On November 19th, the jury of the 2020 EDF Pulse start-up Awards came together to choose the winners of the contest from 12 finalists. These entrepreneurs, researchers, communications and media experts share the same passion for innovation and tomorrow’s technologies. Let’s take a look at their profile.
Hubert Blanquefort d’Anglards
He joined EDF in 2008 as Deputy Brand and Image Director, after a career in advertising agencies. He co-directed the Group's communication during the London Olympics. He subsequently became EDF's Digital Communication and Innovation Director and helped develop the EDF Pulse Start-up Awards. Since 2018, he is responsible for the Electric Days, EDF’s innovation event. He has also been chairing Le Club des Annonceurs (lit. the Announcer Club) since 2015.
As the CEO and founder of Fabernovel, he supports companies around the world in their digital transformation projects and has created start-ups such as Digitick or Bureaux à Partager. He was part of successes such Blablacar or LeBonCoin and is also behind several coworking spaces (La Cantine, Parisoma in San Francisco, etc.) and the first accelerator of European start-ups, Le Camping (now Numa). He also chairs the Grande Ecole du Numérique.
From researcher to start-up manager, she runs Natural Grass, French leader in the design and construction of green sports surfaces. She is also Cap Digital’s Head of Research & Innovation Program since 2020, where she supports innovation programs with strong economic, social, and environmental impact, acting on their various growth vectors.
After spending 12 years between Asia (South Korea, Malaysia) and Canada supporting Tech companies, he became Business France’s Tech department director. Business France is one of the founding members of the French Tech, where he supports start-ups on their international development.
He is an engineer and a multichannel journalist. He has more than 20 years of experience in digital subjects. Currently, he presents a chronicle on AI on the France Info channel. He is also responsible for innovation on Europe 1 and for the Journal du Dimanche.
Vice-president for Economic Development at Paris-Saclay University. As a doctor in applied physics he specializes in signals and systems. After several years of research, he joined Matra Defense and Space (now Airbus), then various advanced companies in spectroscopic instrumentation, holography and laser. He has also supported several start-up projects.
He is a specialist in the world of energy. He has held various responsibilities in the field of purchasing and supply of fuels at Gaz de France. He joined EDF as Head of Strategy in 2015, and currently heads EDF Pulse Croissance, the Group's investment fund and incubator.
He is a specialist in investment operations. He is deputy director of the Ecotechnologies, Ville de Demain & French Tech Accélération funds of Bpifrance Investissement. His expertise will enable him to analyse the market opportunities of the EDF Pulse start-up Awards finalist projects, particularly abroad.
As EDF’s CTO and R&D director since 2018, he manages EDF’s 3 research centers in France and 6 centers abroad (USA, China, Singapore, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy). Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ponts et Chaussées, he started his career at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces before joining EDF.
Passionate about innovation and digital transformation, she has been supporting start-ups for 20 years directly or via accelerators, incubators and VCs (Orange Fab France, Bpifrance, Lafayette Plug & Play). She is also founder of Strat me Up and innovation program manager on behalf of large groups such as Free, Microsoft, La Poste, and government institutions such as the French Ministry of Armed Forces.
He has been EDF’s Director of Communications since 2014. Beforehand, he worked in a public relations agency and for the SFR group. He is a director of the EDF Foundation and a representative on the boards of the Union des marques (lit. Brand’s Union or UDM) and the Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité (lit. Advertising Regulatory Authority or ARPP). He is also part of several management boards for both companies and media.
And the winners are…
The names of the 4 winning start-ups has been revealed on Tuesday, December 1st as part of Electric Days – Digital experience, EDF’s innovation event.