On 18 July, French President François Hollande invited sucessful beneficiaries of the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030 (Concours Mondial d'Innovation 2030) for a ceremony in Paris. Dr Jean-François Perrin, CEO at Nanomakers, an NIA Member Company, attended the gathering as an awardee of the second round of the competition.
The Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030, launched in 2013 and financed by the Commissariat Général à l’Investissement awards innovative projects taking place on French soil in eight different fields:
- energy storage,
- recycling of metals,
- development of marine resources,
- plant proteins and plant chemistry,
- personalised medicine,
- the silver economy,
- the big data, and,
- innovative projects on public security and protection against threats.
The contest identifies and supports the future champions of the French economy. The Ceremony was chaired by Anne Lauvergeon, president of the Innovation Commission 2030, Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for the Digital Sector, part of the Minister of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector and Thierry Mandon, Minister of State for Higher Education and Research, part of the Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research.
Nanomakers was awarded a prize in the energy storage field for their BAL2IO project, which uses Nanomaker patented carbon-coated silicon nanoparticles to double the energy density of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles and mobile communication devices. Dr Jean-François Perrin received his prize from Anne Lauvergeon in September 2015. He was invited to this year's ceremony as a laureate from the contest.
Please follow this link for more information on the Worldwide Innovation Challenge 2030.