On 18 April 2013, the President of the French Republic launched the Innovation 2030 Commission, chaired by Anne Lauvergeon and under the aegis of the Minister for the Economy, Industry and the Digital sector and the Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy.In an effort to confront the major challenges of the world of 2030, the Commission singled out a select number of key opportunities with very significant implications for the French economy.
Following these efforts, the Commission identified seven goals based on pressing social concerns. These goals can be seen as seven critical pillars to put France on the road to long-term prosperity and employment.
This is why the French government is launching a Worldwide Innovation Challenge. The goal is to foster talent and bring out future champions of the French economy. It will accomplish this by identifying and providing support for the growth of both French and foreign entrepreneurs whose innovation projects have significant implications for the French economy.
This Challenge will encourage the talents of today in order to create the collective wealth of tomorrow, whether these talents are in France or abroad. The French government thus hopes to attract the world's best talents, so they can complete their projects in France.
As part of the Invest for the Future Programme, and with support from the Public Investment Bank, the French government will allocate €300 million to co-finance innovative projects that comply with the seven goals defined by the Commission.
With this Challenge, the French government is introducing a genuinely forward-looking policy resolutely committed to supporting creators, innovators and risk-takers.
Society’s needs are changing. Our world is being transformed by urbanisation, longer life expectancy, growing pressure on energy, water and raw materials, and the digital boom. We cannot keep spreading ourselves thin and constantly changing course: we must focus on seven strategic goals to stimulate innovation in France.
And together, we can. We are looking for designers, innovators and entrepreneurs of all nationalities to come on board. Together, we will develop your cutting-edge innovations.
Chair of the Innovation 2030 Commission