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Are you active in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Do you want to scout R&D or business opportunities in France? Then register for the digital AI mission to pitch your solutions to potential business partners. Explore options for collaboration within the European Union programmes. Learn more about the ambitions of the Global Partnership on AI.  

Suppose we create the right environment for AI entrepreneurs to move past the COVID-19 crisis. Suppose we can put entrepreneurs in a position to reach their full potential. In that case, tens of thousands of smaller, innovative growth companies in the European Union can generate sustainable new jobs. Artificial intelligence is at the core of the digital and energy transition of the EU. Public-private collaboration is needed to create the right climate for innovative entrepreneurs. For that reason, the Dutch AI Coalition has organised an online AI mission with France and the Netherlands. This mission’s goal is to build awareness about the relevance of an AI ecosystem. We need this system to create and save jobs. We also need it to develop smart solutions for our health, mobility, nutrition, and, of course, our planet and climate.

Why France?

In Europe, France is leading the way in AI by seeking international cooperation. On 29 March 2018, President Macron launched his plan to invest €1.5 billion in AI over the next 5 years. His vision was to place France among the world leaders in AI R&D and innovation. The €1.5 billion is invested in:

  • Developing offensive data policy;
  • Focusing on 4 strategic sectors;
  • Boosting French research;
  • Planning the impact of AI on the labour market;
  • Making AI more environmental-friendly;
  • Opening the AI black boxes, and
  • AI as support for inclusivity and diversity.
Read more about the background.

Mission purpose

Participating in the virtual AI mission to France has 3 objectives:
  1. Positioning Dutch companies and knowledge institutions as innovative solution providers in the field of artificial intelligence, in cooperation with the Dutch AI Coalition;
  2. Building a relevant network to scale up AI solutions, promote trade and explore opportunities for R&D collaboration;
  3. Exploring the European, and specifically the French market, with associated French and European developments in the field of AI.

The mission is led by State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Mona Keijzer and Focco Vijselaar, Director-General for Business and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

The programme

Day 1: 25 January 2021

Plenary live broadcast: The State of AI in France and the Netherlands
Opening online exchange and match-making
Round tables on:

  • European AI Strategies: How to compete with China and the United States.
  • The future technological challenges of AI for the industry.

Content webinars/subject-specific conversations on health, mobility, energy, agriculture/food and high-tech systems and materials.
Virtual cocktails.

Day 2: 26 January 2021
Plenary live broadcast on opportunities in the European Union & GPAI.

Round tables on:

  • Trustworthy AI: a framework for an ethical, reliable and certified European AI offer.
  • SMEs + AI = a difficult match? Success stories, barriers and challenges.

Online exchange and match-making.
Content webinars/subject-specific conversations on health, mobility, energy, agriculture/food and high-tech systems and materials.

Day 3: 27 January 2021
Virtual Reality Conference with speakers/subject-specific round tables on health, mobility, energy, agriculture/food and high-tech systems and materials.

For whom?

For entrepreneurs, policymakers and researchers in artificial intelligence, interested in the French market/research community. The focus of the mission is on the health, mobility, energy, agriculture/food and high-tech systems and materials sectors.   


Please sign up to participate.

We request active involvement before and during the mission. Please, supply data, pitch material, and so on. This mission is part of a pilot to organise online missions. For this reason, we do not ask for a financial contribution. We do ask participants to purchase a VR headset (Oculus Quest) for the programme on the third day.  

More details

For more details or questions about the mission, please contact: Marloes Pomp, International Strategy National AI Coalition.

If you have any problems with your registration, please e-mail