A group of executives and department heads from the SNCF came to visit Le Camping this week.
They represent the different strains of the transport giant, which amounts to more than just SNCF Voyages, the most well-known of its branches. Representatives of the four other branches were thus present – SNCF Infra, SNCF Proximités, SNCF Geodis, Gares&connexions – to find out more about Le Camping.
6 startups hand-picked by the SCNF from among the 24 startups who have come through Le Camping since January 2010.
An idea that got attention of the SNCF
OléaPark took said opportunity to propose their idea of livening up stations with the help of their event application. It would mean transforming the station, a perennially under-exploited space, into a large space devoted to untethered networkery.
Now this was an idea that got the attention of the SNCF!
Those responsible for this meeting are FaberNovel, well known in innovation circles, and the SNCF, one of our partners and now clients of Kawet, Mesagraph and Doctrackr, three of the former startups at Le Camping which just goes to show how important these exchanges can be.
A networking session
Pierre Pelouzet, purchasing director, enjoyed the atmosphere immensely. He lauded the quality of the presentations. He explained the significant need to have access to information wherever we might be, an issue centred around economic intelligence and that we can resume in this question: what to do regarding the safekeeping of data and its accessibility?
These exchanges between big corporations and startups are not the norm in France. The big groups have a tendency to hide from little startups. With it’s open-innovation approach, based on collaboration and sharing values, Le Camping takes the opposite stance and works to bridge the cultural gap between big and small enterprises.