Testimonial: Laurent, 35 years old, Chief Digital Officer
“I came to the conference to hear Bertrand Picard, Chair of the Solar Impulse Foundation. I like his personality. Another thing I’ll take away is a remark by Frédéric Bardeau, President of Simplon, who said he wanted the social economy to become the norm and not just the exception; and that we should also think of social entrepreneurs as just ordinary entrepreneurs. Banks, and in particular BNP Paribas, have a critical role to play in making this happen.”
the social economy must become the norm and not just the exception
Testimonial: Gaspard, 20 years old, student
I’m a student in a college prep class. I came to VivaTech to see all the most innovative businesses. It helps me plan for my future and I’m very impressed! I’m going to as many conferences as I can. I went to this one because Solar Impulse was there… and I wasn’t disappointed!
My main takeaway is the genuine awareness present across every level of the economy. And one shared conviction: our energy system is 100 years old and growth is slow, so we need to find environmental solutions and new sources of growth. I realized how startups like the ones present here – Simplon and Zephyr Solar – need funding, especially from major financial partners like BNP Paribas.
The startups like the ones present here need funding, especially from major financial partners like BNP Paribas.