For the final stage of the competition, the Grand Jury of the 2018 EDF Pulse Startup Awards will meet on 26 September; eleven professionals from the worlds of research, academia, media, entrepreneurship and innovation will decide which four startups are to receive an award from the jury next October.
Recognised for their forward-thinking approach to innovation and their expertise in smart cities, connected health, Industry 4.0 or smart homes, they will listen attentively to the 12 pitches delivered by the finalist startups, whose technological solutions provide tangible benefits for tomorrow's world.
Find out about the members of the 2018 Grand Jury, co-chaired by Bernard Salha and Michel Vanhaesbroucke.
Research and Development Director for the EDF Group since 2010, this Ecole Polytechnique graduate who notably participated in the launch of the civil nuclear programme in China, manages the 2000 researchers working on electricity production and networks, as well as EDF's R&D Innovation Hub team.
Michel Vanhaesbroucke has fronted EDF New Business, the EDF start-up incubator, since October 2016. With 27 years of experience in energy, he will be able to assess the feasibility of the projects put forward by the startups, in terms of bringing smart, modern energy to the cities, industries or homes of tomorrow.
The members of the jury
An expert in entrepreneurial activity, Gilles Babinet also specialises in digital technologies. France's Digital Champion for the European Commission, member of the board of EY and of the EDF Foundation, he is also vice-chair of the French Digital Council and a contributor of the Institut Montaigne. He has authored various works including "The digital age, a new era for humanity". His entrepreneurial sense and his passion for digital technologies will be of great benefit to the judging panel and the competing start-ups.
Winner of the 2015 EDF Pulse Awards, Anaïs Barut is co-founder and chair of DAMAE Medical, a company that specialises in designing medical devices. As both a trained engineer and a graduate of the international business school HEC Paris, she is responsible for the company's global strategy and for all marketing and finance matters. Her experience as a finalist and then winner of the EDF Pulse Awards ensures she is well placed to challenge the remaining startups.
Hubert Blanquefort D’Anglards
After several years working in an advertising agency, Hubert Blanquefort d’Anglards joined the EDF Group as Deputy Director of Brand and Image in 2008. In this position, he co-steered EDF communications within the context of the Olympic Games in London. He subsequently became Director of Digital Communication and Innovation for EDF, involved in creating and developing the EDF Pulse programme from 2013 onward. In addition, as the current Chair of the Club des Annonceurs, an association of Marketing and Communication Directors, he will be well able to identify the communication potential of the prospective winners.
An expert in digital and blockchain technologies, Sébastien Bourguignon is the manager of a consulting firm. He shares his passion for digital, innovation and startups in an eponymous blog based around these key themes. He has authored a number of works including "100 #PortraitDeStartuper - Saison 2" and regularly publishes articles on platforms such as Le Cercle Les Echos, Les Echos Solutions, La Tribune, Siècle Digital and Le Journal Du Net.
Stéphanie Le Beuze
Prior to co-founding Echy – the startup for which she won the EDF Pulse Award in 2014 – Stéphanie Le Beuze worked for over 13 years in various investment banks. Realising that there were no merchant banks for startups and SMEs/VSBs, she founded Carmine Capital, a consultancy firm specialising in fundraising and mergers and acquisitions, dedicated to transactions for this type of business structure. Her know-how will enable her to identify those EDF Pulse gems with real investment potential.
Formerly an engineer before working as a newspaper, radio and television journalist, his informed perspective will be of value to the jury. With over 20 years specialising in innovation, science and new technologies, in charge of innovation for Europe 1 and for Journal du Dimanche, he will have the skills to identify the visionary potential of the startups competing in EDF Pulse.
A doctor in A&E paediatrics at the Robert Debré hospital in Paris, Cécile Monteil is Medical Director at iLumens, a university laboratory specialising in innovative teaching methods in healthcare through the use of digital and simulation technologies. She founded the Eppocrate online community and her goal is to apply new technologies to benefit health, whilst keeping the doctor-patient relationship at the heart of the care process. She will lend her watchful eye to projects in the Smart Health & Self category in particular.
A specialist in investment activity, Gilles Schang is Deputy Director of the Ecotechnologies, Ville de Demain & French Tech Accélération Fund for Bpifrance Investissement. He will use his expertise to analyse the market opportunities for the finalist startups in the EDF Pulse Awards, particularly from an international perspective.
With a background as an academic and researcher, a graduate of the ENS Cachan, with an Agrégation in Applied Physics, Sylvie Retailleau has held the role of President of the Université Paris-Sud since 2016. Her research themes relate to the theoretical study of the physics of semiconductor components for advanced electronics.
At the end of an intensive coaching period given by the EDF Pulse Agency, the 12 finalists of the EDF Pulse Awards will have 15 minutes to convince this special judging panel as to the added value of their project.
The date of 9 October – the occasion of the EDF Group innovation event Electric Days, is when the names of the five winners of the 2018 competition will be announced:
four winners of the Jury Award (one per category)
and one winner of the People's Choice Award, chosen after a large-scale public voting campaign.