The Paris tech sector is strong by any reckoning – the European Union’s digital cities index puts it sixth out of 60 cities – but has always been an expensive place to live, which chokes the supply of young dynamic tech entrepreneurs.
Nonetheless, the city has produced a handful of unicorns, such as car-pooling app BlaBlaCar, and has powerful government support in organisations like Le French Tech – a Franglais name fronting very French effort to accredit tech start-up ecosystems.
It is also now home of the world’s biggest start-up hub, Station F, which could help to cement the city’s position as one of Europe’s growing tech hubs.
WHO TO KNOW
Founder and president, BlaBlaCar
Co-founder and chief executive, BlaBlaCar
Director, Station F
First president, Métropole du Grand Paris