BIG in Paris-Bercy: Accelerating Entrepreneurs in the Region Sud


The 5th edition of Bpifrance Inno Generation (BIG), the biggest meet up of entrepreneurs in Europe, took place on October 10, 2019 in Paris, and risingSUD was present at this major business and networking event.

In total, 52 000 entrepreneurs, including many top business leaders, took part in the event. There were 1000 speakers and more than 400 conferences were held covering important topics such as the future challenges facing start-ups and SMEs.

One of the key networking areas was the “Bubble”, a dedicated space for regional delegations. This allowed risingSUD to shine the spotlight on four risings stars from the Region Sud that took part in the SUD Accélérateur programme*: Jacques BOURGNINAUD (WYPLAY), Luc D’URS O (ATEMPO-WOOXO), Michel GSCHWIND (ARFITEC/ARECO), and Daniel VASSALLUCCI (OPTIMUM AUTOMOTIVE) discussed their experiences in the accelerator and how it helped propel their business growth.

At the same time, there was a gathering of 2019 PASS French Tech laureates. Here, Luc D’URS O (ATEMPO-WOOXO) was able to talk with Cédric O, with the Secretary of State for the Digital Economy of France.

 Bpifrance Inno Generation ended with a speech by President Emmanuel Macron, who concluded by taking questions from three companies. 


* SUD Accélérateur supports companies as they scale up their SMEs. The programme has been operated since 2015 by risingSUD (the economic development agency for the Region Sud) in partnership with Bpifrance.