POSTED: January 7th 2017

French Tech launches 'LaFrenchTech2024' to show support for Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Approximately 300 French Tech innovators and entrepreneurs showcased their support for Paris 2024 at the opening of the 50th edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by launching 'LaFrenchTech2024.'

"The spontaneous support of French Tech is a strong signal of the enthusiasm that the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid produces within the French population, and in particular entrepreneurs. The Olympic Movement and host cities must respond to the challenge of connecting with younger generations across the world, and this digital initiative is further proof of Paris' commitment to this cause and becoming the best possible partner for the IOC," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chair, Tony Estanguet.

French Tech created the 'LaFrenchTech2024' movement in partnership with World and Olympic handball champion, Daniel Narcisse; and National Basketball Association (NBA) star and Olympian, Tony Parker. The movement was created to unite the French Tech world behind efforts to have Paris elected as the 2024 Olympic Games host city. It also strengthens the links between both entrepreneurship and high-level sport.

Parker stated, "The initiative 'LaFrenchTech2024' is obvious to me because France is full of talent; in art, in sport and also in the world of business. My own entrepreneurial activities are an illustration of athletes' interest in the "business" sphere and I want to ensure that this mobilization has positive momentum throughout the year."

Entrepreneurs and top French athletes will be able to mobilize behind 'LaFrenchTech2024' to share Paris 2024's message to the world, while also engaging the larger tech industry of the main innovative elements of Paris' concept. The new campaign is further proof of how innovative and dynamic the city of Paris is and how it can mobilize a network of followers behind a particular movement.

"Entrepreneurs and athletes share common values and the same spirit: an appetite for hard work, the spirit of competition, the ability to rebound after a failure and perseverance. The bid of Paris 2024 is an opportunity to unite talents and to value what France does best. I am happy to be a part of this exciting initiative," commented Narcisse.

French Tech was launched in 2013 and is a network of French entrepreneurs who are focused on innovation and growing start-ups internationally and nationally. It is also represented by members throughout France, along with 22 international global tech hubs and cities.

Serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of, an innovative retail software company based in Las Vegas, Olivier Cotinat added, "The Paris 2024 bid must be innovative and go beyond borders to ensure the campaign ignites a national interest that is shared by all. The entrepreneurs of La French Tech embody excellence and will be formidable ambassadors for Paris 2024 around the world. France and Paris have always had a strong culture of innovation and I am convinced that the Games in 2024 will be a new chapter in the history of French innovation."

Paris is bidding against Budapest and Los Angeles to host the 2024 summer Games. The final vote will take place in September at the official IOC session in Lima, Peru.

** 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

Keywords · Paris 2024 · French Tech · Olympics · Olympic bidding · Paralympics · 'LaFrenchTech2024'

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