POSTED: December 6th 2016

French innovation at 'Smart Paris 2024' Awards praised by Paris 2024

Tony Estanguet (center) with representatives of the winning companies © Paris 2024
Tony Estanguet (center) with representatives of the winning companies © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 'Smart Paris 2024' awards received over 200 project entries. This feat was praised from the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee as a clear sign of Paris being Europe's start-up capital.

Paris is bidding against Los Angeles and Budapest in a hotly contested race to host the Games.

"We were very impressed with the high-quality submissions for the Smart Paris 2024 awards and this is a clear sign of Paris' status as the start-up capital of Europe," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet.

After the call for entries ended in June 2016, innovative submissions were reviewed by a panel that was made up of representatives from Paris 2024's founding members. This included the French National Olympic Committee; Paris 2024 Bid Committee; National Paralympic Committee; City of Paris; national government; the region of Ile-de-France; Algoe, a management consultancy; and NUMA, French start-up accelerator. The awards were also put into five different categories.

INSEP, France's high-performance center, held the awards ceremony. Co-Chairman Estanguet and member of the Paris 2024 Sport and Society Committee, Brice Guyart announced the winners and handed out the awards. Those companies that won will have the opportunity to work closely with Paris 2024, aiding them in applying the latest technologies and innovations that will help in successfully delivering events organized by the Paris 2024 Bid Committee.

Estanguet state, "I would like to congratulate all of the winners and we are looking forward to working with them as we tap their expertise and inspirational insights to help drive our bid forward."

In addition, the city of Paris has planned a Paris 2024 themed Town Hall 'Hackathon' on March 16th. This forum will allow thousands of entrepreneurs the chance to share ideas, insights, and discuss projects with the Paris 2024 Bid Committee.  

Estanguet concluded, "We are committed to bidding for the 2024 Games with new ideas and fresh concepts and this includes taking advantage of the skills and knowledge of the 15,000 start-ups that are operational across the city. By encouraging innovation and harnessing the creative spirit of Paris and France we will deliver a stunning Games for the modern era in 2024"

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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