Orange to support Internet of Things-startups in the distribution and production of connected objects

Orange to support Internet of Things-startups in the distribution and production of connected objects

From today, Orange is providing startups specializing in the Internet of Things (IoT) with a unique offer.

The objective is to help these new businesses accelerate their development and bring their products to the market. By backing entrepreneurs in the development of their businesses, Orange is supporting the growth of the IoT market, which is particular strong in the fields of personal services, healthcare, the connected home and smart cities.

Orange’s offer to IoT startups

To selected startups, Orange’s offer includes:

  • The opening up our online distribution channels, which are usually reserved for mainstream branded devices, in France, in 19 other European countries and in South Africa.
  • Assistance for startups seeking to industrialize their connected object prototypes through relationship building support with global manufacturers.
  • Support developing the optimal ground presence in order to facilitate rapid distribution across a large number of European countries.
  • Access to various communication modules to be associated with the object.

This offer, which can be adapted according to each company’s needs, is available to startups from all over the world that have developed a prototype or are on the verge of launching a connected object using in 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi or Bluetooth technologies.

Stéphane Richard, the Chairman and CEO of Orange, explains:
“The Orange Group has contributed to research and innovation on connected objects for many years, and continues to support business customers working on projects in this domain. We are convinced that connected objects will play a very important role in tomorrow’s Internet.”

“By supporting IoT startups, Orange will help accelerate the development of innovative SMEs and will facilitate the distribution of their connected objects.”

A new tangible proof of Orange’s commitment to entrepreneurs
The Group has already implemented a large range of measures to support innovative entrepreneurs through its startup accelerator Orange Fab – which is already present in South East Asia, France, Silicon Valley and soon in Israel and Poland –, the Orange Partner programme, its participation in NUMA – a Paris-based centre for digital-based innovation –, and Iris Capital – a venture capital company in which Orange is a shareholder.

Moreover, Orange is a founding member of the “Startup Europe Partnership” as well as the “European Digital Forum”, two initiatives that are part of the European Commission “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan”. Orange is also a major partner of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, a pan-European challenge for technological innovators.

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