Four Emerging Startups Selected for the French-American Digital Lab in Paris

December 5, 2016 | By FRENCH CULTURE FILM

A group of 4 American startups were selected to participate in the inaugural Paris session of the French-American Digital Lab // Connecting Cultures exchange program, established by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in October, co-produced with Business France (international French agency for business development) and the Institut français. A creative lab and an economic development program for startups and content creators of the cultural sector, the French-American Digital Lab aims to enable startups and cultural content creators to adapt their product to the French and American markets, while developing partnerships with local members of the culture industry. The intensive 6-day program will include networking sessions, meetings, seminars, and creative sessions with leaders of Paris’s cultural and tech scenes. 

The four selected projects were chosen based on a variety of criteria, and the final roster represents a diverse sampling of America’s most promising and innovative cultural ideas today.


SELECTED STARTUPS

- Bluecadet is an Emmy winning strategic innovation company that partners with leading museums, cultural institutions, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Our clients are facing a new environment in which they compete for their audience's attention with a wide range of digital and always connected alternatives. We invent technology solutions that enable them to bridge that gap and connect with, inspire, and educate a new generation of visitors. We also help them extend their reach not merely on site, but also on the web, and in mobile and social media.

- DreamAI is an AI powered platform for multilingual and multicultural stories and VR experiences. We seek to increase representation of African, Carribean and other under represented demographics in digital media for families and schools globally.

- Emerging Market Media is a media and technology dedicated to journalism, production, content creation and other forms of media and special events involving the emerging and frontier markets. Emerging Market Media is currently developing and beta test artificial intelligence tools for publishers. Focused on more than the famous (or infamous) BRIC nations, the firm is leveraging a global network of experts, industry leaders and prominent actors within the developing economies in addition to original reporting to deliver timely and actionable news, features, opinion pieces and exclusive videos on the economic, business and financial issues facing the emerging markets.

Holojam is a technology platform that's changing how people experience virtual reality together. Made for in-person collaboration, Holojam enhances in-person experiences by giving people who are in the same room the ability to move seamlessly between the real world and an immersive virtual world.


The French-American Digital Lab
The goal of the French-American Digital Lab is to enable new startups and cultural content creators to adapt their product to the French and American markets, while discovering new ecosystems and developing partnerships with local members of the culture industry. Produced in partnership with the major partner incubators: Paris&Co, 104factory (CENTQUATRE-PARIS incubator) and Créatis; world-class cultural institutions; and leading French companies including Havas, Orange and Vivendi will bring local expertise to this vast network and help tailor the program to each participant’s needs and to support and empower the selected startups of the 2016 edition. 

The French-American Digital Lab is supported by the City of Paris, the Institut français, FACE Foundation, Flipboard, French tech New York and Vivendi.