This is a high level event aiming to promote French-Swedish business relations, investments, and impact collaborations and further the development of the French-Swedish Innovation Partnership. We want to create meetings across our two countries to further build bridges between impact startups, companies, capital markets, and decision-makers within our bilateral ecosystem. We want to strengthen the links between the French and the Swedish innovation ecosystems and discuss the challenges and opportunities of Europe as an innovation continent of excellency for smart, green and energy independent industry. The program focuses on developing sustainable business models, impact management, strategies for scaling and green transition.
This occasion offers an excellent opportunity for networking to develop French-Swedish partnerships, create new businesses and further trade relations between France and Sweden in both directions.
This is an event organized by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France in collaboration with Business France and the French Embassy in Sweden and the support of Business Sweden and the Swedish Embassy in France.
Date: 3rd of October
Time: 13:30 - 18:30
Venue: Grand Hôtel Stockholm
14.00 Welcome remarks by Gîta Paterson, President Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France
Opening by S.E. Etienne de Gonneville, Ambassador of France to Sweden
High level Swedish Keynote
High level French Keynote
How can French-Swedish collaborations contribute to repower EU
Franck Bouétard, CEO, Ericsson France
Christophe Desplats-Redier, Regional Director Europe, Neoen
Sandra Grauers Nilsson, Head of onshore Wind Power, Vattenfall
Rob Whyte, Managing Director, Alstom Nordics (TBC)
Fika, networking and Tech & Innovation exhibition with partners and green champions
Speeding-up sustainable business in France and Sweden: best-practice from green champions
Karin Ebbinghaus, CEO, Elonroad
Matthieu Guesné, Founder & CEO, Lhyfe
Luc Hovan, Vice President Operational Excellence, Northvolt
Benoît Lemaignan, CEO & Co-founder, Verkor
Closing words (TBC)
17h00 Networking cocktail and Tech & Innovation exhibition with partners and green champions
Ambassador of France to Sweden
Etienne Le Harivel de Gonneville has been the Ambassador of France to Sweden since September 9, 2020. Prior to that, he had been Senior Advisor for strategic affairs and continental Europe to the President of the French Republic, since May 2017. A graduate of Sciences Po and the University of the Sorbonne, Etienne de Gonneville is a career diplomat. He has held several posts in the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, in Paris: in the Department for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament, and in the Asia and Oceania Department, and abroad: in Iran (2000-2003), in the United States (2006-2010), and in Vietnam (2010-2013).
President - Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France
Gîta Paterson is the president of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France. She is also the Chairperson of the Swedish-French Language Foundation and board member of the foundation Swedish Youth Abroad. She is the legal advisor of SWEA International, Inc. Gîta Paterson graduated from the School of Law and Graduate School of Management of the UCLA (1975-1978) and Lund University in Sweden, LL.M. (1975). She is an international lawyer at the law firm FTPA and has a solid experiences within in French-Swedish business relations and companies.
Ericsson Regional Head for France, Algeria, Tunisia, Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as Head of Orange global account and Altice global account. Franck Bouétard graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Télécom Paris Tech) and holds a degree as MSc in Telecommunications. He started his career in 1989 at Arthur Andersen Consulting, and then moved to Elf Aquitaine in London before joining Ungermann-Bass back in France. In 1993, he started working for Alcatel, where he held various positions until October 1999, when he joined Ericsson France as Vice President of Marketing and Product Support. Ever since, Franck Bouétard has held various positions within Ericsson group, serving as General Manager of Services and Vice President of Operations (France), Group Vice President & General Manager Consulting and Systems Integration (Sweden), President & CEO of Ericsson France.
Christophe Desplats-Redier is Regional Director Europe for Neoen. Christophe has been with Neoen for the last 6 years, based in Stockholm since mid-2022, previously based in Paris. His experience covers business development in the Energy sector (mainly large scale solar, onshore wind and storage) in Europe and Africa. The focus of Neoen for the last 5 years has been development in the three technologies in Europe and Neoen has now more than 500MW in construction or operation in the Nordics. Christophe has initiated the development of Neoen in Finland, Sweden and Ireland. Christophe has also been involved in securing corporate PPAs with 8 corporate PPAs signed in the Nordics during the last five years and many opportunities to come. Before joining Neoen Christophe has been more than eight years with the French construction group Bouygues, having international role (Europe, Asia, Africa) in the project finance department.
Sandra is Head of Vattenfall's onshore wind power since 2017. Some of Sandra's previous roles in Vattenfall are Director Wind Generation Onshore, Director Business Development and Director Market analysis and Future Power System. Sandra has been with Vattenfall since 2008. Additional employers before are Statoil and Graninge. Her many years of experience in Sweden's energy industry makes Sandra a very established and appreciated Manager with high commitment and strong focus on successful growth, high safety standards and increased profitability.
Competences: Solar, Wind power, Hydropower, Networks, Electricity trading, Energy storage, Power system analysis.
Education: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
As proof of Sandra's expertise in the energy industry she was also nominated for “Power Woman of the Year 2017”.
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Karin Ebbinghaus is the CEO of deeptech e-mobility company Elonroad, which contributes to the system shift into to a more climate-friendly society. Elonroad enables acceleration into electrification of the transport sector by providing a novel kind of charging infrastructure. Karin has a background as a lawyer and investor but fell for Elonroad and their inspiring approach to tackling the climate challenge with new thinking and belief in technology.
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Benoit Lemaignan is the co-founder and CEO of Verkor, a new venture launched to accelerate the production capacity of low-carbon batteries in Europe, in collaboration with EIT InnoEnergy, the Groupe IDEC, Schneider Electric, Capgemini, Renault Group, EQT Ventures, Arkema, Tokai COBEX, and Demeter FMET. Prior to the launch, EIT InnoEnergy brought Benoit on board to build synergies with the European Battery Alliance. An aerospace engineer by training, Benoit is a serial entrepreneur. He previously founded and financed Waga Energy in 2015 and Aniah in 2019. He was also Managing Director of OSER ENR from 2015 to 2019 - a public-private partnership supporting the development of renewable projects. Earlier in his career, Benoit was a strategic advisor at Carbone 4 where his passion for energy and climate-related initiatives took root. From his time at Airbus, Benoit retains a strong drive for innovation and teamwork.
The French-Swedish Innovation Forum will also feature a Tech & Innovation Exhibition with our partners and green champions. Special focus is on innovation, co-creation, green transition and sustainable solutions. This networking platform includes meetings and impact discussions with passionate tech entrepreneurs and innovation stakeholders from Sweden and France and also valuable business contacts with our partners within the French-Swedish business ecosystem.
- Transforms Cities Climate Planning into Progress
ClimateView is a Swedish climate action technology company that helps cities transform climate planning into progress. Their software ClimateOS is a collaborative decision-making platform for cities to plan, simulate and execute their climate transition. Innovative cities across Europe and North America use the platform to build their zero carbon economies and reach their Paris Agreement targets.
The team on location, led by Ariane van den Broek, VP of Transition Success, will be delighted to demonstrate how your city’s sustainability team, politicians and citizens can successfully collaborate together on ClimateOS.
- A simple new way to reward the development of our planet’s vital forests
EcoTree is a certified B-Corp with a simple and ground-breaking way to reward individuals and businesses that support sustainable forestry. They have planted and currently manage +1 million trees on behalf of +55.000 individuals and +1.500 companies. Together, they grow vibrant forests in Europe, which preserve the diversity of plant and animal life and contribute to the planet’s vital capture of CO2. When the tree has accomplished its miraculous job of keeping nature in balance, it is sold for high-quality timber at minimal impact to the forest. And here’s the wow bit: all the revenue goes directly back to the tree owners! At a yearly rate of approx. 2%, the tree’s value will actually double over its lifetime. EcoTree is passionate about growing living proof that forests can flourish AND provide at the same time!
- Smart Deep Tech Charging on the Fly
Elonroad is a Deep Tech Mobility start-up changing the way we charge all electric vehicles, on the road while driving or when you are parked. Our Internet connected road is packed with smart sensors and features for real-time interaction with the vehicles. The solution has been tested on a one kilometer stretch in Lund, Sweden for a city bus, with new pilots coming up for Bring in Norway and Sweden as well as a solution for the Port of Helsingborg. We take care of all the steps necessary to electrify the future of transportation and making the planet a bit better while doing it!
- Natural Choice for Long Term Investor
Interested in the World Economy
Nordic Equities Global Stars is a global equity fund launched in 2018. An investment in the fund creates an opportunity to be co-owner of global quality companies with a long term focus. By their investment process Outside view, they have identified global investment opportunities within interesting companies and sectors with an exciting outlook on technology & media, consumer products, digitalisation/fintech, fashion and health care. By having a global perspective, they can reach new interesting sectors and as a result offer a diversified portfolio.
- Accelerating the Risktakers
Startup Sweden was created in 2016 to support Swedish startups on a national level. It is a program initiated by, and run within, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket). They provide entrepreneur-centered support from the earliest stages to scaleups. Their activities and initiatives focus on the entrepreneurs' need – providing them with knowledge, network and tools to succeed.
- Promoting sustainable growth and competitive companies in all parts of Sweden
Tillväxtverket, The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, is a government agency that works to promote sustainable growth and competitive companies in all parts of Sweden. They do this by supporting and strengthening companies and regions. The help they provide benefit companies and enables them and the various regions in Sweden to meet the challenges of the future. Their vision is to see more companies in Sweden that want to grow and have the capabilities and courage to do so. Tillväxtverket offers knowledge, networks and financing. They have a broad and multifaceted operation. One principal task is helping to ensure that EU funds are invested in projects that promote regional growth and employment.
More exhibitors to be confirmed
Startup Sweden was initiated by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) in 2016 to support fast growing companies within tech, offering entrepreneur-centred support from the earliest stages to scaleups. Activities focus on providing the participants with network, tools, and knowledge, including access to relevant investors, media, partners, and potential clients.
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Tillväxtverket, The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, is a government agency that works to promote sustainable growth and competitive companies in all parts of Sweden. They do this by supporting and strengthening companies and regions. Their vision is more companies in Sweden that want to grow and have the capabilities and courage to do so. Tillväxtverket offers knowledge, networks and financing. One principal task is helping to ensure that EU funds are invested in projects that promote regional growth and employment.
To learn more, click here
Nordic Equities Global Stars is a global equity fund launched 23rd of April 2018. An investment in the fund creates an opportunity to be co-owner of global quality companies with a long term focus.
By their investment process Outside view, they have identified global investment opportunities within interesting companies and sectors with an exciting outlook between others technology & media, consumer products, digitalisation/fintech, fashion and health care. By having a global perspective, they can reach new interesting sectors and as a result offer you a diversified portfolio.
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The Grand Hôtel in Stockholm was founded by the French hotelier and chef Jean-Francois Regis Cadier in 1874. Since then, it has been home to celebrities, high-profile events and everyday bon-vivants. Situated in the best waterfront location imaginable, the hotel overlooks the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. The Grand is also home to the classic Swedish Veranda restaurant, renowned for its traditional smörgåsbord, Mathias Dahlgren’s award-winning restaurants and the spectacular Cadier Bar.
The conference will take place in Studio Stockholm
Founded in 1915, CCSF’s mission is to promote business relations and commerce between France and Sweden. Constantly broadening its network, the Chamber aims to be a dynamic platform for all companies: start-ups, small, midsize and large corporates, B2B, B2C, from traditional industry to the new economy.
CCSF provides unique business support solutions for Swedish companies in France and facilitate company set-ups: company domiciliations, meeting room facilities, event spaces, an exceptional network of contacts, a French-Swedish PR hub with a broad panorama of activities, 40,000 visitors to its website, many subscribers to its newsletter and followers on its various social media channels.
Our priority: To simplify and fast-track project delivery
Business France fosters export growth by supporting companies with different services, prepares and helps businesses to find commercial partners in target markets, paving the way for them to sign trading agreements and generate sustainable export growth. Business France informs and supports foreign investors in France by helping the make decisions and offer support throughout their project, calling not only upon Business France investment advisors but also its network of regional partners. Their mission is also to promote French companies and industry, business climate and attractiveness.
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