On October 2nd, the jurors of the 2019 EDF Pulse start-up Awards will come together and chose the winners of the contest from the 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.
Serial entrepreneur and passionate about start-ups, he co-founded the 321 founded network, which connects entrepreneurs and large groups to co-create the next unicorns. He is also one of Wengo's co-creators. Wengo allows for individuals to contact any experts they might; he sits on the board of 5 start-ups.
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. He has also been chairing Le Club des Annonceurs (lit. the Announcer Club) since 2015.
She is a professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Sorbonne. She also heads the LIMSI-CNRS research team on human-machine interactions. With over 150 scientific publications to her credit, she is the author of the book Des robots et des hommes : Mythes, fantasmes et réalité (Lit. Robots and Men: Myths, Fantasies and Reality.) Since 2014, she has been involved in many discussions on ethics in robotics and machine learning, as in the AI For Humanity forum alongside Emmanuel Macron and Cédric Villani.
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.
Stéphane Dupré La Tour
He is the Director of Advanced Innovation and Digital Technologies for R&D of the EDF Group since 2015. He also chairs the French Committee for Coordination of Standardization Policy within Afnor. Advisor to Jacques Chirac from 2000 to 2006, he worked on the main energy laws. At EDF since 2007, he is an expert on energy issues.
He is the advisor for Economic Development to the president of the 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 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.
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.
He is the president of IBM France since July 2015. He is passionate about technology and facing the challenges of the new cognitive era. In his 25-year career, he has held numerous commercial and managerial responsibilities within IBM, both in France and internationally.
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 has been EDF Group's Director of Communications since 2014. Beforehand, he worked in a public relations agency and for the SFR group. He is also a director of the EDF Foundation and a representative on the boards of the Union des annonceurs (lit. Announcers' Union or UDA) and the Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité (lit. Advertising Regulatory Authority or ARPP).
And the winners will be…
On October 2nd, each finalists will get 15 minutes to convince the Grand Jury. But you get to the results you’ll have to wait until October 16th. The Awards ceremony will be held at the Bridge (Paris 8e). The awards will be as follows:
The EDF Pulse start-up Awards are now taking place in regions where the EDF Group and its subsidiaries are implanted. Worldwide and local editions of the awards are therefore highlighting local technological gems.