Lafayette Plug and Play launches its second Batch !
For this new session, over 200 projects 🙌🏽 were submitted in response to the call for applications which ran from December 1st to February 2nd 2017. Out of the 14 selected startups, ten are French and five are International (🇫🇷, 🇮🇳, 🇬🇧, 🇩🇰, 🇨🇳).
The selected profiles perfectly match Lafayette Plug and Play’s ambition: “support the development of startups disrupting retail and fashion”.
For this new promotion, the 14 startups are particularly interested in robotics, AI, customer experience in-store and on internet, mobile payment, predictive and advertising marketing issues.
This second promotion follows the ambitions of the first programme, which ended in December 2016 and drew a very positive report for the ten participating startups:
- Collaborations have been set up between Galeries Lafayette and three startups: Igloo (a mobile app which allows users to try on clothes at home), Smartzer (interactive and clickable videos for additional information or direct purchase) and Alcméon (an intelligent SaaS tool for customer care and social selling on social and mobile networks)
- Many executives from the retail and fashion industries came to meet the startups, including experts from Bulgari, Carrefour, Celio, Fnac-Darty, Lacoste and Leroy Merlin.
- A partnership was signed with the Swiss group Maus Frères (Lacoste, Gant, Aigle, Manor…) and the Up Group (an international company with 300 millions revenue) to support their digital transformation and to connect them with the best startups in retail and fashion.
- As part of the partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center, three startups (Alcméon, Primo 1D and ShopRunBack) benefit from a new programme in California in order to develop their business on the American market.
Our Ambition for the new batch
“The vision for Lafayette Plug and Play is to bring together Paris, the fashion capital of the world and Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the world, and create an ecosystem of reference for startups in commerce, retail and fashion. During the first promotion running from September to December last year we proved we can make this vision a reality. For the second promotion we are going to consolidate our emerging position by offering our new 14 startups unprecedented access to real senior decision makers to corporate customers, a strong lineup of established mentors and an acceleration program that creates real value for startups, corporate partners and investors. “
Edoardo Manitto / Managing Director Lafayette Plug and Play