La French Touch Conference returned to the AXA Center in NYC for the third consecutive year
On June 21 and 22, the third edition of La French Touch Conference (LFTC) brought French entrepreneurs to the AXA Event & Production Center in New York. With new talent from France and the United States in attendance, the conference aimed to build strong connections between the two groups – providing French entrepreneurs with the experience of the N.Y. venture capital scene and giving N.Y. access to the newest ideas from France. The conference featured panels on networking, pitching, partnering with large corporations, and industry-specific workshops. During the first two editions, LFTC hosted 65 speakers, facilitated 150 one-on-one business meetings, and raised more than 12 million dollars.
The conference is supported by Axelle Lemaire, the Minister for Digital Affairs in France, who used the 2016 edition to announce an expansion of the French Tech Ticket program, which brings international entrepreneurs to France to join a French incubator and develop their ideas. She also helped facilitate a new part of this year’s conference: Pitch in the Plane, a competition in which six startups were able to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists and business angels during their flight from Paris to New York.
With this year’s conference focusing on the theme of David (startups) and Goliath (large companies), it was appropriate that several AXA executives participated in the conference this year and provided their insights. Louis DiModugno, AXA Chief Data & Analytics Officer participated in the panel “Making Big Data a Reality” alongside Hichan Oudghiri, Cofounder & CEO of Enigma, and Alexis Le-Quoc, Chief Technology Officer of Datadog. Manish Agarwal, General Partner of AXA Strategic Ventures moderated the workshop “Fintech/Insurtech: How Startups and Large Companies Can Succeed Together.”
Watch the recap video below to see coverage captured during LTFC 2016: