On April 28th the Chinese ICT giant Huawei hosted their innovation competition Digital inPulse. Nine startups, seven of which are part of the French Tech Côte d’Azur, delivered their pitches in hopes of winning 50,000 euros and a business trip to China.
Some of the startups that attended share with us their expectations for the event:
- Alexis Lacapelle, Manager, Interactive 4D:
This startup from the Côte d’Azur was created in 2003 and is working in Edtech and Serious Games. The company is currently looking to expand to an international level and hopes to gain an entrance into the very large market of Chinese gamers. By participating in Digital inPulse, Interactive 4D hopes to take advantage of Huawei’s network in China and to study the possibilities to combine its software and hardware production in the city of Shenzhen.
- Axel Barbaud, CEO, BF Systemes:
BF Systemes is a company that originated in Toulon, France. The company developed a solution to prevent scuba diving accidents. The company is in fundraising mode and recently received a large order from China. A victory at the competition would assure the company of a welcome guide to the Chinese market and the opportunity to create a network in France and abroad.
- Elodie Bondi, Administrative and financial head, Qualisteo:
Qualisteo, well known among the French Tech Côte d’Azur, is a specialist in SmartGrids. The company already holds a contract with a major luxury brand that is already found in China. To win at the Digital inPulse competition would be a springboard towards globalisation for Qualisteo which wants to expand into the Chinese market.
- Vasile Zoicas, CEO, Codesna:
Codesna is a company situated in the connected health domain. The startup conceived a way to measure stress in the heart to prevent stress-related risks. The company is counting on Huawei to coach and guide them in their R&D and their goal of globalization.