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Innovation: Main BNP Paribas Dates in April

At BNP Paribas, being innovative means creating a new type of banking relationship with the client and inventing the bank of tomorrow – a bank with both physical and digital facilities that combine the best of both worlds. This includes new means of interaction provided by the social networks, new services based on mobile devices, digital tools and simplification of processes.

Innovation for BNP Paribas and its clients needs to build open ecosystems. During the month of April, BNP Paribas invites you to follow six events/happenings showcasing startups and entrepreneurship.

1,000 start-ups to change the world

At the ‘1,000 startups to change the world’ event, where the annual Young Entrepreneur awards sponsored by business paper La Tribune, in conjunction with BNP Paribas, have been announced, BNP Paribas has also handed over a special ‘Innov & Connect’ prize to the best startup which provided its services or worked on a co-creation project with the Bank during 2014. Selection criteria are: the originality of the service, in terms of the innovative aspect of the idea and/or innovative use of digital technologies; the founders’ profile and their reasons for building a company; and the fit between the service and BNP Paribas’ stated commitment to foster entrepreneurship: stepping up assistance for innovative entrepreneurs, supporting women entrepreneurs, and boosting investment in social enterprise.

Monday 13 April, with Emmanuel Macron, France’s Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital, in attendance :

Prize-giving ceremony for the MIT Technology Review - L’Atelier BNP Paribas Awards, which honour the most talented French innovators under 35 years of age

E-education, biomedicine, smart cities, etc: who are the young French innovators who are about to reinvent our daily lives? For the third year running, the MIT Technology Review and L’Atelier BNP Paribas will be highlighting and honouring young French innovators who have proved their ability to apply new technologies in order to meet the challenges of today in the domain of healthcare, education, energy and city planning.

Wednesday 15 April, 6.30pm, Address: L'Atelier BNP Paribas, 14, Rue Bergère, 75009 Paris.

BNP Paribas Innov&Connect Programme: Opening of We Are Innovation (WAI) centres in Paris and Massy-Saclay

Over 3,000 m2 of space and 300 workstations designed to host startups and foster fruitful collaboration between innovative fledgling companies and mid-caps. Marie-Claire Capobianco, Head of BNP Paribas French Retail Banking, and Member of the BNP Paribas Group Executive Committee, Myriam Beque, Head of Innovation Projects at BNP Paribas French Retail Banking, and Yoann Jaffré, Head of the Open Innovation Lab at L’Atelier

BNP Paribas, will be introducing at a press conference the twinned ETI-startup partners that will be taking part in the first-ever season of the Innov&Connect accelerator programme.

Thursday 16 April, 9am to 10.30am – Address: WAI Paris, 19 Bd Poissonnière, 75 002 Paris.

Registration: [at] bnpparibas (dot) com

Luxembourg: inauguration of the BGL BNP Paribas Lux Future Lab premises

Set up by BGL BNP Paribas in 2012, the purpose of Lux Future Lab is to help drive social and economic dynamism in Luxembourg. Located in the centre of the newly-renovated city, the new Lux Future Lab premises are intended as a stimulating interaction venue for business/project creators now standing at the crossroads of their careers. The venue facilities are designed to help them grow their skills, develop their ideas and drive forward their business projects.

Wednesday 22 April, 12 noon. Address: 59 Boulevard Royal.

Brussels: Inauguration of Co.Station by BNP Paribas Fortis and SocialCom

Co-founded by SocialCom and BNP Paribas Fortis, Co.Station is an incubator/ accelerator for young innovation-oriented companies and other dynamic firms working in the digital economy. The purpose of Co.Station is to encourage the growth of a dynamic and innovative ecosystem that will enable companies in this field to optimise their chances of success. Located in the centre of Brussels, the venue boasts 3,000 m2 of space, equipped with the latest infrastructure, including a work café. Companies can use the office space under a variety of arrangements – renting permanent offices or temporary workspace, or on a membership basis

23 April, 5.30pm, Address: 5 Parvis Sainte-Gudule, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Change it: the video magazine that highlights innovation from all over the world

In collaboration with L’Atelier, BNP Paribas has created ‘Change it’, a video magazine designed to showcase innovation all over the world. Its mission is to spot the most innovative startups and highlight what they are doing. ‘Change it’ will be reporting regularly on the new generation of entrepreneurs in a wide variety of fields – including customer relations management, e-health, transport, energy, payment methods, and many others – who have set out with the intention of creating new uses and generating new ideas in their chosen field.

View the latest broadcasts, including direct reportage from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where French Tech featured prominently:

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About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 countries with more than 185,000 employees, including 145,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its two core activities: Retail Banking & Services (comprised of Domestic Markets and International Financial Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific.

About L’Atelier BNP Paribas

For over 35 years, L’Atelier BNP Paribas has been working to identify disruptive innovations that herald far-reaching change for companies in all sectors, and helping them to integrate these changes into their operational plans and projects. Part of the BNP Paribas financial services Group, L’Atelier works hand-in-hand with clients and contacts in various non-banking sectors through a highly original Open Architecture approach and maintains permanent establishments in three major centres of innovation in Europe, North America and Asia. Based on their expertise in worldwide innovation tracking and analysis, the L'Atelier BNP Paribas teams produce website content, newsletters, radio broadcasts and TV programmes and provide strategic digital consulting services for companies. Complementing these services, themed conferences and Learning Expeditions abroad, which bring participants into close contact with local ecosystem players, strengthen L’Atelier’s position as a vibrant platform for ideas exchange. The L’Atelier Lab, the most recent addition, is dedicated to Open Innovation, its purpose being to bring together innovative entrepreneurs and major corporations with a view to driving the development of shared projects.