The “Paris-Saclay Connexion” took place on June 27th, in partnership with the Université Paris-Saclay. Over 800 participants—including start-ups, companies, and institutions—were present at the EDF Lab at Palaiseau to attend meetings, workshops, round table discussions and a showroom.
The “Paris-Saclay Connexion” quickly became a major event in the innovation world, its main goal being to reinforce the collaboration between public and private actors in the community. During this event, Université Paris-Saclay confirmed that partnerships between labs and companies were key elements in the quest for innovation.
“The cluster of Université Paris-Saclay reunites two worlds aiming for excellence: the industrial one—with its companies and start-ups, and the educational one—with the 19 partner institutions of the university” said Gilles Bloch, President of the Université Paris-Saclay, at the beginning of the #LABS and SMEs, a series of round table discussions focused on tools matching companies in need of innovative technologies with labs able to assist them.
In order to facilitate this match-making, Université Paris-Saclay came up with an innovative idea, in collaboration with the SATT Paris-Saclay and Opticsvalley: the Tech Meetings. “The goal of the Tech Meetings? Boost innovation” explained Tania Di Gioia, Innovation and Industrial Relations Director at the Université Paris-Saclay. “Opticsvalley was familiar with the companies around; SATT Paris-Saclay and Université Paris-Saclay were familiar with the labs”. TechMeetings quickly became the ideal way for entrepreneurs and researchers to meet.
“We got a lot of positive feedback from SMB and labs and today there is a real demand for it” she said. This successful event won’t be the last; on July 6, Polytechnique will be hosting the third edition of the Tech Meetings, on technological bricks for additive manufacturing.
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