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List of events and activities: 2012

List of events and activities: 2011

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Social Media for Business and Innovation Success

This free workshop aimed to help delegates to develop a strategy for using social media technologies and practices (Social Business) to develop innovative and sustainable new products and services. It was held on 13 February 2013 at the British Library Business & IP Centre and was attended by 27 delegates. It focussed on:

Using public social networks such as LinkedIN, Facebook and Twitter to:

  • Get ideas for new products and services.
  • Raise awareness of existing products and services.
  • Make new business contacts.

Using enterprise community platforms, with a focus on Yammer, to:

  • Test new product and service ideas.
  • Develop business relationships and partnerships.
  • Deliver projects.

It showed delegates how to:

  • Apply best practice and set the right tone in your communication.
  • Select the most appropriate platforms.
  • Build online groups and communities.
  • Make the best use of time online.

The workshop was being led by Stephen Danelutti, this is how Stephen describes himself:. 

Stephen started SocialWRKS some 6 years ago He has acted as Social Business consultant helping organisations of all kinds with understanding social technologies in a work context. He now works at  Yammer  facilitating customer success. Yammer is a secure, private social network. Yammer 'empowers employees to be more productive and successful by enabling them to collaborate easily, make smarter decisions faster, and self-organise into teams to take on any business challenge.'


Future Tourism

Future Tourism; resilience, energy and collaboration (embracing low carbon opportunities)

With the ever increasing cost of energy and desire for high quality, locally distinctive experiences, this free half-day event was an opportunity for businesses to find out how they could be greener and leaner  It was held on 22 November, 2011 at the  Genesis Centre, Taunton, UK.

Businesses learned,  from impartial experts, about renewable energy and how to communicate the right messages about being green to customers. The event also focussed on how collaborative innovation can be applied within this sector.


For further information

John Carter, Somerset County Council; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,uk








International Networking Day - Laval

In cooperation with Laval Virtual and Enterprise Europe Network, on April 7 2011, Laval Mayenne Technopole organized an International Networking Day. This took place during the Laval Virtual international exhibition in order to create international contacts for our virtual reality startups and labs. This event focused on Laval Virtual Reality Capital members and  virtual reality companies from overseas as well as higher education institutes and labs. 14 business to business meetings in total were organized in the morning and in the afternoon between foreign companies, labs and Laval Virtual Reality Capital companies.

Networking lunch
A large networking session gathering 40 international innovation triangle actors (startups, labs and higher education institutes) was organized at lunch time, with two specific discussion sessions. People were divided into 3 groups, related to 3 specific themes, they were seated around 3 tables of 12 to discuss, and this was carried out 2 times in a row. Then, they could continue to exchange freely around dessert and coffee.

Visit to CLARTE
7 people visited the SAS3 of the CLARTE technological center, technological platform dedicated to Virtual and Augmented Reality and equipped with the latest immersive tools.


  • 12 local virtual reality companies (from the Laval Virtual Reality Capital - LVRC)
  • 7 foreign companies
  • 2 foreign clusters
  • 1 French science park
  • 2 foreign laboratories
  • 2 local laboratories
  • 6 foreign higher education institutes
  • 3 local higher education institutes
  • 6 countries represented (France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Romania and Sweden)

Key statistics

  • 14 business to  business meetings
  • 40 participants to the international networking cocktail, amongst them 20 foreign participants
  • 50 people involved
  • Tweets, Viadéo and Linked In post, and photos
  • A test action (prototype) for a more important networking event during Laval Virtual 2012
  • New international contacts

Open innovation focus
The International Networking Day gathered a group of people to share ideas and create partnerships. It has encouraged relationship buildings between startups, higher education institutes and research labs, which is a particular goal of the Laval Mayenne Technopole Science Park and the Open innovation project.
The concept of discussions around specific themes at lunch time fostered open innovation and creativity practices inside these groups.

Feedback from participants

  • Arevent – France (Company): “ART will be a partner to enter the German market”
  • Didhaptic – France (Company): “We are thinking of working with a Romanian company we met thanks to the BtoB meeting”
  • Génie Mondial – France (Company): “It was a good thing to have the possibility to exchange in groups in order to avoid isolation”
  • Lycée Réaumur – France (Higher Education Institute): “To participate to this kind of event strengthen my will of developing international partnerships for my high school”
  • Advance Realtime Tracking Gmbh (ART) – Germany (Company): “We will initiate collaboration with Arevent (French Company) thanks to the International Networking Day”
  • Virtual Dimension Center – Fellbach – Germany (Cluster): “The networking cocktail allowed me to put in contact two companies of my German network in France! They did not know each other before”
  • Deltacad – Germany (Company): “The International Networking Day was rewarding & convivial”
  • Tama University – Japan (Higher Education Institute): “We were very well welcome”
  • Twente University – Netherlands (Higher Education Institute): “In such events, we are more serene, because we have not to be worried about our booth”
  • Center of Visualization – Göteborg – Sweden (Cluster): “I have met people to put in relation with members of my network”

Organiser:  Lavel Mayenne Technopole

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