On Wednesday, March 16, the Cape Town French Tech Hub was officially launched at a cocktail dinner organized by the French Tech team, gathering both South African and French tech entrepreneurs and institutions.
On this occasion, key South African and French personalities expressed their welcoming of the initiative:
- Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town
- Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France in South Africa
- Tim Harris, CEO Wesgro
- Daniel Guasco, Chairman of Silicon Cape
- Camille Agon, Founder of We Think code
- Christophe Viarnaud, Lead French Tech Ambassador and CEO of Methys
The event also brought together more than 250 French and local tech entrepreneurs based in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The Mayor of Cape Town welcomed the initiative by these thankful words:
“We’re grateful to the French government for the vote of confidence they’re showing in the local tech economy in Cape Town.”
Moreover, Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France in South Africa stressed the dynamism of Cape Town in the technology sector and the opportunities it offers to South African and French entrepreneurs. Elisabeth Barbier said:
« I am delighted that Cape Town has been designated as a French Tech Hub. This success rewards all the efforts made by a dynamic community of French entrepreneurs, rooted in Cape Town, who benefits from a leading innovation ecosystem in Africa. This success will also foster business and human talent exchanges between France and South Africa, in innovation and especially in the digital industry».
Tim Harris and Daniel Guasco also congratulated the initiative and were very enthusiastic for future partnerships that the French Tech will establish between the South African and French technology ecosystems. This project has been supported by:
- French companies: Dassault System, Gemalto, Methys, Orange, Schneider Electric
- Local companies : Wesgro
- Local organizations : Business France, Cap40, Sillicon Cape
- Institution: French Consulate in Cape Town
Thanks to their experience in South Africa, the project sponsors will advise new entrants. A new web portal has been created to provide information about the local economic partners, useful contacts and measures to support start-ups. The other key objective of the Cape Town French Tech Hub is to help South African companies to benefit from all the opportunities that this label offers in terms of new technologies, investments and also recruitment of new talents.
The Cape Town French Tech Hub already relies on five dynamic start-ups:
- Energy Intelligence
- April: French Tech/Cap40 FSATI Visit
- May: Launch of French Tech South Africa in Johannesburg
- June: French Tech/Cap40 Teleperformance Visit