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"Tomorrow In My Life": October 19 and 20, 2012, Heritage Days of the Future! Twenty places of innovation and 150 start-ups dedicated to digital, design, video games, publishing, the environment and health will exceptionally open their doors. An opportunity to discover a little in advance what the future has in store for us.

Every day, the 450 young innovative companies housed in Parisian incubators invent our future. On 19 and 20 October, at the initiative of the City of Paris, 20 innovation venues and 150 start-ups invite Parisians to come and see, exchange and learn about innovation. The City of Paris wanted to organise a free event open to the general public in order to make this diversity and wealth of talent visible in all Parisian districts.

"Demain Dans Ma Vie" proposes for the first time to discover little known, unusual and innovative places. Every Parisian is therefore invited to choose places dedicated to digital, design, video games, publishing, the environment or health. They can then choose from among the 34 itineraries on offer: workshops, meetings, conferences, all in a variety of forms to feel, hear, touch and even taste innovation.

In these Parisian incubators, several hundred companies are created and thousands of jobs are created every year: €800 million in turnover per year and more than 7,300 direct jobs over the last ten years. "Some Parisians probably live just a few meters away from these incubators and don't know it," says Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor in charge of innovation, research and universities, "with Demain Dans Ma vie, we want to show this immense hidden wealth in the open".

Everyone, regardless of age, will be able to discover what the collaborative economy is all about, test a panel of technological innovations, exchange with surprising entrepreneurs, discover future drugs and therapeutic solutions, experience an immersive sound ride, meet entrepreneurs who are inventing the future of books...

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To find out all about the event and register for the course : www.demaindansmavie.com

Paris, an innovative capital

What Parisian knows that in just a few years Paris has become one of the most important cities in the world for the creation of innovative companies? What Parisian knows that in 10 years, more than 70,000 m² of incubators have been built in Paris, hosting more than 450 start-ups?

Innovation is present everywhere in Paris, in surprising places from the history of Paris (Le 104, la Gaîté Lyrique), in cutting-edge research centres and hospitals (the Institut de la Vision, the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle, the Cochin hospital), in former company sites (the building of the newspaper l'Etudiant, the industrial workshops at 80 rue des Haies), in schools (Sciences Po, Arts et Métiers, Telecom) or in modern buildings with high environmental performance (Nord Express).

The creation of these 70,000 m² responds to a strong demand from companies to find spaces adapted to their development where they can exchange, work together, train and pool their efforts to increase their performance. The exceptional dynamics of this environment is linked to the diversity of places, support methods and specialisations of each incubator. The Paris Innovation Incubator offers entrepreneurs a wide range of value propositions: links with research, low-cost spaces, shared state-of-the-art equipment, local premises, coaching, collective training, key account relations, investors, etc.

The operation "Demain Dans Ma Vie" is a concrete opportunity for Parisians to meet this world close to home, directly influencing their daily life and too often imagined as something that only happens in California or Japan.

The proposed paths are moments of understanding the innovation process, from the idea to the product or service that will transform our daily lives. The 34 proposed trails are accessible to all ages, some of them being specifically dedicated to schoolchildren.

The official opening of these two days will take place in the amphitheatre of the Institut Langevin at ESPCI (10 rue Vauquelin), a major innovation centre, during a plenary conference on the financing of start-ups. On Friday 19 October at 9:30 a.m., Jean-Louis Missika will open a time for discussions with successful entrepreneurs, investors and key accounts on the actions to be taken to provide better financial support for innovative companies in Paris. This exchange will conclude with a presentation of the European barometer of innovation financing established by Alma Consulting and its partners.

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