2022 Global Impact Summit, Paris

Paris marked the 12th event in our Global Impact Summit series, bringing impact leaders together from France and other European countries.

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November 24, 2022

Leaders across education, workforce, health, and impact sectors came together in Paris in the penultimate week of our Global Impact Summits Series. 

After last week’s London event, the Global Impact Summit series continued through Europe and onto Paris for a day of discussions, presentations and fireside chats with leaders, founders, investors and experts across key impact sectors. Throughout the day, themes touched on new models for Higher Education, rising stars of ClimateTech and innovations in healthcare.

HolonIQ’s signature data-driven deep dive into the global state of impact set out the challenges and opportunities in many of these spaces, from shifts in population growth and education needs, to advanced technology, capital markets and the climate crisis. 

From here, the Summit moved to parallel sessions on climate, health, and education, covering topics such as the bootcamp boom in France, evidencing outcomes using cognitive neuroscience, innovations in female health tech and the future of food and agritech.

HolonIQ Co-CEOs, Maria Spies and Patrick Brothers opened the summit with their signature data-driven deep dive into the Global State of Impact

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Bootcamps, new Higher Ed models and cognitive neuroscience for better outcomes

European bootcamps have collectively raised over $1B in the last few years as employers, governments and individuals seek faster, more career-aligned learning outcomes. Bootcamps have been on the rise everywhere and are demonstrating that industry-focussed course design can have a direct impact on access to employment and career trajectories. 

“We forgot about the diploma, the degree. We went to see companies and said we want to train people to work in companies, and we design our programs based on that”

Marie Taquet Bovet, Founder & CEO, École Gustav

The panel discussion with Romain Paillard (Le Wagon), Marie Blaise (ICONOCLASS) and Marie Taquet Bovet (École Gustave) tackled questions about how the model can scale beyond tech skills, and what the future looks like for accreditation and funding. 

Digital transformation efforts in Higher Education have been accelerating, driven by major shifts to online, blended and hybrid learning, new credentials, expanding partnership models, and closer ties between education and work. Boris Walbaum (Forward College), Charlotte Fillol (Studi) and Victor Wacrenier (Ready Education) shared insights into how the sector is responding, and how they see the future shaping up for universities. Some suggested that advances in the digital sphere are allowing institutions to refocus on interpersonal relationships and the student experience. Boris Walbaum also highlighted the need for investment in all human intelligences - social, emotional and practical - as we move into a new work paradigm where emotional intelligence is as valuable as knowledge.

In another panel session, researchers in cognitive neuroscience and entrepreneurs using research effectively discussed how this knowledge can be used to build and scale effective learning tools.

“EdTech startups should prove that their products allow for better results than the status quo. We should get them through tests like we do with drugs“

Gregoire Borst, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience of Education, Université Paris Cité

Gregoire Borst also highlighted the importance of learning by making mistakes and providing feedback on these mistakes, whilst Nawal Abboub, Chief Science Officer at Rising Up Paris, spoke about the possibilities of creating a path from scientific knowledge to the real world using carefully collected and tracked data. 

Romain Paillard (Le Wagon), Marie Blaise (ICONOCLASS) and Marie Taquet Bovet (École Gustave) discuss France's 'Bootcamp Boom' & The New Skills Economy with Svenia Busson (European EdTech Alliance)
Boris Walbaum (Forward College), Charlotte Fillol (Studi) and Victor Wacrenier (Ready Education) share insights into digital transformation and new models in higher education
Gregoire Borst (Université Paris Cité), Nawal Abboub (Rising Up Paris) and Vincent Berge (Crocos Go Digital) discuss how to build and scale effective learning tools with Anne-Charlotte Monneret (EdTech France)

Future of food, AI accelerating carbon neutral cities and rising stars of ClimateTech

In the climate track, the future of food and agritech was a key topic. We heard from a panel with Alexandre Durst (MiiMOSA), Antoine d'Espalungue (Hectar) and Raphaella Nolleau (Yacon & Co), as well as a deep dive into the impact of the food system on climate, and the impact of climate on food.

“People talk a lot about climate but don't often relate it to food. If we look at the share of global emissions that are related to agriculture, our food system is between a quarter and a third of all emissions.”

Matthieu Vincent, Founder, DigitalFoodLab

In a fascinating fireside chat with HolonIQ’s VP, CX & Partnerships, Bethany Hogan, Greenly founder Alexis Normand shared some challenging truths about measuring and tracking emissions, underlining that there is much progress to be made to hit ‘net zero’ emissions targets within planned timeframes.

“Only 20% of global emissions are currently accounted for and managed so it's going to be extremely difficult to reduce emissions by half if most people emitting are not even paying attention”

Alexis Normand, CEO & Co-Founder, Greenly

We also heard from Fouzi Benkhelifa (NEXQT) and Margot De Caminel, (Cap Digital) about the AI4Cities Project, a collaboration across six European cities including Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greater Paris, Stavanger and Tallinn. The project aims to accelerate carbon neutrality for cities using AI to reduce emissions, with a particular focus on mobility and energy efficiency. 

“It opened up new possibilities to both renew the pace and the narrative of the climate dialogue.” 

Fouzi Benkhelifa, CEO, NEXQT

Alexandre Durst (MiiMOSA), Raphaella Nolleau (Yacon & Co) and Antoine d'Espalungue (Hectar) deep dive the impact of the food system on climate with Marie Dewavrin (Hectar)
Alexis Normand (Greenly) in a fireside chat with Bethany Hogan, VP CX & Partnerships at HolonIQ

Femtech innovation, cardio rehab and on-demand text-based paediatric care

The health track kicked off with a powerful panel on innovation in Female Health Tech, featuring Isabelle Verguin (JEEN), Jane Douat (Omena) and Camille Ducourant (XAnge).

Two CEO fireside chats surfaced the stark realities of healthcare provision in a post-COVID work, highlighting gaps in both immediate, on-demand care and longer term rehabilitation following acute medical events. Ensweet CEO Fabien Watrelot spoke with HolonIQ VP, Health Vernon Baxter about issues in cardio rehabilitation, whilst Benjamin Hardy (Biloba) noted the challenges in providing more immediate care for parents and children, with both speakers acknowledging where the current health system falls short.

“70% of people who are supposed to do rehabilitation after a heart attack don't do it. Why? Because the hospitals are saturated, or the patients live too far away from the hospital.”

Fabien Watrelot. CEO, Ensweet

“In healthcare, we are still 15 to 20 years behind in terms of UX, UI, and experience”

Benjamin Hardy, Founder & CEO, Biloba

Jane Douat (Omena), Isabelle Verguin (JEEN) and Camille Ducourant (XAnge) discuss innovation in female Health Tech
Benjamin Hardy (Biloba) in a fireside chat with HolonIQ VP, Health, Vernon Baxter

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