Why you have to participate at INPHO Venture Summit 2018?


Every two years INPHO® Venture Summit becomes a unique destination where private investors, corporates and leading enterprises meet to evaluate selected pivotal bankable challenges to invest resources towards solving, refining, and redefining.
This year’s challenging topics are:

  • Sensors & data generation technologies towards new business models
  • Industrial blockchain
  • Ubiquitous High-Performance Computing

Indeed those 3 bankable challenges are highly complementary and address social and technical innovations that will shape the future.
Participants at INPHO® Venture Summit benefit from a highly interactive experience. Each panel discussion is moderated by a leading private investor challenging the unique value proposition expected for each topic while addressing key expectations and hurdles in growing markets from Health to Mobility, Consumer to Infrastructure and Smart factory.

Sensors & data generation technologies towards new business models

The data market is expected to reach 100 B$ in 10 years (source Statistica and IBC) however some questions remain; what are the best business models to adopt, what is the true value generated by hardware versus software solutions? It is not only a question of the business model but also a question of investment model and ROI optimization. This point will be clearly analyzed and addressed.
Today there is an overwhelming amount of data being managed, accessed, and created from businesses to devices with digitalism connecting the world at the tap a smart screen or computer keystroke – we are undeniably in an era of Big Data. However, regardless of where data is generated from and shared too, with the reality of making use of Big Data comes the difficulty in structuring information in a way that the knowledge can be decrypted to create Big Value. The challenge is to procure access to the Right data.

Industrial blockchain

Industrial Blockchain will be explored as an attractive solution to generate high-level privacy and data security while enabling new business models. Specific use cases of Blockchain will be discussed as it relates to consumer, healthcare, as well as mobility and industrial infrastructures.The questions we will raise are:

  • Can other solutions outperform Blockchain from a technological perspective?
  • Is Blockchain a necessary improvement? What are the other alternatives?

Ubiquitous High-Performance Computing

Be it infrastructure, at the cloud or at the systems level, ubiquitous High-Performance Computing is a key bankable challenge that will turn Big Data promises into real-world business solutions. With the rise of the imaging/visualization technologies comes a high demand for real-time monitoring. Hence advanced computing solutions are required, this being in 5G Infrastructures, Mobility, Health, Smart Factory or Consumer use cases. Photonics is expected to play a major role in this field.
These bankable challenges have been defined by the editorial committee of INPHO® Venture Summit 2018 composed by:

  • George Ugras – Managing Director of AV8 Ventures and Chairman of INPHO® Venture Summit 2018,
  • Jean-Marc Bally – Managing Partner at Aster Capital,
  • Dieter Kraft – General Manager at TRUMPF Venture,
  • Jean-Louis Malinge – Partner at Arch Venture Partners,
  • Paul Thurk – Managing Director at Arch Venture Partners,
  • Christian Reitberger – Partner at BtoV
  • Aymerik Renard – General Partner at Hardware Club.


INPHO® Venture Summit is taking place in the picturesque city of Bordeaux, France. Guests have commended past conferences for the enriching informal, but intimate networking sessions including special events such as a Grand Cru wine tasting experience with your future business and investment partners. Bordeaux is the 2nd most attractive city in France for foreign investments (EY2018), the 1st French city for business creation and the best city in terms of lifestyle (PwC 2017).
Reserve your invitation before the 31st July to INPHO® Venture Summit and request a from one on one meetings with key speakers, selected start-ups and exclusive participants based on your field of interest.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the right people and enjoy an elegant, cozy atmosphere favorable to deal closing and fostering long term alliances.

Reason 3: As space is limited to maintain high quality – book your spot early!

We have an Early Bird offer for invited guests to benefit from the INPHO® Venture Summit registration pack per attendance of 500€ (Full price tickets will be released after July 31st at 700€).
Start-up companies are invited to take part in the pitching session and will receive invaluable feedback on their company presentation by some of the top representatives at leading firms in the industry.

INPHO® Venture Summit is a unique event for executives active in smart technologies and deep tech innovations. The conference celebrates its 6th edition on 11th & 12th October 2018, in the lovely French wine countryside of Bordeaux. The event will be chaired by George Ugras, General Manager at AV8 Ventures. In its five previous editions, INPHO® has attracted more than 500 European participants, 50 international keynote speakers, and over 80 venture capital firms and corporate funds. Over 60 start-ups have been selected to present, raising more than 150 M€.