20 young shoots join the new “French Tech – Green20” program. The names of these start-ups that have the capacity to become technological leaders in the ecological transition were announced this Monday, May 3, 2021 by Cédric O, Secretary of State in charge of Digital Transition, and Barbara Pompili, Minister of Transition ecological.
Same support as for the Next40
Green20 is the first milestone of the French Tech For The Planet program set up by the French Tech Mission to contribute to the development of more ecological and sustainable projects. “With the French Tech – Green20 program, we want to support start-ups that have both a positive impact on the environment and a great capacity for development”, summarized Cédric O, in a press release.
These young shoots will benefit from the same support as that of start-ups that have integrated the FT120 and Next40: privileged referents in certain administrations and the possibility of making three wishes, within the limits of legality. As with these rankings, it turns out that half of the selected start-ups are located outside Ile-de-France. And 25% are founded by women, which is more than the start-ups that have integrated the FT120 and Next40.
A total of 200 applications were received and examined by a jury. Beyond the fact that the solution proposed by the start-up must respond to an environmental problem, the jury looked at their environmental impact and their capacity to develop rapidly and on a large scale. The jury included: Marc Simoncini, CEO of Angell.bike; Daphni Partner; Christel Heydemann, CEO of Schneider Electric France; Marie Mawad, journalist from Sifted; Pierre-François Thaler, co-CEO of Ecovadis.