MGIMO Hosts French Marathon «Innovations and Technologies of the Future»

MGIMO Hosts French Marathon «Innovations and Technologies of the Future»

26 November 2019

November 25th and 26th, the French marathon «Innovations and Technologies of the Future», organized by the Junior Business Club France-Russia and MGIMO’s French Club and sponsored by the Trianon Dialogue and the University’s Endowment took place.

On the first day, there was a round table on «Entrepreneurship in Russia» with the participation of the President of «French Tech Moscow» Arnaud Trousset, who spoke about the opportunities to create technological startups in Russia and elsewhere. «French Tech Moscow» is a large business community, which forms a bridge between Moscow and France for startups. Its main objective is to develop business by bringing together businesspeople, investors, experts, academic staff and students.

Euryale Chatelard, Founder and General Director of the Opal Agency and member of the Coordination Committee of the Trianon Dialogue also CEO of Ecritel, and Raphael Albertan, representative of Trianon Startups, spoke about the Forum’s history and projects designed to expand cooperation between the Russian and French business communities. Alexander Popov, one of the founders of TalkBank, a member of the Trianon Startups, shared his insights about how to set up an international technology startup.

During a pitch session, the representatives of three Russian startups, Any Time Education, ERTC, Life & Health Metrics, presented their technological projects and received expert feedback on how to further develop and expand their activities.

November 26th, Maurice Leroy, former French Minister for Urban Affairs, and Deputy General Director of Mosinzhproekt in the framework of the Greater Moscow Project also participated in the marathon. M. Leroy spoke about his multidisciplinary experience in France and in Russia, describing the history of world megacities and sharing his ideas regarding the current challenges and prospects for future development of the Greater Paris and Greater Moscow projects. The presentation fascinated the members of the audience and many of them pursued the discussion afterwards in an informal setting.

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