups selected were the following:
• Plugmed Heart develops medical devices based on innovative skull implants, which enable the transfer of electricity from the outside of the body to electrical devices implemented inside the body.
• Osseomatrix creates custom-designed bioceramic implants for critical defects for cranio-maxillo-facial and orthopedics applications.
• Repropharm develops an innovative farm ovulation test that can improve the reproduction of breeding animals and optimize Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer.
• SOLIDAGES develops a range of products to improve oral health and nutrition, protected by three European patents. Their first product, Protibis®, is a solid nutritional supplement to fight malnutrition among elderly and chronically ill people.
• Pacifa Decision conceives innovative software for managing large areas (like sports stadiums) with real-time security scanning and integration.
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