Big, the largest business meeting in Europe organized by Bpifrance returns on 6 October 2022 to bring together entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, athletes or students under the sign of “metamorphosis”.
Always bigger, always stronger: if the 7And edition of Big had welcomed 62,000 visitors to the Accor Arena Paris, back in 2022 with a hybrid event, physical and digital. On the program: 1,000 speakers and one hundred top speakers and personalities from the economic world who made headlines in 2022, 500 workshops and conferences broadcast live, in audio and video, followed by over 20 million people.
Innovation in all its forms
The Great Event was born under the impulse of Bpifrance (public investment bank) around the reflection on the foundation of innovation, its growth, its sharing for the common good. If, at the beginning, the approach was very technology-centric, in line with the Deeptech plan launched by Bpifrance in 2019, the event opened to more transversal themes in a world that is profoundly changing: products and services, process and organization, marketing, business model, social impact. Each subject feeds each other.
” Since the first Big, 8 years ago, we were surprised by the enthusiasm it aroused, which is certainly explained by the need for innovation of our company, which is not the prerogative of large companies or start-ups. “Remembers Paul-François Fournier, Executive Director of Innovation at Bpifrance.
The necessary metamorphosis
This year’s theme metamorphosismetamorphosis, is that of innovation, business and more generally of today’s world that more than ever needs to reinvent itself to face the challenges of our time. The subsequent crises that accumulate paradoxically offer opportunities for transformation to renew the economic and industrial fabric of the country, especially with the France 2030 plan and its 50 billion euros invested. ” The mentality is also changing because before we had the skills but we did not necessarily succeed, now we will do it, we must and we can Paul-François Fournier points out. The metamorphosis is also individual, because each participant benefits from a powerpower collective and constructive, we never get out of it exactly as we came … “.
Strong moments for a collective momentum
On the big stage of the Big there will thus be a rather prodigious diversity of speakers, including ministers, artists, sportsmen, entrepreneurs of the CAC40, heads of start-ups or even stimulating people. ” It is difficult to name them all but, in between Saverio NielSaverio Niel that has accompanied us from the first edition, Yann Arthus-BertrandYann Arthus-BertrandCarlos Tavares, Lucie Basch, co-founder and president of Too Good To Go, Alexandre Mérieux, president and CEO of the BioMérieux group or even representatives of Greentech, promises great momentscontinues Paul-François Fournier. This is also one of the strengths of the event: breaking down the silos to bring together all the players that matter in France and create a momentummomentum collective “.
Expand your field of vision
More than 500 workshops and lectures will also be offered on topics that will shape the innovation of tomorrow, such as the metaverse,hydrogenhydrogenthe future of nuclear power … ” Furthermore, if I have any advice to give you, besides above all not to miss the event that risks changing you, it is both to prepare it well in advance to find the content that interests you, but also not to hesitate to be surprised, because they are also great. impromptu encounters that allow you to broaden your field of vision and take a step back concludes Paul-François Fournier.
Article created in collaboration with BPI