LVMH LA MAISON DES STARTUPS
LVMH launched La Maison des Startups, its’ startup accelerator at Station F last night and the Smartzer team was there to demo and introduce the Smartzer tech to LVMH CEO, Bernard Arnault, LVMH brands and press.
Launched in November 2017, Station F is a vast startup incubator started by French billionaire Xavier Niel. Described as a “small city” Station F is the largest startup campus in the world and the size of the Eiffel Tower laying down. The venue offers startups a post office, 24 themed lounges, 8 event spaces, a café and a 360-person auditorium.
LMVH follows in the footsteps of French cosmetics giant L’Oreal who started an accelerator at Station F last year. The LVMH incubator measures 2,400 square feet with 89 work stations and the LVMH program will host 50 international start-ups yearly in two six-month terms. Geared at accelerating collaborations between startups proposing solutions for the luxury market and LVMH’s portfolio of more than 70 brands, the LVMH accelerator is the perfect opportunity for Smartzer’s interactive video technology. Since the soft launch of the program in November, Smartzer has been introduced to many brands and is already developing partnerships.
At last night’s event, founder Karoline Gross, presented the Smartzer concept to Bernard Arnault, select press and distinguished guests including LVMH’s Chief Digital Officer, Ian Rogers and Vuitton’s Executive Vice President Delphine Arnault. All parties were interested in our tech and how interactive videos could work with luxury brands to boost engagement.
During his speech, Bernard Arnault praised the startups selected for the LVMH accelerator for their innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit. This spark that the startups have is why the LVMH group wants to maintain a close relationship with them.
We are so excited to be part of the LVMH accelerator program and cannot wait to create interactive and shoppable videos for LVMH’s luxury brands.
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