The CES (Consumer Electronics Show), which takes place each year in Las Vegas, is THE event devoted to mainstream electronic and technological innovation. The event was first held in 1967 in New York with 200 exhibitors and 17,500 participants; today the CES attracts over 600 exhibitors and 170,000 visitors.

For the 2016 edition, 190 French companies travelled to Las Vegas (double the number last year), all assembled under the French Tech Label. The French delegation was the second largest after the United States, which had 196 companies in attendance.

Among them, 9 Lyon-based start-ups looking to present their know-how and innovations. The CES is, indeed, a perfect opportunity to sound out the public, all the better to adapt products to the market. Such as Maison De Rigeur, innovative leather goods, which presented a mobile solution for recharging cell phones, which is both intelligent and elegant: the Connected Sleeve. And HOLI, which develops connected solutions to measure and improve sleep quality, such as Sleep360 and the connected bulb SleepCompanion.

A public initiative launched in 2013 and run by the Ministry of Economy, French Tech serves the French start-up ecosystem both in France and abroad. It includes a number of metropolitan areas and regions, which have been recognised for bringing together start-ups, financers, incubators, fablabs etc. This label offers tools to support start-ups with fiscal matters, recruitment, intellectual property and internationalisation.

In Lyon, which received the label in 2014, the French Tech ecosystem,  constitutes France’s second largest digital region. With over 7000 companies creating 50,000 jobs, 8 incubators, 5 accelerators, 7 co-working spaces, 7 competitive clusters and clusters but also institutions and specialist professional associations and 300 academic training courses devoted to the sector.