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Call for Applications: The Blue Ocean Awards

Organized by HEC Paris, AXESSIO Innovation Strategies Division and the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance.
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The world-renowned Blue  Ocean  Awards  set  up  a competition to support French  companies creating new  markets by offering innovative services or products. For the fourth consecutive year, this major event revolutionizes entire industries in promoting ambitious and promising projects: 90% of the companies who  won  the Blue  Ocean  Awards  obtained a financing of more than one million Euros within six months.

The  call  for  application, launched on August 4th, is open to interested parties until September 15th, 2017

Companies wishing to apply  must be registered in France and must have already launched their products or services.

Registration  information  and   application forms  can be found at:

The event is co-organized by the world well-known business school HEC Paris, the global consulting firm  AXESSIO Innovation Strategies and the Directorate- General for Enterprise of the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance.

The Blue  Ocean  Awards  are inspired by  the global best-seller Blue  Ocean Strategy from the authors Professor W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. Their researches  on  Value  Innovation allow  any  company to break  free  from its competitors by proposing a divergent offer to non consumers in its industry.

The 20  finalists  will  be invited to pitch to the jury throughout the month of October 2017.  The Awards-giving ceremony will  take place  during the gala evening of Friday, December 8th, at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance in Paris, France.

This  year’s  jury  will  be presented by prominent entrepreneurs and global experts including: Jean-Michel Dahan  (Deputy Director at the French  Ministry for the Economy and Finance), Stéphane Madœuf (Professor HEC Paris), Alban Eral (Director of the AXESSIO Innovation Strategies), Angélique Bague  (Head of  the  Hewlett Packard   Enterprise  France  start-up  program),  Maximilien, Nayardou (Finance Innovation R & D Director), Vincent Richard (President of B1 Partners) and Laure Reinhart (Director of Innovation Partnerships at bpifrance).

Blue Ocean Awards  partners:

Blue Ocean Awards  allows innovative French companies to benefit from support to navigate to new horizons!

About Blue Ocean Awards
Blue Ocean Awards  is the first annual event that aims at giving  recognition to innovative French companies, who  have successfully  created new markets, away from the competition. For the fourth year, supported by the French  Ministry for the Economy and Finance, the most  creative  products and services will be rewarded by a jury of top-notch professionals, bringing together successful entrepreneurs & global

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