Jan 27, 2021 – As published on La Tribune
The 10,000 startups to change the world contest starts its 9th season with a first: a special stage in Reunion Island. Two startups have been awarded: Dharmatech, which invented the first connected, insulating and depolluting vegetalized wall for buildings, and Torskal biotech, which is behind a multi-patented breakthrough innovation that aims to revolutionize cancer treatment through green chemistry.
10,000 startups to change the world 2021, let’s go! To launch its 9th season, France’s largest startup competition has chosen, for the first time in its history, to include the French Overseas Territories in its tour of France’s innovation ecosystems to identify the nuggets of tomorrow. A special stopover in Reunion Island and another in Guadeloupe will therefore enrich the 2021 edition of the 10,000 Startups for Changing the World prize, in addition to the “traditional” stops in the eight French metropolises of Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg and Lille.
At the end of a morning of pitching in front of La Tribune and its partners the Mission French Tech, BNP Paribas and Bpifrance, two Reunionese startups, Dharmatech and Torskal, were awarded prizes. They qualify for the final of the special overseas prize, which will be played out between the winners from Reunion Island and Guadeloupe, and whose winner will be revealed at the Grand Rex in Paris on March 29th. The Ministry of Overseas France and the State Secretariat for Social, Solidarity and Responsible Economy are also partners of 10,000 startups to change the world in 2021, as are Business France and the intellectual property consulting firm Germain Moreau.