Kick-off event

To officially launch the experimental Innovation Exchanges operation with the Floridian partners, a kick-off event organized around thematical workshops will take place in September in Naples, Florida.


From Wednesday, September 18th to Friday, September 20th 2013



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This mission will be mainly organized in the city of Naples in the southwest of the Florida further to the very encouraging conclusions of the mission of April, 2013 in this city. It is also planned to organize one day in St Petersburg / Tampa / Sarasota region, so as to make discover the innovation ecosystem which represents the "High Tech Corridor" of Central Florida.


Participants to the mission from PACA

  • Supporting structures, BICs and incubators, members of the Trajectoires International consortium
  • Representatie of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region
  • The maritime cluster
  • Some companies followed by the BICs and incubators of the PACA Region
  • The Economic Development Agency
  • The PACA Innovation Network

Objectives of the workshops and visits

Those days' objectives are:

  • Common discovery and knowledge of the economic and innovation ecosystems of both areas (Florida and PACA) and their similarities. 
  • An exchange of best practices and experiences among innovation players from both territories.
  • Development of a concrete and operational action plan in the short and the medium run.

Workshops format

Workshops will take place in three phases, with 2 successive oral contributions of a PACA actor and a Florida actor (or the opposite) on the same topic, followed by the third time of exchange, in order to put the discussion in perspective and define a common action plan on the theme.


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Download here the detailed program of the Florida mission kick-off event.

Day 1: Wednesday, September 18th

Presentations, reception and visits in Naples

  • Morning:
    • Overview of Florida economic resources
    • Presentation of the Collier County
  • Lunch:
    • Welcome reception
  • Afternoon:
    • Visit/tour of the city of Naples
    • Sites discovery and meetings with US companies

Day 2: Thursday, September 19th

Workshops day in Naples: PACA vs. Florida

  • 8.30 - 9.00 am: Welcome coffee
  • 9.00 - 9.30 am: Panorama and goals of the day
    • Overview of the Softlanding PACA Initiative
  • 9.30 - 11.00 am: Incubation
    • Models of Incubation in PACA
    • Models of Incubation in Florida
  • 11.15 - 12.30 am : Start-ups & Innovation Funding
    • Business angels networks
    • Process & tools
    • Tax credits
  • 2.30 - 3.30 pm: University & Entrepreneurship
    • Initiatives fostering Student Entrepreneurship
    • Collaborations between Student & Innovative companies
    • International exchange programs
  • 3.45 - 4.45 pm: PACA / Florida "start-ups connection"
    • Existing French American Startup Competitions
    • French American Training Program – FACE 5
    • Virtual Incubation
    • International experiences with Florida
    • Brainstorming to prepare an exchange program for 2014
  • 6.00 - 8.00 pm: Co-working event / Wrap-up / Networking cocktail
    • Conclusions of the workshops
    • Next steps “Co-working “games”
    • Networking

Day 3: Friday September 20th

Visits & meetings: Tampa / St-Petersburg / Sarasota

  • 10.00 am: Tampa Bay Innovation Center
    • Activities at Tampa Bay Innovation Center
    • The new Innovation Center focused on marine Sciences and healthcare technologies
    • An overview of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in Tampa
    • SRI innovation training programs
  • 3.30 pm: Visit & meetings in Sarasota
    • Meeting with EDC representatives
    • Visit of the HuB
    • Meeting with Abbeton

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