Paris 2024 Olympic Bid Gets French Tech Backing at Las Vegas CES

“LaFrenchTech2024” was launched in Las Vegas by French Tech entrepreneurs, to support Paris 2024.  About 300 French Tech entrepreneurs were at the opening of the 2017 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) to show support for the bid by launching ‘LaFrenchTech2024’.

At the opening of the 50th edition of the show on Thursday French innovators and entrepreneurs representing the largest delegation of foreign start-ups at the global digital event, declared their support for the Paris bid and France.

Launched in 2013, French Tech is a network of French entrepreneurs committed to innovation and the growth of start-ups both nationally and internationally and is represented by members throughout France as well as in 22 international cities and global tech hubs worldwide.

The ‘LaFrenchTech2024’ movement was created by French Tech in partnership with two leading French athletes, NBA basketball star and Olympian Tony Parker and World and Olympic handball champion Daniel Narcisse, to unite the French tech world behind the Paris 2024 bid and strengthen links between high level sport and entrepreneurship.

Through ‘LaFrenchTech2024′, entrepreneurs and top French athletes will reportedly mobilize to share the message of the Paris 2024 campaign around the world and engage the wider tech industry with key elements of Paris’ innovative Games concept.  Paris 2024 reports that meetings and workshops will also take place between partner athletes and entrepreneurs in each city where ambassadors of French Tech are present as well as at Schoolab, a symbolic home of innovation in Paris and the first innovation studio of its kind in France.

2017 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Paris 2024 Co-Chair, IOC member and triple Olympic Champion Tony Estanguet said, “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.”

Paris is competing with Los Angeles and Budapest for the 2024 Olympic Games.  The host city will be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 13, 2017.