FACC - Chicago Annual Gala "La Nuit des Etoiles"
Chicago (IL), April 29, 2016. Remarks by Consul General of France Vincent Floreani on the occasion the annual Gala evening La Nuit des Etoiles of the French-American Chamber of Commerce - Chicago Chapter.
This gala "Nuits des Étoiles" is the culmination of our French Innovation Week in Chicago.
We worked with all the partners of the Consulate to make this Innovation Week possible: Business France, Alliance Française, Lycée français, the Cultural Service and the Scientific Services of the Consulate and our communication team, and of course the French-American Chamber of Commerce. We also had the generous financial support of the French Foreign Trade Advisors.
I’m particularly grateful to the Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Jett Fletcher, who played a key role in the preparation of this Innovation Week and in the organization of successful events.
Overall, it was a great team effort, and it would not have been possible without the dynamic energy of the FACC.
This year, we organized some 20 exciting events which many of you have attended, from the round-table discussion by FACC on Work-life Balance in a Hyper-Connected World to workshops by French filmmakers on 3D and virtual reality movies, and conferences by prominent French scientists on biodiversity and DNA repair. We also organized hands-on science workshops for more than 400 Chicago students.
We also further developed our partnership with 1871, one of the top incubators and accelerators in the US. Three innovative French companies - Orange, Sigfox and Valeo, presented their latest technology in the internet of things. We launched a new partnership with MATTER, the Chicago incubator in the health sector, with the signature of a MoU with Paris&Co, the development and innovation agency of the city of Paris.
Paris is now among the best places for entrepreneurs and investors with 12,000 startups in the metropolitan area and opening this year, the world’s largest digital business incubator that will host 1,000 innovative French and foreign technology startups.
This new collaboration is another example of the strong link between Paris and Chicago, who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary Sister-Cities partnership this year.
The French Innovation Week in Chicago is a key event and planning will start soon for next year. This annual program showcases everything France has to offer in innovation and technology and opens up numerous opportunities for cooperation between our two countries. This is the core of our mission.
Finally, since this evening is about innovation and collaboration, I am pleased to announce that the second annual à la carte Chicago will take place on October 20-30, 2016. It is an original concept bringing together all our partners as well as local restaurants and businesses to celebrate contemporary French food and art of living. We hope to see you there!
Thank you very much for your support. Thank you very much for your attention.