French-German Tech Lab @ VIVA TECHNOLOGY 2022

An innovation ecosystem that forms ties across borders

Facing the growing need for technological autonomy and sovereignty in Europe, French-German cooperation is a logical response embodied perfectly by the French-German Tech Lab. The entity is ramping up its efforts with Technische Universität München (TUM), Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Arts et Métiers, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule/Université Franco-Allemande (DFH/UFA), the De Hub Digital Ecosystems, the Franco-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), and the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Saarland. All partners were encouraging meetings between startups, innovation labs, investors and businesses from both sides of the French-German border.

In this way, the French-German Tech Lab, the unique binational booth at VIVA TECHNOLOGY, which was inaugurated by the German Ambassador in France, Hans Dieter Lucas, represented one of the top spaces for bringing together the latest advances and innovations in the two countries. Around 100 French and German startups present, which explore several different fields of technology like Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4. 0, Green Tech, Deep Tech/Tech on the Edge, Health, B2B Enterprise, Mobility and Future of Work, presented themselves at the French-German Tech Lab.

Four Start-ups of KIT offer Solutions for B2B (MARA Solution which automatically analyses thousands of customers feedbacks), for mobility (SafeAD with their new autonomous driving software that does not rely on expensive AD maps), for health (n-biotics with their antibacterial surface technology based on bioinspired nanostructures) and for industry and supply chain (Formic with an universal modular transport system to safety move of heavy loads). Three start-ups of Arts et Métiers offer solutions for green tech (Istya with a solution to ensure a good air quality by saving energy; Airthium with engines converting heat to electricity and electricity to heat up to 540°C; Reveleo with their app to reveal the health environment performance of the future home and territory).

The French-German Institute for Industry of the Future (the collaboration in Virtual and Augmented Reality, Production Systems & Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Manufacturing Processes, which celebrated the 5th anniversary in 2022) organized a panel discussion about the European technological sovereignty and more specifically the role of European technological university in industrial startup development. Ivan Iordanoff (deputy general manager for research and innovation at Arts et Métiers), Thomas Hirth (vice-president for transfer and international affairs at KIT), Francoise Preteux (vice-president for Research & Economic Development at Institut Mines Telecom), Véronique Favier (deputy general manager of Art et Métiers) and Bastien Triclot (founder of the startup Zozio) participated to the discussion.