30th April – 2nd May 2019

The French Retail Tech Tour 2019 will start in...








30 April 2019


London, United Kingdom

When the vibrant French Retail Tech ecosystem
meets innovation-driven British retailers!



France gathers a powerful ecosystem in the Retail Tech industry with more than 1,300 innovative companies who have raised €275 million in the first semester of 2018 alone. According to Spring Invest, €801 million has been invested in 210 operations since early 2017 – the average round of fundraising amounting to €5.7 million.

Innovation is key to retailers. We are in an age where it’s a struggle to maintain profits and retain customers who are easily swayed by new giant online pureplayers. British retail is no exception. The 2nd European retail market is also Europe’s leading e-commerce market where households spend on average £4,600 annually on online purchases. Online retail sales are predicted to make up around 18% of all retail sales by the end of the year. It is therefore no surprise that British retailers have prioritised e-commerce, customer experience and mobile in terms of investment for the year 2018, according to Retail Week.

French Retail Tech start-ups understand what is at stake and offer solutions that best fit retailers’ needs:
– customer acquisition and loyalty solutions
– logistics and delivery solutions
– data analytics solutions for a more personalised offering
– in-store digital solutions for enhancing the physical shopping experience as well as creating a seamless omnichannel journey from mobile to store.

Already working with the biggest retailers in France, these Retail Tech champions are now looking to bring their solutions abroad, starting with the UK!

10/04/2019 – The retail industry is still full of opportunities on both sides of the Channel! Interview with Nick Carroll, Associate Director, Retail, at Mintel

Nick Carroll, Associate Director of Retail Research at Mintel, shared market research data and insights on the retail industry in 2019 on both sides of the Channel with us. It is not all doom and gloom for retailers despite the very challenging environment with which they are faced. Opportunities do exist and must be seized both in France and in the UK.

What is the French Retail Tech Tour?

The French Retail Tech Tour is a unique chance to connect with the vibrant French RetailTech ecosystem and major retailers in the UK. A 3-day event designed to showcase the best solutions French Retail Tech has to offer to the British retail industry and to foster collaboration between the two ecosystems.

What to expect if you are a French Retail Tech company?

  • 2-days in the French Tech area at RetailEXPO with a dedicated space for one-to-one meetings onsite
  • Bespoke meetings with prospects, potential clients and partners at Retail Expo
  • Speaking opportunities at Retail Expo Conferences
  • A ‘Store Tour’ of 2 or 3 innovative retailers’ branches
  • An ‘Accelerator Tour’ at a major retail accelerator 
  • A special networking cocktail bringing together the French & British Retail Tech ecosystems
Retail Tech Tour package : €4850 HT

What to expect if you are a UK company?

  • A tailored programme of meetings with the French delegation of start-ups & scale-ups at RetailEXPO
  • French Retail Tech speakers at RetailEXPO Conferences
  • A special networking cocktail bringing together the French & British Retail Tech ecosystems

The French Retail Tech champions 2019











  • Tours of 3 particularly innovative retailers’ flagship stores in London: Made.com, John Lewis & Partners, Decathlon UK

  • Information session at London & Partners on how to set up an office and to grow your Retail Tech business in London


  • 1to1 bespoke meetings with prospects, potential clients and partners on the French Tech Lounge

  • Closing networking event ‘UK-France Retail Night 2019’ dedicated to the French and British retail tech ecosystem

UK-France Retail Night 2019

Come and meet ‘Tomorrow’s Retail Players’ from both sides of the Channel at a special networking cocktail

on 2nd of May, from 6:00 p.m. at Huckletree West, London

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Welcome and registrations

  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Retail Tech start-up pitches and Panel discussion on: “Game-changing technologies, such as AI, in retail: what’s the impact on customer experience and on the relationship between brands and retailers, both online and instore?”

    Charles-Henri Duclos, Digital & Store Coordinator at Decathlon UK
    Arnaud de Montille, Founder of the brand Merci Maman
    Ke-Quang Nguyen-Phuc, CEO of Quividi

    The discussion will be moderated by Nick CARROLL, Associate Director, Retail, from Mintel.

  • 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Networking cocktail with Champagne and canapés

The 2019 Selection Committee

Business France has established a Selection Committee composed of retail leaders to choose the 8 French Retail Tech champions that will follow us on this Tour.

Matt Bradley
Event Director


Charlie Robinson
Scale Program Manager
Pieter Lammens
Lafayette Plug & Play Paris


Oksana Stowe
Principal of Growth Fund
True UK
Marie-Axelle Loustalot-Forest
Chief Commercial Officer
Ocado UK
Cyrus Tchahardehi
Head of Marketing Innovation
Joel Palix


Our institutional jury :

Eric Morand
Director of Tech & Services Department
Business France

The leading event for the Retail industry in Europe

On 1st and 2nd of May, come and meet the French innovative startups at the unmissable event for European retail.





More than 18,400 attendees in 2018


Global reach

97% of attendees came from Europe reflecting the strong European nature of the event.

The show attracted visitors from 76 different countries globally.


Exhibitors and Speakers

Over 380 suppliers showcasing the latest emerging technologies.
1 French Tech Pavilion with 13 solution providers.
Key speakers from major brands and retailers includind ASOS, Amazon, John Lewis and Google and independant expert speakers.




See you at the French Pavilion!


Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX, United-Kingdom

Web Summit

FIL – Feira Internacional de Lisboa
R. Bojador,
1998-010 Santa Maria dos Olivais,
Lisboa, Portugal

French Delegation 2018

Our Partners



Elodie Gaillard
Trade Development Advisor
Business France UK – London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3643


About Business France

Business France contributes to the development and success of French and foreign businesses wishing to expand abroad by supporting them throughout the lifetime of their projects, and is driven by an efficient, result-oriented working culture. Focused on creating value in France and across the world, Business France supports the international development of the French economy.


1,500 experienced personnel ready to help you and analyze your needs, offering customized services for all your development projects 91 offices and correspondents worldwide. 28 partners in France’s regions.