In this year’s edition of Viva Technology, the French-German Tech Lab gathered extraordinary partners in research, innovation and development. From academic institutions to startup hotspots via corporate and investment partners, diverse actors joined the Lab to enhance tech development represented by the startups.

This year’s partners included:

Institutional Partners

    • De:hub
      By bringing together innovative start-up ideas with the expertise of established companies and scientific excellence, the Digital Hub Initiative promotes the growth of a strong culture of innovation and the development of new digitalattractive location  business models. Through the Digital Hub Initiative, Germany is strengthening its position as an for digital innovation and as one of the world's leading digital ecosystems. The Digital Hub Initiative is a venture of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
    • Saarland
      saaris – saarland.innovation&standort GmbH is a governmental business development agency in and for the German federal state Saarland. Located in the heart of Europe, close to France and Luxemburg, Saarland is Germany’s Hidden Champion in many ways. Promoting our strong steel and automotive industry as well as cutting-edge research in AI and Cybersecurity, the overarching goal of our activities is to strengthen Saarland SMEs and Startups in a context of structural change, digital transformation and increasing innovative strength.
    • City of Düsseldorf
      The City of Düsseldorf supports with its Office of Economic Development a vibrant startup ecosystem by offering various services aimed at fostering innovative ideas and entrepreneurship.
    • Hamburg Invest
      One-stop agency for investment: Hamburg Invest is the central point of contact for all companies wishing to invest, expand, restructure, relocate or set up business in the Hamburg economic region. Find out more:

Academic Partners

    • TUM
      The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of the leading universities in Germany, holding the title of university of excellence. It mainly focuses on technical entrepreneurship. Other key specialisations of the TUM are engineering, technology, medicine and applied natural sciences.
    • IMT
      The number one group of engineering and management graduate schools in France. IMT (Institut Mines-Télécom) is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering and digital technology. Always attentive to the economic world, IMT combines academic legitimacy with strong corporate relationships.
      Focusing on key transformations in digital technology, industry, energy and education, IMT trains the engineers, managers and PhDs who will play an active role in the major changes of the 21st century.
      Its activities are conducted in ten Mines and Télécom graduate schools under the authority of the Ministry of the Economy and Industry, in addition to one subsidiary school and three partner institutions, which are either associates or under contractual agreements. IMT schools are among the most prestigious graduate schools in France.
    • DFKI
      The non-profit public-private partnership Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) is the leading AI research centre for innovative commercial software technology in Germany. The DFKI engages in research on human-centric AI with a specific emphasis on socially and economically significant subjects, striving for scientific excellence.
    • INRIA
      At Inria, the French national research institute for digital science and technology, world-class research, technological innovation and entrepreneurial risk are its DNA. With over 3,900 researchers and engineers exploring new paths, often in collaboration with industrial partners, Inria supports diverse innovation pathways, from open-source software publishing to creating technological startups.
    • KIT 
      The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.
    • CEA 
      The Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) is a major governmental research institution focusing on energy transition, digital transformation, future healthcare, defence and global security. Additionally, it actively supports startups that catalyse the development of pioneering innovations.
    • Gaia-X
      The French non-profit association Gaia-X is an incubator of European projects for federated and secured data infrastructures. Its vision is to enable trusted decentralised digital ecosystems.
    • Caisse des Dépôts
      The TechSprint program, by Groupe Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) is a driver and a facilitator of the public-private ecosystem related to GreenTech. Launched by the Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, a French public financial institution, this program aims to source and accelerate innovative Data and AI solutions serving the ecological transition and supporting public policies. It takes the form of a collaborative project call gathering startups and large accounts, including the CDC subsidiaries. Through the TechSprint program, the institution supports technological development and future-driven solutions for public interest.
    • DFH/UFA
      The Franco-German University strengthens university co-operation between Germany and France. To this end, it initiates, evaluates and promotes Franco-German programmes in all fields of study and research.
    • CFACI
      The French-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce gathers in its network over 950 companies investing in German-French businesses and highlighting intercultural benefits for their companies.