LeWeb is international - onstage, onsite, and online

 

LeWeb has become known as an event to see and be seen, network, find business, and be inspired.

There is one other quality of LeWeb that hit me when I asked Loic Le Meur what the values of LeWeb are when I first joined the team. He said, 

LeWeb is about entrepreneurship. It's about being international. It's about inspiration. It's about the best of the best.

If next year, the best companies are in China, LeWeb may be in Chinese, who knows?

THAT said, I felt the need to point out that LeWeb's speakers - and audience - is certainly international. If anything, it is diversity in the Silicon Valley that is lacking.

Onstage

13 of the 16 Startup finalists in our Startup Competition were European.

6 were French.

One was from Japan.

One from Hong Kong, and one of the Top 3 was based in Chile.

31 of our speakers and startup judges were European, not including the Ignite LeWeb speakers.

European "stars" like Badoo, SoundCloud, Deezer, Cut the Rope, Spotify, Net-A-Porter, Wooga, and many more were onstage.

One of the entire panels on the Social Media Track was French.

All of the surprise performances included athletes from Europe and almost all are French and/or world champions.

Onsite

3500 participants came to LeWeb at Les Docks in Paris

69 countries were represented

16 of the 20 entrepreneurs that were sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners  were European.

4 were from North and South America. 

All of our partners have offices in Europe or are international companies

Online

63% of online participants during the 3 days were based outside of the U.S., a third of them were in France

The top hashtags on Day 3, after #leweb and #leweb11 were #lewebfrancetv and #spotify. #lewebfrancetv was also one of the top hashtags on Day 1 & Day 2

The most talked-about Startup on Days 2 & 3 was Beintoo, an Italian startup

And in case you missed it, we launched a series of blog posts before LeWeb entitled "LeWeb is international" to highlight the many interesting attendees and speakers that we have had at past LeWebs. 

 

 

 

Posted by Michelle Chmielewski

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