28 Apr 2023

Industry 4.0 Accelerator UK & Ireland

France – The home of Industry 4.0, is the first of European countries for AI with a 7% implementation rate (compared with 5% European rate).

Business France are the national agency overseeing the globalisation of the French economy and the trade commission of the French Embassy in the UK & Ireland and they:

  • Foster French businesses’ export growth and facilitate UK & Irish investment in France
  • Help French companies to develop their brand across the Channel
  • Run the VIE programme, an international talent scheme that supports French companies’ exports

France – The home of Industry 4.0, is the first of European countries for AI with a 7% implementation rate (compared with 5% European rate). Paris the number 1 AI talent hub in Europe with 80+ higher education programs in 2021. It is also the top 5 country in Europe for robotisation rate, 194 per 10 000 employees, with 7 main technologies transforming industrial production: advanced robotics, AI, additive manufacturing, cloud, cybersecurity, IoT, simulation.

What is the French Fab Accelerator Programme?

The program is dedicated to innovative and fast-growing French companies from across the industry 4.0 sector with a strong project of developing the British and Irish market. They offer a premium and intensive business support including mentorship, factories and ecosystems visits, networking, meetings with decision makers and investors.

How does it work?

  • Company will apply before 31 May (selection end of May)
  • Selection by a jury (composed of various institutional and private stakeholder)
  • Criteria: innovation and potential of success in the region
  • Virtual preparation from June until November and business trip in the United Kingdom and Ireland


Details of the programme

  • June 2023: Preparation for the selection oral with a company pitch course
  • 29 June 2023 : Selection panel: 5min presentation and 5min questions/answers

If selected - July to October:

  • 2 one-hour sessions with sector and area specialists
  • Meeting with key account buyers
  • Market and competition study
  • Communication coaching
  • General communication campaign (press and PR)
  • Communication services (audit of existing tools)
  • If relevant, training and investor meetings
  • Individual prospecting
  • Regulatory support for export
  • Legal support for setting up a business
  • End of November 2023: Immersion week in the UK and Ireland

How to get involved?

Mentor French innovative companies! They are looking for UK and Irish entrepreneurs or experts in different areas with a solid experience,  knowledge and expertise on a specific sector, technology, business challenge or occupation.

To be part of the Board

  • Attend 3 strategic meeting during the year (4h) :
  • Launch meeting (online)
  • Selection meeting (online)
  • French Fab night

To be a Mentor

  • Attend 2 strategic meeting during the year (2h) :
  • Launch meeting
  • French Fab night
  • Attend two session (1h each) with each relevant company between May and October
  • Prepare the mentoring session, by understanding the company

It would be appreciated if you could:

  • Attend a follow-up session with the mentored companies
  • Introduce some French companies to your relevant network
  • Write a piece of content for our social media blog and website and share our content

Contact details for the programme


Nicolas COUZI

Trade Development Advisor

Tel : +44 2081324602

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Trade Development Advisor

Tel : +35 312662303

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Project Manager Operational Activities

Tel : +33 1 40 73 33 76

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Ileana Lupsa

Ileana Lupsa

Programme Manager, Local Public Services and Nations and Regions, techUK

Ileana Lupsa is the Programme Manager for Local Public Services and Nations and Regions, at techUK.

Ileana studied electronics, telecommunications and IT as an undergraduate, followed by an MSc in engineering and project management at Coventry University.

She refined her programme management expertise through her most recent roles working in the automotive industry.

Ileana is passionate about sustainability and creating a positive impact globally through innovation.

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Matt Robinson

Head of Nations and Regions, techUK

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Matt is leading techUK’s work with members and stakeholders across the UK to increase the Local Digital Capital across the UK’s nation and regions, build communities and to ensure that digital technology plays a key part the post-COVID-19 levelling-up recovery.

Prior to joining techUK, Matt worked for several national education charities and membership bodies to develop their regional partnerships with schools, academy trusts, local authorities, and other stakeholders. He’s also worked with local authority leaders and other stakeholders to engage communities, work with elected members and improve public services.

He holds a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. Away from work he’s a keen football fan and golfer.

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Head of Nations and Regions, techUK

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Ileana Lupsa

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