Lyon French Tech, a non-profit organization, supports the three missions of the French Tech dynamics, driven by the Ministry of the Economy:
1. FEDERATE the local ecosystem for innovation (start-up, businesses, institutions, organizations,…).
2. ACCELERATE the emergence and development of innovative companies
3. INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE by promoting our innovative companies around the world and attract new actors of innovation in our region.

Our organisation acts as entry point for innovative entrepreneurs in the city of Lyon. Its helps them to quickly and efficiently identify the resources that meet their needs in order to accelerate the development of their projects.

Lyon French Tech’s personal ambition is to enhance Lyon Metropolis’ positioning as European reference of Innovation. That for, we intend to accelerate over 100 new start-up every year and to help the emergence of 15 Tech Champion during the next ten years. To achieve this goals, our association adopted a start-up mindset. 22 people are defining the strategic roadmap in terms of training program, acceleration program and success for entrepreneurs settled in Lyon. This roadmap is held and executed everyday by the permanent team of Lyon French Tech.

The team

Patrick Bertrand


Virginie Delplanque

Executive Manager

Loïs Aoun

Project Manager

Eric Burdier

Vice-President, Co-Director of Support/Finance (AXELEO)

Nicolas Claraz

Vice-President (LA CUISINE DU WEB)

Karine Dognin-Sauze

Vice-Presidente (METROPOLE DE LYON)

Philippe Pélissier

Secretary (BOOST IN LYON)

Lionel Poinsot

Tresurer, Responsible for Digital Transformation (ESPACE NUMERIQUE ENTREPRISES)

Julie Berliet

Responsible for International (ADERLY)

Hélène Lambling

Responsible for Local Dynamic (CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS)

Alexandre Moulin


Pr. Stéphane Frénot

Co-Responsible for Education/Training Program (UNIVERSITE DE LYON)

Cédric Nieutin

Manager (CERA/B612)

Raphaëlle Comby


Marie-Claude Foucre

Manager (ORANGE)

Patrice Cochin

Manager (MICHELIN)

Jean-Michel Joly

Manager (CCI DE LYON

Maud Charaf


Pr. Michel Coster

Co-Responsible for Education/Training Program (EM LYON)

Franck Tarpin-Bernard


Nathalie Cochet

Manager (PULSALYS)

Christian Missirian

Manager (TUBA)

Céline Issard-Guillot

Officio Member (DIRECCTE)

Aurélie Defour


Lines of action

Lyon French Tech's key figures

Founding members

What is "La French Tech"?

“French Tech” is the term used to describe the French startup community: everyone who works in or for a startup in France or for a French startup abroad. Entrepreneurs of course, but also investors, engineers, designers, developers, incubators, media, public organizations, research institutions, etc. that are committed to the growth of startups and to their international prosperity. It is also an example of innovative public policy through the French Tech Initiative. Convinced of the need to promote the emergence of startup success stories in France, the French Government created the French Tech Initiative in 2013. Its philosophy? To rely on initiatives of the French Tech community already in place, showcase what already exists, and create a snowball effect. The French Tech Initiative is not about the government imposing regulations and limits; it’s about the government supporting the startup community. It is a shared ambition, driven by the government, but built by and carried out with all players. The French Tech Initiative has a strong international presence via its 22 French Tech hubs: New York, Israel, Tokyo, San Francisco, Montreal, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Moscow, Barcelona, London, Abidjan, Seoul, Berlin, Dubai, Los Angeles, Milan, Beijing, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Find out more: http://bonjourlafrenchtech.com