Five finalists will take place in the Startup Challenge at CARTES Secure Connexion in Paris, France this November.
The conference, which is to take place from 17-19 November, will welcome more than 460 international exhibitors, 20,000 visitors and over 40 CEO speakers from the finance retail, telecommunications, government, healthcare and transport industries. Focused on how the banking, telecommunications and retail industries can deploy new digital business models, the conference will include keynotes from key industry players, panel debates and conference sessions on new payment methods and innovative identification technologies.
The Startup Challenge will give five of the most innovative startups of 2015 the opportunity to promote their data, payment, identification and mobility solutions. First held in 2014 and created in partnership with FaberNovel and Galitt, the challenge allows the startups to network with key industry players, gain priority access to their target markets and secure financial backing. Winners will receive €10,000 – including €5,000 worth of consulting from Galitt – and a 6sqm booth at the CARTES Secure Connexions 2016 event in Paris.
This year’s finalists include French startup Lydia, which will showcase a mobile payment with a fraud algorithm solution; France-based Tiller Systems, which will demonstrate a new smart cash register; and Australia-based My life it, which has designed a solution to enable consumers to make SMS payments without an internet connection. The final two competitors include Ledger, which has developed Bitcoin wallet, and France-based Izicap for its bank card loyalty scheme.
Judges will include Rémi Gitzinger, head of consulting at Galitt; Olivier Tilloy, deputy managing director at S-Money; and Antoine Dumurgier, managing director of strategy and development at Edenred.
Another key highlight of the event will be the 20th SESAMES Awards final, which will highlight innovations from 33 startups, small- and medium-sized businesses and major global companies from 15 different countries.
In total, 11 awards will be presented during the ceremony and winners will be chosen based on three key criteria: the innovative nature of the product or service, its suitability to the market, and the strength of its sales proposition. This year’s ceremony will feature two new categories: Best Connected Objects Applications and Best Joint Initiative, which honours joint projects designed by several companies with the same economic and social objectives. A Golden SESAMES award will also be presented to the company with the most impressive overall innovation to mark the 20th anniversary of the competition.
Award winners will be able to present their innovation during the ‘Innovation Breaks’ on Innovation TV on 18 and 19 November.
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