Startup Ecosystems in Europe: France Gearing up as Global Innovation Powerhouse

When it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation, Europe in general, and France in particular, appear as something of a paradox. On the one hand, one thinks red tape, high levels of taxation and burdensome labour laws. On the other hand, a country such as France is the self-proclaimed “start-up” nation, fueled by the growing success of thousands of fresh, ground-breaking high tech companies, the internationally renowned French Tech label and such flagship incubators as Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus. Indeed, there are legions of start-uppers in France. While those we talked to tend to believe large corporations and institutions could somehow do more and better to boost innovation and foster open innovation through cooperation, they are resolutely optimistic, and not afraid to look ahead and set their sights on Europe and beyond.

French Tech has made big strides but wants to go faster and further

AI photography startup Meero may be the perfect example of how far the French Tech ecosystem has come in recent years. Founded in 2016, the company has already raised $63.4 million in venture capital, including a $45 million round last summer. It has almost 600 employees after the 400 it hired in just the past six […]


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