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L'Atelier BNP Paribas hosts the presidential delegation on Wednesday, 12 February during the President's visit to Silicon Valley

The programme will include: 2 hours of meetings and discussions with French CEOs of startups and large companies
that are driving innovation in the Valley

As part of François Hollande's visit to the United States on 10-12 February, L'Atelier BNP Paribas, the technology watch unit of BNP Paribas, hosts the presidential delegation on Wednesday, 12 February, during its trip to San Francisco.

The aim of this first visit to California by a French president in 30 years is to support and promote French startups, which have created a “French Tech Hub” in Silicon Valley. Following a lunch with the American giants of the Internet (Google, Facebook, Twitter and Mozilla, among others), the French delegation will visit L'Atelier BNP Paribas' offices in San Francisco to engage with the local innovation ecosystem.

The delegation, which will include the President and several Ministers, will meet for two hours with both innovative French startups and French business leaders who have been established in Silicon Valley for many years. They will discuss the energy and vitality of the new technology sector and the uniquely French strengths that startups and large national groups can leverage across the Atlantic.

About L'Atelier BNP Paribas
For more than thirty years, L'Atelier BNP Paribas has identified breakthrough innovations that signal changes for companies. Its purpose is to help organisations transform these ideas into operational projects.
L'Atelier is present in three major regional innovation centres (USA, China and Europe) to analyse, advise and support companies.
The tracking unit provides its services through four channels: Media, which shares the results of L'Atelier's monitoring work through a range of media platforms (website, radio and social media). Events, for sharing views about innovation-related issues; Digital Strategy Advisory, which puts identified innovations into context for companies and specific professions; and last but not least the LAB, which uses an open innovation approach to bring innovative entrepreneurs and major corporations together to accelerate the development of shared projects.