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CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS 2014 Launches the "Startup Challenge" to Support the Future Champions of Innovation

PARIS, October 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS 2014, the global Event for payment, identification and mobility which is being held at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre from 4 to 6 November 2014, is proud to announce the launching of "STARTUP CHALLENGE" in partnership with innovation agency FABERNOVEL.  


The aim of this initiative is to support innovative businesses from the digital security sector, by offering them visibility and financial support[1]

Startups wishing to compete have to submit their application before 9 October 2014 at



The youth and boldness of startups give them an edge over large groups to create new models and stimulate traditional markets. This is all the more likely when, in order to stand out, distinguish themselves and compete with the major players, they have to break free from some of the rules of the game and show more creativity. 

Whether this takes place in the field of banking, insurance, health, media or transport, the entire industry is transformed and takes a decidedly connected direction. When actions, exchanges and information are stored and exchanged, innovation is needed to protect data, transactions and identities. 

Whereas before, innovations in terms of payment, identification and mobility were primarily made by expert companies or the major players of the sector, today it is the startups that play a key role in this segment. Their success proves their tremendous ability to meet the challenges and expectations of the professionals.


In the light of this new order and the emergence of these new players, FABERNOVEL and CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS are showing their shared willingness to support innovation and to promote startups through the "STARTUP CHALLENGE". 


"For me, being enterprising is like being on fire. It's a quest for freedom, it's impatience, a need for adventure, a fundamental desire to create and to drag customs out of the underground. The process has very little to do with trade at the beginning: ultimately, the vital force of something like Facebook is that of a young guy who wanted to impress the girls…", declared Stéphane Distinguin, founder and CEO of FABERNOVEL.


For Isabelle Alfano, CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS Event Director, "Innovation can be found in the entire offering deployed at CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS.In actual fact it's the driving force of the event. So it's quite natural for us to partner with FABERNOVEL to support the new masters of digital security innovation. Thanks to this challenge, today's entrepreneurs, who will be tomorrow's major players, can get exposure and financial support from us as well as preferential access to the targeted market".


A competition to help startups 

Any company operating in the field of digital security (whether or not it is exhibiting at CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS) is welcome.

The only mandatory requirements are proof of at least two years' presence on the market, and to have already launched 1 or 2 products on the digital security market. Only one application per enterprise is allowed.


An exceptional grant 

The successful startup will be awarded an exceptional grant of €10,000 by the organizers of CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS and will have a stand at one of the 3 major CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS events worldwide (Paris Nord Villepinte for Europe, Hong Kong for Asia or Washington for America), to be able to present its innovation "live".

It will also be able to benefit from the network of journalists attending the event.


Timetable for the Startup Challenge 2014 

  • Closing date for applications: 9 October 2014
  • Selection of the 5 finalists by the "STARTUP CHALLENGE" jury: from 9 to 17 October 2014
  • Pitch Sessions on CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS: Wednesday 5 November 2014, from 10.00 am to 11.00 am (Workshop Area, located in Hall 4)
  • Deliberation by the jury: Wednesday 5 November at 11.00 am
  • Announcement of the winner and presentation of the prize: Wednesday 5 November 2014 at Paris-Nord Villepinte

CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS: an event at the heart of innovation and trends 

Always one step ahead of major trends in the sector, CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS in 2014 will be turning the spotlight on the latest innovations in contactless technologies. In an increasingly interconnected and mobile world, the event is enhancing its offering to better meet the needs of professionals and end users and is thus providing new categories of attendees with unprecedented privileged access to the latest technologies for payment, security and mobility.

The central theme for this edition of CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS, Users on the move, perfectly sums up this new reality and makes the event a strategic global meeting point for all professionals working in the digital security industry.



FABERNOVEL constructs the future of your industries. At the speed of startups. 

Set up 11 years ago out of the conviction that value can be created from the meeting between large groups and startups, the innovation agency FABERNOVEL puts entrepreneurs and major organisations in touch to create unique products, services and experiences. Founded in 2003, FABERNOVEL now has a team of 100 innovation enthusiasts in Paris, San Francisco, Lisbon and Moscow and assists leading companies: LVMH, L'Oréal, France Televisions, Vinci, Adeo, Generali, La Poste, Toys'R'Us, Veolia UK, Qbeats … Besides its consultancy work, its mission is to set up startups such as Digitick, af83 or, more recently, Bureaux à Partager and Quantstreams.  

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CARTE SECURE CONNEXIONS is the world's benchmark event for Payment, Identification and Mobility. It is the industry's most prominent event as it provides the most comprehensive offer in the world in terms of  solutions for payment, identification and mobility. 

This coming November, 450 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees from sectors ranging from finance, retail and  public authorities to identity and access, telecommunications and transport, hailing from 140 different countries, will be meeting in Paris to explore the way in which our digital society is evolving.  

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