“La French Tech” supports digital skills development in South Africa

French Tech in collaboration with Orange Business Services (OBS) organized an event on “Digital skills development in South Africa” on 15 September 2016 in Johannesburg.


Today, Johannesburg seeks to become one of the leading cities in the digital sector in South Africa. One of the key points of the city’s strategy is to implement numerous innovation programmes. Considering the established French entrepreneurial ecosystem already active in Cape Town, French Tech wants to take part in the digital development of South Africa’s economic capital.

French Tech is becoming an increasingly powerful force around the world, aggregating thousands of companies, ranging from start-ups to large technology groups, to work together in innovation. French Tech has already implemented several digital skills development initiatives in Cape Town through theFrench Tech Cape Town Hub launched in February 2016.

From the French Tech Ticket – a programme allowing South African start-ups to accelerate their development in France – to the French South African Tech Lab – an upcoming incubator dedicated to South African tech start-ups – the French Tech Cape Town initiatives embrace the development of French and South African innovative technology ventures, creating jobs and opportunities at the local scale. The success of those initiatives is the result of the joint efforts of a community composed of French and South African Tech actors.


This event was an opportunity for French Tech to share with the tech community in Johannesburg digital skills development initiatives led by the French Tech community in South Africa:

The event was a forum for French and South African tech communities to discuss how to fully utilize the capacity of the French Tech ecosystem to work with the unique South African engineering talent and innovation skills to incubate and accelerate digital projects.

Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France in South Africa:


I am delighted to see that the French Tech Hub in Cape Town is expanding its activities in Johannesburg thanks to a dynamic community of French and South African entrepreneurs who take advantage of a leading innovation ecosystem in Africa. This success will also encourage business and youth talent exchanges between France and South Africa, in innovation and especially in the digital industry”.

Click here to read the Ambassador’s speech.

Yannick Decaux, South Africa Country Manager, Oranges Business Services:


Since the launch of the French Tech in South Africa, Orange Business Services has worked closely with the community to support the development of digital technologies and business opportunities in innovation. Orange is present in 20 African countries and provides business network services in all 54 African countries. More than one in ten Africans are Orange customers. We are investing for the long term and plan to continue playing a major role in the digital transformation of the region, from providing infrastructure and access to communications services through to developing new models that will help the region grow.”

Christophe Viarnaud, co-founder, Chief Executive Officer of Methys and Lead Ambassador of Cape Town French Tech:


We have been working very hard over the past few months to create a team to lead the initiatives of the French Tech in South Africa and to develop our capacity from the core 6-year-old Methys Labs structure. Today we are pleased to announce two milestones. Firstly, we received a record number of South African applications for French Tech Tickets, and we’ll take two South African start-ups to Paris in October. Secondly our Cape Town Labs will open in November, an additional 400 square meters office facility dedicated to digital innovation in the Century City precinct to welcome tens of start-up and digital entrepreneurs in our incubation and acceleration program. We are in discussion with SEDA to develop an incubation partnership”.



About La French Tech:

La French Tech France is undergoing a startup renaissance driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, and other talented people. It’s a new ‘Startup Republic’, home to vibrant tech hubs and a hotbed of talent, imbued with a strong enterprise culture. The name of this movement is La French Tech, and its actors are the French startups. Since 2013, French startups are united and visible thanks to a single and powerful brand, La French Tech, both in France and abroad.

About French Tech Cape Town:

The French Tech Cape Town is a community composed of several incubators (Methys Labs, Far Ventures, Eco-connect/Le Comptoir de l’Innovation), a coding School (WeThinkCode) and a dozen start-ups (African Travel Desk; AtnetPlanet South Africa; Candystick; Dataprophet; Deezer; Doza; Energy Intelligence; Myows; Odity; Paygenius; Powertime; Rabbit; Timeone; Where Are You Now). La French Tech in South Africa is supported by French leading firms (Methys, Orange, Dassault Systèmes, Gemalto, Schneider Electric), business associations (French South African Chamber of Commerce) and public partners (Business France, French Consulate of France in Cape Town, French Embassy in South Africa) which are working in close cooperation with the Silicon Cape community, local and national South African agencies such as Wesgro, CiTi and SEDA.

About Methys:

Methys is an international Digital Transformation technology firm with operations in France, Benelux, UK, Tunisia and South Africa. Methys is focused on customer success, driving maximum business performance. Leveraging on partnerships with key technology providers and a rich set of methodologies blending functional and technological excellence, the passion of Methys people is about giving you the means to enhance the performance of your business.

About Orange Business Services:

Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is not only a telecom operator, but also an IT solutions integrator and applications developer in France and around the world. Its 20,000 employees support companies in all areas of their digital transformation: mobile and collaborative workspaces; IT/cloud infrastructure; fixed and mobile connectivity; private and hybrid networks; applications for Internet of Things, 360° customer experience and Big Data analytics; and cybersecurity thanks to dedicated experts and infrastructure to protect information systems. More than 3,000 multinational organizations and 2 million SOHOs, enterprises and local authorities in France rely on Orange Business Services as their trusted partner.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and has 154,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2016. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN). Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

publie le 16/09/2016

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